Santa Monica Wedding by Kristen Weaver Photography
June 13, 2011
United States

We owe a big huge thank you to Kristen Weaver Photography for sending this next fabulous number our way. It is sure to send all of you wedding gurus into art deco la la land with one tiny glimpse. Feathers, glitz galore, TWO heart-palpitating dresses (including the prettiest Claire Pettibone number) and a glamorous reception at one of my favorite venues of all time, The Viceroy. Seriously, can those wallpapered walls get any better? This interior designer thinks not. Check out the FULL gallery for more of this detail driven extravaganza. It's an indoor party like no other.

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From Kristen Weaver Photography... Candice has always been specific about her own personal style; she graduated from FIT in New York and quickly moved out to LA to be a fashion designer; and she knew what she wanted for her wedding. Vintage, roaring 20's style with sparkly metallic touches, an amazing reception venue and a heart-felt ceremony. Pretty much describes Candice. From her hair, to her flowers and reception gown - she used vintage brooches collected from various antique shows (the Rose Bowl flea market in her city, Pasadena, is her all-time favorite). The entire theme of the wedding was derived from a vintage brooch that belonged to her late grandmother - which she used as the main piece of her reception cocktail dress. Other pieces of her grandmother's jewelry were used as her reception jewelry and in her ceremony headpiece.

Actually, calling it a 'reception cocktail dress' may be a bit misleading. Candice designed her gown from a piece of silk fabric that Kevin bought her as a Christmas gift, and layered it with metallic beaded fabric. The flapper-style dress was her entire creation, from the low drop back to the beads across her shoulders (one of her late-grandmother's necklaces), and of course, her grandmother's brooch on the front. She finished her style with a beaded Anthropologie headband and ivory Nina shoes with feather accents on the heels.

Candice's ceremony gown was an amazing vintage-styled masterpiece by couture bridal genius, Claire Pettibone. Candice knew she wanted that exact dress from the first moment she saw it at Kleinfeld's in New York (I asked, but no, she didn't make it on "Say Yes to the Dress").

Little moments were captured in her details - like Kevin's proposal in front of the historic Flat Iron Building in NYC. The inside of his wedding band is engraved with the address of the building, and they set out Flat Iron postcards for guests to write little notes for them to read later. A mirror was inscribed with his proposal message, "Candice, you have had a lot of great memories in New York. I want this to be the greatest memory you ever have... Will you marry me?", and below the mirror a vintage dresser carried the guest favors - vintage bottles of perfume and Flat Iron cuff links, with a custom silk screened jewelry box.

Candice's own engagement ring was created by an estate jeweler in New York City; and her engagement session, that I shot back in August, featured some of their favorite places in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Redondo Beach and Santa Monica!

Wedding Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography / Cinematography: Lunch Pail Pictures / Floral Design: Flowers by Felicia / Wedding Ceremony Location: Wayfarers Chapel / Wedding Reception Location: Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel / Bride's Shoes: Nina / Groom's Tuxedo: Dolce and Gabbana / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone via Kleinfeld / Reception Dress: Candice Konya (The Bride) / Wedding Cake Designer: The Butter End Cakery / DJ: System 3 Entertainment