Urban LA Wedding With a Romantic Twist at the Carondelet House
March 22, 2015
California
RomanticUrban SpaceSummer Weddings
Weddings like this beauty below from Alders Photography are kind of my favorite. It's packed with personality, pretty details and the party looks like it was one the guests will never forget. Perfectly planned by XOXO Weddings with florals from Primary Petals, this gallery is a whole lot of everything I love. 
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From the Bride...We met at Chapman University during undergrad. After 3 years together, Brandon started his PhD and Rachel moved to Germany. After a year apart, they realized they were meant to be, and started dated again when Rachel moved back to California. Brandon proposed on the day after Christmas in Macy's Union Square in San Francisco - it was a complete surprise!

When looking for the venue, we really wanted a party. We didn't want a stuffy, time-table event. So we needed a venue where people could run around and have a party - like a house! So we found Carondelet House. It was beautiful and had spots for everything: cigars, dancing, chatting, eating, relaxing.

We were inspired by anything that had a 1920's vibe was inspiration. My engagement ring was originally from 1929 - it was Brandon's Grandma's and Mom's ring. The Carondelet House was originally built in the 1920s as well. Pair that with everything sparkly, gold, and pink, and you have our wedding! The candles that lined the aisle and nearly caught my dress on fire were a DIY project that made for nice ambiance, but were not well thought-through because of the narrow aisle. We also had small Eiffel towers throughout the reception because we were moving to Paris not long after the wedding.

My advice to future brides and grooms would be, you can't do everything. My maid of honor talked me down from doing a bunch of crazy DIY projects the last few weeks before the wedding. I thought the wedding would be a disaster without them. She knew I would be a wreak if I tried to complete all of them. She was right. After my bachelorette party (about 2 week before the wedding), I stopped planning and just started enjoying. It was perfect!