On a day that we celebrate each and every man and woman who has given so very, very much to our country, it’s only fitting that we share with all of you this amazing Los Angeles wedding from Annie McElwain Photography.  A sophisticated soiree held at the always lovely Marvimon, it’s a dashing groom in uniform, the love of his life and the kind of affair you think can only exist in the movies.  But this is real life.  Bash, Please styled the entire day to absolute perfection and the gallery is just waiting to fill your hearts with pure, unadulterated HAPPY.  (Believe you me.)  Join me there for more.

From the Bride… When choosing a venue, Patrick and I wanted to pick a place that had unique character and style. And Marvimon, in Los Angeles, fits the bill and then some, and is truly is a diamond in the rough. The outside is non-descript, which only makes the entering the venue even more stunning. Upon entrance there is a gorgeous hanging garden, which is only a fraction of the one in the backyard of the venue. The other details that we immediately fell in love with were the exposed brick wall, hanging lamps, white vinyl tufted chairs, and just an overall presence in being in your coolest friend’s amazing house.

In all of the wedding preparation, my most favorite adventure was designing the invitations with my amazingly talented friend, Scott. We wanted the invitations to be cohesive starting from the save the dates all the way through to the programs and most importantly, we wanted the invitations to be personal – to be us, and make our guests feel part of the wedding process. The save the dates included the story of our first date. The invitations’s wrap label included a silhouette of the state and the city of that guest, and our personalized wedding logo that Scott designed was sprinkled throughout the paper products as well. Another favorite detail of the wedding was our favors. As Patrick’s favorite drink is a manhattan (and maker’s mark has quickly grown on me as well) we purchased mini maker’s mark bottles and tied name cards with individual bride and groom recipes printed on the back with baker’s twine.

The ceremony was perfect. We had great friends perform a range of readings including a classic wedding reading, a soliloquy by Bob Marley, and an excerpt from Dr. Seuss. I was terribly nervous– my dress was a surprise to him, (we chose not to see each other until I was walking down the aisle), and we wrote our own vows, not sharing them until the ceremony. But everything went as smoothly as I could hope, and we spent the rest of the evening mingling, dining on the best food we’ve ever tasted, dancing, and enjoying all of friends and family together under one roof.

Coordination, Design + Florals: Melissa Pearson of Bash, Please / Photography: Annie McElwain Photography / Wedding Venue: Marvimon / Catering: Heirloom LA / DJ: Dash Entertainment / Videographer: Max and Molly Films / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Subito Strings / Officiant: Jennifer Berry / Cakes: Cake Monkey / Paper goods: Scott Swanson of Wundermade / Photobooth + Wooden sign: Wundermade / Rentals: Town & Country / Linens: La Tavola / Valet: Jeffrey Valet