Tips to Personalize Your Wedding DayTips to Personalize Your Wedding Day
Michael and Tyler share their wedding planning tips to personalize your big day! Michael and I met at a whiskey bar while living in...Tips to Personalize Your Wedding Day

Michael and Tyler share their wedding planning tips to personalize your big day!

Michael and I met at a whiskey bar while living in New York, migrated to the City of Angels, reconnected at a farmers market in West Hollywood, and have been making extravagantly detailed cocktails and pun-filled dinner party menus ever since. And last October, we celebrated our love with an all-out, wine-soaked, gluten-filled, pants-splitting dance party at a giant mansion in LA that may or may not be haunted (The Paramour Estate in Silverlake). Upon touring the venue, I remember getting teary-eyed just thinking about how special the estate was.

Located on the highest promontory overlooking all of Los Angeles, the century-old 18,000 square foot mansion had the perfect mix of sultry and chic – and a brooding/spooky element that I thought would play so well to our October wedding. With some taxidermy figurines that adorn the interior of the venue, we decided to lean on the animal-print theme for our guests’ attire. I had so much fun planning the event — I created a custom logo to use on our branding and invites, made 200 gold tin candles for our guests, planted book “terrariums” for our dinner tables and Michael and I built the arch that we got married under.

My husband is an incredible baker, so he made loaves of sourdough the night before our wedding for our guests to enjoy with dinner. Our obsession with puns made it easy to name the tables: “Loaf of My Life”, “Last But Not Yeast”, “Ferment to Be”, “You Deserve Butter” and “You’re Baking Me Crazy” to name a few.

I think one of the smartest decisions we made was to have an area off of the dance floor that was dedicated to WIGS. Lots of wigs in an array of colors. It was incredible how many people loosened up on the dance floor after wearing an 80’s perm blonde wig:)

Before working in marketing, I spent most of life and career performing in musical theatre back in NYC. While we did end up hiring an incredible band for the celebration, I had my dear friends who are Broadway performers serenade us with our first dance song (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” sung by Jarrod Spector of Jersey Boys and his wife Kelli Barrett followed with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” that got the crowd jumping and singing). Michael and I both fell in love with the show Schitt’s Creek, which features an incredible acoustic version of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best”, and it became our walk down the aisle song (and is featured in our wedding video as well).

Rather than do a traditional wedding cake, we opted to have a few smaller cakes from local bakeries and then made 300 cake balls with our friends and froze them weeks before our wedding for our guests to enjoy the night of. Finding those custom details that we could knock out weeks before the wedding really helped to make it special as well as save us money in the end. We went with a family style dinner, a grazing table for cocktail hour, and found some of our favorite wineries in Paso Robles to serve. Our cocktail vendor was also a huge hit. As cocktail enthusiasts, we used Whaling Club who helped us make three incredible custom drinks for the big day.

The lead up was not without hiccups. Michael got hit with an illness a few weeks before the wedding which caused him to drop ten pounds and necessitated a last-minute trip to the tailor to have his suit altered two days before the wedding day.

We would give two pieces of advice. 1. Make it personal – every element reflected some aspect of who we are and it did not go unnoticed by our guests. 2. Accept help when it is offered. It is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to do everything yourself, but when guests offer to help you out – take them at their word. They love you, and want your wedding to be a success!

I think one of the smartest decisions we made was to have an area off of the dance floor that was dedicated to WIGS. Lots of wigs in an array of colors. It was incredible how many people loosened up on the dance floor after wearing an 80’s perm blonde wig:)

 



Associated Vendors

Venue: The Paramour Estate
Second Shooter: Lindsay Ruzicka
Caterer: Little Nelly Catering
Cake Designer: Susie Cakes
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Creative Letterpress
Other: The Whaling Club (cocktail vendor)
Event Venue: The Paramour Estate
Band: On the Beat Music Agency
Cinema and Video: Cinevent Productions
Ring Designer: Marke NYC
Event Planner: The Love Sparrows
Photographer: Courtney Lindberg Photography