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12
2016
Raul & Ashley

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The Sandovals. Raul and Ashley met when their cravings for breakfast at midnight got the best of them – in a 24 hour diner in Downtown Los Angeles. And that was it, for awhile. Ashley “wasn’t dating” for 2016 so that fateful meeting was nothing more than a new friend (the worst, I know). About 5 “accidental run-ins” and coffees later, Raul asked Ashley on their first date and she quickly ditched her “no dating” resolution. Each date was full of surprises, good food, coffee, often times, something adventurous. Little did they both know, the first few dates set the tone for their entire relationship. Raul proposed in the spring of 2016 and they were married on November 12th, 2016. They were adamant that their engagement would be one that is purposeful, intentional, and fun. They planned everything together (though Raul would give credit to Ashley for most of it), that was a priority. To them, it wasn’t just Ashley’s dream wedding, it was an event celebrating both of them, equally, and that’s what the day of the wedding felt like. It was their relationship in event-form – stylish, fun, celebratory, unconventional. Looking back today, 3.5 years after that first date, their relationship values remain the same: be thoughtful, stay spontaneous, ask good questions, don’t waste money on shitty coffee.

Our advice to newly engaged couples is to remember that your wedding day is just that – your day. A day celebrating YOU. Yes, it also for your families as they celebrate you, but ultimately, its yours. Prioritize things that are important to you. For us, those things were the venue, the food, the guest list, and challenging tradition, not in an attempt to ‘be different’, but to make sure were doing things that were important to us. Examples –

Our venue was a all-white production studio. We had a really difficult time finding a venue that was our style and in line with our vision for the day. This was a perfect fit, although a bit unorthodox.

For food, again we wanted it to be something that was very ‘us’, so taco truck it was. Ashley said over and over again that it would actually be the perfect day if she could just have a veggie burrito. Everyone loved it, they left full, and it was really affordable. For dessert, we didn’t have a cake, because the cake cutting sentiment meant nothing to us, so we had an ice cream truck. Again, our guests loved it and we did even more.

Guestlist. This was the hardest part, in our opinion. We wanted our wedding day to be intimate, and not just another social event (which is what we’ve seen a lot of). We were particular about the people we invited which meant not inviting that uncle that we maybe only see at Christmas, if that, or the high school friend that you only see at reunions. (Not to say that we don’t love and adore those people, because we absolutely do, we just had to make hard choices in order to maintain the intimacy). It sounds harsh, and there are obviously exceptions, but it was important to us that everyone in attendance knew us both well, considering we were sharing one of the most intimate days of our lives with them. Also, no kids and no +1’s. Our wedding was small, around 100 people, but it such a cool day because everyone that we adored was there. This was the hardest thing for us to do, but the most rewarding. Nothing will every compare to looking around the room and seeing friends from different circles and states, all there meeting each other to celebrate us. *Disclaimer – In hindsight, there are maybe things we would have done differently here, but overall were thrilled with our guest list. Also, we paid for our wedding so we couldn’t afford to invite everyone, this played a big role as well!

Let yourselves be celebrated and design a day that is 100% you and your partner. Ideally, this day only happens once so treat it as such. Be present, enjoy it, eat the food you paid for, and have fun!!

 

Wedding Team
Hubble Studio
Wedding Reception Venue
Hubble Studio
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Circa Rentals
Event Rentals
Griego Films
Wedding Videographer
Hanna Snyder
Stationery Designer or Calligrapher
Houghton
Wedding Dress Designer
LOHO Bride
Bridal Salon
Omar El-Takrori
Photographer
Topshop
Groom's Suit Designer
Various
Bridesmaid's Dress Designer
Wedding Vibe
November
12
2016
Raul & Ashley

NEXT
VIDEO
NEXT VIDEO  

The Sandovals. Raul and Ashley met when their cravings for breakfast at midnight got the best of them – in a 24 hour diner in Downtown Los Angeles. And that was it, for awhile. Ashley “wasn’t dating” for 2016 so that fateful meeting was nothing more than a new friend (the worst, I know). About 5 “accidental run-ins” and coffees later, Raul asked Ashley on their first date and she quickly ditched her “no dating” resolution. Each date was full of surprises, good food, coffee, often times, something adventurous. Little did they both know, the first few dates set the tone for their entire relationship. Raul proposed in the spring of 2016 and they were married on November 12th, 2016. They were adamant that their engagement would be one that is purposeful, intentional, and fun. They planned everything together (though Raul would give credit to Ashley for most of it), that was a priority. To them, it wasn’t just Ashley’s dream wedding, it was an event celebrating both of them, equally, and that’s what the day of the wedding felt like. It was their relationship in event-form – stylish, fun, celebratory, unconventional. Looking back today, 3.5 years after that first date, their relationship values remain the same: be thoughtful, stay spontaneous, ask good questions, don’t waste money on shitty coffee.

Our advice to newly engaged couples is to remember that your wedding day is just that – your day. A day celebrating YOU. Yes, it also for your families as they celebrate you, but ultimately, its yours. Prioritize things that are important to you. For us, those things were the venue, the food, the guest list, and challenging tradition, not in an attempt to ‘be different’, but to make sure were doing things that were important to us. Examples –

Our venue was a all-white production studio. We had a really difficult time finding a venue that was our style and in line with our vision for the day. This was a perfect fit, although a bit unorthodox.

For food, again we wanted it to be something that was very ‘us’, so taco truck it was. Ashley said over and over again that it would actually be the perfect day if she could just have a veggie burrito. Everyone loved it, they left full, and it was really affordable. For dessert, we didn’t have a cake, because the cake cutting sentiment meant nothing to us, so we had an ice cream truck. Again, our guests loved it and we did even more.

Guestlist. This was the hardest part, in our opinion. We wanted our wedding day to be intimate, and not just another social event (which is what we’ve seen a lot of). We were particular about the people we invited which meant not inviting that uncle that we maybe only see at Christmas, if that, or the high school friend that you only see at reunions. (Not to say that we don’t love and adore those people, because we absolutely do, we just had to make hard choices in order to maintain the intimacy). It sounds harsh, and there are obviously exceptions, but it was important to us that everyone in attendance knew us both well, considering we were sharing one of the most intimate days of our lives with them. Also, no kids and no +1’s. Our wedding was small, around 100 people, but it such a cool day because everyone that we adored was there. This was the hardest thing for us to do, but the most rewarding. Nothing will every compare to looking around the room and seeing friends from different circles and states, all there meeting each other to celebrate us. *Disclaimer – In hindsight, there are maybe things we would have done differently here, but overall were thrilled with our guest list. Also, we paid for our wedding so we couldn’t afford to invite everyone, this played a big role as well!

Let yourselves be celebrated and design a day that is 100% you and your partner. Ideally, this day only happens once so treat it as such. Be present, enjoy it, eat the food you paid for, and have fun!!

 

Wedding Team
Hubble Studio
Wedding Reception Venue
Hubble Studio
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Circa Rentals
Event Rentals
Griego Films
Wedding Videographer
Hanna Snyder
Stationery Designer or Calligrapher
Houghton
Wedding Dress Designer
LOHO Bride
Bridal Salon
Omar El-Takrori
Photographer
Topshop
Groom's Suit Designer
Various
Bridesmaid's Dress Designer
Wedding Vibe