Now that it’s crystal clear that hosting a big wedding at this time is just not possible due to the spread of COVID-19, we’re sharing the experiences of real couples navigating the re-scheduling, cancellation, and civil and commemorative wedding processes in an attempt to help others make informed decisions and to spread our support to all during this time.
Julia Fox always wanted an intimate wedding but wasn’t able to have it at her family’s home in Italy because of the spread of COVID-19. Here, she’s sharing how she and her husband, Josh Tohl, shifted their vision to a summer micro-wedding at their place in Los Angeles.
The engaged couple, who met in elementary school in Southern California, always wanted to have a small wedding and initially thought about celebrating in Italy at her family’s home. Since they weren’t allowed to travel to Europe this summer, they decided on hosting the festivities at their place in Los Angeles. And luckily, Julia’s parents, who live overseas, were able to attend.
To help plan their August 1st micro-wedding, they worked with KED & Co. “I shared one inspiration picture, mostly of the floral style,” Julia remarks. “And KED came up with the perfect design concept.”
Once the bride knew she was getting married, she also knew that her dress would be Zimmermann; however, she was unsure if she wanted white, a color, or a mix of the two. “I actually had three different Zimmermann dresses and decided on the day of the wedding,” Julia says. To complete the ensemble, she wore Zimmermann shoes and her mom’s earrings, and she trusted Tammy Pham and Clayton Hawkins with her bridal beauty look.
On the ceremony day, seating was U-shaped, and the florals from Holly Flora were arranged behind chairs and beside the altar for a fairytale garden look. Julia’s mother married the couple in a spiritual service with Jewish elements, and each family member gave them a blessing while holding a white cashmere throw that now lives in the newlyweds’ bedroom.
“I was so happy!” Julia says of her feelings during the service. “Having it be so intimate with just eight other people made it even more special. I don’t know if I could have walked down an aisle and had the ceremony in front of a large number of people. I’d be too nervous.”
After being announced as husband and wife, champagne was toasted, and the couple went to take wedding photos in the Hollywood Hills. Upon their return, everyone sat down to an amazing dinner from Annie Campbell and opened two magnums of wine from Julia and Josh’s birth years.
To conclude the meal, the new Mr. and Mrs. cut their wedding rhubarb tart and moved over to the couches to enjoy a bit of live music from Ira Gonzalas—the perfect end to their summer, intimate wedding.