A year ago today I had the honor of designing Marta & Matt’s Art Deco meets Enchanted Forest wedding at Cicada Club in DTLA.
At our very first meeting we spoke extensively about the way Marta & Matt wanted their wedding to feel, and our design grew organically from there. They didn’t want another everythingartdeco wedding, but rather a celebration of their unique (and nerdy!) interests in an atmosphere of enchantment and fun. With manzanita trees, mossy vignettes, lanterns, fairy lights, and even a scavenger hunt, I think we nailed the magic. And the fun. And most importantly, we created an event that felt like authentically like them.
I loved creating this memorial tree, placed on the center of the escort card table, to honor those family members who couldn’t celebrate with Marta & Matt.
And speaking of the escort card table, we assigned every guest their own tiny lantern to guide them to their seat for dinner!
Matt wanted the head table to have it’s own number, and naturally he wanted that number to be zero. Done and done.
Fairy lights for days.
These two are such a funny, thoughtful, and creative pair, and were such a joy to work with.
Marta is a talented artist and painted these adorable cake toppers herself. I really admire
that she gave herself a creative task, but didn’t feel the need to take on ALL the details.
Being trusted by fellow artists is such a huge compliment and responsibility, and
I’m thrilled I could take on the details so they could enjoy their day with family and friends.
While we originally spoke about a photo scavenger hunt, we opted to go more old school,
and I created a series of clues hidden in vintage books throughout the venue for guests
Naturally the scavenger hunt ended at the dessert table, which was stacked high with boxes
of Brazilian treats.
The couples family and friends were warm and funny and their speeches were heartfelt
and full of love for Marta & Matt.
Congratulations Marta & Matt! And Happy Anniversary!
It was such a joy to be part of your wedding day!
We got chickens! We also celebrated our one-year anniversary, bought a house, and um, lived without a fully working bathroom for about 3 months, so there’s a lot of catching up to do! Showers too.
And of course there have been weddings. And flowers. And flower crowns (for dogs).
BUT I’m getting ahead of myself, so for now, let’s just look at baby pictures shall we?
You may be wondering where one finds chicks in Los Angeles.
Answer, the internet.
(insert that wide-eyed emoji here)
they are delivered via USPS:
We stained that floor ourselves, btw.
I expected they’d be a little spent from their journey, maybe a little wilted like wedding flowers when they first arrive, but nope, they were jumping up and down chirping when I opened the box.
I played mama bird, dipping their little beaks in water and showing them their food, and THEY HAVEN’T STOPPED EATING SINCE.
Here they are at one week old:
Ruth Bader Chicksburg, a Blue Americauna
Dolly Bird, an Olive Egger, aka the runt
Name TBD, but most likely Audre, a Black Copper Maran
Name TBD, maybe Simone de Oeuffvoir? A Cream Legbar
Name TBD, Judith or Annie? A Rhode Island Red
At one week: They all have wing feathers, and 4 of them have tail feathers too. They love to eat chicken scratch from the palm of your hand, tolerate being held, and flap their little wings in excitement, but no actual flying yet. The ginger does use strategic wing movements to block her sisters from eating on occasion.
And one more…
Notorious RBC, in repose.
Do you have chickens? Good chicken names?
Send any funny, punny, and/or feminist chicken names you can think of our way!