Of course every couple is extremely important to us, but for Jana & Andy’s wedding, we were extremely ecstatic because Jana is one of our own. Jana was the first ever intern for The Special Day many many years ago when she was still attending Cornell University in the Hotel & Hospitality Mgmt School. Jana being a seasoned planner herself practically wanted her own walkie talkie & earpiece the day of their wedding. Here’s their story as told by Jana:
“When Andy proposed to me in front of the Royal Palace of Madrid, I immediately began planning our wedding in my head. Although no decisions had been finalized by this point, there was one thing I was certain of – I wanted to get married at a beautiful architectural complex like the Royal Palace. Luckily, Andy was on board with my idea.
And so our search began for the perfect wedding venue. We wanted to get married in a building filled with history and personality. We thought,“ What better place to search for such a building than the heart of LA – Downtown LA!” With the help of our fabulous wedding coordinator (Carolyn of The Special Day) and caterer (Nathaniel of Contemporary Catering), we discovered The Majestic Halls, the former Bank of America building. When we saw this architectural masterpiece, we immediately fell in love with its style and distinction from other venues in Los Angeles. Its timeless and regal historic value was perfect for what we were searching for.
Once the venue was secured, everything started to fall in place. The venue itself played a key role in determining our “look and feel” for our wedding. We wanted to highlight the Majestic Halls in its full glamour; therefore, we decided to go for a classic, timeless look just like the venue. With this in mind, we were able to finalize all the details from invitation design, cake design & flavors, lighting, flowers, rentals, etc.
The next 10 months went by in a flash. Every day was spent scrutinizing the guest list or finding the perfect shade of purple for our invitations or picking the perfect outfits for our engagement pictures. Basically, the whole wedding planning had come and gone in a blur and before I knew it, it was already November 17th – our special day. Like the planning process, our wedding went by too quickly. Don’t get me wrong, it was the best night of my life and one that I will never forget.
Was I relived that the planning had finally come to an end? Yes. Would I do it all over again? In a heart beat!!!!
Planning our wedding was quite an experience – one I would not have been able to do without my best friend, partner-in-crime and now husband. I’m so fortunate and blessed that Andy was so helpful throughout this journey. I honestly, couldn’t have done it without him. Without him, I’d probably have been way over our “budget” and I wouldn’t have been able to make any decisions because I tend to be a tad indecisive. So honey, if one day you fall upon this…thank you for your love, support, patience & for sealing all our invitation envelopes!
We asked Jana what were her favorite moments from the wedding:
The father-daughter dance – I gave my dad the song for our father/daughter dance very last minute — less than a week before our wedding. I was totally expecting to just wing it so I didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal. But less than 5 days before the wedding, I got a text from my dad asking me for a couple hours of my time. Long story short, it turns out that my dad had been secretly taking dance lessons (even my mom didn’t know) for our dance! He said he didn’t want our dance to be “boring for the guests” and insisted that we practice together. So even though my first dance with Andy wasn’t choreographed – the father/daughter dance was! We didn’t have much time to practice and despite all our hiccups, I had so much fun dancing with my dad!
The after party!!! That’s when EVERYONE cut loose and was REALLY enjoying themselves. ”
Ceremony: First Congregational Church
Reception: Majestic Halls
Catering: Contemporary Catering
Photography by: Lin & Jirsa Photography
Cinematography by: Elysium Productions
Florals: Nisie’s Enchanted Florist
Rentals: Town & Country Rentals, Arriba L&H, chiavarichairrentals.com
Lighting: G2 Audio & Lighting
Cake: Nancy Kay’s Confections
Cake Pops: Mother of the Bride
Hair & Makeup: Joyce Luck Style