I am so excited to share this sweet eclectic California wedding from Focus Photography, Inc. with you today! Mixing a chic, classic style with eclectic design elements was the perfect way for Nicole and Alex to infuse their cultural backgrounds and have a wedding that was completely reflective of them. Plus, Nicole has some fabulous advice too, so don’t miss out on reading what helped her most through her planning process!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
This special day did not happen without a lot of help from those around me and I am forever grateful. My best friend, Chelsea Oliver who is a designer, was probably one of the most helpful in my planning process. She designed the entire wedding with me and helped organize most of the vendors. My husband was also incredibly helpful. Since I only had a day-of coordinator, I did most of the planning on my own. When I would spin out of control or get frustrated, my husband was there to put things back in perspective for me and help me focus on what was really important.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
My husband and I wanted to have a good dance party. That’s what we cared about the most…so everything was chosen to facilitate our guests having the most fun.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
My mother is Japanese American and my father and in-laws are all Jewish. Being mixed-race is really important to me and I wanted to incorporate my mixed heritage into the wedding. Since we decided to have a Jewish wedding ceremony and ketubah, I decided to add in some of the Japanese traditions in the design and details. My mother folded one thousand paper cranes (a Japanese tradition) that we hung in strands from a birch branch. This became the focal point of the wedding design.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The dancing! My husband and I danced the entire night. We had an amazing DJ and everyone was out on the dance floor the entire evening. We both danced so hard that we couldn’t even walk by the end of the night.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. In the end, no one will notice what color the napkins are. They’ll only remember if you (the bride) looked happy and had fun. If you have fun, your guests will too. And you should focus on celebrating with your husband–stay together throughout the night.
I loved how she mixed her Japanese and Jewish backgrounds to create a style that was 100% unique!
So where are you pulling your inspiration for your wedding design from? I can’t wait to hear all about it!