A Vibrant Neon Wedding on Leap Day at The Unique Space in Los Angeles
Missy (25 and a restaurant general manager) and Peter (28 and a mechanical design engineer) exchanged vows on a day few couples have access to—Leap Day. Not only is their anniversary date a rarity, the couple’s neon- centric wedding was just as unique. With a vision for a “colorful, modern and clean,” aesthetic, they worked hand-in-hand to create the day as, “doing this stuff together made us feel more connected during the planning process.” Vibrant invites introduced the couple’s palette which intentionally, “strayed a bit from traditional wedding colors.” "We wanted our ceremony to be secular with some Jewish elements that felt meaningful to us. We used my Grandpa’s tallit as the covering for the chuppah. He passed away shortly after we got engaged. We also put pins of his on our denim reception jackets. It meant a lot to me to have him there with us in these little ways," Peter shares. One of the Jewish traditions Missy and Peter incorporated in the wedding was the glass breaking. They also creatively memorialized the moment: “The glasses that we broke were made into an art piece that we now have hanging in our living room,” Peter says.
Following a ceremony where Missy vowed to “always share my french fries,” and Peter promised to “always agree to watch one more episode,” the couple recessed under a shower of bubbles. An impromptu receiving line let the duo connect to guests before celebrating with an open-seating reception filled with lawn games and s’mores. Attendees also enjoyed the trio of cocktails (a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, an Eastsider and a balsamic/strawberry shrub) that were on offer at the bar. Although the couple chose not to include dancing in their reception, the night’s playlist was loaded with, “a mix of ‘80s and ‘90s classics, current pop songs and emo music. We ended the night blasting our favorite emo songs.”
As part of the evening’s festivities, artists were on-site to sketch guests throughout the reception. “I really wanted to have some fun and interactive activities for our guests to do aside from dancing,” Missy says of the unique entertainment offering. The custom portraits, “also doubled as our favors which worked out great! After the wedding we had friends and family posting their portraits on social media and a few even got them framed—it was so nice to see how much people liked and used their portraits," Missy says.