Wedding: Xera + Jerome

Meet Xera & Jerome.
 This incredibly sweet couple was married in November of 2012 at Huron Substation in Los Angeles, California. X&J are two of the most kindhearted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. 
During the wedding planning process, Xera and I shared many phone calls discussing the details, both big and small. She would always start the conversation asking, in her soft, gentle voice, "How are you, Krista? Are you feeling overwhelmed at all?" Imagine: a bride concerned with the stress level of her coordinator! She is genuinely that considerate of everyone in her life.
These two are so easy to talk to.  After our meetings, we would often find ourselves gabbing away about non-wedding-related things like the joys of being a homeowner or the best cities to live.  Xera and Jerome have the natural gift to make anyone feel like an old, cherished friend.
 Their invitation read, “You are totally invited to the wedding of Xera and Jerome.  Ceremony followed by an adult reception with dinner, drinks, and awkward but enthusiastic dancing" and there was a comic book-style graphic on the back depicting their engagement story.
The couple selected an art book filled with photos of Los Angeles and asked guests to sign wherever they wanted with a special message, marital advice, or silly drawings.  And instead of carrying a bouquet of flowers, each of Xera's bridesmaids toted a beautiful clutch purse in a geometric pattern reflecting the pale, dusty lavender and ivory color scheme.
Their ceremony was lovely and intimate.  The couple incorporated traditional Filipino rituals in the 30-minute ceremony.
Jerome defined the term "DIY" when it came to some of the most unique details in their wedding.  He hand-painted the cake topper, which were miniature, wooden versions of him and his beautiful bride.  He designed the "Welcome Sign," which provided guests with the events and important notes for the evening.  He even created the floating window menu and seating charts, then helped engineer a way for me and my team to hang it from the staircase balcony with delicate wire.
For their first dance as husband and wife, Xera and Jerome danced, or should I say performed, to "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here" by She & Him.  The too-cute choreographed routine was inspired by the music video where Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt spin and twirl with one another.  Not to be outdone, the father-of-the-bride led his daughter in a dance to Earth, Wind, and Fire's "Let's Groove Tonight."
The couple chose their favorite bakery, all the way in Big Bear Lake, California, to create the delicious cupcakes for guests, who had the option to devoir the treats at the reception or take them home in miniature cupcake boxes.  But most couldn't resist and ate them right up!
During the reception, guests watched a slideshow of the bride and groom, which brought out tears and laughter.  Friends and family hopped into the photobooth, donning disguises and props.  Later on, the guests were giddy with the arrival of the Coolhaus ice cream truck, which created made-to-order, gourmet ice cream sandwiches wrapped in personalized edible wrappers.
 Christmas lights adorned the balcony railings and staircase banister. But they weren't just a pretty lighting effect for wedding day. It’s also how Jerome proposed. Whilst sitting on top of Jerome’s car, watching a meteor shower, he lit up the sky asking her to be his wife.
Plain and simple, I adore this couple.  Congratulations to X&J!!

{ VENDOR CREDITS }
Wedding Coordination: KGM Weddings
(a special thanks to my assistants, Kate, Karlet, and Kathy!)
Cupcakes & Cake Top: Sugar Pine Bake Shop
Ice Cream Truck: Cool Haus
Officiant: Pastor Jay Abiera
Make-Up: Christine Duong
Valet Service: Jeffrey Valet
Honeymoon: Belize

To read the Q&A with Xera and Jerome, click here.