JACQUELINE + DAVID
Wedding Color Palette:
Midnight Navy, Antique Gold, Champagne and Candlelight :)
Our theme was Game Of Thrones meets Celestial…or as we eventually described it, a Midsummer Night Forest…
Tell us about your wedding venue and why you chose to get married there:
We were married at the Shade Hotel Redondo Beach - STUNNING! Our ceremony was on the roof and our reception was on the Horizon Level. This is truly a dream venue, only made better by the two incredible in-house planners, Julia and Collette, who went out of their way to make the entire weekend fantastic! If you are lucky enough to get married here, they will go out of their way to make you feel like the only bride on earth! The venue also happens to have the most stunning views of the water and the sunset!
David grew up in the area, and this location in particular holds much personal sentimental value to us. We were blessed that they were willing to work with us and our budget. It allowed our guests from near and far to make the weekend into a vacation!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
This is a tie between our yummy cake (OMG!) and my unbelievably stunning Eddy K gown, which my bridesmaid Laura actually picked out!
What was your best wedding day memory?
Choosing one is so hard because it was truly the most magical weekend of our lives, filled with event after event thrown by our closest friends and family! To have so many of our loved ones in the same place was overwhelming in the best possible way!
We were married on my birthday and although David and I didn’t get to see each other until very late in the day, I got to spend the day celebrating & getting “beautiful” with the most incredible group of best friends and family on the planet. From my moms Susie and Ronni, to my nieces Grace and Elle, my sisters Cathy, Jody, Angela, Peri and Mary Beth and my sisters by choice: Alex, Anastasia, Katie, Kelsey, and Laura: I felt thoroughly loved! Getting my makeup done by celeb makeup artist Agostina Lombardo, who I finally get to call “Aunt Tina” was the icing on the cake!
Our first look was a shared "best memory" for both of us - the moment I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around, all my nerves melted away. And my father was secretly hiding on the roof watching, which made the moment even more special!
A VERY close honorable was our amazing food! Everything was incredible: crab cakes and lamb chop appetizers, burrata salad, short ribs and sea bass were all stand out great! But our wedding cake was next level incredible! Vanilla cake with alternating layers of peanut butter and Nutella buttercream with crunchy pearls! And she designed it to look like the night sky…seriously STUNNING!
What was your something old, new, borrowed, blue?
Old: A pair of gold and diamond leaf earrings that belonged to my grandmother Pearl, as well as my rings, which were family heirlooms..
New: My Eddy K Cinderella Gown & my crystal studded Veil, which was handmaid by Reene at In Stitches - The BEST tailor in history…
Borrowed and Blue: A handkerchief my Maid of Honor/sister Jody gave me to use that belonged to my father…which I promptly LOST during photos after the reception :)
Did you create any details yourself?
Yes, we personally designed and printed the menus, & my wonderful Matron of Honor/Sister Cathy designed the Yarlmulkes, and Programs. The bathroom baskets, poems and welcome bags themselves were also personalized by my sisters, who created a wedding logo for us. They had it printed on mini sunscreens and on the reusable bags given to each guest, which they filled with many wonderful “beach” themed treats!
How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
Nothing is more important to us than our family and friends! We wanted our love and gratitude for them to be an integral part of the events, as they’ve each been instrumental to our journey - both as individuals and as a couple.
In addition to the friends and family that served as bridesmaids and groomsmen, our nephews were our ushers, our cousin Duke was our ring bearer, and our niece Elle was our flower girl. We were married by our uncle, Rabbi Michael Menitoff & our Ketubah (Jewish prenuptial agreement) was witnessed by our siblings Peri Siegel and Matthew & Angela Golden. Our marriage license was witnessed by our aunt Tina Lombardo and our close family friend Ivan Romanoff, two incredibly meaningful people to us.
At our first look, I gave David a pair of socks that had been personalized with photos of our cats, Lady & Rambo. We chose music for both the ceremony & reception that was very personal to us - a mix of songs from This Is Us, Game Of Thrones and Schitt's Creek, amongst others. We also selected two of our closest friends, Anastasia and Nick to do personalized readings during the ceremony. This was another highlight of our big day - I still get teary thinking about how meaningful and heartfelt they were. NAILED IT!
And of course, we wrote out own vows!!
What was your wedding song?
We had two...
Our first dance was to Etta James' At Last (the first song we ever danced to!)
Our last dance was to the Noah Reid version of Simply The Best from Schitt’s Creek - a stunning cover of the Tina Turner classic.
(Feel free to listen to their songs while you're looking through their photos)
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Officiant | Rabbi Michael Menitoff
Prep Location | The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
Event Coordinator | Nicole Gianola, Gianola Events
Venue Coordinators | Julia Diane Whitley and Collette Charlesworth, The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
Wedding Venue |
Ceremony: Shade Hotel Redondo Beach Sky Level
Reception: Shade Hotel Redondo Beach Horizon Level
Florals | Winnie VanHeerden, FlorUnique
Catering | The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
Bakery | Maryn Silverberg, Piece Of Cake
Wedding Dress | Eddy K CT154 gown in Champagne/Silver purchased at Glamour Closet in Los Angeles
Seamstress | Reene at In Stitches
Wedding Shoes | Badgley Mischka ‘Dara’ Peep-Toe Wedges
Bride's Hair & Makeup |
Bride Hair: Mai Lockwood
Bride Makeup: Agostina Lombardo
Bridesmaid Hair: Mai Lockwood
Bridesmaid Makeup: Michelle Wiggins
Programs, Yarmulkes, Welcome Bags | Catherine Kauffman, Stolz Mead Global
Groom Apparel | Men’s Warehouse, Torrance
Wedding Jewelry | Victoria’s Jewelry, Los Angeles
Bridesmaids Dresses | Dessy via Bella Bridemaids Los Angeles
Musician/ Dj | DJ Bumbaclot
Photography | Janelle Marina, Janelle Marina Photography
Videography | Sadi Alford, Whimsie Photography
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I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.