A Modern, Bohemian Wedding at the Loft on Pine in Long Beach, California

Alexandra Osinski (29 and a designer) was working as a bar tender when Walter Brasch (36 and a certified public accountant) became a consistent weekend fixture at the watering hole. “Sundays quickly became the best day of my week,” Alexandra says. Before long, laid-back, goofball tendencies on both sides were revealed, mixtapes were exchanged and they were in love. On the night of the proposal, Walter kept it simple. “He just walked me down to the beach and proposed in the sand. No bells or whistles, just us and the ocean. I didn't even see the ring until we got to the street lights.” Fittingly, Alexandra and Walter’s wedding for 150 guests at the Loft on Pine in downtown Long Beach was equally modern, earthy, and intimate. Green, navy, cream and blush tones complemented the venue's rustic hardwood floors and vintage architecture. “As a Southern California girl, I've always been drawn to eucalyptus, so we wanted it everywhere,” says Alexandra, who enlisted Costa Mesa’s Bloom Box florists to use an abundance of lush succulents and eucalyptus for the ceremony’s arbor, bouquets and reception centerpieces. The couple exchanged vows in the Loft on Pine’s Great Hall under a stunning half-dome of windows and used the same space for their reception, where they served casual eats like sliders and fries. In another nontraditional twist, the couple served glittered doughnuts instead of cake. While Alexandra says the entire day was “surreal,” the couple tried to savor it. They advise other couples to pick their battles. “Stand up for the thing you care about, and let the small things slide,” Alexandra says. “Have fun, be kind, be loving.” —Carolyn Meers