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Whimsical Brunch Wedding in Downtown Los Angeles

I am a self-confessed brunch addict. Mimosas, cappuccinos and pancakes by the stack… just where I want to be on a lazy sunday. Now fold all of that goodness into the prettiest Marvimon House wedding crafted by Pluck and coordinated by WINK! It’s a day that brunch dreams are made of and one that finds guests with tambourines in their hands and pancakes in their bellies. See it all captured by onelove photography right here.


From WINK!…The bride and groom are lovers of Los Angeles. They incorporated their love of: brunch, Dodgers Baseball, Bicycles, and Coffee. Featuring a bona-fide “cereal bar” and pumpkin pancakes! Their bridal party serenaded them live to “Hey! Ho!” for their processional with adorable handmade signs. 

From The Bride…We actually built our wedding backwards. We started with planning the most basic option (the two of us, in jeans, at the courthouse) and from there, we began adding back in the things we would miss if we did that simple scenario (having our friends and family there, etc.) It was interesting to discover the things that ended up mattering to us (I had no idea, until then, that I cared about wearing a white dress or having an aisle to walk down). Turned out, both of us wanted more of a wedding-type wedding than either of us expected. We just wanted to make sure that everything we did, we did because we wanted to, not because we were supposed to. And, we wanted to do it our way. It was so much more fun and liberating, then, to go through and put our signature on each of the elements we kept.

Décor was a huge part of the experience we wanted to create. Most of our friends and family are scattered all over, so our time together with them has been limited and their knowledge of our relationship has been based on the cliff notes versions we’ve given them over phone calls and Skype. We wanted to create a sort of museum experience in the space- a walk through the history of Chase and Tami, if you will. We incorporated artifacts from our relationship into the displays and we took advantage of each element to tell a story about us. Instead of a standard dinner, we designed a unique brunch since that’s our favorite meal. Instead of a full bar, we had a bubble bar and then added the Handsome Roasters coffee cart, because coffee (and Handsome, in particular) has been a huge part of our relationship. The table themes were inspired by our adventures together. Our refrigerator at home is covered in photo strips from every booth we’ve ever encountered, so we rented a photo booth. We created encyclopedia entries (a reference to my profile, where Chase first “met” me), which served as mini story captions to explain the significance of each piece. We really wanted the whole day to be interactive and for our guests to participate in the celebration instead of just sitting down and watching everything happen from their various assigned seats.

Anything else you want to share with other brides about what you learned while planning your wedding?

1. Everyone tells you that your wedding day will go by fast. But it goes by even faster than you imagine when someone tells you how fast it goes. Create an instagram hashtag and encourage your guests to use it- even starting with the beginning of their day leading up to the wedding. There are also tons of apps and websites your guests can use to upload and share their photos and videos. It’s so much fun to go through and re-live your day that way and experience it through your guests’ lenses.
2. Make sure that the two of you are at the heart of everything. This is just one of the hundreds of amazing days you’re going to spend together. It’s really easy to lose that perspective in such an overwhelming process, but that simple reminder always seemed to take a huge amount of pressure off and bring the fun of it back in.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Event Design: Pluck | Caterer: Good Gracious! | Ampersand Marquee: Scott Coppersmith | Bikes: The Wheelhouse | Coffee: Handsome Coffee Roasters | Coordination: WINK! | Dress Designer: Rosa Clara | Headpiece: Twigs & Honey | Ice Cream Sandwiches: Chunk N’ Chip | Makeup: Carrie Mercado | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Venue: Marvimon House | Vintage China & Flatware: Plated In LA | Vintage Ford Bronco Retal: Rocky Roads

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Vintage Chic Wedding in Downtown Los Angeles

The couple in this next film seem to have it all: good friends, loving family, and killer style. Set at Cicada Restaurant, the two said “I do” in a vintage chic fashion, and we have the heartwarming video shot by Blue Kite Cinema here for your viewing pleasure. Check it out!


From Blue Kite CinemaLindsay + Alex were so much fun- from the moment we got to the hotel and Lindsay called us saying, “get up here, let’s get this party started” to the photo session at Union Station in LA when Alex was holding the photo light and playfully shining it at Lindsay, we were laughing the whole time. The ceremony was laid out “in the round” at the Cicada Club which was a very different way to capture their special moments and made for some awesome footage. And the best part of the story is that we got to do something a bit different with them. We had Lindsay’s three kids and her niece help narrate the story of Lindsay + Alex. It is absolutely adorable. I guess kids really do ‘say the darndest things’. Watch and see!

Photography: Dani Mac | Videography: Blue Kite Cinema | Planner: Sherri Mosher | Floral Design: Gilly Flowers | Wedding Dress: Angelina Faccenda | Ceremony Venue: Cicada | Reception Venue: Cicada | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Hair: Elizabeth Cantore | DJ: RedShoe | Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Makeup: Mary Donovan

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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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