An Eclectic Chic Wedding at Big Daddy's Antiques in Los Angeles, California
Danielle Tenner (30 and an attorney) and David Foley (30 and a financial professional) planned a fun, rustic chic affair for their wedding at Big Daddy’s Antiques in Los Angeles, Calif. with a color palette of gray, yellow and white hues, clean lines and plenty of quirky details. The unique warehouse venue in Culver City instantly won the couple over with its one-of-a-kind antique furnishings and non-traditional feel. “We wanted our wedding to combine our modern aesthetic with the antique mood of our venue,” says Danielle. From Danielle’s a capella performance of Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” during the ceremony to the wooden laser cut place cards and unconventional menu, every detail felt distinctly Danielle and David.
Before kicking off the evening’s lively festivities, the pair gathered their families and friends outdoors for a short, sweet and lighthearted ceremony. David’s sister shared an excerpt from the children’s book, “Days with Frog and Toad” and David and Danielle exchanged heartfelt vows they’d written themselves. “We wrote the final sentence together and surprised each other with the rest,” says Danielle, “which turned out to be mirror image promises to each other, each with a good dose of humor.”
Big Daddy’s eclectic indoor event space played host to the reception. Wooden laser cut place mats and place cards injected the table tops with a decidedly modern feel, while simple white table runners and bud vases filled with playful yellow craspedia spoke to the venue’s rustic, old world vibe. “Each centerpiece had a number and a framed picture of each of us at that age,” says Danielle. “I feel terrible for everyone who had to sit at table 15-17 — our collectively awkward years.” Ensuring their wedding felt truly reflective of who they are, Danielle and David decided to ditch tradition when it came to things like the menu. Instead of the standard chicken and steak, they served fancy burgers and churros and cookies took the place of traditional wedding cake. A fun dance party was high on the couple’s must-have list and Dart DJs made sure they got it, spinning plenty of 90s hip hop that kept the dance floor packed all night long. “By the end of the evening several gentlemen were down to undershirts because they danced too hard, which was exactly what we wanted.” A tip for the taking from Danielle: “We tried to make our wedding a party that we would want to attend, even at the risk of not pleasing all of our guests in every way. If you didn't like burgers and you really wanted cake, you might not have been excited. But this was our day, and we wanted it to be authentically us — quirks and all. Afterwards, everyone commented how ‘us’ the day had been, from the quirky vows to the whiskey lineup and the song selections. Because our friends and family tend to like us, everyone also had a great time.”