I am so honored to show off these GORGEOUS real wedding photos from Danielle and Aaron’s recent wedding at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, not only for the seriously cool and beautiful details, but also because we’re lucky enough to count Danielle as a WomanGettingMarried.com fan.
“You were the first blog I started following when I got engaged over a year ago. I had no clue how to plan a wedding. I am not the type of girl that dreamed of getting married, so when I stumbled upon WomanGettingMarried.com, I was incredibly relieved,” Danielle recently shared with us.
We are SO glad we could in some way help Danielle and Aaron plan this unique and stunning wedding that has quickly become one of our favorites. We’ll let Danielle explain more about the inspiration for their wedding, below, but just know that this Mad Men meets Gatsby wedding has a very close tie to the television show, which makes us geek out. A lot.
Thanks so much to Danielle and Aaron for sharing their story and photos with us, and to photographer Sara Jordan for capturing the day so perfectly.
Why we chose our wedding venue:
We always envisioned getting married on a vineyard, but that 10 p.m. curfew was a tough pill to swallow. And then it hit us: Downtown. We had spent many nights chatting up mixologists and taste-testing new ‘tails in LA’s glittering concrete jungle, but we had never been to the Los Angeles Athletic Club. I spotted it in a roundup of LA’s Mad Men filming locations. Don Draper spent most of season four in the seventh floor pool. Scotch on the rocks and Mad Men re-runs were a D&A tradition, so we thought, why not give the LAAC a try. When we stepped inside, it reminded us of Gatsby’s mansion and a James Bond penthouse all rolled into one. There was this warmth and elegance to it all that really spoke to Aaron and I. Then we were shown the bar. I remember whispering to Aaron how amazing it would be to have our cocktail hour there. The catering manager read my mind. She said not only could we have our cocktail hour there, we would be able to work with their stellar bar team to create a custom drink menu. We were sold.
Biggest wedding planning resources:
The Google Docs wedding template. Honestly, that thing kept me sane. I lived off of my “D+A Wedding Planner,” marking every last detail down–from gifts to our honeymoon. I am still using it today…I wonder if it will ever end. And another big wedding planning resource was Pinterest. It felt great to finally have a healthy reason to use Pinterest, that is if 13 boards, including one entirely dedicated to floral inspiration (there was a separate one for flowers) is healthy. But it definitely helped me organize my ideas and hone in on a theme, because “vintage” can be a very broad concept.
Favorite part(s) of the wedding:
I think it’s a tie between a really special performance by our siblings and my father-in-law during cocktail hour and the rooftop ceremony. We both come from musical families, so my sister and Aaron’s brother sang while Aaron’s dad accompanied them in a rendition of “Your Song” on the piano. They sounded so beautiful, and it just sort of allowed everyone to pause halfway through the night to take everything in. As for the ceremony, we walked down a shimmery gold runner that led to a chuppah draped in romantic clusters of garden roses, ranunculus, and dusty miller. We kept it simple, because when your backdrop is unobstructed cityscape, how can you not? The sun began to set behind us as we said our “I do’s.” It’s true. The day went by in the blink of an eye. But Aaron and I agreed, standing there on that rooftop in front of everyone we loved, looking into each other’s eyes high above the city, that it was something we would remember for the rest of our lives.
My advice to brides:
Remember, it’s just one day. That doesn’t mean you can’t try your darndest to make it the most perfect day ever. Just don’t be depressed when it’s all over. My way of avoiding that: Enjoy your engagement. Take time every day to look deep into the love of your life’s eyes, to laugh and kiss and dream about the future–your future after the wedding. And when that day comes, breathe. Try and remember just one moment with your husband. The way he smelled, the room around you, the way it felt to hold his hand. Something that you’ll be able to hold onto long after it’s over.
Watch their wedding video below!