Destination I Do
Friday, June 12, 2015

A Hip Hollywood Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Ryon Lockhart Photography

Nick and Madeline originally started planning a hometown wedding. That is, until the bride got a job offer across the country. “We got engaged in January 2013 and, at that point, lived in Los Angeles, CA,” explains the bride. “In September 2013, I got a job offer in Atlanta, GA. Even though we moved to Atlanta, we still wanted to have our wedding in Los Angeles. By the time our wedding rolled around in August 2014, it was a destination wedding!”

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Because the couple’s families would have to travel no matter what, they chose to go with their gut and say “I do” in LA. “Our family and friends are so spread out that it didn’t really matter where we had the wedding!” says Madeline. “Our family and friends were definitely not upset that we choice to be married in Los Angeles. It is an awesome place to visit.” While the couple’s destination was an easy decision, they did have some issues narrowing down their venue.

“We chose to have our wedding in Hollywood because we lived in the area [previously] and loved the feel,” explains the bride. “We really wanted our wedding to be a party and what better place than Hollywood? The only trouble was deciding on the actual venue. Nick wanted a more traditional venue and I wanted a more out-of-the-box spot to get married.” Ultimately, the couple chose Siren Studios for the trendy, urban nuptials.

“To us, touring the venues was the most important [part of the planning process] in-person,” says the bride. “I was surprised to learn how much you can do online! Our vendors really made it easy on us and we were able to get a lot done through basic emailing! It was also fun to pick things out online (like invitations, seating cards, pressed cocktail napkins, etc.). We had to ship everything out ahead of time, but we had some friends keep our stuff for us until we got back [to LA] for the wedding.”

For the couple, hiring a wedding planner was an important decision. “Having a wedding planner was super helpful! Also, it was great having vendors that had worked together before. Our caterer had previously worked at our venue, our photographer introduced us to our wedding planner and our wedding planner also doubled as our florist.” Not only did the couple get creative when it came to selecting their vendors, but with some of their wedding details like the table names and guest favors.

“Each table was named after a Los Angeles spot that was meaningful to Nick and me. So, we included a picture of us at each location with an explanation on why it was meaningful on each table. We also filled glass milk jars with cookies and candies for our guests to take home at the end of the reception.”

While the couple had to spend more on a wedding in LA, they don’t regret it for a moment. “It would have been less expensive to do a wedding in Atlanta, Georgia vs. Los Angeles, California. However, I don’t believe it was due to [the event] being a destination wedding – it was based on the fact that Los Angeles is a more expensive location. We started with a budget and maybe we would have gotten more for our money in Atlanta, but it was totally worth having it in Los Angeles.

“For us, having the wedding in LA kind of felt like we were going back home! Since our families and friends are so spread out around the country, just as many people would have had to travel to come to Atlanta. I thought, if it made no difference to our family and friends, we’d rather have had [the wedding] in the city where we met and fell in love.”

In the end, the couple got the cool, Hollywood wedding they dreamed of from the beginning. Madeline has three pieces of advice for other couples planning a destination wedding. “Get a wedding planner – it’s definitely worth it. [Also,] plan the wedding around what is important to you and your future husband/wife-to-be. Whether it be music, food, dancing, drinking, the location – whatever! [Lastly,] don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Vendors: Photographer: Ryon Lockhart Photography, Wedding Planner/Florist: Poppy & Plum Events & Florals, Ceremony/Reception Site: Siren Studios, Stationery: Little Ivy Paper Goods, Cake: Cakes by Rumy, Hair & Makeup: Studio DNA, Gown Designer: Allure Bridals, Groom’s Clothing Designer: J.Crew, Caterer/Wait Staff/Bartenders: Taste of Pace, Rentals: Premiere Party Rents, Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting, Band: The Trip, Alcohol/Beverages: John and Pete’s

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