Pretty is in our name, so it should come as no surprise that here at SMP we love all things gorgeous, and this Bride’s oversized bouquet from floral designer Brad Austin is definitely beautiful. Then again, every detail of this Los Angeles wedding is gorgeous and romantic. Head to The Vault to see photos from Alex Warschauer Photography and every ounce of pretty from this day.
From Alex Warschauer Photography…I was asked to photograph Jessie + Colin’s wedding at one of my favorite little venues in Los Angeles, the iconic Carondelet House. This stunning 1920’s Italian villa is nestled in the heart of downtown LA and boasts classic domed archways with hand painted ceilings, exposed brick walls, and gorgeous courtyards with full grown trees protruding in the center of the building. I had documented another wedding there a year prior and I was over the moon to be returning. Jessie and Colin’s story isn’t that of your typical couple, these two lovebirds met back in preschool when they were just 4 years old, parted ways for almost 3 decades, and then reconnected at 31 through a Facebook message and recanted about playground kisses.
Their wedding was held on a Friday evening. Dark clouds and scattered showers were on the horizon in Los Angeles but I was so excited for that perfect milky light. Being that their ceremony and reception were to be held indoors I knew the weather would have no effect on the day’s plans. While Jessie and her bridesmaids were having hair and makeup done I walked around Carondelet capturing all the little details that make the venue so unique. After covering some whiskey toasts with the groomsmen and Colin’s dad, gorgeous geometric lighting fixtures in the ceremony area and stunning florals by Brad Austin I headed upstairs to see Jessie and her entourage.
The first look and ceremony went off without a hitch. All of the guests roared in applause as Colin and Jessie sealed their love with a kiss. High fives were given to Colin as he walked his bride down the aisle to go upstairs and share a private moment together. The reception was something out of a fairytale. The room was glowing in warm candlelight that spilled over the table and chairs onto the classic rose centerpieces and crystal stemware.
After some heartfelt speeches and savory food provided by Tres LA Catering everyone then headed downstairs for some sweets and to dance the night away.
From The Bride…My husband Colin and I met when we were 4 years old and carpooled to preschool together everyday. We were inseparable both in the classroom and on the playground. We actually remember kissing by the jungle gym to which Colin got in trouble for. After preschool, we went on to attend different elementary schools, high schools, and colleges. Even though we had a ton of mutual friends in common, we somehow managed to never cross paths even once during all those years. It wasn’t until we were both 31, that Colin found me on Facebook and sent me a message. We reminisced about the past and picked up right where our preschool love affair left off. We’re now married and at the entrance of our wedding had a life-sized cutout of the picture on the left. We were each other’s first kiss and now well be the last.
Photography: Alex Warschauer Photography | Coordination: XOXO Weddings | Event Planning: Jessica Rich Events | Floral Design: Brad Austin | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Porto's Bakery | Engagement Ring: Peter Norman Jewelers | Catering: Tres L.A. Catering | Makeup: Makeup By Despina | Hair: Lio Ramirez | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | Lighting: Images by Lighting | DJ: RedShoe LA | Band: Jason Sulkin | Venue: Carondelet House | Backdrop: Butterflies and Birch Vintage Rentals | Chair Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Photo Booth: Kiki Booth | Photography - Assistance: Lindsey Lawhon | Valet: Premiere Valet