“It sounds cheesy but really my favorite and most memorable moment was right before I walked down the aisle,” says the bride. “Sebastian and I chose not to do a first look which made the moment even more exciting. After the bridesmaids had all walked down the aisle and my favorite song started playing, I remember standing there arm and arm with my dad and time really stood still. It was definitely a surreal moment for me.”
“I love when places feel comfortable and inviting so I wanted our wedding to have that warm and cozy feeling. I’m also very inspired by things that are vintage and used – I’m pretty sure these influences came from my great grandmother; we were very close and she would never buy anything new – she either made it herself or turned old things into new treasures.”
“The day passes by so quickly so don’t get too caught up in the small details. Make the planning part fun and enjoyable. So many brides go crazy trying to make everything perfect but when it comes down to it, no one really cares what color the table linens are – everyone is there to celebrate your love for each other so don’t lose sight of that.”
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted the wedding to be convenient for us, our wedding party and most of all our friends and family, so we knew we wanted to stay in Los Angeles. Also, everyone who knows us knows that we are homebodies and love where we live so it was no surprise that we stayed close to home. We both fell in love with Carondelet when we first visited – it was close to where we live and it felt like walking into someone’s amazing old home.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? At our rehearsal dinner my mom presented me with the ring that she bought when I was born and has worn every day up until my wedding. It was a really nice tradition that I hope to pass along to my own children.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I was given for my wedding day was to only drink one glass of champagne. I was so nervous that I was tempted to drink a whole bottle to settle my nerves but I’m so glad I stuck to only one glass the whole night because now I remember every second of it. The best advice I received for marriage was from my aunt and uncle who have been married since high school. I expected them to say marriage is great and perfect, but instead they told me marriage is really hard and you have to work at it everyday, so don’t go into it thinking it will always be easy. If you understand ahead of time that you will face some difficult times, you will be able to get through almost anything together.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? What worked for me was setting a very strict budget upfront and planning everything else to fit within that budget. If something would cause us to go over budget I would cut back and revise – it also forces you to get more creative which is always a good thing.
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Winter Wedding at Carondelet House4 December 2013
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