Soo, little fact about us. We’re not really kid people. And I’m not saying we don’t want kids (Edmond wants 3, I’m like 😳). BUT, we decided to have an ✨adult only✨ wedding. Yep, totally kid free.
x there weren’t any kids 😉
x no crying babies in the middle of ceremony 👶🏻
x no parents chasing toddlers the whole night.
x kid friendly music was not a concern
x parents could solely focus on themselves and enjoy the night kid free.
x what do out-of-town families do with their kids for the night? (dm for what we did)
x You could be offending your family by not inviting their kids.
x Parents that don’t have easy access to sitters don’t know what to do.
Overall- some guests struggled with this concept, but, a lot of parents were thrilled to have a night off. We stuck to our gut and did exactly what we wanted to do.
Anyone else not really ‘kid’ people?
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you know you landed your punch line.
The RELIEF I felt when he laughed like this was enormous. I was so nervous none of my jokes were going to land and I would be embarrassing myself at my own wedding. Turns out, I’m pretty funny 🤣. And yes, that’s me dropping the mic at the end. No shame. 🎤
Are you writing your own vows?
Is it just me, or did everyone also realize how addicted they are to Instagram yesterday? I couldn’t load activity, couldn’t share a story, couldn’t post a photo. I thought the world was ending 😉. After a while though it actually made me want to take a break from IG all together, because frankly, I didn’t like how obsessive I had become over this app.
🙅🏻♀️ But let’s be real. I’m way too in love with the community here and the wonderful souls I get to interact with every day. That being said. Yesterday’s post is now today’s post as promised. I want to address a WEDDING question that I was asked a lot about: 💰MONEY SAVING TIPS 💰. Weddings are freking expensive guys. I definitely was one of those brides that knew the wedding industry was pricy, but still got suckered in and went over budget. When things started getting too tight, I adjusted and quickly became VERY decisive.
x NO- we don’t need an engraved cake knife.
x NO- we don’t need specialty drink stirrers.
x NO- we don’t need “bride & groom” on the back of our chairs, I think everyone will know WHO WE ARE.
x AND say NO to party favors. Who the heck came up with that idea anyway?
Swipe to see some suggestions I shared in my story recently for ways to save money. Comment below with any specific items you’re questioning and I’ll let you know my thoughts!
Looking back on the past 6 months and it truly has been marital bliss! We traveled to Asia, moved into our home, and created the most precious blessing, a baby GIRL! 💕
I love you beyond measure @tjsica17 and thank God each day for you. Thank you for making all of my wildest dreams come true.
Make your wedding experience YOUR OWN.
x My bridesmaids wore white
x Our best friend married us
x We swapped cake for desserts
x I DIDN’T have a bridal shower!
x Something old, something new -🙅🏻♀️ no thanks.
x No snail mail. Guests RSVP’d on our website! It’s 2019 people.
x No garter or bouquet toss 🙅🏻♀️
x Swapped guest book for a photo-booth! @mirmirphoto
I learned through the process of planning that there are so many “traditional” wedding components that just didn’t resonate with me. This is even more true when you combine classic wedding traditions with religious or cultural customs. My best advice is to DO YOU. Keep the traditions that you love, and forego the ones you don’t. It’s your day. Make it your own.
I’d love to dive deeper into any of the bullets I mentioned above. So let me know if you have q’s for me! 💋
This is what wedding dreams are made of. Sunset. Candlelight. Florals. A canopy of twinkling lights overhead. Good food and drinks. Perfect mood music. And guests gasping as they walk into this reception. All of my wedding dreams came true the moment @lauren_rote hired me on and shared her vision. Our aesthetic totally aligned and magic was made ✨ check out her feed for more of this dreamy day!! 📷 @jordanvoth
You guys voted for more wedding content. So let’s do it! (I could talk about my wedding forever, but I don’t want to bore you! Just ping me if it’s overkill). 😝
B r i d e Speech! How many of you gave your own speech at your wedding reception? 🙋🏻♀️ I LOVE that it’s becoming more & more popular for brides to give her own speech. It’s incredibly empowering & you feel like a bada$$. Does public speaking terrify the shit out of you? SAME 🙅🏻♀️. But I told myself, “Lauren, you’re doing this. Get your butt up there.” One of these days I’ll put my speech on YouTube so I can talk about how I structured it. ✨Snaps for this?✨
What do you think about giving your own speech? There’s a lot of brides that I’ve talked to recently on here, so tell me what you think!
Tag your Galentines 💋
I remember the months and weeks leading up to this day. Having bridesmaids that were just as excited as me was the BEST thing ever. Anytime I got on the phone with them, they just kept saying how excited they were. It’s a great feeling as the bride to know that your best friends and family also can’t wait for this day to come. So, to all the bridesmaids out there, go show your bride the same love, and tag her below ❤️
✨ G o l d e n H o u r
We got so damn lucky. This sunset was one for the books, and the weather was steady at 70 degrees the entire night. Nonetheless, I panicked for a year and a half about having an all outdoor wedding in November. The weather actually showed 50% chance of rain on our wedding day the week before. I cried. A lot. It didn’t rain. 🤷🏻♀️
Let’s talk out p o s i n g.
I feel like this is something no one ever thinks about. And fair enough. There’s about a million others things to do when planning a wedding. But let’s be real, the photos are what you take home at the end of it all, and you want to NAIL them.
Now.. I’m not saying focus on posing SO much that your photos look stiff. Truth be told, candid photos are kind of the best. But, natural, romantic poses make for some epic wedding shots too. Swipe -> to see what I mean.
Your photographer or videographer should be good at directing you, but it doesn’t hurt to do some pre-wedding practice before the big day! Hope this was helpful!
May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
May fortune be your sidekick, and sorrow never find you.
May your achievements be larger than life, and ambitions even larger.
May your joys be colossal, and worries microscopic.
May your thoughts be the answers to tomorrow’s questions.
And, most of all, may you learn to say “Massi” before you learn “KJ.” #happybirthday#shaanyturnsone! #wildone
✨Caption this for me!
Highlight moment of the night. We did a small two layer cake for the sake of the “cake cutting”. Honestly I almost scrapped this old school tradition all together, but last minute decided to keep it & I’m so glad I did.
A. Because it made for this epic shot, and B. it was an opportunity for the two of us to share another special moment together during a BUSY night- between running around and trying to talk to all our guests.
What do you guys think of cake cuttings? 👍🏼👎🏼🤷🏻♀️
Show your p e r s o n a l i t y!
This was one of the concepts I was MOST excited to see come to life. I really wanted our personality (ok, my personality) to come through in the details around the night. And let me tell you, SO many people came up to me with drink in hand like, “OMG Lauren the cocktail napkins!” I played it cool & casual- but inside I was jumping up and down like a little girl because mission accomplished. And then I walked away and brushed my shoulder off. 💃🏻
Beyhive! Let me see you! 🍯 .
Let’s talk about f l o w e r s. Are they worth it?
Short answer: heck yes.
Flowers are definitely a high ticket item on the list and can be really hard to swallow, especially since they just die the next day. BUT I did learn some money saving tricks along the way.
1. Repurpose- all the florals that we’re used in the ceremony area were moved to the reception to be enjoyed the entire night.
2. Mix & Match- our flower Wall was actually a mixture of real and faux flowers. NO ONE will notice. & it gets the job done.
3. Stick to Greens- In the areas where we felt were most important, we splurged on the flower placement. But when it came to the bars, the fountain, & signage areas we primarily stuck to greenery with some candles and called it a day. It was gorgeous and complimented the rest of the space perfectly.
A good florist and/or wedding planner should recommend these tips to you. 💡If you have any more tips, let me know in the comments below!
Still jumping for joy to see this feature on @caratsandcake today!
When your couple dates for 10 years, every one wants to know about their journey! A beautiful watercolor backdrop and an illustrated timeline of their love story. Escort cards were gold tins filled with the couple's favorite tea. 10 years later and still plen-tea of love!
Photo by @perpixelphoto
It’s been one hell of a journey with you ladies ..... we def made it out alive! 😂🤪❤️🥰 love you guys so much ... we’re the only group of people that can roast one another ... yet, we don’t cry about it we just laugh our asses off. 😂 #goodtimes#bridesmaids#glamourwheels just missing naz in these pics ... oh wait cuz she was the bride! Shoutout to my mua : @dianashin and hair @eduardoponcehair ... thanks for hiding my greys 😂😂😂
11.24.18. Truly one of the most special moments I have ever witnessed in my life. I will never forget the beautiful Love that surrounded all of us that day. The clouds were painted in orange and pink and wrapped us all in a warm glow...the genuine smiles on everyone’s faces looking up at the two of you...it was as if time stood still in this moment & it was nothing short of magic, pure magic. Watching the two of you gaze into each other’s eyes so lovingly brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it...I will forever hold this moment so dear to my heart. I love you both so deeply and I thank you for allowing me to be apart of this incredible moment in your lives.
It was an absolute honor to not only witness true love being professed so beautifully, but to have been chosen to stand beside & support my family.
Nazanin- I KNOW I’m a pain in your butt but I love you so incredibly much. Your beauty isn’t just exterior; it shines from within. You show ALL of us what self love is & how to obtain it. Your take on life, your ability to set goals and reach them, and your drive is unmatched. Everything you have in your life is the perfect example of dedication, positivity & plain hard fucking work. There are not enough words to describe how truly proud I am of you.
Miguel- Thank you for everything you have done for me, my family & my cousin. You spoil us beeyyoonndd! We’re officially family- you’re stuck with me now, sorry bout it lol
Congratulations @nazaninmandi@miguel 11.24.18! Such a Beautiful Ceremony and awesome reception! I’ve known these two for a bit now and it’s been nothing short of amazing to witness the growth in them over the years as individuals and also as a solid team:)They are both talented, dedicated, driven, successful and kind beings:) Love and Blessings to the Pimentel’s! #couplesgoals#miguel#nazaninmandi
Much much much congrats and good luck to friends @nazaninmandi and @miguel on their marriage this past weekend!! It was definitely a one of a kind experience. @missmarshel and I wish y’all nothing but much continued health, wealth, love, happiness and a house full of bay bay’s!! 😝😋 Btw I’m still full from all the food, multiple dessert tables aaand the In-N-Out truck at the end! 🤣🥳🍔🎉 Congrats Mr🤵& Mrs👰 Pimentel!!
I had the honor of witnessing two of my favorite people get married this past weekend. It was fairytale af! Lol. I absolutely adore y’all! They say, The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. So hang on tight! Oh, and congratulations, you may now update your Facebook status...
Migs and Naz, I just want to wish you guys all the best! May your lives be filled with love, continued growth, and many more rad times! (not to mention fastfood for the hangovers)
Photos in loving courtesy of yours truly... polaroids and film on their way, as promised!
11.24.XX18 Meet the Pimentels. 🥂🍾 Saturday was nothing but love and for my dear friends | Truly one of the best moments in life is seeing two people commit their love and union in front of friends and family. Thank you @nazaninmandi@miguel for allowing us to share in that moment and dance the night away | Congratulations 🍾🥂
I got a call a few months ago from my homie @miguel. He said “what are you doing Thanksgiving weekend?”
My mind immediately realized I would be on the couch feeling itis’d out from all the yams and pie.
He said “I need you in LA - it’s a very special day for @nazaninmandi and I, and we trust you to provide the soundtrack.”
Fast forward to November 24, and we witnessed the party of a lifetime.
I have NEVER seen a wedding where we had a raging dance floor BEFORE the bride and groom even arrived. Truly epic vibes.
I have also never deejayed a wedding where I was playing Nas album tracks (an ode to @salaamremi), Marvin Gaye outtakes, Biggie remixes (since @bystormpitts was there), and Travis Scott collabs all back to back.
FYI to all event planners reading this: my NYE is still open. Lol.
Congrats to the beautiful couple on their new life together. I was truly honored. Maybe I need to DJ more weddings. Lol.
Shout to @voguemagazine for the mention as well!
I still am buzzing from this past weekends wedding! Celebrating love for my two friends I have grown with over the last 13 years!! I cried the night before just reminiscing on so many old ass memories ! Your journey has taught me so much about love & sacrifice.. you guys did the damn thing! I’m very proud of you both for your acceptance to hold one another down throughout the good, the bad, the hard times, the great times ... it’s really been a true testament of what true love is! I thank you for teaching me and the world what you can do if you just remain strong together! Love you guys so much 😭💕 @miguel@nazaninmandi photos courtesy of @saraloblaphotographer
congratulations to my family's newest addition, Mr. & Mrs. Pimentel. you share more than just a name, you share a bond of spirit, of love &the blessing of continuing the legacy that our grandparents began. #bestman#maidofhonor
congratulations to my family's newest addition, Mr. & Mrs. Pimentel. you share more than just a name, you share a bond of spirit, of love &the blessing of continuing the legacy that our grandparents began.
I was low-key stressed at this wedding because the post-ceremony timeline was pretty tight trying to fit in wedding party, family and photos of the couple (no first look) all before sunset. We had about 50 or so minutes to make it happen. Thankfully it went off without a hitch and we got one incredible sunset! Here’s a frame of Lauren looking all angelic in her @galialahav dress & veil. 🙌🏻
Also, check out my story to get more info about a new camera harness my good friend, @indiaearl, is coming out with. It’s in-freaking-credible. Don’t miss out.
Feels like it was yesterday that this happened 💕 I finally got to marry the best man I know on 11.11.2018. Being surrounded by hundreds of people we love from the bottom of our heart to support and celebrate our new journey was a feeling I will never forget. Love you all!!! The “Heavin’s” xoxo #matchmadeinheavin💍
I never knew it was possible to feel as happy as I do right now. Yesterday was the best day of our lives and our wedding was an absolute DREAM come true! Somebody pinch me...I get to finally call @hanerpants my HUSBAND! 💕
today she becomes a wifey 💍 congratulations, sweet lauren! thank you for having me be apart of such a special day. you are an angel bride with the most beautiful heart. love you! @lauren_rote@carlyxhair#makeupbyhaileyhoff
I rarely post reception photos, but this was one of my favorite reception photos I’ve taken. Heather and Ben danced while all their guests held sparklers in a huge circle around them. it was simply magical ✨
That feeling when one of your best friends has found her partner for the rest of her life- her 10/10. Such a wonderful few days celebrating their love for each other. We love you both so much @tpkinla and @nicolecanread ❤️ #readagreed
My dear Sophie and Mayer! ..and Sherry and Tony! Thank you so very much for including and sharing such an amazing, and special Day with me! 😊🙏💞 I can’t believe our girls started first grade in school together! Now both married))) Wish them all the happiness in the world! 💖💖💖 @sherrytalasazan
..finally I’ve got to wear gift to me from my @the_canadian_gal 🙏☺️ (shoes and earrings) and gift to myself when I visited Aus 🇦🇺 6 months ago (Camilla silk 👗) Wedding was in a magical, surreal surroundings, how appropriately named - Hummingbird Nest 💚💚💚
two years ago i said in my vows that in addition to calling you my best friend, soul mate and husband, i couldn’t wait to one day call you the father of our kids too. turns out that ‘one day’ is happening in a couple of months! happy two, @johnnyyang24. i can’t wait for our next adventure. 👶🏻 #johnnyandvy