Yes my friends, you’re reading that right- a street party wedding! Bride and groom Ashleigh and Britton absolutely loved their neighborhood, and their ideal wedding was a fun and carefree block party with all of their favorite people! Blush, mauve, and neutral tones added a bit of elegance to this eclectic celebration, and the oh-so-amazing Let’s Frolic Together was there to capture it all! And not only that, but after the wedding, I’m also sharing the rehearsal dinner from this wedding weekend, which was a perfect complement to the beautiful and fun wedding! The bride is here with us today to share more about her wedding planning:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
By far the biggest help in my wedding process was Aisha Jau of eeshyourheartout.com — I hired her as an independent creative consultant. She worked with event coordinator Kristeen LaBrot to pull of an incredible unique wedding that was exactly what I wanted. Aisha has this amazing gift for taking all of my ideas and pulling them off in this incredibly artistic, thoughtful way.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I wanted to work with someone who would really listen to my ideas. A street party wedding is not exactly typical and I wanted to work with a free thinker who would get excited about the uniqueness and challenge of it. I also didn’t want to work with an event coordinator directly and oversee details. I guess you could say I wanted to hire someone else to focus on every last detail for me and Aisha did exactly that!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I wanted everything to feel free-spirited and authentic but at the same time I wanted it to be tasteful and well executed. Staying true to an inner city street party vibe was important to us because my husband and I love our neighborhood. But pulling that off in a way that still felt elegant and beautiful was where Aisha came in.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
There were so many details that really made it stand out. Having a homemade ice cream cart from Cottam’s Creamery and hand cut coconuts by the Coconut Guy were two of my favorite things. I loved having the celebration outside in the street. It was a true LA wedding!
And a glimpse of the rehearsal dinner that kicked off this fun weekend:
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Stick to your guns about what your vision is but rely on talented people to help you pull it off. My conservative parents were appalled when they found out we wanted to do an inner city wedding and have it open to the neighborhood. But I stuck to that vision and on the day of, they ended up having the best time of anyone there. We managed to do the wedding that we wanted but still be thoughtful and attentive of our guests and family. Everyone tells us it was one of the most memorable events they’ve ever attended!
That has to be some of the BEST advice I’ve heard! And don’t you just love the intimacy and fun of every aspect of this wedding weekend? I mean… wanting to resemble a street party is pretty awesome. :)
So what do you think of the “street party” theme for a wedding? Would you do it?
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Let’s Frolic Together// Event Planner:Kristeen LaBrot Events // Event Designer: Aisha Jau // Floral Designer: hollyflora // Equipment Rentals:Town and Country Rentals // Other:360 International // Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Banana Republic // Bridesmaid Dresses:Bella Bridesmaid // Transportation:Beverly Hills Best Valet // Caterer:Blanca Mexican // Calligrapher: Calligraphy Katrina and Maison du Papier // Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone // Other:Commercial Janitorial // Specialty Foods:Cottam Creamery // Caterer:Dimas, the Coconut Guy // DJ: Dubgypsy // Caterer:Ecocaters // Reception Venue:First Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Pre Ceremony Location:JW Marriott // Photo Booth Equipment: Magbooth // Caterer:Manas Indian Restaurant // Makeup Artist:Megan Porschen // Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Transportation:Platinum Limo // Linens and Coverings: Premiere Party Rents // Hair Stylist:Sara Joffe // Cake Designer: The Butter End Cakery // Musicians:The Other Reindeer Carolers // Shoes: Tom Ford // Culinary:Verterra // Rehearsal Dinner Location: SmogShoppe // Rehearsal Linens: La Tavola