LOHO Bride // Real Bride: Lindy + Chris

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Name: Lindy Law Pinkalla

Dress Designer: Houghton "Gamila"

Style Icon:  Not anyone specific. I do love Annie Hall, Joan Didion, and Linda Rodin. I love a classic look with a stroke of intelligence, then add a little bit of 90's grunge.

Wedding Date & Venue:

March 11, 2016  Point Dume, Malibu, CA

How did you and your partner meet?

Chris and I were set up on a blind date (as blind as a date can be these days with social media). We met for coffee at Dinosaur in Silver Lake. I think we both caught each other off guard in the best way possible. The dates just kept on coming!

What about your gown spoke to you?

I think my gown spoke to me because it was not at all what I imagined. Just like Chris, just like our elopement. Just like everything good that happens. I picked out all these different dresses to try and then Christy asked me to try on that one. I walked out and remember thinking, well maybe. When I realized we weren't following any of the rules with our wedding and were just doing what made us happy, I thought, "Man, I should get THAT dress." But the dress wouldn't have fallen into place with out my fairy dress-mothers (aka my mother-in-law and her sister who surprised me with it!)

Favorite epic wedding moment?

We pretty much winged the whole thing, which was so fun. The most epic moment was definitely coming back to the beach house after the ceremony drenched from rain, and eating Taco Bell and binging on Netflix with our best friends. Just like the best adventures, ours began where none of it was planned and all of it was perfect.

Any parting wisdom for future LOHO Brides?

This store is so special. Christy has crafted this unique world within the bridal world. Take a chance and do something different. If you are or want to be a LOHO bride, you can't go wrong. It's all epic and magical.

Have fun, enjoy the process, but also be honest with yourself about what you want out of the wedding itself for yourself. I feel like I truly embraced the free spirit within me...so much that by the time we reached the weekend of our elopement my matron of honor was wanting to stiffen me up a little haha... I was so chill that I couldn't be bothered by the wrinkles in my dress. She made us stop at Target and get a steamer (thank god). She told me, "All you wanted was a dress, it needs to look it's best!" I didn't have a wedding, wedding but either way, I had gone through and figured out what I wanted for myself from the day. I knew that I wanted the dress and film pictures... The rest I was willing to improvise and be open to. There is a lot to be said about self-care/awareness especially in regards to planning a wedding. It made me the happiest person that day because I was able to love everything about Chris and what he chose to bring to the table because we picked out what each of us wanted and not what anyone wanted. It made it really our day.

 

 

LOHO Bride // Real Bride : Kat + Rian

Name: Kathleen deVos

Dress Designer: Rue de Seine

Wedding Date & Venue: May 7th, 2016, Sacred Sands Bed & Breakfast in Joshua Tree, CA

How did you and your partner meet?

My husband, Rian, and I met online (OKCupid!) and our engagement was at Burning Man...I joke with him about what a Bay Area cliché we are!

What about your gown spoke to you? What first struck me was the luxuriously soft cotton silk fabrication- I knew it was something I could wear all day that would move with me comfortably. I also fell in love with the vintage inspired lace detailing- the sophisticated and modern yet rustic, etherial vibe was just what I'd imagined. When I put the Eve dress on, I still felt like "me", which was important- casual and feminine. The dress ended up being incredibly well suited to our desert venue, even though I had settled on the dress before we had any idea where the ceremony would be held! It was meant to be. Favorite epic wedding moment? Rian and I chose not to have a wedding party, and also decided to walk down the aisle together. As we came into view and began towards the front of the ceremony space, I think we caught our wedding guests off guard, as they maybe were expecting more of a processional before our entrance. The entire crowd leapt to their feet with a burst of applause and cheers, which stopped us dead in our tracks in the middle of the aisle, hand in hand, laughing and crying and just taking in all of our loved ones. That memory will be frozen in my mind forever.

What about your gown spoke to you?

What first struck me was the luxuriously soft cotton silk fabrication- I knew it was something I could wear all day that would move with me comfortably. I also fell in love with the vintage inspired lace detailing- the sophisticated and modern yet rustic, etherial vibe was just what I'd imagined. When I put the Eve dress on, I still felt like "me", which was important- casual and feminine. The dress ended up being incredibly well suited to our desert venue, even though I had settled on the dress before we had any idea where the ceremony would be held! It was meant to be.

Favorite epic wedding moment?

Rian and I chose not to have a wedding party, and also decided to walk down the aisle together. As we came into view and began towards the front of the ceremony space, I think we caught our wedding guests off guard, as they maybe were expecting more of a processional before our entrance. The entire crowd leapt to their feet with a burst of applause and cheers, which stopped us dead in our tracks in the middle of the aisle, hand in hand, laughing and crying and just taking in all of our loved ones. That memory will be frozen in my mind forever.

Any parting wisdom for future LOHO Brides?

In all of the (many, many!) decisions you'll make about your wedding day, try to tether your choices back to how you want to *feel* on your day, and what you want the experience to be like, holistically, for you, your honey, and your guests. And don't be afraid to shake things up- weddings are changing! We took care to consider prescribed wedding traditions and explore which had significance to us, which didn't, and which traditions we wanted to evolve to feel more personalized. For example, we did our "first look" photos the evening before our wedding day, so we could just kick back and have fun with our families on the morning of. We also had a cocktail party in the afternoon before the ceremony, to set a more relaxed vibe and allow guests to settle in. I was also out and about in my dress at that time- I decided that not missing my party was more important than the big ceremony dress reveal! Many guests said that our wedding felt unique, special and perfectly "us", and I think that's because with each decision we made, from the food to the ceremony to the decor, we asked ourselves "why are we doing it this way?".

LOHO Bride // Real Bride: Jacy + John

From the moment we met Jacy, we knew she was a LOHO bride; her confidence, bad ass style, down to earth demeanor...nothing but good vibes! She's the first to ever rock the Unbridaled by Dan Jones "Stevie" gown and it was made for her. Jacy and John's big day blew us away in so many ways - confetti, color bombs, art installations, DJ sets and even a 7 foot long gummy python. This couple is truly in a league of their own. Congrats to you two.


Name: Jacy Ceccatelli

Dress Designer: Stevie Gown by Unbridaled by Dan Jones

Appointment Playlist: Kisses, Poolside & T.Rex

Style Icon: Madonna, Jane Birkin, Erin Wasson, David Bowie

Wedding Date & Venue: October 17th, 2015 at Pier 70 San Francisco

How did you and your partner meet?

We met at the dog park in San Francisco. He forgot poop bags and was finagling Mango’s poop into a coffee cup with his bare hands. It was all very glamorous.

What about your gown spoke to you?

Oh man! My dream dress that I didn’t even know existed until I saw it. I had never seen anything like it before. It seemed ancient and modern at the same time. I loved the long, clean lines. I loved the movement when I was wearing it, the way layer of layer would almost float when I moved. I felt beautiful and it was perfect…and  I owe all of that to Christy’s insightfulness and intuition. After my first fitting I wasn’t exactly sure which dress I wanted. There were so many amazing dresses, and I am sucker for fashion, so I was left feeling torn. Christy must have noticed this, called me out of the blew and told me about a trunk show LOHO was having. There was one dress from a visiting Australian designer she wanted me to try on. She had a feeling. Her feeling was right. It was love from the moment I put it on. I am so grateful.

Favorite epic wedding moment?

Everyone told me I had ordered too much confetti…that 30+ lbs of confetti and a stadium style confetti cannon was probably overkill. But the thing is… I wanted Flaming Lips style confetti, white-out, over the top, filling people's cocktail glasses, and carpeting the floor confetti. And when that special LCD Soundsystem song came on and that confetti bomb blew and covered all of our surprised guests…. I knew too much was just enough! It was the most fun moment ever. People are still finding confetti in weird places!

Any parting wisdom for future LOHO Bride

Have fun with the whole process. It goes by really fast! Spend time on the things that are important to you and let go of the things that aren’t. And if your fiancé decides last minute there needs to be a professional balloon hat twister-guy at the reception – make it happen! It will be hilarious.

Lastly, feel free to share any other details you wish with us!

John and I work together as designers, so we had so much fun styling our wedding. A lot of that was because our venue was absolutely amazing - huge, raw, and industrial with a lot of personality - which we definitely took into account when designing the look and feel of the wedding.  For the ceremony, cocktail reception, and dinner, we used a clean geometric style that allowed the amazing colors and natural light of the building to shine.  Once the sun went down, the party transformed into a wild scene! The look of the dance floor was inspired by underground Berlin nightclubs, with crazy colorful lighting, funky, mix-matched lounge furniture, and far more confetti than anybody besides me thought was necessary. There were giant penguins, astronauts, elaborate balloon hats, a huge speaker stack art installation, multiple DJ sets and a 7 foot long gummy python. It was the best!

Photographer: Our Labor of Love

Florals: Eothen

Hair & Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty

Event Styling: Buzzworthy SF

LOHO Bride // Real Bride: Kelley + Nitin

This LOHO Real Bride holds a very special place in our hearts. Our girl Kelley is one of Christy's very best friends. Kelley and Nitin had a weekend long wedding that will go down in the books as the coolest blend of cultures, family, friends and love. She also killed it in her Mariana Hardwick "Jayde" dress. We're so proud to be a part of this wedding and can't wait to share it with you all. 

Name: Kelley Spink

Dress: Mariana Hardwick "Jayde" Gown

Wedding Date & Venue: Oct 24th, 2015 at The Holly Farm in Carmel Valley

How did you and your partner meet?

We met through two of our best friends who started dating about a year before us, which makes our relationship even more special (they are now engaged too!). Chase, Nitin's friend, lived in NYC and would come to SF to see my roommate & best friend Devon. He brought his friends around when in town and one of them was Nitin -- lucky me! Dev would give me subtle hints about how wonderful he was, though we were friends for a year before starting to officially date. It was perfect and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way, our relationship is based on a deep friendship and respect for each other!

What about your gown spoke to you?

I love things in life that are different and make a statement, but not in an overpowering way. This dress was the perfect balance of unique, stunning and classic. It made me feel feminine and quite frankly brought out the best in me!

Favorite epic wedding moment?

On the night of the wedding a moonbow suddenly appeared around 11:00pm (this is a ring of light around the moon). As soon as people noticed it they started howling like wolves up at the sky. There was just something magical about the fact that it happened at the perfect time on that night. It felt like nature was watching & right there with us!

Any parting wisdom for future LOHO Brides?

As hard as it is, just relax and be present every step of the way, especially on the big day. It's easy to get caught up in the details (I'm extremely detail-oriented and wanted everyone to leave feeling it was the best experience) but in the end, everything falls into place. The people surrounding you and the significance of marrying the love of your life trumps all else -- make sure you absorb every second to the fullest!

Photographer: Two Foxes Photography

Flowers: Susie Nadler from Flora Grubb Gardens

LOHO Bride // Real Bride: Jennika + Jesse

No one has rocked Bo & Luca's "Isra" dress quite like our girl Jennika. She stuns in this two-piece gown on her big day and we're amazed with all the photos. Jennika, her now husband, Jesse and their adorable baby make the most beautiful family and we're thrilled to share their story on our blog. 


Name: Jennika Flinck

Dress: Bo & Luca "Isra"

Wedding Date & Venue: Rancho Wickiup, Santa Rosa, CA May 30th 2015

How did you and your partner meet?

My now husband and I first met in the health food store I owned in the small town of Hayfork. I had no idea then that this man would end up being the love of my life and father of my children but he says he felt the spark from that first moment. We developed a strong friendship over the next year and fell in love on a trip to thailand in 2011. Jesse never thought he was the marrying type but shortly after the birth of our son in 2014. He proposed on a family trip to the coast with a toast of champagne in front of some of my closest family. Of course I said yes.

What about your gown spoke to you?

This led to the search for the dress. I felt so unsure of what kind of dress I would like and didn’t know where to begin. I put off dress shopping until my birthday trip we had planned to san francisco in February. With amazing luck I was able to have a friend join me and got an apt day of my birthday at LOHO bride. With a semi awful first experience trying on dress the day before at another boutique I was nervous but excited. I had fallen in love with a certain dress online and had to come in to try it. I honestly thought that was the dress… Until I came in. I was incredibly comfortable from first step in the door. I so appreciated the calm laid back atmosphere and all the beautiful dresses immediately filed me with hope I would find my dress finally!

We tried on a handful of beautiful gowns but instantly when I slid into the beaded top and silky skirt I knew I had found my fit. It was the perfect bohemian with a modern twist wedding dress. It was such an amazing way to spend my birthday and felt so incredibly lucky the designer expedited the dress and I was able to have it well before my wedding day. The beads in the top and the lux cool soft touch it left against my skin made me feel like and indian princess. The soft flowing skirt offered the perfect flattering coverage for my lower half. It was the perfect combination of pure luxury and comfort. I also just instantly felt like a million dollars. I knew it was the one.

Favorite epic wedding moment?

My wedding is full of favorite moments but one that really shines bright for me was getting to do a first look before our ceremony.  That quick and beautiful coming together before making a life long commitment of marriage in front of our friends and family. My heart raced then like the first time we kissed and the first time he said I love you all in one.

Any parting wisdom for future LOHO Brides?

Well my photographer Kristen ended up feeling like a member of the family by the end of the weekend. She truly helped me take care of my dress the day after. She shared her secrets with me and I will share with you : safety pins, sewing kit, shout wipes, and sparkling water. So truly best helpful hint I can share is don’t skimp on hiring an amazing photographer.

Photographer: Kristen Tourtillotte