by Amy Serrago
Cheryl and Jared met at a punk show in Scranton, PA, where neither of them really wanted to be. Jared couldn’t stand the band that was playing and Cheryl only went because her ex-boyfriend was the lead singer and she’d designed the cover of their latest album. After crossing the street to grab a drink, Cheryl and Jared got to talking and shared a cigarette. That cigarette, as Cheryl put it, “turned into hours, and eventually… forever”. They chose, Reptacular Ranch in LA for their wedding and were thrilled to have animals in attendance. The theme of “Wildflower Vintage” was inspired by vintage Gucci scarves and Cheryl’s desire to skip a specific color palette and use “all the colors in the rainbow” to design the wedding. The day started with a ceremony beside a boho-inspired macrame arbor that was lovingly handmade by one of Cheryl’s bridesmaids. She spent weeks creating it and then traveled across the country with it. Now, it hangs on Cheryl and Jared’s wall as a wonderful reminder of their wedding day.
Cheryl was glowing in her one-of-a-kind gown, which she found at a vintage shop on her way home from work one day. Originally made in 1877, the antique dress was lovingly rebuilt by a designer friend of hers that just happened to have been a contestant on Project Runway! He added his own touches to create what Cheryl describes as “literal perfection”. She had been a fan of the show before they met and was honored to have him dress her. Jared’s look was designed around his jacket. He loves bright colors and plaid, so his styling was very much “him”, and he looked totally vintage dapper. He ordered custom Vans for himself and his groomsmen and carried an engraved pocket watch that his mother had given him before the wedding. In it was a picture of his late father.
The reception decor was made up of kick knacks collected by both families through the years. Cheryl says she loved seeing “these meaningful items that graced shelves in our homes” at the wedding and sharing them with the friends that came to celebrate that day. Small floral bouquets were placed in colorful vases along the length of farmhouse style tables and Cheryl and Jared’s head table was adorned with vintage brass candlesticks. Cheryl did all of the graphic design for the wedding herself using vintage Gucci as inspiration, hand painted s’mores sticks and made all of the favors. She had help from some of her very talented friends and together they came up with a beautiful, affordable design that brought DIY to a whole new level! As the sun went down, the space was lit up by hundreds of twinkle lights and DJ Weston got the entire party up on the dance floor. Since Weston is a good friend, he knew the couple’s taste in music intimately and did a great job of fitting their favorite bands into the playlist while still spinning something from every genre for the crowd. It was a gorgeous night on the ranch, with animals to pet, beautiful vintage decor and an adorable creative bride and groom. Congratulations, Cheryl and Jared!