Meghan and Maarten were married at Studio 1342 in Los Angeles, Calif. on August 3. “We loved the quirkiness and uniqueness,” Meghan said. “We really wanted a place that reflected our style and that would allow us the freedom to bring in our own vendors and personal touches.” Almost all the decorations were handmade! From the outdoor ceremony paper heart backdrop to the button flower centerpieces in chalkboard recycled wine bottles. They even wrote the script together. “We kept some of the structure the same as a traditional ceremony, but we incorporated fun elements, such as a last unmarried kiss before we exchanged vows and rings.” Guests loved the intimate vibe of the reception — a disco ball and bunting banners hung from the loft’s ceiling, well wishes decorated a tree, and a delectable dessert display featured multiple cakes, cake pops, pies, and M & M’s. The newlywed’s best advice? “It is a day that’s meant for you to create together and share with those closest to you,” she said.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The beautiful white conservatory and garden felt like a quaint English fairytale, but it was conveniently located and less than ten minutes from the ceremony. I always wanted an outdoor wedding, but with the comfort of having an inside location available. Our venue had a great flow to it. It was a blank canvas with all the right makings. I did not want everyone to be forced to sit at a table all night, and this was the perfect place to get people moving into different areas.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
It took a lot of time to make many of the details for our wedding, but my absolute favorite was the peg dolls I painted to match each of the members of our wedding party. Each one had the corresponding suit or dress and accessories they would wear that day. The photo booth was also DIY. My father-in- law made the background from paper decorations from a party store, and I hand painted the sign and bought mostly pink props. Each of the table name cards were painted off of ideas from the Mexican loteria game. Each one represented something important to us and our love. The traditional card “La Mano” (The Hand) is a hand straight up, while I painted the hand in the sign language form of love.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
I’ll have to defer to my husband for this one – the food. I know everyone says the food at weddings is usually bad or cold by the time you get it, but ours was so good. I am only upset we did not get to eat more of it. For most people it would seem strange, but my family is Argentine and roasting a pig is normal for us. I labored so much over what food to have at the wedding and what would make everyone the happiest, and then I just decided to stop trying to be fancy and go with something we would want to eat for dinner. I chose a local shop called Manena’s, and had empanadas, roasted pork, rice, salad and some other goodies. We got a great price and everyone loved it!