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597_LR_Vivian Lin Photo_4950There are people I’ve known in my own life who have been singular, artistic, and independent souls.  Lauren is one of them.  I’ve known Lauren since Jr. High, and was so sincerely happy for her when she met the man of her dreams.  This is no cliche.  Ralf is tall, handsome, Brazilian, and one of the kindest people I’ve met in a long time.  They rocked their Dia de los Muertos themed wedding at the legendary Boardner’s club in Hollywood.  All the details are overflowing with DIY personal style, mostly handcrafted by Lauren and her crew of talented friends, it’s sort of unbelievable.  I’ll just let the photos do the talking!

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Venue: Boardner’s, Hollywood   http://www.boardners.com


Lauren’s Skirt: Dianna Dinoble of Starkers Custom Corsetry  http://www.starkers.com/

Lauren’s Corset: Isabella Corsetry  http://www.corsetmaker.com

Lauren’s Shoes: Hush Puppies

Ralf’s Shoes: Converse All-Stars

Ralf’s Suit: Gentleman’s Emporium

Cake: Friandise Pastries   http://www.friandisepastries.com/

Bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere: Violette’s Flowers    http://www.violettesflowers.com/

Portraits: Eddie Isais    http:edwardisais.tumblr.com

Jennifer Huang     http:jennifer-huang.tumblr.com

DIY contributions by Lauren’s extraordinarily talented friends!

Custom made engagement ring and wedding bands: Emmanuel Garcia

Hand painted sugar skulls: Kimberly Sugar   kimberlymoniques@gmail.com

Hair: Keya Schaeffer

Makeup: Meghan Smith

Headpiece: Mavis

Baked Treats: Baking with Melissa  http://www.bakingwithmelissa.com

Centerpieces: Lauren Tiede