We'd all been there as kids: You dream of an extravagant, fun-filled, over-the-top party with a budget your parents would never approve. Bright colors, crazy games, and lots of dancing. So when Joy and Jamie sat down to plan their wedding in early 2012, they knew exactly what they would do. They'd use their marriage as an opportunity to throw that party they'd always wanted, with a grown-up twist.
Jamie and Joy met in 2009 at a coffee shop (though, ironically, neither of them drinks coffee). Jamie asked Joy if anyone was using the seat next to her, and her response was "No, just you." The two quickly hit it off, and dated for two and a half years before Jamie proposed.
In January of 2012, they headed to the SLS Hotel for an impromptu date, including a couples' treatment at the hotel spa. Jamie booked them a room and had it filled with lilies, Joy's favorite flowers. He told Joy how frustrated he was that he hadn't been able to find the perfect diamond for her engagement ring, then pulled out an incredibly gaudy piece of costume jewelry and slipped it on her finger "as a placeholder," says Joy. When she told him no placeholder was needed, he removed the costume ring to reveal the engagement ring he'd designed hiding beneath it, already on her hand!
For their wedding on November 3, 2012, Joy wore a drop-waisted ball gown with an embellished sweetheart neckline by Allure Couture. She chose the gown because, she says, "When I tried it on, I felt and looked the way my inner little girl had always thought I would look on my wedding day."
Jamie and Joy had their Nikes custom-designed during a long weekend in New York City. Jamie's collection is pretty impressive, and he's gotten Joy in on the fun! They also had sneakers made for Jamie's children, Emmerson and Bailey. Bailey served as his dad's best man, getting ready with him before the ceremony.
Emmerson, who was Joy's maid of honor, only agreed to wear a floor-length dress if Joy would let her wear sneakers underneath. She and her brother sported custom Nikes emblazoned with "Best Girl" and "Best Boy".
The couple's ceremony took place on the hotel's terrace at sunset. A combination of benches and black and silver chairs, flanked by oversized mirrors, gave the space a modern spin. The focal point was the elegant chuppah, draped with billowing white fabric and topped with orange and yellow flowers. Turquoise fabric added a playful touch.
Joy and Jamie let their officiant design the ceremony. He sent them each a questionnaire beforehand and used their answers to put it all together, which gave their wedding a personal, heartfelt touch.
The reception was all about fun. Three different table setups each had a separate focus: Games (jacks, Rubik's cubes, and Scrabble), candy, and chalkboards and pinwheels. They displayed the table numbers on Lite-Brite boards. Shades of yellow, orange, pink, and turquoise popped against white backgrounds and tied the tables together.
The escort cards also served as photo booth props. Women got hot pink lips, while men got playful moustaches. Guests loved using them for photos later in the evening!
Instead of a cake, the couple served tiers of mini cupcakes in their favorite flavors. Tie-dye frosting in bright colors was a playful finishing touch. In addition to their choreographed tap performance, Joy and Jamie did a father-daughter and mother-son dance with Jamie's two children. Then, the real party began!
After throwing a fairly unconventional wedding, Joy and Jamie recommend that all couples make sure that the wedding is about them, and is the way they want it. "Compromise for each other, not those outside your partnership. And remember that this is the first day of the rest of your life together!" says Joy.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: SLS Beverly Hills || Wedding Planner: Allyson Joseph of Bob Gail Events || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Allure Couture || Jewelry & Rings: KIV Karats || Shoes: PMK Custom Kicks and Nike ID || Florist: Bob Gail Events || Invitations: Urbanic Paper Boutique || Catering: The Bazaar || Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop || Photography: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable