How to plan a wedding in Los Angeles for under $10,000. Part III

Well.  We got hitched.  And the pictures are in!

If you’re a stranger here, and you’re looking into planning a wedding on the cheap, I stand the advice I’ve given before here and here.

But, my last bit of advice, after all is said and done, is probably going to be the most important.  I have experienced some insane amounts of generosity from my friends over the past couple months planning this wedding.    You probably will too.  So my final bit of advice is to find a way to be as generous as those you’re surrounded by.  While I’m looking for those opportunities, I want to take some time to acknowledge the fact that without the help of so many talented friends, we MIGHT have had people drinking water out of paper cups while they listened to a justice of the peace marry us. *Noooot* that that would have been bad… it just wasn’t the theme we were going for.

So.  Getting married is in no way like winning an Oscar, except that you always have tons of people to thank.  Luckily, John Williams isn’t here to cut me off after my 90 seconds of air time.

So that being said:

Our friends and family kick ass.


From the very bottom of our hearts a huge thank you goes out to:

Becca, for her floral arrangements, masterful wedding coordinator talents, and general incrediblefriendawesomeness,

to Deniece’s cakestravaganza baking spree which allowed us to give our guests a different flavored cake at every table,

to Mike’s last minute online ordination (he had the chance to be a pastor, a swami, or a rabbi…among other things),

to Seema and Nihar for providing the rockingest playlist we could’ve asked for,

to Jillian and Emily for organizing the food and making sure everyone had happy tummies and enough napkins to keep the BBQ sauce under control,

to Alaina for doing my makeup and making me look presentable (and, I daresay, more like a lady than I ever have before), and Abe my brewing partner who was the driving force behind getting the 10 gallons of beer actually brewed and to the party, and my uncles Timmy and Marty for doing us an ENORMOUS favor by manning the bar all night,

to Lexi and Jessie and Amanda and Mary for keeping me sane and for just somanythings,

To Andrew and Adam and Papa D (and Dave, via the webernets) for keeping James sane,

To our photographer and friend Amber fox and her second shooter Karen ReVelle who gave us incredible images like these to keep forever

to the plethora of mindblowingly talented photographers (Liz, Tim, Regan, Sam, the list goes on) who came to the wedding and kept the flashes going all night,

to Ninja Mary for all the things she did that I may never know about,

to Ken and Gillian for setting up the most beautiful crudite grape tree I’ve ever seen,

to aunts and uncles for coming early and helping set up tables and place settings and making the place look pretty,

to Joe for composing and performing an original piece for our ceremony and for playing “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” as we ran down the aisle,

to Joel for being a kickassian emcee,

and especially to our parents and family members who trusted us and supported us and let us do this wedding our way,

To so many people who know who they are: We literally owe every special and beautiful moment of that day to the fact that we’re surrounded by loving, ferociously generous people.

Thank you.


A huge huge hug for Amber Fox for letting me use her gorgeous pictures in this post.  You can visit her webiste at and if you JUST can’t get enough pictures of “Operation Nuptial: There Will Be Beer” Amber kindly set up a smugmug gallery here

4 thoughts on “How to plan a wedding in Los Angeles for under $10,000. Part III

  1. Dad

    I like the “Thank You’s” and posted photos but I suggest you change your title to: “How to plan a Spectacular, Beautiful, Kick Ass wedding in L.A. for under $10,000.”

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  3. Hiroko

    – WOW I love your take on Buttonwood. great idea to incorporate the suwolfners in some shots. and the shots in the hay are KILLER. great stuff. great bumping into you guys!


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