When we're given words like whimsical, party, fun, eclectic and love to describe the couple's inspiration for their big day, we know we're in for a treat. And when it's a wedding planned to perfection by absolute and captured gorgeously by Daniel Lateulade... well, we're ecstatic. You will fall in love with this day AND this couple!
Alex and Rhia are best friends, travel buddies and free spirits, and also share a similar cultural background and appreciation for family. From Rhia: We're also huge foodies and spend a lot of time in the kitchen as well as exploring new places around us. We're really two beings that love pretty much anything and everything and tap into it all. Alex brews his own beer and I'm into styling as well as improv... I also enjoy drinking the fruits of Alex's labor. We're super social beings that love throwing get-togethers as well as going out, but enjoy our alone time too. We both know how to enjoy life to the fullest while savoring every little bit.
What Rhia loves about Alex: I love Alex's spirit. He's hands down one of the happiest people I know that doesn't let the small things or big things in life get him down. His drive and dedication to his family, friends, work and himself make him someone that I not only admire and strive to be like, but has helped me become a better person as well as want to be a better person. On a daily basis he makes me smile and laugh and makes sure to "woo" me as well with little things.
And Alex about Rhia: I love everything about Rhia. I love how free spirited she is, outgoing, her personality, how she loves to be happy and make others feel the same way. I think she's beautiful both inside and out. She's everything I've ever wanted and now she's mine forever...muahaha. (Is that a girl's dream come true, or what?)
Alex described this moment as one of his favorites: seeing the doors open, then watching his gorgeous bride walk down the aisle.
Rhia used fabric from her mother's veil as her something old, wrapping it around the base of her bouquet. Her stunning french lace veil, made my Alex's grandmother (a former seamstress for a famous designer), was her something new. Says Rhia, "It was cathedral length and was insanely stunning. That woman is talented and that is an understatement!"
The couple incorporated their family and cultural backgrounds into their ceremony at the Nativity Catholic Church in Hollywood, with the veil and cord ceremony, as well as the coin ceremony - both are traditions in the Filipino and the Puerto Rican cultures.
Alex and Rhia chose the Stranahan House for its uniqueness and vintage, eclectic feel. From Rhia:
The Stranahan house was the perfect hidden jewel for us. Right now we're at that age where everyone around us is getting married and trying to do something different while being true to us was hard to find. The home was beautiful, vintage and eclectic and the people that worked there were such a pleasure to work with. They helped all of our wedding dreams come true.
I loved all the eclectic, whimsical elements that were threaded throughout. Using a custom portrait stamp from lilimandrill, the couple branded "pretty much everything" - their save the dates, invites, napkins, koozies and the seating chart. A metal hot air balloon held post cards from guests (in lieu of a guestbook).
The reception started and ended with dancing, and as Rhia tells us it was "just one big party/dance fest!" Getting picked up during the dance circle was one of the best moments of the night for both the bride and groom.
Rhia and Alex shared so many of their favorite moments and memories with us, but I love how the bride summed it all up: "Highlight of my life... everything was. Did I mention everything?" ... and that, my friends, is what it's all about.
Congratulations, you two! And special thanks to Jamie Lipman and Daniel Lateulade for giving us the chance to share the fun with you.