Casey and John have a love story that's becoming more and more familiar. "We met on Tinder an hour after I joined!" she reveals. After struggling to find the one in Hollywood, a friend forced her to sign up for the app. "We had the best first date ever. We both called our families after and told them we'd met the person we were going to marry," says Casey. A little over a year later, after renovating a house while living in her parents' home and getting two puppies, John proposed at the table on Thanksgiving day.
The pair didn't have to look far for a wedding venue, choosing Casey's childhood home in Calabasas, California. "It's a kingdom of love. My parents fell in love at 17, and created this beautiful home where love ruled," she says. What could be better than that for a wedding venue? And planning the event came easily to the bride, too! Casey is the founder of Minx Society, a PR and lifestyle company with a reputation for fabulous parties. She hired Tealight Weddings and Events and Weddings by JL to coordinate the bash, and the couple chose Diana McGregor Photography to photograph the festivities. Keep reading to see how they brought Hollywood glamour to the California mountains in only five months!
The tight planning timeline made finding a dress a challenge. "I kept getting turned away because there wasn't time for a dress to be made," says Casey, who ended up putting off dress-shopping for months. The Thursday morning before the wedding, she walked into a bridal shop and saw a stunning beaded lace Watters gown. "They were able to alter the sample for me in 24 hours. I picked it up on Saturday morning and headed to get my hair and makeup done!" A custom six-foot veil with lace edges and bejeweled pumps were the finishing touches.
John wore a dark blue tuxedo so that he would stand out from the guests. "I wanted him to feel as unique and special as I did in my white dress," says Casey.
The bride carried a dramatic black and white bouquet of roses, anemones, and dusty miller tied with black and gold ribbon, while the groom skipped the boutonniere.
The ceremony took place on the family's basketball court (covered with a carpet of grass), beneath an arch of branches, hydrangeas, and roses. Says Casey, "I was so calm all day, and felt weird that I wasn't more emotional. But as soon as my dad took my hand to walk down the aisle, I started bawling tears of happiness." She and John wrote their own vows, but Casey couldn't read hers through the tears, so she improvised. "I vowed that he would never be bored," she remembers.
At cocktail hour, guests ordered drinks from a bar decorated with wine bottles Casey's friends and family collected for her to spray-paint gold. Three signature cocktails were available: his (bourbon with orange syrup, Angostura bitters, and a twist), hers (vodka with Cointreau, a splash of lemon, muddled pineapple, and a sprig of thyme), and theirs (tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and Serrano chili).
The tented reception was decorated in black, white, and gold, with long tables topped with beaded lace overlays handmade by Casey's mother. Centerpieces full of greenery were studded with white roses and lit with gold votive candles.
An upholstered love seat decorated with greenery awaited the newlyweds for a dinner of crispy fried goat cheese with lavender honey, slow-braised beef short ribs, and pasta pomodoro with broccolini. "We also had a wood-fired pizza station that was open all night long," says Casey.
Matt Pond PA flew in from New York to play for Casey and John's reception. "We had this amazing VIP concert experience," says the bride.
A three-tiered salted caramel wedding cake was topped with fresh flowers, surrounded by cupcakes and a tower of Winchell's Donuts. "My grandpa Verne was the founder of Winchell's donuts, so it was an amazing way to honor him," says the bride.
After the couple was serenaded with Matt Pond PA's "Wild Girl," a DJ spun until 2 a.m. "It was the exact opposite of any wedding music I'd ever heard," says Casey. She and John honeymooned in Bora Bora, and advise couples to make decisions and stick to them. "Have fun and soak it up!" says Casey. "Weddings are also WAY more expensive than they seem, even with DIY projects, so start saving for your kids' weddings now!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence || Wedding Planner: Minx Society || Wedding Coordination: Tealight Weddings and Events || Wedding Décor: Weddings by JL || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Jewelry: Cartier, Coordinates Collection || Hair: Ana Paz || Makeup: Blushington || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent the Runway || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: XIV Karats Ltd. || Floral Designer: Mark's Garden || Invitations & Paper Goods: Just Invite Me || Music: Spirit Strings, Matt Pond PA, DJ Grant Shapiro || Catering: Jennifer Naylor || Cake: Whoa Nelly || Donuts: Winchell's Donut House || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals || Videography: Austin Winchell || Photography: Diana McGregor Photography
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