It was "love at first kiss" for Alex Regen and Jessica Assaf when they met at Burning Man on August 28, 2017. "We met on Alex’s 31st birthday, at at our camp, called Infinite Love," Jessica recalls. "We were engaged three months later!" For their engagement, the Cali-based couple flew to the place of another significant meeting: The Intreprid, in New York City, where Jessica' parents had met 30 years prior. "We got engaged on December 18, 2017, on his parents’ 46th wedding anniversary," Jessica adds.
For their wedding, the couple looked to their Burning Man meet-cute as inspiration, and set a date for August 18, 2018—exactly eight months from their engagement and less than a year after that fateful first meeting! The name of their camp, Infinite Love, became the theme of the day: "Our vision was an intimate, outdoor, farm-to-table summer dinner party with our closest family and friends," Jessica says. They chose a private and remote location in Malibu, California, and planned the event around sunset, even asking their guests to dress in white so the shades of pink and orange would pop even more. As a final touch, the bride, who is the cofounder of prima and runs @cannabisfeminist, incorporated her love of cannabis into the day, with CBD-infused cocktails on the menu and intricate ceramic bongs and joints (rolled in rose petals) on each tabletop. Her biggest DIY project? "Hand-rolling cannabis joints for 100 people," she says with a laugh.
Keep reading to see how Jessica and Alex, with the help of Green Ribbon Parties, planned an epic event that infused their personalities and their love of cannabis. Annie McElwain was on hand to capture every special moment and fun detail!
Jessica says she knew this Grace Loves Lace dress was the one before she'd even tried it on. "I walked into a salon near our house in Venice and called my mom on FaceTime," she recalls. "I spotted the dress on the rack and instantly knew it was mine!" She paired the gown with her grandmother's pearl necklace and loose waves.
As mentioned, Jessica worked with My Bud Vase to create beautiful glass and ceramic bongs that were set out throughout the celebration.
All 100 wedding guests took the all white dress code seriously yet found unique ways to put a twist on the uniform attire.
Of the Flowers created the couple's stunning chuppah using vibrant sunflowers. Behind the wooden frame, guests enjoyed uninterrupted views of the ocean.
The bride carried a colorful bouquet of pink peonies, dahlias, and sunflowers as she walked down the aisle with her parents. Alex wore a blue Paul Smith suit, which he paired with his father's watch and shoes.
The couple's dog, Lola, served as the ring bearer and walked down the aisle to "Lola" by The Kinks. "We chose a different song for every person who walked down the aisle, including 'Jenny From the Block' as our sisters (both named Jennifer) walked to the chuppah," says the bride. Once at the altar, the couple exchanged vows and read their Ketubah together.
While guests headed to cocktail hour, Alex and Jessica wandered into the hills of Malibu to enjoy the sunset. (It was, after all, part of their wedding inspiration!)
Guests nibbled on fruit skewers and platters of fresh veggies and dip as they sipped spicy watermelon margaritas and cucumber gimlets. "We also had THC- and CBD-infused beverages," says the bride.
Long tables were arranged around the pool, where an infinity sign made of flowers and candles floated gently in the water. "Deciding where to seat each of our guests was probably the hardest part of planning," Jessica admits.
The tablescape was playful and colorful, combining dahlias, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, lisianthus, carnations, and ferns in ceramic vases. Equally-colorful napkins, table numbers, and place cards enhanced the vibrant display, which further popped when surrounded by guests dressed all in white.
The dinner menu was 100 percent local and organic, focusing on comfort food that included grilled fish with veggies, steak and "endless servings of fries," and baguettes with honey butter and spicy olive oil.
Joints rolled in rose petals and rose crystals were set at each place for guests to take home. "We wanted our guests to enjoy cannabis if they were interested," says Jessica. "We had joints, ashtrays, and bongs throughout for them to use." In fact, one of her favorite memories came at the end of the evening, as she and Alex enjoyed the cannabis themselves. "At the end of the evening, Alex and I smoked a joint on the porch overlooking the Malibu Mountains, reflecting on the evening and we saw two bright shooting stars sparkle across the sky," she says.
After dinner, Alex and Jessica climbed onto their chairs to share their love story and toast their family and friends. They cut into a petite vanilla wedding cake topped with colorful flowers, served alongside a California favorite: a McConnell's Ice Cream stand!
A few days later, the couple headed to Palm Springs for their honeymoon—and to celebrate their first anniversary! "Stop and savor each moment," says Jessica. "It will go by in a flash!"
Wedding Planner: Green Ribbon Parties || Venue: Deer Creek Ridge || Officiant: Rabbi Lori Shapior || Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace || Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall || Hair & Makeup: Helen Grace || Groom's Attire: Paul Smith || Floral Design: Of The Flowers || Paper Products: Splash That || Catering & Cake: Annie Campbell || Ice Cream: McConnell's Fine Ice Creams || Bongs: My Bud Vase || THC Beverages: Sprig || CBD Beverages: MONK || Photography: Annie McElwain