This Whimsical And Colorful California Wedding Will Leave You With A Smile On Your Face

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The wedding colors were pink, orange, and yellow with touches of blue and lavender.

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The inspiration and overall vision for the Carmen-Hay wedding day were whimsical wildflowers & happy, “soulie love” vibes! A term the couple coined to describe their love, Soulie Love – like soulmates, but cozier. Soulie Love was woven throughout wedding details, from the invites to a larger-than-life neon sign and floral wall at the wedding The design was heavily focused on the flowers, which brought the entire space to life – including wildflowers of all colors (no color was off limits!!), and leaning into a garden feel. Colors ranged from pinks, yellow, lavender, and oranges. These florals, were delicate yet powerful. Artistic yet perfectly placed. From ceremony to tabletop arrangements, to bouquets, to the seating chart, to the bar, each floral was placed meticulously in exactly the right spot! The remainder of the design elements were very neutral and natural. To still have depth, we focused on different textures within the neutrals—rattan on the ceremony chairs, velvet on reception chairs, wicker chargers, wood tables and bar. 

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We planned our proposal together as we had discussions very early on about getting married (when you know, you know). We worked with Matthew Kaufman at JK Diamond & Co to pick out the style of ring we each wanted, and then we worked separately with him to hand select the actual diamond that would be used for the other’s ring! We spent Labor Day weekend of 2021 away at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla and exchanged our rings then. We had every intention to walk to the beach and do the proposal there, but when we woke up that Saturday morning, we were way too excited and proposed to each other in our pajamas in the hotel room– way more us!

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Rehearsal Dinner:

Jesse: Galvan London white suit with rainbow Christian Loubiton heels.

Maddy: Tadashi Shoji dress with Rime Arodaky heels.

Both Maddy and Jesse were accessorized with Rime Arodaky earrings.

Maddy wore a Prada handbag, and Jesse a Stella McCartney.


Jesse: LIHI HOD gown from NWLA Bridal.

Maddy: Willowby by Watters gown from BHLDN.

Both brides used the amazing Tailored by Ted for alterations in Santa Monica.

Jesse Shoes: Betsey Johnson boots

Maddy Shoes: Dolce Vita Noles heels.

Both brides changed into Kurt Geiger Rainbow sneakers for the night of dancing.

Day After Brunch: Jesse and Maddy both wore matching Onia white terry cloth sets with Nike Air Force sneakers customized with their wedding date.

Jewelry: All wedding jewelry was custom-made by the incredible JK Diamond & Co in Santa Monica. Matthew Kaufman of JK Diamond & Co worked with Maddy and Jesse on their engagement rings, wedding bands, wedding earrings, and gifts for their families, including a sapphire and diamond necklace for Jesse’s mom to match Jesse’s wedding band, a marquise cut diamond necklace for Maddy’s mom, and delicate diamond bracelets for Maddy’s sisters Francesca and Lily using a combination of heirloom diamonds and new.

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The bridesmaid dresses were Alice + Olivia.

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The groomsman attire was Klein Epstein Parker.

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One of our favorite design elements was the bar! Specialty drinks that all had special meanings to the couple were served in clear glassware by Theoni Collection, each drink having its specific type of glass. All other drinks, apart from specialty cocktails were served in colourful/rainbow glassware. The rainbow glassware was also a standout displayed on the back bar. 

Specialty Drinks: Omie (special term for couple) – Passionfruit Margarita of Passion Fruit, Tequila, Lime Juice, Agave, Edible Flower Garnish Winnie (name of their dog) – Cucumber Refresher of Vodka, Mint, Muddled Cucumber, Soda Water, Mint Garnish Soulie Love (term coined by couple) – Tight Squeeze of Gin, Ginger, Honey, Lemon with Candied Ginger, Lavender Sprig

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We will never get over the flowers- there truly are no words for what Dawn and her team put together. It exceeded our wildest dreams and perfectly encapsulated our vision. The bar was one of our favorite details- Nicole’s vision came to life- her attention to detail is unmatched. Dawn’s gorgeous and whimsical flowers paired with Kelly’s signage, a rainbow array of glasses, custom napkins with our puppy Winnie, and a clear view of the beautiful Malibu mountains– truly beyond. The Loria Stern cake is framed by the arch and the view of the mountains. The tablescapes and the place settings down to the colored candle holders, custom menus, and charger plate we have been eyeing since we saw them at Kelly Patrice’s own wedding at Cielo.  

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The wedding cake was made by Loria Stern, using her signature pressed edible flowers—the perfect compliment to all the flowers already included in the design. Caludine’s Bakery provided additional desserts. The Ice Cream Sandwich bar by Chunk n Chip was a big hit of the night. Freshly made cookies with scoops of the couple’s favorite ice creams in between! 

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The ceremony music was live acoustic or “simply the best” performed by Jesse’s former middle school student. First dance: “My Girl: Last song: “Jesse’s Girl.”

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Stationary & Signage: The stationary & signage held a strong story from invitations, all the way to final details the day of. Including watercolours of the venue, a map of LA/Malibu, Elephane in Santa Monica (where they held their rehearsal dinner). Signage on the wedding day again tied into the garden theme The seating chart had a 360 feel, with levels created with moss, filled with flowers and individual plant markers with the guests names. Again, feeling very whimsical, making the guests feel like they are picking their names from a garden. 

Rehearsal Dinner & Day After Brunch: The couple rented out Elephante in Santa Monica for their rehearsal dinner. Brunch the day after was held at The Rose in Venice where the brides wore matching Onia white terry cloth sets with Nike Air Force sneakers customized with their wedding date. Welcome Bags: Jesse and Maddy curated Farmers Market-themed welcome bags to give their guests a glimpse into a typical Carmen-Hay weekend shopping at Marina del Rey Farmers Market on Saturdays and Brentwood Farmers Market on Sundays. Creatively flavored popcorn was provided by Sweetzer Gourmet Popcorn, chocolate chip cookies were provided by Don’t Touch My Cookies, and loose-leaf tea was provided by Erva Brewing Company

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Family: Jesse’s father was the officiant for the wedding ceremony! A feeling throughout the entire day was ‘love is love’!! And Jesse’s mom represented that when she changed into a pride t-shirt while delivering her speech to the brides, and all of their guests! 

Neon Sign: The couple had a custom neon sign made reading their self coined term ‘Soulie Love’, which was such a fun photo app for guests. The sign now hangs in the couples apartment!

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Overall love story: We met in October of 2018 as we were both training to become yoga instructors at CorePower Yoga in Boston, MA. On day one, we were given instructions to find our “omie” for the 12 week yoga intensive through a matching game – whoever had the same yoga pose on their card would be your partner. Your Omie would be your support throughout the journey – your “go to” person for everything. We became “omies” that day not knowing that we definitely would not just be each others support people for 12 weeks but rather for life. We were just friends for about two years before our relationship turned from friendship to romance– funny enough, this shift happened when we were 3,000 miles apart during the pandemic with Jesse living in LA and Maddy still in Boston. We started dating before we had even shared a kiss. We just knew the moment that we decided to date that this was it- we would be together forever. Over the next several months Maddy split her time between Boston and LA, luckily able to work remote due to the pandemic. We soon decided Maddy would move out to LA permanently and the rest is history. Our love story grew even more when we expanded our family with our puppy, Winnie Carmen-Hay, and we are so excited to finally all share a last name. 

POV wedding weekend: A word we coined at the start of our relationship to describe our love is Soulie Love- like soulmates, but cozier. Soulie Love was woven throughout wedding details from the invites to a larger than life neon sign and floral wall at the wedding. The most resounding comment we got at the wedding was- “the wedding feels exactly like your relationship”. When we reflect on the wedding and the inexplicable joy that radiated all day long, we realize what magic happened- we brought soulie love to life and every single person got to experience it. Our wedding felt how soulie love feels to us.  

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Photography: Jenny Quicksall Photography | Cinematography: Luxury Lifestyle Studio | Event Planning: Nicole Alexandra Designs | Floral Design: Tularosa Flowers | Cake: Loria Stern | Ceremony Venue: Cielo Farms | Reception Venue: Cielo Farms | Makeup: Courtney Hart | Hair: Makeup Therapy | Band: Downbeat La | Ceremony Music: Second Song | Dessert: Caludine’s Bakery | Dessert: Chunk n Chip | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Premiere Rents | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Signage: Kelly Patrice Calligraphy and Design

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