Tara Block, TrèsSugar
What wedding traditions did you keep? Practically everything about our wedding was nontraditional, but there were a few big day traditions we kept. For instance, my dad walked me down the aisle, I wore a white dress, and we had a father/daughter and mother/son dance.
What wedding traditions did you ditch? First off, our ceremony and reception were held at a renovated smog check center in LA, not exactly your standard wedding venue. We did a first look before the ceremony so that the timeline was smoother for the guests, and we wrote our own personalized vows (I finished mine the night before!). I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in their dresses, so I let them pick their own with a few parameters. The bridesmaids carried heart balloons instead of bouquets and the groomsmen wore sequined hearts instead of boutonnieres, in keeping with our heart theme. My dress was the traditional white, but linen, and I wore a rhinestone headband in lieu of a veil. I think my mom was sad the veil was skipped, but it just felt too stuffy for our fun atmosphere and didn't feel "me." Neither of us really like cake, so we had doughnuts instead, and we chose our absolute favorite Korean BBQ food truck for dinner. To make it more intimate we sat at a long family-style table with our bridal party and friends instead of doing the sweetheart table. One of my favorite out-of-box elements of the reception decor was our gold sequin linens — I was nervous they'd be over the top at first, but with the rest of the industrial space they were perfect! Traditions like the bouquet toss and the garter toss just seemed silly to us, so they were nixed as well.
Photo by Michèle M. Waite