This Retro-Inspired California Wedding at Skyview Los Alamos Kicked Off With a Pool Party

Both the East and West Coasts hold immense meaning for Kellen Schefter (36 and a clean energy professional) and Philip (Phil) Javellana (38 and a nonp

Both the East and West Coasts hold immense meaning for Kellen Schefter (36 and a clean energy professional) and Philip (Phil) Javellana (38 and a nonprofit professional). Though the couple has roots in Washington, DC, where they live, they serendipitously met in Los Angeles and got engaged in San Luis Obispo, California. The couple jumped right into planning a wedding in their beloved Golden State, but when the pandemic forced them to postpone, Kellen and Phil said “I do” at a minimony in DC. A year later, the couple celebrated at Skyview Los Alamos, a revamped 1950s motel, with a bicoastal-themed event befitting their jet-setting love story. “We combined East Coast sophistication with West Coast fun and the rustic surroundings of wine country,” says Phil.

The weekend began with a chill pool party with rosé and tacos, so guests could relax after a day of travel. In their welcome booklet, the couple “highlighted experiences that were special for us in our relationship and recommended wineries and sights to give people a feel for Los Alamos and Los Olivos.”

Phil says it’s critical to be “clear about your values and what matters to you before you start the wedding journey.” For the ceremony, “it was important to us to walk in together as equals, rather than having one of us wait for the other at the altar,” explains the couple. "In my vows, I shared how Phil was the first person I could truly be myself around. I ended up comparing him to a rocketship, as he is the creative fuel that drives our adventures," said Kellen. 

When it came to decor, “we juxtaposed buttoned-up elements in the midcentury modern aesthetic with the lightness of the color palette, all set against a beautiful backdrop of golden rolling hills, autumn colors and vineyards,” says the couple. The couple describes their floral arrangements as “magical designs full of texture and interest, made up of cactus, ranunculus, orchids, anthurium, dahlias and dried palm leaves with fun pops of blue.” Phil loved the velvet couches and black ottomans in the lounge area because they “brought a chic and sophisticated vibe to the rustic surroundings.”

One of the signature cocktails on offer, a vodka soda with a splash of cranberry and pineapple juice, carried over from the couple’s minimony menu. As Phil’s go-to, it was a must for both events: “It’s a nod to my typical order at the bar after dodgeball games,” he says. For their cake topper and stationery, Kellen and Phil took inspiration from their home decor and elements of the hotel. The Skyview’s restaurant, Norman, has a gold-and-brass sunburst design reminiscent of the chandelier in the couple’s living room. 

Kellen’s mom suggested that the mother-son dance transition from a slow song to an upbeat number. “We started with some basic ballroom dancing to ‘Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To),’ by Diana Ross, before breaking into ‘Shining Star,’ by Earth, Wind & Fire, for choreographed disco moves,” Kellen says. 

Retro-Inspired Blue-and-Yellow Wedding Invitation Suite
Retro-Inspired Wedding Welcome Bag With Yellow Stationery
Grooms Hugging During Prewedding Pool Welcome Party
Grooms Splashing in Pool During Wedding Welcome Party
Signature Cocktail and Custom Blue Napkin
Bar Sign About Drink Coupons During Wedding Welcome Party
Pool at Skyview Los Alamos in California With Unicorn Floatie
Signature Cocktail With Dried Orange Garnish
Instead of matching, Kellen (left) opted for a blue suit while Phil donned a yellow one.
Retro Hotel Room Key and Yellow Wedding Welcome Card
Scabiosa Pod Boutonniere and Yellow Suit and Tie
Ornate Black-and-Yellow Floral Loafers and Yellow Neck Tie
Grooms and Groomsmen in Suits at Skyview Los Alamos in California
Retro Doors Decorated With Orange Flowers at Skyview Los Alamos in California
Groom in Blue Wedding Suit Sharing Wedding Ceremony Vows
Groom Crying During Wedding Vow Exchange
Telephone Audio Guest Book
Retro-Inspired Wedding Signature Cocktail Sign
Paloma Signature Cocktail With Lime and Custom Napkin
Lounge Area With Gold Velvet Couch and Black Coffee Table
Wedding Portrait in Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley, California
Modern Black Chairs at Wedding Reception
Grooms on Wedding Day at Skyview Los Alamos in California
Wedding Guests Dancing Under String Lights at Reception
Photo Booth in Vintage VW Bus at California Wedding
Groom Dancing With Mom at Skyview Los Alamos in California
First Dance During Wedding at Skyview Los Alamos in California
String Lights Over Reception Dance Floor at Sunset
Grooms Toasting During Wedding Cake Cutting
Chocolate Wedding Cake Retro-Inspired Blue-and-Yellow Cake Topper