Real Weddings

After 11 Years of Dating These Two Finally Said I do


Cute couple

After 11 years of dating, Melissa and Nathan finally tied the knot at the historic The Ebell of Los Angeles. The moody and romantic vibe of their wedding featured wild asymmetrical florals, and cultural nods that represented both their diverse backgrounds.

From the multi-colored fennel on the tables, to the handwritten menus and place cards, each element tied together beautifully to create the overall look and feel of their magical day. Read more about the brides inspiration below, and find a full gallery with more must-see images captured by Wild Whim Photography.

Embellished pumps for the bride-to-be

Gorgeous back of wedding dressSparkly dress details

Cute first look!

After 11 years together

From the bride: I wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our relationship with all of our loved ones surrounding and supporting us. Nathan and I have been in a relationship for 11 years. We were high school sweethearts and survived four years of long distance (NYC to London) during our college years. Every day we spoke on the phone through calling cards because he had no internet in his flat! We would write love letters to each other whenever we could.

Beautiful colorful wedding

Gorgeous bridal look with a colorful bouquet

Bridesmaids in peach

Sister sister

when two become one

One element that was important to me was that our wedding culturally reflect who we are as individuals. I wanted my Portuguese and Indian background to be represented as well as his British and Jewish background. It was important to me that we each represent ourselves as individuals who are coming to each other as whole people.

Flower filled church ceremony decorAlter ceremony with flowers everywhere

Decorate the chandeliers with flowers

Romantic church ceremony

Just married!

Shakespearean Sonnet

The ceremony was amazing. My husband and I met at a Shakespeare competition in high school and at the end of his vows, he recited the sonnet that he had recited that day we met, of course myself and everyone else was crying, including him. All in all, I couldn't have asked for a more memorable and special wedding!

Hooray! they're married!

Moody wedding photo

Courtyard receptionBoho chic decor

Elephant statue

Lush and wild

In the reception courtyard, my designer featured a cute baby elephant statue with a flower crown. The designer also wanted the staircase that I walked down for the ceremony to feel like the flowers were growing from the staircase, lush and wild-- so all down the aisle were flowers in deep brass vases, all at varying heights to introduce more wild and asymmetrical elements.

Moody theater reception spaceDramatic candle lit ceremony

Tall floral centerpiece with candles

Dramatic floral centerpieceFloral table decor

Pretty place setting

Colorful details  

To demonstrate my Indian heritage, I incorporated rich, vibrant colors in the floral design as well as the napkins. Each place setting included a napkin that had a different Indian pattern individually made by an Indian designer who lives in Denmark. Our favors were also hand-painted Indian wooden boxes that included deity necklaces that our guests enjoyed wearing. It was so fun to see everyone dancing with them on! Lastly we included multi-coloured fennel in beautiful silver dishes on the dinner tables. In India people eat fennel after their meals for digestion :)

Dramatic sweetheart table

White wedding cake

Wilshire Ebell Theater wedding

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