I didn’t start the wedding planning until after the official proposal in April and when we chose the date November 23 of that same year (which would turn into the 17th anniversary of our first date at midnight!) I sprang into action to get everything ready in 7 months!!
To represent us, I knew I wanted the day to include tradition, elegance and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. Our first date had included flying to Las Vegas for a Jane’s Addiction concert and we have been together ever since – with music being a big part of our mutual interests. We are both “L.A. natives” but have a lot of friends and family with European and Moroccan-Jewish backgrounds so we wanted all of those elements incorporated into the wedding. Plus, we are huge fans of the cinema with one of our favorite genres being the classic Old West so that was another layer to add to the theme.
The rebellious side of me would take over when someone would say “but the guests won’t remember the food or …” and I would always answer “Well they will remember OURS!!” (Hence I ordered an iron brand with two connected hearts and one with an “M” for our last name to “brand” the flattened potatoes on the dinner plates that guests are still talking about!) I spray painted so many things antique gold that I felt my fingers had a “Midas touch!” Our dessert bar flowed from Moroccan on one end to Czech to Parisian with varying candle holders in the same gold color tying it together. I ordered gold antique lace to decorate the jars of the Candy Bar. My wonderful florist painted hundreds of gold succulents that looked like tiny flower brooches for each place setting. Playing cards with gold foil pressed “thank you” labels were one of the favors each guest received, along with hand stamped linen “money bags” of chocolate gelt. The tables were each numbered and named after a famous western town – some real and some from the movies and the menu cards resembled old parchment
As I prepared with my girls (all 5 of them “Maids of Honor” because I could not distinguish one more special than the other), the weather was a warm, clear fall day and the venue was being filled with flowers, music and love all around. The sun set early – around 4:30 and the evening sky turned from blue to rose gold as guests arrived for the cocktail hour before the ceremony and as we were signing the ketubah.
I heard the beginning notes of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” that our trio of musicians played so touchingly and begin my journey to the chuppah linked in the arms of my two brothers. Our vows were letters written to one another that the rabbi asked us to write and not rehearse or share with each other until the wedding. I still have tears in my eyes remembering the amazing words from each of us. And before the conclusion of the ceremony the whole audience of friends and family were asked to stand and touch someone in front of them to connect every person all the way up to the bride and groom which linked us all together in a chain of love that not I nor any of my guests had ever seen done before. What a spectacular moment that was!
The reception was planned as a “party to remember” for all of our guests from near and far.
Vendor Resources: Photographer: Aurelia D’Amore Photography//Event Planner: Delmar Events//Reception Venue: The Ebell of Los Angeles//Florist: Elizabeth Bailey Designs//Videographer: Elysium Productions//Cake: The Butter End Cakery//Invitations: Minted.com//Macaroons: L’ette//Gluten-free Cupcakes: Sprinkles //Band: Voodoo Lounge Quartet & The Cowling Band//Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth//Officiant: Adam Greenwald//