June & Isaac had a perfect beach wedding followed with an amazing reception at a Malibu private residence. The whole day couldn’t have turned out better. The weather was a typical southern california sunny day for a beach wedding. June and Isaac spent so much time on the DIY decor for their wedding. I was so impressed with all they did to ensure their wedding was as fun as it was beautiful. We just had to interview June for the blog. I’m sure future brides will love all the knowledge that June is about to pass on! Enjoy!
Wedding Coordinator: Orange Blossom Special Events | Ceremony: Zuma Beach | Reception: Private Malibu Estate Vacation Home | Caterer: Max City BBQ | DJ: Dustin Fuselier | Florist: Raintree Flowers
We loved your wedding coordinator! Tell us more about her. How did you meet her?
I found Danielle Silver of Orange Blossom Special Events on Yelp and decided to go with Orange Blossom based on all of the fabulous reviews they received and my in-person meeting with Danielle. This was one of the best wedding decisions I made.
I went with a local florist Raintree Flowers for my bouquets and boutonierres. Joanne Park, owner, is a very nice lady who did not charge me extra just because my wedding was on Mother’s Day weekend. 2 of my bridesmaids picked up flowers at Downtown LA Flower Market and put together all of my flowers on the guest tables. I found my DJ, Dustin Fuselier, on yelp. He also had amazing reviews. My officiant, Jennifer Bersin, is my coworker and friend. I knew I could count on her to do an amazing job at the wedding. I found our caterer, Max City BBQ, on yelp as well. Since I planned the wedding in 3 months, I had to trust my instincts and make quick decisions about my vendors. It all turned out great.
I have several favorite memories: walking down the aisle with dad with the ocean, cliffs, blue skies and the smiling faces of my husband, my family and friends before me. I was also touched by the wedding speeches from our family and friends. My other favorite memories were of the Pacific Grey Whales that enchanted us with their beauty and presence on both occasions we were at Point Dume Beach over the wedding weekend – during our rehearsal the day before our wedding and during our ceremony on wedding day. Seeing these whales swim so incredibly close to shore left me in complete awe. We were so lucky.
I was going for a rustic-chic theme – a lot of wood decor, twine rope and burlap with a just touch of sparkle. The bridesmaids and groomsmen wore neutral colors – creams, tans and grays. As theme was rustic the wedding party was in neutral colors, I felt more liberty to go with bright and colorful flowers without worry that my wedding would lack cohesion.
I have always romanticized eloping abroad since I can remember, perhaps in Italy or some other beautiful beach destination. At the time I bought my wedding dress about 4 months prior to our actual wedding date, Isaac and I were still intending to elope abroad (or so I thought). Having never put much thought into a wedding dress, I simply went online to David’s Bridal and purchased a reasonably-priced dress that I liked, without ever trying it on or seeing it in person. It was not until 3.5 months prior to our wedding day that Isaac successfully convinced me to have a wedding-wedding. So we literally planned our entire wedding in 3 months. By that time my dress had arrived in the mail, I liked it and I kept it. It was simple enough for a beach ceremony and an outdoor reception yet had some back ruffle details and a train that reminded me of ocean waves.
What inspired you most while planning your wedding?Although I don’t currently use Pinterest, I do surf the web a lot for ideas and inspirations. I’ve had an affinity for rustic furniture and wood pieces for years now so naturally, I aspired to have a rustic-chic themed wedding. Additionally, Isaac is originally from the South, so he was very receptive to a rustic-chic wedding. When we decided we would have a wedding-wedding, I started decorating mason jars with twine, burlap and lace. Soon after, the mason jars inspired me to take on bigger wedding decor projects. In the 3 months leading up the wedding, Isaac and I were at Home Depot almost every weekend picking out and cutting wood, then we would come home and stain, built and paint our wedding decor.
What is your favorite image from your wedding?
Probably images from Point Dume of the whale, the beach ceremony space, the sand, the cliffs, the beach and the wedding party. I also loved my nephew as the ringbearer.
If you could give a bride one tip what would it be?
Plan efficiently and steadily leading up to your wedding but surrender the perfectionist in you on your wedding day. Your wedding doesn’t need to be perfect. Laugh often and enjoy every minute of it.
If you could give a groom one tip what would it be?
Be supportive of your fiancee throughout the wedding process.
If you could do it over again, what would you do different?
Given ourselves a few more months to plan our wedding. I think that the both of us tackled on so many DIY wedding projects that we forgot all about ourselves – mainly, I neglected to book appointments to have my nails, hair and makeup professionally done – so all of that ended up being DIY with the help of my lovely bridesmaids.