As a true lover of all things Father of the Bride, private estate weddings are most definitely my happy place. But give me a private estate wedding from a talented team of California vendors + one style savvy interior designer bride and that’s an entirely new level of happy. Think So Happi Together, Catering By Brenda and EP Love (to name a few) all coming together for one crazy gorgeous day. See it all here.
From the Bride… Patrick and I met while building a 40,000 square foot estate in Beverly Park, Los Angeles, back in 2005. His company was in charge of the construction management while mine was in charge of designing the interiors. I can still remember his thorough organizational skills and meticulous attention to all our design details. We started dating almost immediately after, fell in love, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Through our six lovely years together, we built and designed many other homes, adopted and raised a little bundle of joy (our dog, Olive), and made many happy memories laughing and traveling together. I can honestly say that no one makes me laugh as hard or as often as Patrick does. Then one day, on my birthday, we were at the park playing catch with our dog, Olive, when Patrick asked the big question. The moment was perfect. Even Olive seemed to share in our joy, barking and jumping in circles all around us. And unbeknownst to me at the time, watching Olive chase after the ball on that beautiful day was the inspiration behind most of the handmade details I made for the wedding.
As an interior designer, I’ve always felt that it’s the smallest details that carry projects to an even deeper and greater level of beauty. I carried this philosophy when planning our wedding so that it could be a truly unique and beautiful experience for our friends and family. My goal was to try to think outside the box by taking everyday objects and elevating them with thoughtful details. For instance, I took apart some unused drapery tiebacks made out of hand-dyed and sculpted paper and incorporated them into the wedding stationery details, ceremony programs and ribbon wands. I also took boxes left over from all the accessories we purchased for our design projects and covered them with different fabrics. These boxes were used to display the amber glass pieces and other glass objects I had collected for creating the table centerpieces. I also used different colors of leftover silk string that comes with our custom rug purchases to wrap ombre patterns around some of those glass vases. The table centerpieces looked enchanting with all the various flowers that I had imagined in the months before – fringe tulips, pieris, mink protea, ranunculus, dahlias, scabiosa flowers, and my favorite, poppies.
I was also very lucky in having a few fabrics left over from past design projects. I used some beautifully crocheted fabric leftover from one of our drapery installations and cut them into panels to make table runners. My mother took another leftover drapery fabric and used it to sew all the napkins for the guests (she sewed over 200 napkins!). Another great find was an old metal fabric panel that was purchased from an antique textile shop in Paris; I was able to use this as the backdrop for our photobooth!
Another goal I had was to give a whimsical, youthful edge to all the little details. A friend of mine, Yolanda, drew the illustration for our save-the-date, which was inspired by our proposal at the park. She also drew the beautifully detailed illustration of the map and the façade of the house that we were married at, which I incorporated into our wedding invitations. And because I wanted to preserve the hand-drawn, imaginative look of her sketches, I hand-printed all the stationery with my Gocco printing press. I carried this whimsical touch into the rest of our signage with the image of our dog, Olive, springing after the ball. I sewed little bouncing trails with French knots as the balls onto all the name cards. I also embroidered ombre colored letters with bouncing details onto the fabric signs using the same silk string that was wrapped onto the glass vases. I had so much fun creating all these little details with my wonderful mom and bridesmaids.
The wedding took place on September 2, 2012 at one of our clients’ residences in Beverly Hills, California. We were incredibly lucky to have such generous clients; we could not believe it when they offered their home to us for our wedding. It seemed like a dream come true to be married in a situation similar to how we met (this was the latest project that had just been completed by both our companies). We held the ceremony in the front yard and the reception in the back. We were initially a little worried that the lawn area in the front was not large enough, but the setting ended up being astonishingly beautiful. Our wedding planner, Nancy, suggested having a circular ceremony that would feel intimate and also maximize our space. My most magical memory of the day was stepping out of the house into a circle of guests waiting in the front yard. It was truly breathtaking – standing underneath a canopy of trees with garlands of flowers hanging all around us, surrounded on all sides by our friends and family.
Photography: EP Love | Floral Design: Chiharu Nakagawa | Wedding Dress: Shin Bu Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ModCloth | Groom's Suit: Mr. Young's Custom Tailoring | Groomsmens' Ties: Ted Baker | Officiant: Pastor Nathaniel Held | Venue: Private Residence | Beer + Liquor Catering: Sunseri's | Crochet Items: Cherrytime | DJ Johnny Mancilla: Elegant Event Entertainment | Flower Girls' Dresses: Nordstrom | Illustrations For Wedding Stationery: Yolanda Chavez | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Ring Bearer's Bowtie + Suspenders: The Tie Bar | Ring Bearer's Cap: JCrew | Signage + Embroidery: By Bride | Wedding Catering + Desserts: Catering By Brenda | Wedding Cinematography: White Rose Production | Wedding Planning + Design: So Happi Together | Wedding Stationery + Calligraphy: By Bride | Wine Catering: The Cask