Hang and Jonathan's Topanga Canyon wedding was held at a hidden gem known only by its street address, The 1909. Tucked into a little nook in Los Angeles, the venue is a perfect for a private Southern California wedding and suits couples that wish to create their own wedding day design as it is a beautiful blank canvas. The couple's Jewish wedding ceremony took place on the 1909's back deck, in the shadow of two towering California oaks, under a natural wood chuppah, adorned with flowers and eucalyptus leaves. There, in the washed out afternoon light of Southern California, Hang and Jonathan had everyone crying tears of joy as they exchanged the most honest, heartfelt, and incredibly well written wedding vows we've ever heard. Here's a brief excerpt:
..."It's you bringing me tacos to share from our favorite taco truck and us munching on them in front of a small fire that we built; it's those mornings when I would open my email to a video of you reading a Roald Dahl story when we were halfway across the country from each other; it's making sure that we have our kitchen down - you chop, I marinade.."
At that moment, all their emotions of finishing film school, a recent move, the loss of loved ones...were forgotten about and the two embraced each other as husband and wife...and kissed of course.
At Cocktail hour, guests found their way around via handmade wooden signs as they sipped margaritas, a nod to those snuggly nights eating Mexican food together. Guests each received small and extremely cute succulent plants as wedding favors and the dinner tables were scattered with notecards of "amusing, stimulating, and mindful" quotations from some of the couples' favorite literary works.
Jonathan's father and step-father co-mc'ing the reception was by far the most entertaining part of the day. Their witty banter had everyone on the verge of tears, laughing as they recounted old stories and introduced the evening's speakers. Once the sun had gone down, guests were directed up to the 1909's main house for dancing, desert, and of course...a popcorn station. Perfect end to a perfect afternoon.