How do a wedding filmmaker and photographer explain what makes them click? With camera metaphors, of course. âHe is a Holga,â says Joel Serrato (the filmmaker) of his longtime love, Jose Villa (the photographer), referring to the cultish toy camera that produces artsy, imperfect images. âHeâs taught me how to create beauty with simple, inexpensive things.â And Joel? âA Hasselblad,â says Jose, with a laugh, invoking a pricey professional model. âHigh-maintenance and a bit complicated -- but we balance each other out.â
Clad in custom Hugo Boss suits, Jose Villa (far left) and Joel Serrato say âsqueeze!â in California on their wedding day.
Letterpress invitations were bundled in onionskin paper and twine, then slipped into hand-stitched leather envelopes for mailing -- calligraphy and stamps went right onto the material. Coasters branded with the coupleâs initials carry the look through to the reception.
Together, the couple walked down an aisle flanked by wooden benches and succulents, including prickly pear cactus. âWe wanted to let the setting speak for itself,â says event planner Lisa Vorce of Oh, How Charming! about the less-is-more decorating approach. âJose reminded me to take it all in -- to look at the mountains and watch the wind passing through the grass,â says Joel.
Location: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse
Event Design & Production: Oh, How Charming!
Event Design & Flowers: Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design
Catering: New West Special Occasion Catering
Stationery: Papel Paper & Press
Calligraphy: Anne Jones
Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Lighting: Bella Vista Designs
Wedding Photography: Elizabeth Messina
Wedding Filmmaker: Joe Simon Wedding Films
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Bolero Soul
Reception Music: Michael Antonia of The Flashdance
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Specialty DÃ©cor: Barker DÃ©cor Service
Wedding Bands: Waxing Poetic