jeanette & justin wedding

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.

  1. Oh wow, that wedding dress is stunning!

  2. That bouquet is ahh-mazing! And I love the agate theme. Really unusual, but that’s what makes it so great.

  3. Wow, this is a gorgeous wedding! Love the bride’s elegant dress…love the eclectic decor…love the beautifully natural florals…everything about this wedding is so unique!

  4. donna says:

    The bouquet is beautiful. Exactly what I want someday.

  5. Sara Leete says:

    Wow! Love this. One of the freshest weddings I”ve seen in a while.

  6. Karen says:

    Something unsettling about seeing the happy couple chopped off at the neck! And then just the back shot as they wander off. Would have loved to see their happy faces!

  7. rita says:

    such an amazing wedding! the photography is amazing, and i love how incredibly designed and detailed it is while still feeling natural/simple/authentic… love this!

  8. rosie says:

    so many clever and beautiful ideas! thanks for sharing.

  9. Lindsay says:

    Do you know, or can someone tell me, where the bride got her dress (or who designed it)? It’s stunning.

  10. cheyenne says:

    what a gorgeous wedding!
    xo, cheyenne

  11. Jeanette says:

    Hi Lindsay, Thanks! I loved my dress. It’s J Mendel and was purchased at the Bergdorf Goodman Bridal Salon on a fun trip I took to NYC with my mom.

  12. Wow! Such incredible photographs..must have been so beautiful in person..

  13. Kate says:

    I love this. It looks so authentic & effortless, but when you look closely, there clearly was thought for each & every detail. Gorgeous.

  14. So in love with this look….

  15. emily says:

    I love the photography

  16. LOVE the mix of modern and rustic! So very unique!


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