Justina Blakeney and Jason Rosencrantz first met through her then-roommate, who was dating Jasonâ€™s younger brother. Sparks didn't fly. But seven years later they ran into each other again at a party thrown by a mutual friend -- and something finally clicked. The couple -- she's a creative consultant and he's a writer -- wanted a celebration that was playful and reflective of their personalities and rich on DIY details. Soon after they began planning their March 18, 2012, nuptials at the Grace E. Simons Lodge in Elysian Park, in their hometown of Los Angeles, they received happy news: They were expecting a baby girl. It was the icing on their soon-to-cut cake.
"Anyone who has ever been shopping for a maternity wedding gown knows that it isn't easy," Justina says. Thankfully she was able to work with Argentine couturier Stella Alberti for her French lace gown and bell-sleeve bolero. Her jewelry was a gift from her grandmother, Bette.
Jason maintained his cool in a gray tuxedo with pops of yellow.
Kelly Cuadra of Viva Voce Designs created the brideâ€™s textured, artfully gathered bouquet of acacia, seeded eucalyptus, pincushion protea, dahlias, ranunculus, daffodils, anemones, sweetpeas, jasmine, star of Bethlehem, leucadendron, kangaroo paws, pieris Japonica, and craspedia. The stems were tied with vintage Japanese batik fabric that Justina found at the Rose Bowl flea market.
Justina's brother officiated the secular ceremony, which included the Jazz stylings of their friend, Fabiano do Nascimento. Jason and the wedding party entered to â€śCorcovadoâ€ť -- the first song the couple learned to play together(with the bride on vocals and the groom at the piano). The bride walked down the aisle on the arms of her mother and father to Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low".
Before being declared â€śa familyâ€ť the couple exchanged personalized vows and wedding bands. Justina's previously belonging to Jason's grandmother, and his ring from The Sly Fox was made from recycled gold."The fact that our daughter was in my belly during the wedding made it all the more special," Justina said.
Vintage table runners were topped with cloth napkins in varying shades of yellow, biodegradable areca-leaf plates, Mason-jar glasses, and gold flatware. The potted-plant centerpieces, put together by friends and family, doubled as favors.
Contemporary Catering prepared an Italian-inspired â€śpescatarianâ€ť family-style menu. It included salads, papardelle primavera, grilled vegetables, roasted red potatoes, and branzino with charred fennel, saffron, and tomato-herb cream sauce.
A lemon cake with fresh strawberries was made by Olivia Lin of Sweet Catastrophe Cakes. It was topped with an edible version of the collaged figures featured on the invitation suite. Candy succulents and craspedia matched their realistic counterparts in the centerpieces, and even the newlyweds' cat, Luda, made a sugar appearance in between the tiers.
In addition, guests enjoyed a gelato bar from Pazzo Gelato.
Location: Grace E. Simons Lodge
Day-Of Coordination: Kelly Cuadra of Viva Voce Designs
Catering: Contemporary Catering
Stationery: Justina Blakeney
Cake: Sweet Catastrophe Cakes
Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals
Makeup: Soledad Alberti
Engagement Ring: Artisan LA