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jeanette & justin wedding

by Amy Azzarito


According the New York Times this week, the backyard wedding is decidedly in, though I’m not sure it was ever out. This couple decided to have both — they married in a backyard on a Friday and then had a fun party on Saturday. Jeanette and Justin, a design-minded couple in Los Angeles, had a distinctive wedding ceremony on a Friday evening in their backyard in the Silverlake neighborhood surrounded by their close friends and family (who literally stood in a circle) speaking about their 10 years as a couple. There were no formal vows; they kept those for a private exchange. They wanted their celebration to be about community and supportive words for their journey. The next day was the party: a reception at Siren Studios in Hollywood.  Justin (the groom), a graphic artist who owns National Forest, worked with producers and Design*Sponge contributors Bash, Please to craft the look and feel of the wedding. To quote Justin, they were going for “a Stanley Kubrick meets Titanic meets mid-century modern” dinner party followed by a rooftop cocktail party inspired by the Björk video for “Human Behavior,” with pine trees flanking the space.

Jeanette and Justin wanted their wedding to have a truly eclectic mix of tones and styles, an accurate reflection of their tastes. Guests entered the reception in a freight elevator wrapped in a cosmic vinyl application for a psychedelic entrance. On a sunset rooftop complete with the Hollywood sign in the background, guests enjoyed country band Hello Trouble crooning Buck Owens. Inside the studio was an explosion of geometric shapes, Moroccan rugs, wood stumps, pine trees and Case Study couches. Bash, Please designed all the florals and decor elements with geometric installations made by Bramble Workshop. The event photographer was Sarah Yates for Birds of a Feather, lighting was by The Lighter Side and the event rentals were from Classic Party Rentals. — Amy Azzarito

*If you’re in wedding mode and you live in NYC, Bash, Please has put together a sort of modern spin on the bridal show. Called THE CREAM, the show is a nod to what they feel is the cream of the crop in the wedding business. It is an experiential event with live music, specialty cocktails, design installations, photobooth fun and 50 vendors. Buy tickets here, and see their full crop here.


Image above: Bringing in the Americana vibe with lounge vignettes for guests to relax on by Yeah! Rentals.

More images from Jeanette & Justin’s wedding after the jump . . .


Image above: Heirloom LA fed the guests a family-style feast of local farmers’ market food.


Image above: Guests were greeted with original cocktails created by Pharmacie.


Image above: Justin’s art hangs over the pie table.


Image above: The country band Hello Trouble. The night ended with an all-out rowdy dance party led by the incomparable Michael Antonia of The Flashdance.

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