After a decade-long romance, Jon Brockett and Jason Martin make it official in Malibu with a nod to their Dixie roots.
“Marriage wasn’t something we always talked about; it wasn’t really on our radar,” says Jon Brockett, who began dating now-husband Jason Martin more than 10 years ago. “When that window before Prop 8 opened and everyone was getting married, Jon and I were very cavalier about not doing it just because it was legally convenient,” adds Jason. But by the time the court decision came down two years ago repealing California’s Proposition 8, they were ready. They started fantasizing about what kind of wedding they would have and who would be there on a long afternoon walk that summer around their Hancock Park neighborhood. “When we got back we were both like, ‘Oh, we’re engaged now,’ ” remembers Jason.
Their wedding the following spring doubled as a reunion for their tight-knit Southern families—Jon, a supervising producer for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, hails from North Florida, while Jason, an interior designer and proprietor of design store Martin & Brockett, had family fly in from Texas. The pair made decisions based on what felt most authentic. “We love going to Ojai and Point Reyes in Northern California, and we liked the idea of a rustic setting,” says Jason. They found everything they were looking for in the bucolic surrounds of Triunfo Creek Vineyards, set between the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu, where they walked down the aisle hand-in-hand and exchanged vows before 120 teary-eyed loved ones and their Boston terrier, Aldo.
Given Jon and Jason’s professional backgrounds, the design and production of their wedding was no everyday affair. A team of experts (helmed by planner Aaron Hartselle) was tasked with bringing the couple’s minimalist and understatedly masculine vision to life: Amber Moon created laser-cut wood stationery and printed menus on soft brown leather squares; long farm tables in the converted barn were laden with eucalyptus garlands and brass candlesticks; food stations featured Southern comfort staples including Texas brisket, pulled-pork sliders, fried chicken and fried okra from Heirloom LA, and brown leather sofas were placed in the reception area for dance breaks. As an homage to Jason’s family’s market in Texas, guests filled linen favor bags with treats from an old-fashioned candy buffet.
Plans for a Scandinavian honeymoon were abandoned a month before the wedding when their beloved pooch was diagnosed with cancer and they had to schedule a costly surgery. (He’s made a full recovery.) Instead, they all headed to the dog-friendly hotel Parker Palm Springs for a week. While many things remain the same, looking back, Jon contends that being married does feels different: “For one thing, it’s really empowering to wear a wedding ring.”
Venue Triunfo Creek Vineyards Planner Aaron Hartselle Florist Yasmine Floral Design Menu Heirloom L.A. Entertainment Djeko (Erica Olsen) Rentals Town & Country, Casa de Perrin, A Rental Connection Videography Joel Serrato Suits Jason: J. Crew; Jon: Tommy Hilfiger Stationery Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies, Anne Robin Calligraphy Honeymoon Palm Springs
By Kelsey McKinnon.
Photographed by Jose Villa.