A Modern LA Wedding
Tell us your love story!
We met during the summer at a book store, after some looks back and forth we ended up talking and getting to know each other. We ended up sitting down for coffee and talking for hours, hit it off really well and kept in touch. Luis was living in San Francisco at the time so we ended up dating long distance for a while and visiting each other back and forth. Eventually Luis moved back to Los Angeles and we continued to see each other more seriously. We would meet up at a local coffee shop just to hang out and talk for hours and go on dates. It wasn’t long before we said “I Love You” and ended up starting our lives together. We now have a beautiful home together, a large loving family, many years of amazing memories and 2 dogs (Riley and Zoey).
What about the proposal?
Luis: I proposed to Gus after 6 years together. I knew I wanted it to be intimate and meaningful, and I knew I wanted to do something at our home. Art is something thats been very important to us so I decided to create a “gallery” of our love story. I had large prints made of photos we took from some important/memorable moments of our relationship (our first trip together, special birthday, the first time Gus visited me when I live in San Francisco, our first holiday together, etc). I placed the photos along the walls of our house and created small gallery signs under each photo with the date and the reason that photo was important. I placed candles throughout the space and had flowers ready. Gus came home to a room full of candles and Kina Grannis’ version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” playing (which was one of our wedding songs). I got down on one knee and proposed and now here we are officially married.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
As cheesy as it may sound I think we have always known….from our first cup of coffee together we just clicked in a very special way. From early on our relationship always felt effortless. We got along so great, we had so much in common and balanced each other well. While our journey was not always easy and there was a lot of difficulties we went through as a same sex couple it was always worth the risks and we supported each other through it all. Not sure there is any one defining moment…its been a series of moments thats proved we were meant to be.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew we wanted it to be “us”…traditional in some ways and non-traditional in other ways. We didn’t want to get caught up with traditions or rules and just celebrate our love story and our journey with our loved ones. We wanted a fun party!
When it came specifically to the venue we knew we wanted to find an all-in-one space. We wanted a place that had various areas where we could have our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception without our guests having to travel or change locations.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
The biggest surprise was the amount of detail that go into the planning process…there was a lot of surprises that came up throughout and things we never thought about. We knew about the big stuff…food, cake, venue, DJ, florist but there was some additional details like valet, security, venue insurances, special signage, etc that we never originally thought of. There are so many small details that go into it that we kept finding ourselves adding things to the list of to-do’s.
For us, the overall design and vision was easy and something we were always on the same page about. We knew we wanted a modern and clean aesthetic with elegant details. We took a lot of cues from the venue as well which had some beautiful mid-century/art-deco details. Fortunately, Luis is a graphic designer/creative so coming up with the ideas and projects was easy.
Oddly enough the seating chart was much more difficult than we expected. It took us several nights to finally decide on the seating chart. Scheduling was also another difficult part of the process…during the planning to schedule meeting, walk throughs, tastings etc. as well as the week-of. The weeks leading up required various meetings and appointments for us and our wedding party that it was harder than expected to keep track of everything.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
The day will truly fly by…try and take a moment together to take it all in. Enjoy your day. Try not to stress over the tiny details because at the end of the day everyone is there to celebrate you and your love story.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
It’s never too early to start planning! Once we got engaged we knew we wanted at least a year to plan so it always felt like we had plenty of time…but the planning time flies by. We forced ourselves to start making decisions early on so we could slowly purchase things we needed to purchase and spread out some of the work as much as possible. It can become very overwhelming to plan for all the various details of a wedding, so take all the help that you can. We would have friends and family come over for wine and crafting or wine and envelope stuffing which was a huge help!
If you can swing it we highly recommend having a day-of-coordinator! We originally never thought we needed one but ultimately decided to go with one and we couldn’t be more grateful. Our day-of-coordinator was amazing and took over all the details on the day of including keeping everything on schedule and making sure everything was set up properly. We didn’t have to worry about a thing on the day-of, we got to just enjoy the day and know that our coordinator was making sure our vision came to life.
When we look back at our wedding, it was truly the most amazing day full of love and happiness. I don’t think there is anything we would change.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Luis: For me, it was our first look. We were separated since the day before and this was the first moment we got to see each other on our wedding day. I remember the nerves and anticipation of seeing Gus and this overwhelming feeling of comfort once I saw him. It was a very special moment to have time alone before any of our guest arrived and get to just sit there and embrace each other and take it all in.
Gus: When we were introduced as a married couple for the first time and walked into our reception. Getting to see all our friends and family and feel so much emotion and love in the room was an unforgettable moment. Everyone was there to celebrate our love and our journey and while it wasn’t an easy journey this moment made it all worth it. We were finally married and now we get to just celebrate with our loved ones and start our lives together as husbands.
- Location: The Fig House
- Photography & Videography: Fun Lovin’ Camera
- Florals: Coco’s Floral Creations
- Paper Goods: Luis Zurita Design (One of the Grooms)
- Catering: Room Forty
- Wedding Cake: Gourmet Sugar Service
- Music: DJ Frank Rivera
- Hair & Makeup For Wedding Party: Face Jutsu (Desiree Gutierrez)
- Rentals: Sweetheart Table Chairs from MTB Event Rentals
- Attire: The Black Tux
- Day-Of-Coordinator: Love Is Sweet Events