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Artists’ DIY Wedding at Carondelet House

I cannot stop grinning at the site of these adorable sweeties. It’s clear that they are madly in love, and their wedding? It’s as cute as they come. Both being artists with a love for color, they DIYed their day with an old Hollywood vibe in mind. Mix in blooms of berry pink and pops of orange from The Little Branch and coordination by Orange Blossom Special Events, it’s no surprise this gallery from Lukas & Suzy VanDyke is bursting with happiness.


From the beautiful Bride… The inspiration for our wedding was a celebration of all things we love. Like most couples, we wanted the wedding to feel really us – which is vintage-y, colorful, and artistic. We are both artists (Ryan works as an animator at Cosmic Toast Studios and I work as a designer at Mattel) and lovers of color, so we wanted to infuse our wedding with DIY projects to reflect that. We also wanted to have an old Hollywood vibe so we could share with our guests what we loved about LA.

Our invitations, which I designed, set the tone for our wedding with confetti, gold foil, and glitter! We found ways to incorporate our artwork throughout the celebration, from the illustrated bride and groom buttons for our guests to wear to the cake topper Ryan made that included our beloved pets. I love heart-shaped everything, so our fan programs and confetti were all hearts. Our family and friends literally tossed their love over us during our recessional – it was magical! And as a huge fan of flea markets, I found a vintage pink wicker room divider to use as our altar and over a dozen vintage cake stands for the mini pie dessert station (that went along with a strawberry whipped cream cake from a Chinese bakery as a nod to my heritage).

We’re always in photobooths, so that was a must-have for our wedding – we hired our favorite one that fit our vintage Hollywood vibe perfectly and they did double prints so our guests could leave one in our guestbook. That was our favorite thing at the end of the night, curling up together and reading through all the special notes our family and friends wrote for us.

And of course there was a lot of color! Our favorite colors, pink and orange and gold, were displayed throughout the tassels that we strung up around the venue, and we set up a rainbow vintage soda bar. The Carondelet House is a beautiful space on its own, but we really wanted it to feel like we brought our party into it! Our dinnertime escort cards were gold animals that we DIY’d – we chose safari animals because our first date was to the San Diego Zoo. For my bouquet and our tabletop floral arrangements, I wanted to ombre everything because I love colors organized neatly. Our florist did an amazing job ombre-ing the long dining room from whites and blushes to deep red velvets. Then those arrangements were wrapped up in paper cone bouquets at the end of the night as wedding favors for our guests.

My wedding dress was amazing kismet – I found it before I was even looking for a dress, after a really rough few months of wedding planning. It was hanging at a booth at the flea market, and the kind vendor let me try it on in the public bathroom – and it fit me perfectly! It was the gorgeous 1950s lace and tulle dress of my dreams.

For the ceremony, we wanted to incorporate our artwork in a small way, so we illustrated ourselves on 1.25″ buttons for the bride and grooms’ guests – that way, it’s a fun conversational piece for the guests to start the “are you from the bride or groom’s side?” talk. We also designed and hand-cut our heart-shaped fans (Ann loves everything heart-shaped), and cut and designed our bags of heart- shaped confetti to be tossed during the recessional. There were also frill garlands hanging from the rafters in our favorite colors, pink and orange and gold, two giant balloons with frill that Ryan set up, and a vintage pink wicker room divider we found at a flea market last year.

We wrote our own vows, and since we are both non-religious, we had a reading of our favorite love poem by e.e. cummings, “I carry your heart with me”.

For the bar, we provided a rainbow vintage soda bar instead of usual soda cans. We love vintage sodas, and things arranged by color. Regarding dinner service, our escort cards were on gold animals that we DIY’d (spray painted and primered and spray painted again…). Like most couples, we wanted to have a wedding that felt the most us. We are both artists, lovers of food, color and animals. So with that in mind, we DIY’d a lot of our wedding.

We had our fathers each give toasts before dinner, and then during dinner, Ryan’s sister (who introduced us) and Ann’s college friend each gave toasts. After dinner, our cake was a traditional Chinese strawberry sponge cake, which is one of the few Chinese traditions we included in the wedding. Ann had cakes like this for every birthday growing up. Ryan made the cake toppers, which include our three beloved pets in our day, Oliver, Bettie, and Penny. Then we included a mini pie buffet, since Ryan loves pie, from local baker I Heart Pies.

Photography: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Cake: Phoenix Bakery | Catering: Tres L.A. Catering | Hair: Chloe Hallenbeck | DJ: DJ Sota Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Coordination: Orange Blossom Special Events | Makeup: Kelly Shew | Photo Booth: Lucky Photo Booth | Pies: I Heart Pies | Veil: | Wedding Venue: Carondelet House

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Grace Loves Lace LA Trunk Show

After many, many requests — and probably a bit of beggingGrace Loves Lace is hosting their very first US trunk show from October 3-6, 2014 at the amazing Apartment A in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Brides-to-be will get the chance to try on the stunning gowns and amazing accessories that Australian-based Grace Loves Lace is known for!

Alongside their gorgeous gowns, Grace Loves Lace will also be debuting their sister company, For the Love of Grace, which offers incredible bridesmaids and occasion dresses. No appointments are necessary at the four-day long show which will run from 9am-5pm and brides-to-be can order their dream dresses through the Grace Loves Lace website on site!

LA’s Apartment A (652 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA), is located around some amazing restaurants + cafes, so come down to the show and make a day of it! For more information and updates, be sure to follow Grace Loves Lace on Instagram or you can email them at info{at} Happy dress hunting, my dears! xo


Classic-Glam West Hollywood Wedding

If you’ve read SMP for any length of time, you know that I have a love affair with Jose Villa. Aside from being a good person and an even better friend, he is so incredibly thoughtful, so incredibly careful with his work that you can’t help but walk away entirely inspired to make your life just as beautiful. And this wedding made even more lovely by a team of vendors - Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Flower Allie, The Butter End Cakery & more  - is nothing if not completely and entirely intoxicating. And there are TONS more Jose photos in the gallery!


From José Villa PhotographyMark and Becky took great care in making sure their wedding was personal and thoughtful, with plenty of charm and elegance. Mark, a Sales Director for a private jet company, wanted a high-rise city backdrop and Becky, an Executive Manager & Event Designer for a Public Relations firm, wanted a classic and romantic ballroom setting. The London West Hollywood was their perfect compromise.

The wedding weekend kicked off with a formal Vietnamese tea ceremony and rehearsal dinner for 100 guests at Il Cielo, Beverly Hills to honor the bride’s heritage. Inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding gown, Becky wore a custom Vietnamese Ao Dai and headdress made of French lace and hand-beaded Swarovski crystals and pearls. In keeping with the Vietnamese tradition, guests presented the couple with red envelopes and shared well-wishes and prudent advice for their marriage.

The London West Hollywood’s rooftop provided a spectacular backdrop of Los Angeles for Mark and Becky’s wedding ceremony the following day. Drawing inspiration from a pergola in an English rose garden she visited in Hertfordshire, Becky enlisted the help of Allison Becker & Nicholas St. Clair of Flower Allie to construct a custom wrought iron gazebo to hold a 300 pound vintage champagne chandelier she had sourced. To bring the English garden charm to Hollywood, cascading white blooms and hundreds of white rose petals covered the ceremony site. A string quartet played Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the bride, wearing a custom Lazaro gown, walked down the candle-lined aisle on her father’s arm. The groom wore a classic Dior Homme black tuxedo and the couple exchanged rings from Harry Winston.

The English sentiment was carried throughout the details of the wedding from the custom crest & letterpressed calligraphy, created by Laura Hooper, to the five-course Gordon Ramsey catered dinner. Escort & seating cards were hand embossed with a gold leaf motif to match the bride’s headpiece – a DIY labor of love from the bride and her mother in-law. Lush arrangements of ranunculus, garden roses, peonies, sweet pea, jasmine and hydrangeas brought the romantic garden feel to dinner. A six tier confection, created by The Butter End, piped in buttercream with delicate lace applique sat on a bed of fresh flowers. Assortments of vintage gold candlesticks, frames and trays accented the reception space to add to the antique mood of the elegant ballroom. A gourmet burger bar provided a much needed midnight snack as the newlyweds and their 180 guests danced the night away to the tunes of West Coast Music’s JB Project and DJ Z.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Videography: Imagique Weddings | Floral Design: Allison Becker & Nicholas St. Clair Of Flower Allie | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Hair: Umberto, Beverly Hills | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Band: West Coast Music’s JB Project | Groom's Attire: Dior Homme | Groomsmen's Attire: Mr. Tuxedo | String Quartet: Subito Strings | Bride's Gown: Custom Lazaro Gown | DJ & Lighting: DJZ Productions | Decor Accessories: Antique & Vintage Gold Pieces Bride Collected Over The Years | Event Planning And Design: RCamson Designs | Flower Girl's Attire: Hand-made Dress & Belt | Invitations/Paperie: Sugar Paper | Jewelry/Rings: Harry Winston | Makeup: Amy Vu Makeup | Month Of Coordinator: Kayla Vie | Mother Of Bride & Mother Of Groom Attire: Neiman Marcus & Nordstroms | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Il Cielo Beverly Hills | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Ring Bearer's Attire: Custom Tux | Vintage Chandelier Rental: Melrose Gallery | Wedding Venue: The London West Hollywood

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