Stephanie and Raul met when they were only 16 and 18 when they worked together at their local K-Mart store. They started dating two years later after Stephanie asked him to be her date for her senior Winter Formal at her high school. After deciding to elope they were lucky enough to win an Instagram elopement contest run by Jessica Carrillo of Art & Soul Events and Photographer Evangeline Lane! They received complimentary photography, planning, florals, and hair and make up…How amazing!
They wanted their day to be a glamour-filled rockabilly elopement with lots of old Hollywood elements. They got ready separately at the Culver City hotel, once owned by Charlie Chaplin, and housed the munchkins while they filmed Wizard of Oz!
The bride wore a gorgeous black dress while Raul donned a red velvet jacket, both looking the epitome of old Hollywood glam. “We both love the rockabilly and pin-up lifestyle so it’s safe to say we stayed pretty true to that!” began Stephanie, “We were heavily inspired by our love for old Hollywood and history. Our love for the rockabilly subculture had a huge influence on our style, and we were also inspired by Miss Rockabilly Ruby‘s gorgeous vintage wedding. Another inspiration was make up artist Lora Arellano from Melt Cosmetics! Her wedding was out of this world!”
Elisa and Stefano wanted their wedding to be a party with old-style animated games for both adults and children. They were inspired by the idea of a village carnival with lights, flags and a band playing popular music.
However in the run up to the wedding their expectant child, Biagio, was born prematurely causing them to have to delay their day. “The worst thing about planning our wedding was the rescheduling of it due to the early birth of our child Biagio,” explained Elisa. “However, after we knew he was going to be OK wedding planning became so much fun and full of happiness in contrast to the months spent suffering for fear of losing our son.”
Cayce and Damien both love history, adventure and collecting eclectic pieces, and have always liked the look of rustic weddings. After they began purchasing décor for their own wedding day, they realised they were naturally leaning towards an eclectic vintage theme.
“The building where our wedding was held is very historic,” began Cayce, “and our beloved vintage treasures (sewing machine, vintage camera, etc) added a metaphoric personal page in a collective community story that’s been written since the first person stepped into the building in 1906.”
They had a small, intimate ceremony of only 50 guests. “It was held by the water and Tillee Music performed, we couldn’t have been happier. Having my mum walk me down the aisle is a special memory I will cherish forever. Our officiant was amazing with personalising our ceremony and we were very lucky with the weather as it had rained earlier in the day.”