(having the day off from work is lovely..!)
for many long months before our actual engagement, B and i talked about marriage. what it means to us, how it would change our relationship, and if it was something we wanted to tackle. obviously we came to a decision on that one. but for all of those days and weeks i had many hours to daydream about OPW, aka OUR PERFECT WEDDING. being a preschool teacher, i have a lot of time to daydream at work while the kids are napping!
early in the fall, my pilates partner mentioned she had been at an amazing wedding in downtown L.A. it was a unique loft space with an indoor/outdoor feel. i looked up the venue, bookmarked it, showed it to B and tried not to think about it too much, as it seemed a tad on the way-too-expensive side.
all this boils down to is that, when the engagement happened, i was prepared. i had read the blogs, the message boards, the journals. and i knew what i wanted. basically: a local venue (very important), that will let me bring in my own food/drinks (not budging on this one), that has space for a ceremony and reception (i don't want to drive in between the two), and that has an indoor space and an outdoor area. as much as i love woodsy places, i really wanted to go as local as possible, and east l.a. isn't exactly known for it's woods (or IS it?).
the marvimon met all of these requirements! and it has a show kitchen! i did spend some time researching other venues, but the places that let you bring your own food didn't have any green things growing, and the pretty hotels downtown made you use their in-house catering (in-house catering never specializes in vegan cuisine..) and i am not a big beach person and i want a late night party so running into the forest is out and whineee whineee whine.
we made an appointment, met with the owners, picked a date and now it's really happening. i feel blessed to be able to work with completely local vendors (all vegan food sourced within 400 miles? score!), and we can have an outdoor ceremony and a rocking party inside.
you can see some lovely photos of the marvimon house here at apartment therapy.
one day i will figure out how to place and source pictures on a blog. until then..