October 29, 2014

Urban DIY Los Angeles Wedding at The Carondelet House

"I can still remember that feeling I got walking into the front room of the Carondelet House on our initial visit. Looking over at Scott, I knew we finally agreed -- this was where we wanted to get married! From that day forward, planning our wedding became one of the most fun adventures Scott and I have had together. We spent countless hours scouring the millions of posts on Pinterest to help us find all the unique touches that would reflect our love for each other and our closest friends and family." -bride & groom


About their wedding: We wanted our guests to feel at home the moment they walked through the door and we planned out every detail to make sure they did. From wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and siblings on the cake table to thank you notes at their place settings. We even used our mother's special cake recipes that we have had for every birthday, since childhood -- Strawberry for Scott and Banana for Me, with a marble cake in the middle. The most fun (and exhausting), though, was hand-making wine-bottle candles as favors for our guests. A project that quickly became a family event as they helped us save wine bottles, cut bottles and made trips to every Michael's store in the city for more wax. Now those candles sit in each of our relative's and friend's homes as a reminder not just of that day, but of our gratitude for their support.

Scott and I really wanted to make the day as meaningful as possible for each other. Not knowing what the other had picked out, Scott and I both ended up giving each other sentimental boxes and different representations of our time together. I gave him a journal with my favorite memories, as well as these great cufflinks with photos of his grandparents who had passed away on them. It almost made him cry, and he never cries. Scott gave me a set of pictures of the two of us. We each used this time as an opportunity to spend a priceless moment together before walking down the aisle.

We also wrote our entire ceremony (not just the vows), and Scott's brother performed it. We aren't religious so we wanted the ritual to reflect our personalities and relationship. We spent the months before the wedding compiling our favorite poems and vows that we pieced together for the ceremony. We also included hand-written letters to one another's parents to express our appreciation for them. I can't express how meaningful it was to go through the ceremony knowing that Scott and I had hand-picked every word -- together.

Our amazing wedding coordinator, designer and florist made sure all of our ideas came to life like magic. We will never forget sneaking to the back room to see the dinner all set up. It was amazing. The white flowers on the table surrounded by candles made the room glow. We both ran to get our parents so they could see the room untouched. My mom, who until then hadn't quite understood why we didn't want ice sculptures and a 7-tier cake, finally understood what we meant by an intimate and warm setting. We all had the same feeling on our wedding day that Scott and I had had the first day we walked in to Carondelet -- simple joy and wonder.


Vendors: Photographer: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Dragon Inside // Makeup Artist: Emily Dawn Artistry // Hair Stylist: Emily Dawn Artistry // DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Emily Steffen // Floral Designer: Enchanted Garden Floral Design // Veils and headpieces: Happily Ever Borrowed // Event Planner: Orange Blossom Special Events // Invitation Designer: Orange Blossom Special Events // Cake Designer: Pretty Baked Goods // DJ: Red Shoe LA // Dress Designer: Reem Acra  // Event Venue: The Carondelet House // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Tie Bar // Dress Designer:Watters // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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