Celia has always always dreamed of being a mermaid, and both her and Jared have a strong love for the ocean, so they knew they had to make their commitment to one another standing in the waves. They live close to where their ceremony was held – El Matador Beach, Malibu – so knew the location would be perfect roaming cliffs, sunset views and ocean that stretched for miles and miles.
Celia always imagined getting married in a less traditional way, and this carried through in her blush, tulle dress and choice of flowers; she bought a simple bouquet from the supermarket and added natural pieces that they collected on their walk to their ceremony!
“I picked green and yellow mountain crawlers from the cliffs, and dried washed up kelp from the ocean. It all came together to create a beautifully natural bouquet fit for a mermaid!” explained Celia.
Mary and Benton chose a Beatles themed wedding because, well, who doesn’t love the Beatles?! They are both graphic designers by trade, so details are super important to them. They went to town with thinking of all the little touches they could make for their Beatlemania themed wedding; they designed all their own stationery – from their concert style invites to their Yellow Submarine themed orders of service, record style save the dates (complete with personalised album covers!) and ticket stump style RSVPs.
They had Beatles artwork for table names, and band member figurines for cake toppers. They decorated their reception venue with more Beatles cover artwork, and even brought Abbey Road to Minnesota by printing a giant poster to use as a photo booth backdrop. Instead of traditional wedding cake, they chose strawberry cheesecake. They used the colour yellow throughout – shoes, ties and flowers, which is a great way of keeping it on theme but doing so as a subtle nod.
Chris and Luana met completely through happenstance: Chris was on his way home from a pool party with friends, when they decided to stop for food. Luana happened to be working the counter that fateful evening, and the rest, they say, is history. They had their rehearsal dinner at the very same restaurant nearly 10 years later.
After Chris proposed at their annual trip to Coachella, the couple married at the Los Angeles River Centre and Gardens in an outdoor ceremony, with a reception at the same venue after.
The couple knew from the start that their rescue pup, Roky, would be involved in the ceremony, and he made the most of his moment in the spotlight by barking at the priest during their blessing! “Everyone else was quiet so he thought it was his turn to speak up and give us his own blessing” laughed Luana. “It was one of my favourite moments of the whole day”.