Lisa and Jed celebrated their wedding day at the beautiful Carondelet House in Los Angeles. We love the traditional yet urban atmosphere that needed only a few soft touches to complete the wedding of her dreams. A reception surrounded by exposed brick walls and candlelight made their evening especially romantic.
Photography by Esther Sun.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Live in the moment.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Try hard not to lose sight about what the day is about, take moments with your fiance to reflect and to truly enjoy the planning process together because it goes by so fast!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Before you begin, set your top priorities as a couple and budget for what’s important to you. Invest in areas that will give you lasting memories beyond your wedding day.
“We knew within moments of walking through Carondelet House that it was the perfect location for us. It had a charm about it and offered us a perfect intimate space that was exclusive for just us and our celebration. We also loved that Carondelet was an historic building with lots of character and vintage touches. It only took a few modern runners, a beautiful collection of vintage vases, hanging glass orbs and an adornment of soft white florals to make our ceremony and reception absolutely gorgeous.”
Your ceremony in three words. Beautiful, personal, funny
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Our officiant helped us write our ceremony. He gave us questions that drew out special qualities about our relationship and story, and how we felt about each other. He wrote our ceremony based on his experience and thoughts about us as individuals and as a couple.
What was your ceremony music? The bridal party, along with our ring bearer and flower girl, walked out to an instrumental version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Falling Slowly”. The recessional was “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.
Who officiated your ceremony? Scott Jones, a good childhood friend of Jed. We wanted our officiant to be someone that truly knew us and watched our relationship evolve and to be able to add a personal touch to our ceremony. Standing in front of our family and friends, we knew we would feel a little nervous and we wanted someone that we could feel comfortable with and could help keep us calm and centered.
What were your vows like? It was important that our vows were meaningful and special to us. We wrote them together along with our officiant. They were short, sweet and captured everything we wanted to promise each other in the moment and to our future.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? It made us smile and laugh. It was very personal and truly written for us. It allowed us to focus on each other.
“Our reception was an elegant and intimate dinner party with our closest family and friends—from the beautiful open air courtyards to the candlelit tables adorned with soft, lush white flowers, it made for a perfect white summer wedding.”
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? I enjoyed designing and printing the individual menus and place cards, escort cards & signs myself. My cousin also made a beautiful bouquet for our flower girl made out of paper flowers with a matching bout for the ring bearer.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our family and friends were our main inspiration. Since most of them were traveling in from all over the country and the world to be with us, we wanted to host them with an amazing celebration to honor our relationship and for their roles and support they have given us throughout our lives. We also made sure that our wedding truly reflected our style as a couple.
Menu: Reception: Tray Passed Hors d’oeuvres of Fried Bearnaise with Seared Filet/ Smoked Gouda Arancini / Mini Lump Crab Tacos / Trout Deviled Eggs // Plated Served Dinner: Cherry Tomatoes tossed with Basil and Olive Oil served with Buffalo Mozzarella and Grilled Crostini / Seared Scallops / Grilled New York Steak / Potato Puree / Baby Artichokes with Red Wine Reduction Sauce
Catering by Tres LA.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Our wedding cake was a Swedish Princess Cake which had layers of vanilla cake, raspberry preserve, homemade custard and covered in delicious marzipan. We also had a dessert table with assorted macaroons, brownie bites, assorted fruit and banana pudding.
Dessert by Tres LA.
What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss. We had a father-in-law and mother-in-law dance to “100 Years” by Five For Fighting.
Music by All The Above Events.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? There was a moment after dinner was served when Jed pulled me aside and told me how great everything looked and thanked me for all the work I put in to our wedding. It was a sweet and touching moment between us in the midst of all the excitement, and one that I’ll never forget.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? For the most part, everything came together beyond what we could’ve imagined. Maybe we would’ve tried to eat more and enjoy all the amazing food that our guests raved about!