Any time we see a wedding at Carondelet House, we know we’re about to experience something special. The venue itself is nothing short of magical, and Nancy and Sam’s style only enhanced its natural beauty. Sloan Photographers and Live.Love.Create. blew this one out of the water, and you absolutely won’t want to miss the slo-mo booth shot by Studio 205 Films!
From the bride, Nancy: We wanted something rustic, vintage and old fashioned. We really didn’t have one style or one vision to our wedding. We kind of put a lot of DIY projects together and hoped it would work. Our venue, Carondelet House, was built in the 1920s and much of the furniture, artwork, and interior design was kept intact so it was just beautiful as it is. We wanted to add things that fit well with the vintage feel, but we didn’t want to ruin the integrity of the venue and all its beauty.
Bouquet recipe: My bridal bouquet had an assortment of flowers from succulents, dahlias, wild flowers, ranunculus, wild berries, baby roses, orchids, and a lot more. The bridesmaid bouquets were also similar to the flowers in the bridal bouquet but my mom had added some more vibrant fall colors (dark red dahlias, more wildflowers).
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Our wedding would best be described as vintage, rustic, woodsy, romantic with a touch of old flair. We didn’t really have a specific theme because we wanted the venue to shine. We used a lot of candles and hanging lights for the ceremony that made it even more romantic and ethereal. All the decor and florals were done by myself, mom, and my bridesmaids. We made succulent terrariums and used wood branches to decorate the long communal tables. We used a lot of candles on the tables and around the window panes to give the reception room a warm and cozy feel.
Our main color was navy blue but we ended up having an earth tone color palate. We had navy blue, slate grey, olive and sage greens, beige, and hints of gold. Some of the DIY projects we did were the marquee “bar” lights for the bar area. We used paper mache letters and some string lights. We also made a heart ombre cork board that our guests signed their initials on. We made some lace paper lanterns with doilies and paper lanterns. Also, instead of table numbers we decided to label the tables with all the cities that meant something to us. And for escort cards we made “boarding passes” with specific destinations (cities/tables).
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Some advice I would give to couples are: Enjoy every moment of the planning process. It goes by so fast but its really a time to enjoy being engaged and planning the most special day of your lives. You can find ways to save money so research, research research!! We saved a lot of money by doing a lot of the the work ourselves and making our own stuff. Start your DIY projects early. It’s better to start on it and see if it works, rather than starting it late and realizing its too late to fix/change/add etc.
Processional: “We the Redeemed”
Ceremony: “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
Bridal Party Entrance: “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
First dance: “Make Me Whole,” Amel Larrieux
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Sloan Photographers / Wedding Planning and Event Design: Live.Love.Create. / Floral Design: Mother of the Bride / Venue: Carondelet House / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Atelier by Dawn / Hair: Jasmine Chang / Makeup: Jen Wang Makeup / Wedding Caterer: Four Seasons Catering / Dessert: King’s Hawaiian / DJ, Lighting, and Music: Shine Entertainment / Live Singer and Pianist During Cocktail Hour: Erin McClain from “The McClain Project” / Videographer and Slo-Mo Booth: Peter Chang of Studio 205 Films / Photo Booth: Apixture / Wedding Invitations: Bridesmaid