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Kathleen and Tony are crazy adorable, and threw, what looks to us, like the most fun wedding, pretty much ever. They incorporated a California chic vibe into their decor, and we honestly can’t seem to get enough of Kathleen’s Lazaro dress. Like, we are obsessed. Okay, are you ready for all this gorg, shot by Hailley Howard?


What made the wedding special and unique?
K&T – When we started planning our wedding we knew right away that we didn’t want to get married in a church. Neither one of us are religious, but we are spiritual. We were honored to have our close friend John O’Connell be our officiant. We chose a location nearby which set the back drop for our Spanish/Italian wedding. We wanted it to be a celebration of friends, family, and love. Also, our dog, Phil, made an appearance as the ring bearer. He was a big hit.


Tell us about the dress and where/how you found it!
K – I had no idea what I wanted, but I knew I wanted something with lace. I tried on quite a few dresses the first outing, but didn’t quite find the one. It was on my second dress shopping day we decided to go to Panache in Pasadena. I walked in and was quite overwhelmed with so many beautiful gowns. At first I didn’t think I was going to find my dress, but there it was, peeking out from the window from which it stood on display. All I could really see was the ruffling train flowing over the edge of the stoop and the special details on the back bodice. I knew I had to try it on. It was the first dress I tried on at Panache that day and immediately I knew it was the dress. The dress is designed by Lazaro and has so many special details I couldn’t have dreamt for a more special dress.


What were some touches added to make it personal?
K – Tony and I are designers who love all things natural and slightly rustic. We wanted to do something that expressed our aesthetic and who we are. Tony, being a graphic designer, pretty much designed everything – from the invitations to a special wax seal which united both our initials. We kept it simple and the color palette minimal only using black, white, natural, the colors found in succulents and the softest peony pinks.


What was the most memorable part of the day?
K – It’s so hard to pick one thing!! To be honest for me it was hearing Tony say his vows to me. The whole day was just so fantastic. Having so many friends and family with us here in LA.
T – Seeing Kathleen walk down the aisle towards me, looking absolutely beautiful. The reception was a blast, too. It was great having all of our favorite people in one room, cutting loose. The whole day was memorable.


Tell us how you met and became engaged!
T – We met in Savannah, Georgia at Savannah College of Art and Design. Immediately there was a connection and we couldn’t stop talking about dreams, art, pets, friends. I proposed at sunset on a small beach on Catalina Island. It’s beautiful and only a boat ride from LA. A funny thing happened earlier in the day. We went para-sailing and Kathleen’s a little scared of heights. She wasn’t sure that she wanted to go up in the sky. The boat captain (who was joking with her up to that point) got super serious and fatherly. He reassured her that she was completely safe. Of course, once we got into the sky, she loved it and was beaming. When we came back down the captain announced that he was retiring and that it was his last day on the job. He shook my hand and very seriously said “Take care of her.” It was like he somehow knew I had the ring in my pocket.


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Vendors: Photography: Hailley Howard // Coordinator: Kelly Demaray // Venue: Occidental College // Lighting: Dashing Events // Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth // Flowers: Commerce Flowers