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Debbie and Phil relayed this overarching sentiment about their big day: “We had so much fun at our wedding.” And these images by You & Me definitely prove it. Set at Café Pinot in downtown L.A. and planned by CCL Weddings & Events, the event was filled with modern, graphic details in a pared-back palette. Stunning palm-infused centerpieces by Art with Nature are lifted high above guests giving the reception a modern, garden vibe in an urban setting. Huge smiles on the the bride and groom show up all over the images and we’re totally loving the abundance of animal appearances throughout the day. Check out all the happy moments in the photos below.

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From the bride and groom: Phil and I met in law school. We became friends during class, somewhere in the middle of ridiculously contentious battles over what constitutes a valid word in online Scrabble. The relationship evolved, and five-six-or-something-years later, we were engaged and starting to plan our wedding. We immediately agreed that we needed a planner. After meeting with Cat at CCL Weddings, however, we knew that we didn’t just need a planner, we needed CCL Weddings. We’re so thankful they were available to plan our wedding. We can’t imagine what would, and would not have happened, without them.

It has been almost two months since our wedding at Café Pinot in DTLA. When we think back on the four-day celebration, unsurprisingly, so many memories and related emotions come to mind that it’s difficult to pack them into coherent sentences. Most can only be delivered in a scattered, slipshod debut, but we managed to wrangle this overarching sentiment: We had so much fun at our wedding. Looking at pictures, I see my memory is pretty accurate as I am laughing with my mouth gaping open at maximum aperture in so many of them – not cute. (From the groom: yes cute.)

And now, the spew of some of our favorite memories from the wedding day, in staccato:

  • Our flower girl driving down the aisle in a white, toy convertible with tin cans in tow, wearing a minimalist flower crown, reflective sunglasses, an ivory tulle skirt, and the best look on her face;
  • Our two dogs waiting at the altar for the ceremony to begin;
  • Celebrating with all of our family and closest friends, together in one place;
  • A mob of eighteen exceptionally attractive and screaming bridesmaids and groomsmen demanding to change their grand entrance song to “Despacito,” while the other guests wondered what was going on;
  • Kidnapping a dwarf goat from our cocktail hour to take pictures walking across the street in DTLA;
  • Interrupting the construction workers who interrupted our vows and taking pictures with them while learning how to properly hold a shovel;
  • Inhaling fresh churros while changing into traditional Korean clothes for PaeBaek;
  • The saxophonist and percussionist playing alongside our DJ during sunset after a perfect, Southern California day;
  • The beautiful, everything-we-ever-wanted reception displayed before the façade of the LA Public Library;
  • The exquisite flowers and lush greenery;
  • Funfetti and pistachio cake (not in the same layer);
  • Collapsing on the ground in a mound of tulle, laughing hysterically, after running in circles with a wedding-crashing dog; and
  • Belting along to our last song, “We Are Young,” at the top of our lungs, in a giant huddle with our wedding party and guests.

From the groom: To me, the image that stands out the most is the moment my stunningly beautiful bride walked down the aisle. That moment cannot be described as anything other than pure perfection. The scenery was pristine, the weather was immaculate, and even our normally boisterous dog-children sat patiently at my feet. I’m fairly certain that for a brief moment, time stood still and everything was right in the world. Our wedding was an unforgettable day filled with love, laughs and countless memories that I will cherish forever.

Every detail and moment of the day, planned and unplanned, was just perfect to us. We’d do it all over, in exactly the same way.

Planning: CCL Weddings & Events // Photography: You & Me // Florist: Art with Nature // Stationery: Mari Chang // Venue/ Catering/ Cake/ Bar/ Valet: Café Pinot // Dress: Hayley Paige // Pae Baek: Cho Sun Myungju // Videography: The Cub Team // Hair & Makeup: Angie Lam // Photobooth: GC Photobooth // Desserts: Salinas Churros // Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Linens // DJ/MC: Brandon Noel // Petting Zoo: Farm Friendz // Lighting: Amber Event Productions

 

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You guys are going to love Lizzy and Andy’s wedding from designer and planner Shelly Fortune Event Design. It’s a  perfect blend of all the pretty things—a classic cathedral ceremony, scenic portraits on location in Louisville, feminine florals by Forage & Fleur, a white tent reception on the groom’s family farm and tablescapes with that relaxed elegance we can’t seem to get enough of. The Lizzy’s Inbal Dror gown is smashing and Andy is dapper in his white dinner jacket and together they exude joy and romance at every turn in these images by Nina & Wes Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was so special to both us to have the wedding reception on Andy’s family farm, at the same place he proposed. I’m from Buffalo, NY and we had been to several weddings recently there (including my sisters!) so it was fun to have a unique location for our wedding. His paternal grandfather, and maternal grandmother who are both 97 were able to attend, having them there meant the world to us.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found the gown in Toronto, where my sister lives. I had looked all over London & New York and didn’t find anything I loved. I’m from Buffalo which is two hours from Toronto – my mom, sister, and even my dad were all there when I found it – a true family affair!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved the copper mugs we had made as party favors for everyone.  They had the fleur de lis engraved on them (representative of Louisville & one of my mom’s favorite symbols). My mom also purchased straw fans from Etsy that were given out on the wedding day in case it was a hot day. They’re great looking fans and I still see them hanging in family and friend houses. My mom was battling cancer while I was planning the wedding so she wasn’t able to be involved as much as she had hoped, however it was these few touches she did help with that I will never forget.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The speeches given at the reception were incredible. Our maid of honor, best man, my father, and husband all gave hilarious and touching speeches that I will never forget (even though I’d like to forget my husband publicly thanking John Calipari for leading Kentucky to the 2012 NCAA Basketball National Championship). Our ceremony was also very memorable. The deacon was a long time friend of my husband’s family, we really enjoyed getting to know him better through our pre-cana work, he made the ceremony feel very personal & special.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in New York City at one of our favorite bars, we had both lived there for a few years and wondered how we hadn’t crossed paths before as we frequented a lot of the same places. My husband had just moved to London, but that didn’t stop us from seeing each other at least two times a month. A year after we met, I moved to London, a year later he proposed while we were home for the holidays. Afterwards, we were able to celebrate with both of our families, which was so special.

Lizzy & Andy, Long Super 8mm from lynnesy catron on Vimeo.

Photographer: Nina & Wes Photography // Designer/Planner: Shelly Fortune Event Design // Florals: Forage & Fleur // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville) // Reception Venue: Groom’s Family Farm // Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Photobooth: Magbooth // Cinematography: Lynnesy Catron // Beauty: Hali B & Co. & Sloan Winters // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Guest Favors: Copper Mug Co. // Catering: Wilshire Pantry // Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental // Transportation: Royal Transportation of Louisville / Miller Transportation // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Hog Operation Bluegrass Band // Reception Entertainment: The Time of Your Life Band // Hotel: The Seelbach

 

Alysa and Tyler celebrated their nuptials on a sunny day at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Planned by Pure Luxe Bride, the couple wed under a floral and wood arch designed by Petaloso with the gorgeous marsh as their backdrop, then dined under cafe lights and candles with their guests. Personal touches like the bride’s antique bracelet belonging to her great-grandmother and  the restored WWII getaway Jeep from the groom’s father make the event extra special and you can check out all the lovely details in these images by Catherine Ann Photography.
What were some touches to make the wedding unique and personal?
From Catherine Ann: Alysa always wears a bracelet that belonged to her great-great-grandmother. It’s engraved with her great-great-grandmother’s name and the year 1870! I was so excited to photograph this bracelet that is such a huge part of her family history.

Their getaway car, a WWII era army Jeep, was also a very special piece of family history. Tyler grew up in Papua New Guinea which is where Tyler’s dad salvaged the jeep from the jungle. He restored it when Tyler was a kid so we got to recreate a photo with Tyler, his brother, and his dad based on a photo they took when Tyler was younger!

Tell us how you met and became engaged!
Alysa & Tyler met when they both worked at a corporate real estate office in downtown Charlotte NC. On Alysa’s first day on the job, they hadn’t set up a desk or space for her yet so they had her sit at Tyler’s as he was in California on vacation. She sat there for a whole week, wondering who this guy was with his mini Master’s putter and Ghandi quote. After the week, the finally met in person and she thought he was really cute!
They were in Charleston for Alysa’s birthday weekend. They’d gone out on her actual birthday so she figured the night after would be laid back. Midday Tyler told her they had dinner reservations downtown. When she was starting to get ready, he asked her to go on a golf cart ride to some of their favorite spots in Mt. Pleasant. When Tyler took Alysa to the last stop, he got down on one knee. He had a photographer hiding who captured it and the moments after. Afterwards, he had a car pick them up and take them downtown where both of their families were waiting as an added surprise.
 

Photographer:  Catherine Ann Photography // Event Planner: Pure Luxe Bride // Floral Designer: Petaloso // Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation // Dress Designer: Watters & Watters // Bridal Boutique J Majors in Charlotte NC // Makeup Artist: Canary Rock Salon // DJ: Darby Events // Musicians: Palmetto Strings // Caterer: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group // Cinema and Video: Siegel Films // Equipment Rentals: Snyder Events

 

Katie and Alex were married on a crisp, sunny November day in Minneapolis. The traditional ceremony was followed by a warehouse reception at Solar Arts designed by Blush & Whim and filled with the couple’s vision of “endless greens, rustic wood, vintage charm, the glow of Edison bulbs; oh and donuts for days.” We love the moodiness of the palette—sage green, dusty teal, mauve and burgundy—in the florals by the always-amazing Munster Rose and stationery by Paper Rock Scissors. Check out all the details in these STUNNING images from Kokal Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding came together like a dream come true!  With one of the last nice sunny, warm days in November, it was perfect. November is a special month for us, with both our birthdays, my grandmother’s birthday on our wedding day as well as Veteran’s Day, and with so many amazing vets in our lives. But ultimately our vision of endless greens, rustic wood and vintage charm as well as the glow of Edison bulbs; oh and donuts for days, it was truly classic and magical.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I absolutely loved my gown (as I’m sure most brides would say about their dress) designed by Enzoani. It was mermaid style, made of soft tulle, was so incredibly comfortable, and absolutely not what I thought I was looking for but ended up being perfect for me in every way. I added a crystal sash to it for some glitz.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had a custom welcome sign made from Paper and Pine Co. Shasta Bell created our custom guest wood board for our guests to sign; her calligraphy is perfection. Also, my parents made the birch wood table number holders that sat on all the tables. All details coming together, organized by my wedding planning Jennae and venue coordinator Jenna, made the day perfect!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our ceremony! It was a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Charles Borromeo and seeing my groom at the end of the isle waiting for me, melted my heart. We are truly a perfect match and we were both so happy to finally call each other husband and wife. Also, having all our friends and family their to share in our ceremony and reception, we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We rode the same school bus when we were little, but didn’t know it. My grandparents and Alex’s parents played cards often when we were young, and we attended the same elementary, middle, and high schools. We also have very close mutual friends, who now say it was meant to be at some point. But it wasn’t until a chance encounter many years later, well after our college years, that our paths finally crossed for keeps! We met, dated briefly and knew it was for life. We got engaged at Insight Brewery; Alex surprised Katie on a Monday evening in December, surrounded by family and friends.

Photography: Kokal Photography // Wedding Planner: Blush & Whim // Florals: Munster Rose // Invitations: Paper Rock Scissors // Ceremony: Church of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony MN // Reception: Solar Arts // Calligrapher: Shasta Bell // Bride’s Dress: Enzoani (the Ivan dress) from Posh Bridal Couture // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids // Hair/Makeup Hair by Theresa // Grooms/Groomsmen’s Attire: Michael Kors from The Foursome // Ring Display: The Mrs. Box // Rings: R.F. Moeller // Linens: Linen Effects // 700+ Donuts: Sarah Jane’s Bakery // Birch Table Number Holders: Bride’s Parents // Welcome Sign: Paper and Pine Co. // Catering: Chow Girls Catering // Edison Bulbs: Phos Events // Vintage Rentals:  On Solid Ground // Band: The Sevilles // Photo Booth: Selfie and Co.

 

Denver Botanic Gardens set the perfect backdrop for Jessa and Cody’s vibrant floral-themed wedding planned by We Tie The Knots. Sweet details like plants and flowers as table numbers and and seed packet favors were on theme while the peony-filled florals by The Perfect Petal were scene stealing. Check out all the details in these striking images by Kerinsa Marie Photography .

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We loved that it was it at the Botanic Gardens. It is one of our favorite places in Denver and we even went on a couple of our first dates there. It made for the most beautiful setting and we liked utilizing three different areas of the gardens for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I tried on a lot of different dresses before realizing that I wanted to keep it simple and flattering. I finally found the perfect dress at A & Be Bridal in Denver. It didn’t have a single bead, sparkle or piece of lace but I loved the fit and silhouette.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Out of town guests staying at the hotels received welcome boxes full of Colorado items and brands. We love live music and bluegrass so we had a bluegrass band, RapidGrass, play during the ceremony, cocktail hour and part of the reception. We included some photos of our dog, Angus, in the instructions at the Polaroid photo guestbook station. We took dance lessons for our first dance and surprised guests with some unexpected moves. The table “numbers” were different plants and flowers and the guests’ favors were seed packets of various plants and flowers to go with the garden theme.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our First Look that we did with the photographers prior to the ceremony. It was the first time we saw each other on our wedding day and one of few times that we were able to spend alone with the just two of us. We were so happy and excited to see each other and for everything that was about to come.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through mutual friends. We were engaged in Santa Fe, NM on New Year’s Day 2015. Cody asked Jessa to look through a telescope and when she turned back around he was on one knee!

Wedding Coordinator: We Tie The Knots // Photographer: Kerinsa Marie Photography // Florist: The Perfect Petal // Wedding Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens // Dress Designer: Nicole Miller // Hair: Moji A Bang Salon // Makeup: Tangled and Teased // Shoe Designer: Blue by Betsey Johnson // Earrings: Haute Bride // Bracelet: Sara Gabriel // Groomswear: Suit HUGO, Nordstrom / Shoes Cole Haan / Belt Tanner Goods // Ring Designer: Jay Feder Jewelers // Veil: Sara Gabriel // Clutch: BHLDN // Caterer + Bar Service: Three Tomatoes // Specialty Linen: La Tavola Linen // Basic Linens: Event Rents // Draping Rentals: Butler Rents // Specialty Lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott // DJ/Band: A Music Plus // Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner Music: Rapid Grass Quintet