Our Whimsical Nature-Inspired Wedding - Part One!

On October 13th 2018, Aaron and I got married!

Our Wedding was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California, where my father works as the manager Zeidler's Cafe inside of the museum.

Michael Farmer and his awesome team from F/8 Studios took most of the photos in this post.  The only exceptions are the photos from the photo booth, which was set up by Touch N Pose

Aaron and I are artists and gardeners, so it was important for us to make some of the details of the wedding.  It was also important to use local indie vendors and independent artists for the details of the event.  

Our redwood signature tree was a water color print from an artist on Etsy.

Our card box was made from a box we had a home.  Aaron stained it.  We then added handmade felt succulents from Etsy and little 3d printed bees from Aaron's work.  It's a lovely keepsake box that now has all of our cards from our wedding events.

We purchased nature & floral paintings from thrift stores and added hand-cut lettering to the paintings for our event signage. 

Aaron's Mom, Peggy, filled these little pouches with lavender flowers for our guests.

Guests entered through the front lobby of the museum, and then were ushered into the Taper Courtyard for the ceremony by the pond.

The stage had pottery and the planter for our Fuji apple tree, all which were purchased at thrift stores and painted white.  Aaron was able to borrow a grass carpet for the stage, which really brought it to life!

The incredible floral designs seen throughout the wedding were designed by my friend and co-worker Steffany of The Flower Patch LA. Her team did an outstanding job on all of the flowers, succulents, arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres.

 

 

Steffany and her team really worked their magic!

I expressed to her our love of succulents, roses, the color purple and our theme of trees / owls / whimsical nature and SHE REALLY DELIVERED!  The arch we were married in front of was so whimsical that it made me cry a little.  I couldn't believe how beautiful it all was!

The ceremony was led by our dear friend Adam Rowe. 

Once everyone was seated, the ceremony began!

Aaron's groomsmen walked up while our awesome MC / DJ, Matt from Who's That DJ choreographed the sound.

My Dream Team of Queens walked down the aisle and took their spot on the side of the stage.

 

Our sweet Ring Bearer, Noah, was in charge of the sphere with the two rings.

Our flower girl, the artistically focused Emma, spread dried flower petals along the aisle.

Then I began my grand entrance!

My Supreme Queen Jennis walked me down the stairs and around the pond, and held my bouquet while I twirled around.  

He then dropped me off at the end of the pond, and I walked to my parents waiting at the back of the aisle.  

We made out way down, and Adam gave my parents wise words to ponder during the ceremony.

The ceremony included Adam's warm words and humor, a ring warming by our guests, a tree planting and candle lighting ceremony, and heartfelt vows we wrote to each other. 

The rings were passed around and each friend & family member was able to "warm" the ring with good wishes, thoughts & prayers.

We ceremoniously planted a Fuji apple tree by each adding a large mason jar with soil into the planter.  This tree, along with another apple tree for pollination, is planted in a larger container on our Balcony Garden. 

After we exchanged rings and said, "I do" and had our first kiss, we were showered with lavender flowers by our family and friends!

 

The ceremony went off without a hitch! 

In my next post I'll share the cocktail hours and reception.

Thank you for reading!

- Natalie Jackson

 


3 comments

  • One of the best weddings ever

    Alex
  • I love your blog!

    Steffany Ayala
  • Revivir ese día es hermoso!
    Que la felicidad de ese día los acompañe toda la vida!!!
    Los quiero!
    Besos

    Fabiana

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