Rooftop LA Wedding


One Wedding, Two Parties

Kirstin, Actor/Writer/Theatre Professor at USC & Jeff, Practical and Creature Effects Artist

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Meaningful and happy, easy and relaxed, sentimental and unique, urban and homey, elegant and tacky—two parties, one wedding!

Soundtrack for reading: “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness

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Other Cool Stuff We Should Know About

Our officiant/judge also made my dress. Do you think that is a first in the history of weddings? We played the Defending Your Life score as people were arriving—the movie mentioned in Kirstin’s online profile that compelled Jeff to write her in the first place. Our parents each gave a blessing-speech as part of our ceremony. Jeff’s brother Brendon played an incredible instrumental of “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen for the processional. Even though it was a relatively simple wedding, I can’t believe how much there was to do! So many of our friends and family came over and were so incredibly generous—hanging lights, running errands, covering the Porta-Potty with Kraft paper… and we are so touched by that. Kirstin’s mom made a bazillion Mexican Wedding Cookies.

We covered our ugly yard wall with canvas drop cloths painted with oops paint, and our ugly dirt ground with cheapo colorful AstroTurf, all at Jeff’s sister Amy’s awesome suggestion. We put up a wall of oddities and cool art that Jeff has made for the festiveness/photo op of it all. We decided right before the wedding to build a patio in the backyard. It. Was. Kookoo. And I lost it a couple times. “WHAT ARE WE DOING?!?!” while sitting in a big pile of dirt. It would have been the weirdest episode of Bridezillas ever. So now we have a patio. And we ran out of time to cross “Buy new underwear” and “Buy/make fancy dog collar” off the to-do list. Oh well.

Favorite Thing About the Wedding 

Kirstin says: Jeff’s vows. Ho-lee sh*t. If ever I need a good joyful cry, I’ll just transport back to that moment in time.

Jeff says: Oh, I liked marrying you.


The Info:

Photographer: Rad + In Love APW Sponsor | Location: Los Angeles, CA | Venue: Perch and our backyard | Kirstin’s dress: Made by our officiant, Hon. Susan Kettlewell | Fabric for Dress and Veil: Mood Fabrics | Jeff’s Tux: Friar Tux Shop | Kirstin’s and Kirstin’s Mom’s Hair and Makeup: April Ray Salon | Kirstin’s Wedding Ring: Roxbury Jewelry | Jeff’s Wedding Ring: Amazon | Kirstin’s Other Jewelry: J.Crew | Bouquet: Kirstin’s cousin, Sarah Shetter | Rentals: GEMS Arcades and Games | Taco Caterer: Tacos Zapata | Ice Cream Cakes: Milk | Prickly Pear Jelly Favors from Tucson: We B’Jamin | DJ: Red Shoe

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  • http://readingandthensome.blogspot.com/ Martha Smith

    That dress is amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing. The fabric is just so awesome! Like, amazeballs.

    • Lisa

      Love the dress, love the fabric, and LOVE the veil/bow thing.

  • Alison O

    i am moving to LA in a couple months and this makes me even more excited about it! congrats

    • vegankitchendiaries

      This made me WANT to move to LA! There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the light in LA that is just stunning. Love rooftop weddings!! Really, really gorgeous!

    • Meg Keene

      Yeah. I miss LA in general, but by the time I finished watching this I was super pissed we wern’t moving.

  • Kayjayoh

    “And we ran out of time to cross “Buy new underwear” and “Buy/make fancy dog collar” off the to-do list. Oh well.”

    Big smile at this.

  • Hils

    Defending Your Life is like my favorite movie. I totally get how a perfect relationship could be built on that foundation. (“How did you die?” “On stage — like you!”)

  • Beth R

    Oh my god, that last picture with the smiling…whatever that is on the wall. Love it!

  • http://www.rachellerawlingsphotography.com/ Rachelle

    Looveeee this wedding. So gorgeous. And this: “Jeff says: Oh, I liked marrying you.” is kind of the best.

  • Stella

    ha ha ha! I LOVE THIS WEDDING! Awesome. Who doesn’t need a wedding patio?????

  • AG

    Your dress is perfect. It’s what I wish my wedding dress was.

    Congratulations on a beautiful, happy wedding!

  • JDrives

    These two seem like a hoot and a half! A couple I would want to be friends with, for sure.

  • Winny the Elephant

    I nominate the picture of the little girl in the pink and grey dress as the most awesome picture of a kid dancing ever!

  • http://www.lateralmovements.com/ Lauren Fitzpatrick

    YOUR HAIR. I love it. Also, do people tell you you look like Kate Middleton? Because I totally see a resemblance.

  • EKS

    Where are your shoes from? Love them!

  • Marlena

    Awesome! I love everything about this. Plus, this is our first dance song :)

  • Stefan Salvatore

    bride looks pretty in this lovely wedding dress….
    Wedding in Hawaii

  • Anon

    Where are your amazing shoes from?

  • Ellie Hamilton

    This bride. I want to be besties. She looks SO FUN.

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