Carmen and John were married on January 21, 2012 at the historic Hollywood American Legion in Los Angles, CA. Since they are both actors and music lovers, the couple wanted to include many performances in their special day. Their bridal party danced down the aisle with purple flower-wrapped red tambourines, a guitar and a cowbell to a live Flute Trio playing “Love, Love, Love.” The Bride walked to the brilliant guitarist James Weston and talented cellist Jeness Johnson playing “In My Life.” The wedding ceremony included comedy with singing in Latin by the couple and the Officiant Ted Ott as well as live commentating by host Jeric Wilhelmsen. The Bride and Groom then exchanged their rings which they hand-made for each other at a private all-day Wedding Ring Workshop at Whaley Studios in San Diego. They fired and milled their rings from pieces of Platinum and specially designed them to have both of their birthstones surrounding a diamond on each ring. The couple and their party happily recessed back up the aisle to a bright favorite, “Here Comes the Sun.”
The Bride wore an all-silk ivory Priscilla’s of Boston dress with Calvin Klein shoes and hand-made jewelry from Etsy. Her makeup was done by professional make-up artist, best friend, and bridesmaid Nickie Tigyer and her hair by stylist and good friend Joanna Serrano. The Groom complemented the Bride’s ensemble with an Ivory jacket and a beautiful sentimental touch with his father’s former golf shoes. The red, black and white wing-tipped patent leather saddle shoes were transformed into epic dancing shoes. Orchids, daisies, roses, hydrangea, lisianthus and delphinium flowers from Norma’s showered the purple and red themed day where most of the guests joined in on the fun and wore the colors too. They hired friend of ten years, Helene Cornell to be their photographer. To view the entire wedding or order photos, click here.
At the reception, the guests enjoyed a Sicilian-Mediterrean style menu from Alex Catering and many raved especially about the chicken and mushrooms. The couple treated the guests to an improvised cake-cutting of a red velvet, chocolate fudge, and cuban-pineapple wedding cake from Porto’s in Glendale with cake toppers hand-painted by the Bride. The couple changed costumes for their first dance of a choreographed story-telling Tango and then later performed a duet with their own lyrics and version of the song “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The couple and their family and friends then danced the night with music by Dj Preston Swirnoff and early morning away with at least one guest throwing her hip out in the raucous partying.