DIY HOLLYWOOD WEDDING | Kassee + Aaron | The prettiest li’l wedding I ever did see. + Bambino blogs now.


It’s Friday afternoonish (at least in nyc), and the facts are in: Pippa *may not be* a strippa, but she does have a badonkadonk (sp?) envied the world over.  ESPECIALLY in the UK.  Oh, how do I know this?  Plastic surgeons in the UK have reported a 60% upswing in the number of clients requesting Pippa’s tushie.  Actually, let’s call it by its proper name: The Pip Package Perfect Posterior.  Yes, that’s a real thing and this is happening.  And yes, it’s $12,000.  So… go, society!  It’s good to see we’ve got our priorities in order.

Aright, it’s getting down to about 2 weeks ’til we set out for California for that gorgeous Laguna Beach wedding we’ve got coming up in early June, and I’m excited because I’ve got some suhWEEEET friends/bloggers crafting up some pretty for y’all to eat up while I’m gone.  Just gonna be a couple of days, of course.  I’ll be back faster than you can read volumes A through F of your encyclopedia collection.  (Childrens’ encyclopedia collections withstanding.)

Anyways, here’s the thing: because this wedding is in Laguna Beach (you know, that place where those pretty little bitches from that show “Laguna Beach” lived and partied and were bitches), everyone’s going to be dressed to the nines and I have NO IDEA WHAT I’M GOING TO WEAR TO THIS WEDDING PEOPLE.


Champagne problems, eh?  (If you’re not watching Modern Family, get on that.  We’ll all enjoy my posts that much more if we put in the effort.)

So, I need some help.  Any outfit/ensemble suggestions?  It’s a formal wedding, and it’s in June so I suspect it will be hotter than the surface of the sun, so something light is best.  A black sheath is kind of out of the question.  Thanksies!

Anywho, today’s super fab wedding was submitted by Jennifer Williams Photography, and it’s like oh so cool and spectacular.  Kassee and Aaron met when they were 16 – 16! – and Kassee loves old movies, plus she works in the entertainment industry, which led to their old Hollywood theme!  Gotsta love it.  Also, I don’t care what anyone says, I am almost certain that I will never stop loving silvery grey and yellow for weddings.  It’s chic, modern and super simple, and it works in nearly all combinations.  You almost can’t mess it up.  And when you add a little blue in there for good measure, it’s like WHOA.  Unexpected pops of color are my favorite kinds of color pops.  Just fyi.

I hope you enjoy!  And happy weekend, bubelahs!  P.S. – Bambino’s working for me now (he finally learned to type… you’ll see.)

Dude, mint green, too?  It just keeps getting better.  (Mint green is one of my faaaaavorite colors.)

I loooooove that last shot.  It’s just… it’s perfect.

Here are some words from their photographer, Jen:

Their love started as high school sweethearts, and every bit of that sweetness has stayed with them over the years. Kassee followed her passion for film to New York for school while Aaron stayed in California. The two of them grew even closer despite the distance and they now live in Los Angeles together. Film and Hollywood glamour have a special significance to this couple. What better setting for their wedding than Siren Studios overlooking the fabulous Hollywood Sign? The ceremony took place at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. After, the couple made a stop at the W Hotel, another great Hollywood icon and tribute to their last name which starts with a W. The wedding also featured several DIY elements. Letters with their initials added extra pop to the white photo studio walls, homemade cookies lined the table for favors, and every bridesmaid picked out her own grey dress. My absolute favorite style element were the “bridal sunglasses.” A little funky, a little vintage, and super cute!

And here’s the rundown from our lovely bride, Kassee:

Aaron and I met in high school when we were 16. We both lived in Bakersfield at the time and continued to date even after I went away to college in New York. We did four years long distance and both eventually ended up in Los Angeles.  We decided to have our wedding in Los Angeles even though both our families lived in Bakersfield. Los Angeles is where we got engaged and where our lives are so we wanted to have our families join us in starting our life together in our new home town.

I love old movies and work in the entertainment industry so I knew early on I wanted to have an old Hollywood theme. Where better to have the reception then actually in Hollywood?  We spent over a year planning and looked all over for a reception venues, it was fate that led me to Siren Studios. The people at Siren are a dream to work with! It was the perfect venue with its location on Sunset Blvd and it’s amazing view of the Hollywood sign! Since most of our guests were traveling, it was fun to have such an iconic attraction be part of our big day. Aaron’s Dad created the beautiful A & K marquee letters that floated over the white walls and my mom and sister made the straws for the margarita cups.  The maid of honor and her mom helped make the personalized name backs out of muslin for the directors chairs I rented from the studio.  Each girl got to take their name home at the end of the night.

Our number one priority for the reception was for our guests to have fun.  We both love Mexican food and thought it would be fun to do a taco bar. Empanadas, nachos and ceviche were pass around during cocktail hour and the caterer even provided a margarita machine. Rise and Shine catering created amazing vegan enchiladas so that everyone could enjoy something during dinner. They also put me in touch with Kerianne Miller who provided day of coordination and made sure everything went smoothly We kept the bar simple offering beer, wine and margaritas. The wine and toasting champagne were bought from Bev Mo during their 5 cent wine sale which helped us save a ton of money.  Another budget saver was our florals which were done by O & J Flowers located downtown in the Los Angeles flower district. I took pictures and they were able to design something for me at a fraction of the cost of other florists.  The wedding bouquet was $50 and centerpieces were only $35! I highly recommend walking around and talking to flower market vendors once you have an idea of what you are looking for.

Aaron and I both love coconut cake so we were determined to find one for our wedding. We hit the jackpot with Blue Cupcake! They did an amazing job and also provided macarons, dessert shots and smore’s pops for our dessert table.

I also have to give credit to our amazing photographer, Jennifer Williams. The morning was a hectic whirl and we ran out of time to take pictures before ceremony. She did a great job of making sure to capture every during the madness. The day went by so fast that I’m glad we will have our pictures to remember all of the special details. Definetely hire someone with expereince as they will know exactly what and how and to capture the best of the big day.

And now, because I remember today’s photographer was looking forward to what kind of puppy randomness I’d be throwing in at the bottom of this wedding, here’s a super-jam-packed installment of A Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants:

Aaaaaaand… I’m typin typin typin typin…

I’m actually very happy about his sudden typing ability because as many of you will remember, I took him on as my assistant a short while back, and – well let’s just say he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.  Which is fine!  It’s fine, it’s just, that’s *not* what he said on his resume.  And that just really irks me.  On second thought, I had a feeling it was slightly embellished – I mean, he claimed to have 2 years experience at Bear Sterns and the little guy isn’t even a year old yet.

I think he’s too comfortable in this job, honestly.

Ohh, and you know what else?  It’s like all he does is check his email:

Seriously.  I think this is all he does all day.  He never finishes anything I give him.

See??!! ↑  He knows it’s wrong.  I’m not paying him to waste my time and his.  Arrrrrg.

Sigh… Look at that punim.  You guys, I could never fire him.

So, any help on the outfit dilemma?  And what do you think of this wedding?  Don’t love those shots of Kassee’s bridesmaids?  I do.  I love ‘em.  And I want more of ‘em! :)

xoxo!  – Alison

Photographer: Jennifer Williams Photography / Submitted via: Two Bright Lights / Event Planner: Abbey Road Weddings / Cake: Blue Cupcake / Reception Venue: Siren Studios / Ceremony Location: Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Label(s): Blue, Color, Grey, Mr. McPuppyPants, Yellow, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Jenna on May 20, 2011

    I really want to know where the bridesmaid dresses came from. They’re gorgeous!

  2. JenWillPhoto on May 20, 2011

    Oh – I am so so excited to have my work featured on The Knotty Bride, especially with sweethearts like Kassee and Aaron! Thank you for all the wonderful things you said about their wedding. And – The puppy pics! Fabulous… I don’t think your audience is ever going to stop encouraging that. He is too cute.

  3. Megan Powers on May 20, 2011

    Enjoy Laguna! It’s beautiful!! Check out Brussels Bistro if you have time. So delicious!! For a dress…. Southern CA has June gloom right about now, so the mornings are cooler than you would expect and then it warms up and the sun comes out. Then night time comes and it cools off again. So layer!

  4. Alison on May 20, 2011

    Jenna – we’re checking on it; we’ll fill you in as soon as we know! :) They’re SPECTACULAR, aren’t they?

  5. Emma on May 20, 2011

    Ok, love you doggy, AS ALWAYS. I die over him :) And this wedding is, as you would say, amazeballs! Those bouquet shots are so fabulous, I have to ask my photographer to get shots like that!

  6. Mel {The Oceanside Bride} on May 20, 2011

    Wow! Love everything about this wedding! Such fun colors and details! Beautiful. =) And your pup- adorable.

  7. Michelle on May 20, 2011

    I bookmarked this wedding – it’s got exactly the look and feel I’m going for! Love those bmaid dresses/shots too!

  8. Alison on May 20, 2011

    Megan – thanks for the suggestions! I’m always so excited to see what everyone comes up with :)

    Emma – I know, right? Those bouquet shots are TO DIE.

    Mel – :) SUCH fun colors :) Gotta love it!

    Michelle – Awesome! Glad we could give you some totes relevant inspiration today!

  9. Lindsey on May 20, 2011

    That shot with the Marilyn book and the autographs sign is by far my favorite. Are those sparkly stickers on the mirrored autograph sign? If they are I definitely have to have those! Where are they from?
    Gorgeous wedding by the way!

  10. BeeCustom Design on May 20, 2011

    LOVE the long stems of the bouquets…….simply stunning. I totally would hire that puppy dog to work for me any day…….he is too cute:)

  11. JenWillPhoto on May 20, 2011

    Your readers are so sweet! I am so lucky to have been part of this wedding and so stoked to have my work featured along side Bambino. ;) hugs!

  12. Jessica Frey on May 20, 2011

    This is such a beautiful fun unique wedding! Jennifer did an amazing job capturing the gorgeous details and the fun fun fun emotion of this wedding! Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. Lena on May 20, 2011

    That wedding is GORGEOUS, but you already know that. Now I do, too, thank goodness. I wouldn’t want to live one more day without those stunning flowers and that magnificent bride in that marvelous dress.

    As for what you should wear to the OC wedding…maybe a maxi dress in a shade of coral or mint (is it the blog design that has me dreaming of these shades on you?) Something formal, especially when dressed up with heels, that will still move and be flexible. And I second Megan’s advice-bring a cute coordinating cardigan!

    AND, thank heaven for photos of Bambino. Just when I thought I could not survive a few more minutes of work, I see that little piece of Heaven also tip-tap-typing away. Promise you’ll never get tired of posting photos, because I will never get tired of looking at them. Plus, hunting you down and stealing Bambino from your apartment seems significantly more daunting now that they’ve installed those cameras.


  14. Elle on May 20, 2011

    About the outfit, need more details:
    1. Budget
    2. Day time or Evening Wedding
    3. Do you already have a pair of fabulous shoes you plan on wearing with said dress?

    Also, I frackin’ love Bambino. When I’m sitting in lab (I am in Pharmacy School) sometimes I think to myself… yeah I could get a puppy… look how cute he is. But then I remember that it’s the twelfth hour and I am still sitting in the damn lab. Thanks for sharing him!

  15. Laura on May 20, 2011

    My oh my, this is one I’ve never seen before! Very creative!

  16. Denise on May 20, 2011

    We are major fans of Jennifer Williams. Her work is phenomenal and find her to be very nice! Hope to meet her in person one of these days. :) Puppy’s too cute, very funny blog girlie!

  17. Kristen on May 21, 2011

    “Hello, Mr. Banks, this is Franc’s assistant, Howard Weinstein…” – Bambino is your Howard Weinstein as my Bella kitty is to me.

    I love the one from yesterday or the day before when Bambino looked like he got caught surfing Dog Fancy…lol.

  18. Lyndi Lou on May 21, 2011

    This post blew me away a bit! Our colors are light blue, gray, yellow, and a bit of sea foam green, and we are having mexican food! Whoa! Everything else is pretty different, but I’m stoked to see how they did it.

    Here’s some dress ideas!

    Love Bambino!!! Keep his cute pictures a-coming!!

  19. Jackie W on May 21, 2011

    These photos are gorgeous and bring this beautiful day to life! I can see the photographer takes great pride in her work and really works at creating memorable photos for her clients! What a smashing event! Beautiful people, beautiful decor, and beautiful photos!

  20. alittleteteatete on May 22, 2011

    hahahaha I’m in love with him!! You crack me up!!! :) I always can’t wait to see what you will post about him!

  21. Madison on May 23, 2011

    TOO CUTE! Bambino that is. LOVE the wedding, the autograph table is gorgeous! Such pretty pictures.

  22. Cocroft & Delbridge on May 23, 2011

    What awesome DIY details and the bridesmaid dresses are incredible!

  23. erin * sparkle & hay on May 24, 2011

    in L-O-V-E with this wedding!!! such a great infusion of their own style! the dancefloor & those initials are my favorite!!

  24. Kassee on May 26, 2011

    The bridesmaid dresses were from Nordstroms/Normstroms Rack, Pea in the Pod (Maternity) and JC Penny. I didn’t want to be responsible for putting everyone in an expensive ugly dress so I let everyone pick out their own dress on their own budget. I love the way it turned out. Every girl looked beautiful!!

    If anyone is interested in some of the items from this post, I am actually selling them on craigslist here

    It was a LOT of hard work but I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it all turned out. So happy that it can inspire others :)

  25. Shayna Marie on July 16, 2011

    OMG! I swear i’ve never really liked smaller dogs but I cannot stop thinking about french bulldogs now! All me and my fiance talk about now is getting one! He is SOOO Adorable!!!


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