Today’s ‘For Real Friday’ is brought to you by guest blogger, Makena Coscarelli. Makena is a very dear friend of mine, a publicist for ABC (specifically Dancing with the Stars!) and apparently now a fabulous wedding coordinator!! Makena’s mom got married last month and Makena quickly took over and turned this DIY into a dream wedding and elegant affair. Thanks Makena for taking time to share your beautiful work and your story with us!
Let me just start by saying a DIY wedding is not for the faint of heart, however, it can be one of the most rewarding, incredible and joyous moments in your life if you can find the strength to get through it. You will also need the help of your friends & family. As an avid wedding blog reader & a connoisseur of all things weddings — wedding shows, wedding dresses, wedding magazines, et cetera — I just about jumped at the chance to plan my own mother’s wedding to her fiancé of about 5 years. I had basically given up on the idea that they’d ever get married and while I dreamed of planning an elaborate party with our family and friends, I had always thought it would be my own wedding that would bring us all together. But much to my surprise, just about a year ago they finally decided to tie the knot and after about 10 months of feverishly planning a classic, romantic yet modern ivory & black event, my mom and Mitchell were married on July 16, 2011 in a room of about 120 of our closest friends, family and loved ones on the 54th Floor of the Wells Fargo Building in Downtown Los Angeles at The City Club on Bunker Hill. The 360 degree view of the whole city and celebration that followed was one for the books and I can happily say that I wouldn’t have done it any other way. And while the road there was at times bumpy and exhausting (and no, I’m not just talking about the 405 being closed for Carmegeddon the day of the wedding), the end result was a classy and perfect DIY wedding that I am thrilled to have created for my mom and family. Some of the DIY elements were all of the flowers and bouquets that we handmade the day before the wedding after going to the Los Angeles Flower Mart at 6am, the black polished river rocks as escort cards that I tirelessly handwrote each guest’s name & table assignment on just weeks before the wedding as well as all of the programs, menus, table numbers and place cards that were made with our home computers with ivory card stock and black matting cardboard. My sister happens to be excellent with a paper cutter. We also ordered small black boxes and ivory bows that we built and then stuffed with my mom and Mitch’s favorite See’s Candies, Butterscotch Squares, to be placed at each guest’s place setting. And my mom, being the crazy Italian that she is, handmade 250 Pizzelle cookies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizzelle) with her waffle cookie press to be served along with the cake. As part of the package deal we got at The Club, we were given a plain 3 tiered wedding cake from Hansen’s Bakery, which happened to be my mom’s favorite bakery! She selected a square tiered ivory cake that I then added black ribbon and preserved ivory roses, along with a cake topper of a modern, sleek dancing couple (my mom and Mitch had been working on their first dance with a professional teacher for 9 months and did a full choreographed routine a la “Dancing with the Stars!”). The white pedestals in the ceremony were flower display pedestals that we ordered & assembled and the aisle runner was just a sheet of white satin that my best friend and I cut and taped to the floor, then covered with rose petals. All in all, the day was a complete success, though incredibly physically and emotionally draining, it was totally worth every bit of blood, sweat and tears!
Venue & Catering: The City Club on Bunker Hill
Cake: Hansen’s Bakery
Photographer: Eric Slay, Paper White Photography
DJ: Ross Creations
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from The Glamour Closet
Bride’s Shoes: Colorifics, via zappos.com
Bridesmaid Dresses & Jewelry: J. Crew
Bridesmaid Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Invitations: eInvite.com, via Costco.com
Flowers: made by the bridesmaids from the Downtown Los Angeles Flower Mart
Flower Pedestals: http://xylemdesign.com/Pedestals/PedestalPortablePro.asp
River Rocks: Pottery Barn, http://www.potterybarn.com/products/river-rock-vase-filler/