Jordan and Adam's wedding beautifully juxtaposed the vibrant spirit of a Southern aesthetics with the warmth and hospitality of an American household. Their celebration brought together the best of both worlds, creating a truly unique and memorable event. Drawing inspiration from the allure of an Italian summer, the couple transformed the family household into a Mediterranean-inspired haven. Gentle bouquets of wildflowers adorned the tables, infusing the space with the vibrant colors and smells reminiscent of an Italian countryside. Each detail was carefully curated, expressing the essence of romance and passion. Groom and bride’s sophisticated looks added to the ambience of a stylish and chic event. Scroll and discover Jordan and Adam's beautiful story captured by our members St. Chelle.
Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?
I am 28 years old, born and raised in Los Angeles. I am the Chief of Staff for a media company. My hobbies are anything that includes the beach, traveling and eating.
Can you share your engagement story?
We spent a lot of time at Coldwater park during covid, reading, picnics and hanging out. One Sunday we were supposed to have a picnic with my sister and her boyfriend. Once we arrived we set up our blanket and Adam asked to go for a walk which seemed strange as we just sat down. On the way back to our picnic he went up to two strangers and struck up a conversation (as he normally does) and I went back to open the wine. He came back and immediately got on his knee and proposed. I blacked out for the majority of it but will always remember the feeling when I saw the ring. The strangers he struck up a conversation with recorded the whole thing so luckily I got to rewatch and remember everything he said. We hung out alone at the park, soaking in the moment and then went to Sunset Tower to recreate our first date. Our room was decorated in flowers and champagne and when we went downstairs for lunch both our families were there to surprise me. After we had friends over to celebrate in our room, we danced and laughed all night.
Did you have any pre-wedding events, like a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower?
I did an LA bachelorette and bridal shower in one weekend. All my closest friends and family planned the most amazing night. We spent the day at the Sunset Tower Hotel playing games then went to the Night Market for dinner and danced all night at the Edition until we couldn't walk. The next day my mom set up the dreamiest bridal shower in the backyard with a taco truck and margaritas.
Where was your wedding? Why did you choose this venue?
Our wedding was at my husband's dad’s house in Encino. I've always dreamed of having a backyard wedding since I was a little girl. They seem so personal. One of my favorite movies is the Father of the Bride, which is where the obsession with a backyard wedding started. It was important to me to get married somewhere that was special for us both and a place we are able to go back to celebrate.
What was the concept behind your wedding and how did you find your inspiration?
The inspiration was Italian summer. The backyard was recently redone and has overgrown lavender and huge trees. I really wanted to play off the natural beauty of the backyard and my husband and I went to Italy shortly after we got engaged where we fell in love with the rustic and natural beauty. Our wedding planners Lisa and Lauren also really understood our vision. From the first mood board they sent us it was like they were inside my head and pulled all the best ideas.
How long did it take to plan your wedding? Did you encounter any challenges during the planning process?
It took about a year to plan. At first I thought a backyard wedding would be easier than a venue but quickly realized that was a terrible assumption. We had to cover the pool and bring everything in, build a kitchen in the garage to accommodate the cooking for the guests and turn many of the spaces over during the event. I really wanted each part of the wedding to feel different and have an element of surprise for the guests. We had a cocktail party, ceremony, reception, and after party. The ceremony was flipped into the reception space during cocktail hour and the cocktail area was flipped into the after party during the reception.
How many guests did you have? And what was the seating arrangement at the wedding like?
We had about 200 people. We had arranged seating around the dance floor with circle and rectangular tables.
Tell us about your outfits. How many different styles have you tried?
My wedding dress was Vivienne Westwood. It was the first dress I ever tried on and after that I knew it was the one I would wear. It was simple yet beautiful and so comfortable which was a necessity as I knew I would be dancing all night long. My after party dress was a sparkly rat and boa dress which played into our after-party theme. We wanted a studio 54 vibe with metallic balloons, disco balls and red lights everywhere.
What was your first dance song? Did you choreograph or improvise?
Our first dance song was ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Frank Sinatra. We did one dance class and settled on a couple of dance moves we could rely on because that was the part I was most nervous about.
Did you have any special performances or entertainment?
We had West Coast Music JB Project who had everyone dancing the whole night and for the after party our DJ Vikas made it impossible for anyone to go home as each song was better than the previous.
What was the most memorable moment from your wedding day?
I decided to only get ready with my mom, sister and husband's sister. I knew I would be really nervous and keeping it small was the best decision. We laughed the entire time and I felt so comfortable. My favorite moment of the day was Adam and I surprisingly ending our vows with the same quote from my dad.
Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?
Our florist and photographer were incredible. I showed Jenn some inspiration but really trusted her vision which exceeded my expectations. She had the most stunning bar arrangements and my bouquet was incredible. I am always uncomfortable around the camera but Jamie had me laughing and so comfortable from the moment she arrived. Nothing felt too posed and she felt like one of our friends the moment she walked in.
Did you have any special or unique moments at your wedding?
It was really important to include my dad throughout the day. He passed away when I was 12 and I always knew the wedding day was going to be hard for me. I surprised everyone by having his favorite saying “I love you I will always love you and I always want to be loved by you” on the cocktail napkins. This was also the saying both Adam and I ended our vows in.
Did you make a gift for guests, and what was it? What did you give each other as a gift?
We had customized matchboxes we gifted our guests and placed around the bars.
What gift from guests do you remember the most?
During our engagement we were gifted a journal from a friend of ours. During the engagement and wedding planning, Adam and I would leave notes for each other and write memories we didn't want to forget. This was so special to look back on and will always hold such a big place in our hearts.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently planning their wedding?
To be prepared for changes. I always got so stressed anytime a vision or idea had to be changed. I realized on that day everything was so perfect. It all happens for a reason and the decor and design ended up being better than I could have ever imagined.
What helped you cope with the anxiety before the wedding?
Spending some alone time while getting ready and being with my sisters and mom really helped me. They always know what to say when I am getting nervous and Adams' dad made sure we had some tequila shots before the festivities which always helps. My hair and makeup team were incredible. They were so calm and made sure my hair was not out of place and my makeup was always perfect. I did a hair and makeup change for the afterparty which ended up being a perfect time to decompress and hang before going back out to party again. The week before we were told LA’s first hurricane in 40 years was coming on the day of the wedding. This caused me to wake up every morning at 3 am to track the storm and luckily we missed it by 4 hours. Adam constantly reminded me that it is out of our control and our love is all that matters. We have made it this far and a hurricane wasn't going to stop us.