Small Details for Your Big Day

July 5, 2016

How one couple thoughtfully transformed their tiny home into a wedding wonderland.

Whitney Leigh Morris knows a thing or two about making the most of small spaces. For the past five years, Whitney and her (now) husband Adam Winkleman have shared a 362-square-foot (!) cottage in Venice Beach, California with their two adopted beagles. Despite its tight floor plan, the cottage abounds with clean, modern style thanks to the couple’s thoughtful, minimal design choices. So when the couple decided to get married, it only seemed natural that they do it close to home—as in their own backyard. By sprucing up the garden and back porch with new plants and accessories, transforming a wall into a blooming display, and turning to kitchen staples they already owned, Whitney and Adam proved that you don’t have to live—or party—large to do it beautifully.

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1. In lieu of rentals, use everyday pieces that also look elegant. The couple opted to use kitchen items they already owned—like marta old-fashioned glasses—in order to save money and avoid accumulating clutter afterwards. Then to tie all the accessories and spaces together seamlessly, they opted a brighter, more consistent color palette for their displays. “By acquiring versatile and timeless pieces for everyday use and enjoyment at home, we also ensured that we always have the essentials on-hand for special occasions like this one,” said Whitney.

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2. DIY drink stations always please guests. By setting up a simple bar, guests can come and mix at any moment throughout the party. One affordable, easy approach is to limit the options to a few crowd favorites. So for brunch, that might mean a mimosa bar with champagne flutes or mojitos at nighttime.

Photo by Monica Wang

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3. Let your ideas climb the walls. The couple transformed a blank exterior wall that can be seen on the porch, within the house, and from the garden where they said their vows with a collection of beaker wall vases. The display created a dramatic lounge space, while maintaining a simple, natural aesthetic. “It’s one of our favorite sights at home,” said Whitney. “Numerous guests commented on what a beautiful impact the vases had on the space, and were surprised to hear how affordable and easy it was to prepare the wall for the wedding.”

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4. Set up comfy seating to make guests feel at home. The casbah loveseat—which the couple have owned for three years—is large enough for them to lounge together (“we’re both VERY tall!”), and yet still compact enough to fit on their tiny porch or back patio. “I love how the design is so clean and simple,” said Whitney. By simply switching up the throw pillows and blankets for their wedding, they drastically changed the look and feel at a minimal cost. During the wedding, they positioned the sofa on the porch beneath the vertical garden, where it was constantly in use by guests and #StanleeStubs.

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5. Set a romantic mood with ambient lighting. Garden stakes rise from the ground to light up a patio or garden in a warm, flattering glow. As do simple string lights, which can be left up long after the party ends.

Photo by Monica Wang