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Laid Back Fiesta Wedding | Gather Events, Molly & Co Photography, Inessa Nichols, Whoa Nelly, Casa Shelter Half | ohlovelyday.com

Today’s laid back So Cal wedding was an intimate family affair. It’s a beautiful example of how you can make your wedding represent who you are and have a small, non-traditional wedding that is both elegant and fun. Add the GATHER Events gals and their talented handiwork and breathtaking florals from Inessa Nichols and you’ve got a wedding that has both sweetness and style for days. And the food has me dying for some Whoa Nelly catering of my own!

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Don’t you love the vibrant purple shades of the florals!? GATHER Events’ in-house floral expert, Inessa Nichols, chose punchy purples, pinks and whites in vintage brass and silver vessels to add an eclectic feel and used Jennelle’s favorite flower, tulips, for her the bouquets.

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Jennelle’s children, Emi and Ethan served as maid of honor and best man. A multi-colored sand ceremony symbolized Dwalu, Jennelle and the children coming together as one family. They each took a color and blended the sand together into one larger vessel. This important moment was a beautiful highlight of the ceremony.

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Laid back vibe + elegant presentation + vibrant florals = the perfect modern and fun fiesta! And I love all of those fun details from GATHER Events. Here is more from the GATHER girls about the day:

Jennelle and Dwalu came to us with the task of finding the perfect location for their intimate wedding. They felt drawn to the idea of a laid-back Mexican-style fiesta. We incorporated Mexican design elements to complement the wedding’s south of the border menu. White papel picado dressed up the deck’s canopy; handmade paper flags and tassels garnished the guests’ margaritas and paper tassels decorated the dinner buffet. Starting with Jennelle’s favorite color purple, we developed a fresh, lively color palette to represent the couple’s joy for life and their love for one another.  Vibrant purple and turquoise pillows, throws and runners livened up the dark outdoor space.

The couple craved a cozy, laid-back vibe that represented them as people and that was the opposite of a traditional “wedding” venue. Casa Shelter Half, a private residence in the heart of Venice, had just what they were looking for and more. When they laid their eyes on the balcony that overlooks Abbot Kinney Blvd., just steps away from the restaurant where they had their first date, they knew they had found their perfect location. Two years to the day of that first date just down the street, they said their I Dos in front of an intimate gathering of thirty of their family and closest friends. The evening could not have been more perfect! 

Congrats to this sweet couple on their marriage and joining their family! And if you’re planning a So Cal wedding or event, take note of the vendors — they clearly did a fabulous job.

{Vendors} Photography: Molly + Co Photography /Event Design, Planning, Signage and Paper Goods: GATHER Events / Floral Design: Inessa Nichols for GATHER Events / Catering: Whoa Nelly! / Venue: Casa Shelter Half / Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals / Dessert: Sahar Shomali / Officiant: Jacob Jurado / DJ: Shinichi Curtis

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