From our first conversation with Jensin + Masa, we knew their wedding would be a blast to work on. Not only was Jensin an incredibly talented designer herself, with the will to work on several high end DIY projects, but she and Masa had impeccable taste and a distinct vision for their day.
Jensin and Masa are sticklers for details. From wanting specific brands of ginger beer, to a very distinct music list for the night, to a curated (but edited) cocktail list, to an awesome Asian/Cajun fusion menu created by Chef Alison Vines-Rushing (James Beard winner!) - every detail was mulled over and thought through (sometimes at the exasperation of their planners, ha!). That said, this wasn't a wedding of frivolity, both Jensin and Masa were flexible during the process to be sure we stuck to budget AND hosted the ideal party for their guests. They worked together, always solidly in partnership, and with us to create a super fun, artsy, tasty wedding day.
THE SENTIMENTAL MOMENT
Everyone at this wedding was clearly happy and proud to be there, some people traveling from as far as Japan. These two had a warm and welcoming group so sentimental moments were abundant, but we were privy to something nobody else saw. While driving the couple around for photos, we happened upon a jazz band practicing in an empty, outdoor lot. The bride and groom jumped out and did an impromptu first dance!
A BHLDN beauty, Jensin's overall style for the day was not fussy. Pure elegance, ease and poise!
For this group, music was a centerpiece so we did a second-line to (and from!) a private cocktail hour at Suis Generis, a neighborhood restaurant. The band played in the street and attracted a ton of neighborly love! Also, Jensin and Masa surprised guests by playing an Earth, Wind and Fire song together before dinner began.
We love 75 guest weddings because they feel sooooo gooooood. Everyone who is there feels special to be invited to such a small and intimate gathering. This group continued to mix it up all night, ending on a party bus headed to see Soul Rebels at the Howlin' Wolf. Honorable mention to friend and officiant, James, expressive, clear and moving - he nailed it!
Family traveled as far as Japan for this family affair, New Orleans was that perfect place to make everyone feel at home. We also would be remiss if we didn't mention the impact that ring bearer and special fur-guest, Sprout, had on the day!
This floral arch was a creative combination thought up by Kate, Jensin and Elizabeth and Kayla, owners of We Are Gathered floral studio. Jensin contributed time-consuming, handmade paper flowers in all different colors that WAG combined with real ones for a stunning effect. Ghost chairs juxtaposed with the country feel of Tigermen den was on point, and Jensin's origami program holding a (handmade) monogrammed hankie for the second-line brought it over the top.
THE DECOR DETAILS
Stark white dishes highlighting gorgeously plated food, crazy bright linens, a custom streamlined menu, gold origami programs, paper flowers, ghost chairs, and a focus on primary colors = swoon, sigh, slam dunk!
The Tigermen Den is a place that speaks out loud. Tons of history, a funky yet pretty interior, oodles of wood elements (including some interesting furniture pieces) make for a Cajun country feel. Adding in modern touches, and bright colors, elevated the overall design and brought a little NY to LA.
The couple had special ordered crepe cakes from NYC to be flown down but shipment was stalled and they didn't arrive! Enter Beth Biundo, who on short notice whipped up these beauts.
THE SEND OFF
Gotta love getting a bunch of drunkards on a party bus. Gotta love it more when it's headed for Soul Rebels.
Coordination & Design: Clark & Kelly
Ceremony Location: Tigermen Den
Reception Location: Tigermen Den
Food: Rushing Cuisine
Cocktail Hour: Suis Generis
Brass: Big 6
DJ: DJ Chinua