One of the last days of February brought me back up through the winding canyons to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in gorgeous Topanga.
This time it was for the long awaited (and postponed) wedding of Mat and Rose. This couple is so wonderfully unique and the Theatricum was the absolute perfect venue for them.
I arrived a few minutes before Rose did. When she walked up, she and Mat laid eyes on one another and immediately flew into each other's arms.
"Oh yes", I thought. "It's gonna be a great day".
Rose and Mat's style is *chef's kiss*. Both their wedding shoes came from my all time favorite brand and the rose gold rings and rose themed jewelry were both stunning and on the nose. Rose's rings came from the ever-spectacular Alexis Russell.
Mat wore a vintage Gucci watch that belonged to his late father.
Rose's beautiful mama helped her put on her dress and choose her "something borrowed" from her grandmother's jewelry collection.
The beautiful belt did not make it all the way to the ceremony but hot damn did it look good while it lasted.
T'was quite cold in the canyon so Rose's red wrap was the perfect companion to her dress.
I'm a big fan of couples who get ready together. My husband and I did it too! I just love the thought of being an unseparated team throughout the whole day. Side by side, start to finish.
Taking a moment to take in the venue.
One of things that stuck me the most about Rose and Mat is just how at ease they are with each other. To them, being partners is as natural as taking a breath.
Guests were starting to arrive so Rose changed into her reception dress. True to this couple's unique spirits, they decided to to dinner speeches before the ceremony.
Rose's sister in law did her makeup while little Hudson serenaded them both. I heard this sweet girl say "I love you, Rosie" no less than 100 times that day.
Rose spent the last couple of years collecting bottles and drying flowers to decorate the reception space with.
The center pieces were made of books and tchotchkes form the couple's apartment.
Mat is a huge puddle lover and the guests were given a fun one to fill out. This puzzle will become important later in the evening.
After dinner and speeches, guests began gathering in the theatre where some friends of the couple provided some very entertaining entertainment.
And then... it was showtime.
Rarely, if ever do i say these words but... the rabbi killed it. Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg was warm, engaging and SO FUNNY. He was the perfect officiant!
Rose and Mat joyfully partook in many of the traditional parts of Jewish wedding ceremony. They also wrote their own vows which were heartfelt and beautiful.
Their chuppah was held up by some of the most important people in their lives. Others were onstage nearby in a show of beautiful support.
Rose and Mat told me that there was going to be a "cake show" which turned out to be short for an "Interactive Audience Musical Performance Art That Ends In Cake".
It was glorious.
After cake, it was time to dance!
The surf rock Hava Nagila was perfect for this raucous hora!
This wedding was truly one for the books.
Thank you Mat and Rose for such a spectacular, theatrical and love filled evening.