Debby & Josh’s Ode to Los Angeles Jewish Wedding

What happens when a couple loves Los Angeles? They have a wedding celebrating all things LA!

Debby and Josh got married at the famous, and newly renovated, Wilshire Temple. After, they celebrated with lots of great food, i.e. burritos, and cocktails.
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Plus, they took some spectacular Los Angeles cityscape wedding photos. Big thanks to Killingsworth Photography for these photos!
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Debby shares their wedding story with us.

Tell us about the wedding!
Josh and I met working in the Los Angeles area and our relationship bloomed in downtown LA. Our relationship bloomed off of our many complimentary differences. One thing we had in common from the start was our love of AMAZING Mexican food. Both us would kill for good mexican food so as soon as we started planning our wedding we knew that this would be the main focus.

Additionally, with the large part that downtown LA has played in our lives, we knew that there would be no better location. We really wanted the skyline to play a part of the event, both to be captured in pictures and for the backdrop of the evening.

We were lucky enough to have the ceremony at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of the most beautiful buildings in LA. We were the first couple to get married there after recent renovations. The pictures tell it all.

What was the inspiration for your wedding?
Downtown LA love.

Burritos, burritos, and did we mention, burritos?

What was the hardest part about wedding planning?
“There weren’t really any hard parts. We loved every minute of the planning and day. We would do it again, over and over.

If I had to pick something it was making sure traveling between the ceremony location and reception was feasible for everyone. (it was 2 mi away… in LA :))”

Was there anything DIY (do-it-yourself) that your did?
We did everything DIY.
All the decorations, candles everywhere. It was soooo romantic.

Everyone who stayed in the recommended hotel received a homemade welcome package, those were fun to make. We also gave everyone home-brewed beer to take home.
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My mom, sister and I went Friday morning to the flower district in downtown LA and purchased a car load of flowers. My sister made all of the bouquets and center pieces. They were gorgeous, I couldn’t have dreamed up anything more beautiful!

We had photos of every guest displayed at the reception as well as in a slideshow that was featured above the bar. We really wanted to the day to be about everything and everyone we loved. We wanted our family and friends to really feel like they were a big part of the day.

I made all the table runners from fabric purchase in the downtown LA fabric district and crafted the my niece’s flower girl outfit from fabric from the district as well. Such a magical place.

What was your favorite part of the wedding?
My parents are both from the Netherlands. We have a small family and they all live there. We were so lucky to have all of them in attendance at the wedding. There were two very special moments during the ceremony. The first when my father and his brother said the prayer over the wine and when we were covered by both our families in a prayer shawl that came all the way from the Netherlands and belonged to my late grandfather who was a huge pillar in our family and to the Jewish community in the Netherlands.
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Josh gifted all of his groomsmen with a personalized sterling silver tie bar. The tie bar mimics one that I gifted Josh for his 30th birthday.

Our family and friends made this wedding. We could have been married in a barren warehouse with bread and water and the company would have still made the event amazing. It was so special to have Josh’s family and my family in the same place with friends from all phases of our lives. It was soooooo AWESOME!!

What 3 words of advice do you have for future brides/grooms-to-be?
REM. Remember Every Moment! :)

Oh and, our photographer was amazing! We loooooooooooooove ERIC!!!!
 

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us! Mazel tov! And now…more beautiful photos from this LA Jewish wedding!
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