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Candice and Kevin | Roaring 20’s meets Los Angeles style

June 3, 2011

They always say, ‘never shoot a friend’s wedding’.

Well, I don’t know who “they” are – but when my best friend (circa 1998) told me that she was engaged, I had 2 options:

1. Get all dolled up in a cute little dress and spend a weekend out in Los Angeles, or

2. Celebrate Candice and Kevin’s wedding the only way I know how: with a camera in hand.

It may not have been the most attractive way to celebrate…. (I tend to look a hot mess by the end of every wedding… hair in a messy ponytail and strapped in to every piece of equipment I own), but I knew there couldn’t be a better gift that I could give Candice. What I didn’t expect, was how much of a gift she gave me by allowing me the honor of photographing her stunning day.

Candice has always been specific about her own personal style; she graduated from FIT in New York and quickly moved out to LA to be a fashion designer; and she knew what she wanted for her wedding. Vintage, roaring 20’s style with sparkly metallic touches, an amazing reception venue and a heart-felt ceremony. Pretty much describes Candice. From her hair, to her flowers and reception gown – she used vintage brooches collected from various antique shows (the Rose Bowl flea market in her city, Pasadena, is her all-time favorite). The entire theme of the wedding was derived from a vintage brooch that belonged to her late grandmother – which she used as the main piece of her reception cocktail dress. Other pieces of her grandmother’s jewelry were used as her reception jewelry and in her ceremony headpiece.

Actually, calling it a ‘reception cocktail dress’ may be a bit misleading. Candice designed her gown from a piece of silk fabric that Kevin bought her as a Christmas gift, and layered it with metallic beaded fabric. The flapper-style dress was her entire creation, from the low drop back to the beads across her shoulders (one of her late-grandmother’s necklaces), and of course, her grandmother’s brooch on the front. She finished her style with a beaded Anthropologie headband and ivory Nina shoes with feather accents on the heels.

Candice’s ceremony gown was an amazing vintage-styled masterpiece (the Kristene) by couture bridal genius, Claire Pettibone. Candice knew she wanted that exact dress from the first moment she saw it at Kleinfelds in Manhattan, New York (I asked, but no, she didn’t make it on “Say Yes to the Dress”). I recently shot some of Claire’s other pieces for my Southern Weddings shoot, and I’m always blown away by how breathtaking women look in her dresses. She knows exactly how to make someone feel beautiful, elegant and unique, and isn’t that what your wedding is all about?

Little moments were captured in her details – like Kevin’s proposal in front of the historic Flat Iron Building in NYC. The inside of his wedding band is engraved with the address of the building, and they set out Flat Iron postcards for guests to write little notes for them to read later. A mirror was inscribed with his proposal message, ‘Candice, you have had a lot of great memories in New York. I want this to be the greatest memory you ever have… Will you marry me?’, and below the mirror a vintage dresser carried the guest favors – vintage bottles of perfume and Flat Iron cufflinks, with a custom silk screened jewelry box.

Candice’s engagement ring was created by an estate jeweler in New York City; and her engagement session, that I shot back in August, featured some of their favorite places in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Redondo Beach and Santa Monica!

Ceremony Venue: Wayfarer’s Chapel
Reception Venue: Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica CA
Bridal Gown: Claire Pettibone
Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld’s, Manhattan
Bridal Jewelry and Details: Vintage
Reception Gown: Candice Konya (bride)
Groom Tuxedo: Dolce and Gabbana
Grooms Shoes: Calvin Klein
Hair and Makeup: Jessica Liparto
Floral Designer: Flowers by Felicia
Cake Designer: The Butter End Bakery
Videographer: Lunch Pail Pictures
DJ: System 3 Entertainment
Bridesmaid Shoes: Seychelles Footwear
Bridesmaid Gowns: Anthropologie
Wedding Bands: Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

Claire Pettibone designed this stunning gown, called Kristene. Candice bought the dress at Kleinfeld’s in New York.

Candice’s Art-Deco, Roaring 20’s style theme was based off of vintage brooches from her grandmother

These Art-Deco pieces were found at vintage flea markets across Pasadena!

This reception dress was designed by Candice! She’s starting her own line of bridal dresses and I just fell in love with this art-deco style cocktail gown she made!

Candice and Kevin did their First Look at Wayfarer’s Chapel. Please PLEASE watch their wedding trailer (at the end). This venue was STUNNING!

I loved the delicate lace detailing around the stems of their bouquets.

The entrance to the historic Wayfarer’s Chapel, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece in Southern California

The reception was held back at the legendary Santa Monica Viceroy.

Instead of a guest book, Candice and Kevin scattered New York postcards for guests to write to them. They’ll read them on their one-year anniversary.

Kevin’s proposal was showcased on a vintage dresser mirror that held the guest favors: custom perfume and cufflinks

The “escort cards” were inscribed plated metal hung on a wall of ivy during cocktail hour

Candice’s lemon cake with raspberry filling was amazing! Best cake we’ve ever had at a wedding!

The inside of Kevin’s wedding band had the address of the Flat Iron building inscribed; the place where he proposed to Candice.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house during Candice and her father’s dance.

Candice changed in to her self-designed cocktail dress for the remainder of the reception!

Please take a few minutes to watch their GORGEOUS wedding trailer from the uber talented Lunch Pail Pictures! They were an absolute dream to work with!

Kevin + Candice from Lunch Pail Pictures on Vimeo.

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  • Reply Jenny Marintez June 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Gorgeous bride and amazing images! I loved every detail about it. It was pure elegance. There was not one detail left out.

  • Reply crystal June 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    love everything about this…. this is by far my favorite wedding that you have ever shot…. :)

  • Reply melissa diep June 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    LOVE!!!! I think you’ve outdone yourself with this wedding. Absolutely AMAZING!!!

  • Reply Erin Davenport June 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Wow. Candice has some STYLE! So many well thought out details and Kristen you captured them beautifully. The venues were both gorgeous. So glad you shared the video with us as well! What a dream wedding. <3

  • Reply Rebekah Lyn June 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    WOW. This wedding was amazing! Especially loved the dresses (both the bride’s and the bridesmaids’). Stunning work!

  • Reply Isabella June 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    love the photos, love the decor (amazing work) and love the video (i cried a little) love.

  • Reply Rachael June 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I am in love with the details of this wedding especially since I am a huge fan of the 20s style. Candice’s reception dress is beautiful. She is an amazing designer. Kristen, your photos are stunning. Good thing you attended as photographer as well as friend so you could share this with all of us!

  • Reply Megan June 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I don’t even know where to begin. Never, have I EVER had tears roll down myself while looking through photos of someones wedding who I don’t even know. This is truly the most gorgeous wedding I’ve ever come across. I literally started to lose my breath looking through these, I was so over whelmed with the beauty of this wedding. Not to mention, the beyond excellent job you did capturing this day Kristen. Candice and her husband are one gorgeous couple and did a FANTASTIC job putting together their special day. Kristen, you deserve every single penny, dime and dollar that comes your way!

    Okay, I’m done now :)


  • Reply Terra June 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    WOW!! That is an amazing wedding!!! EVERYTHING come to life for those who did not attend by the capturing of such detail in these photos!! 1st the bride has exquisite taste! The details she choose to create a memorable moment for her guest, I could feel through the AMAZING capture to detail through the work by Kristen Weaver! bravo!!!

  • Reply Jessica Bartlett June 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    HOLY SH#T!

  • Reply Omar Carter June 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm


  • Reply Gina June 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    AH-MAZING!!! Every single picture captures such emotion and beauty. And I definitely cried a little (read:alot) during that video. Absolutely breathtaking, all of it!

  • Reply Laura Fulmer June 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Holy Moly OLY! This entire set was absolutely breathtaking! I have been following your blog/fb/anything for a while now and had had haaaad to speak up about this one! GORGEOUS! And what a lucky friend you have — and how blessed she is to have these amazing photographs for the rest of her life. And that location? Divine! That green room, blue room, sitting room with the ornate wallpaper? GORGEOUS! GAH!

  • Reply Alexandria W. June 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I do not know you, but through the work of Kristen Weaver (my personal inspiration), I feel like you were my sister in these photos. I cried as I watched the video, just the same tears of happiness I would for my own sister. The amazing details and breathtaking venue made me think of my Great Grandparent’s wedding photos…something I feel will never be topped…but this wedding, the photos, the bride, the groom and the details came close. The dresses were beyond stunning, they were effortlessly perfect in every way. I wish you all the happiness life can provide! If ever you do have a bad day, these photos are sure to make the worst day of anyone smile with love!

  • Reply amy June 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    complete perfection…her dress was beyond perfect. beautiful images, kristen!

  • Reply Ali June 4, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Wow! I felt like I was there. Your images captured the day perfectly. And that video, yup almost had me in tears! Great Job Kristen!

  • Reply Dasha June 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Loved the combination of retro and modern chic! Fantastic photos!

  • Reply Evelyn June 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Such a stunning wedding. Every detail was just beautiful. She did an amazing job pulling everything together and you did an amazing job at showcasing it through your photography. LOVE this!!

  • Reply Noelia Kline June 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    OMG, so I seriously cried during the video. The video was amazing and the pictures absolutely breathless. Rocket it!!!

  • Reply Kerri June 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I love all of these photos, amazingly gorgeous, breathtakingly beautiful, I’ve been to that church before and you couldn’t have captured it more perfectly.

  • Reply ashley barnett June 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    LOVE everything about this wedding! What a beautiful couple and beautiful theme :) Gorgeous photos!!

  • Reply Amanda August 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Great Concept… Beautiful Wedding and Amazing Trailer!!

  • Reply Emma Sharkey August 19, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Amazing just simply amazing!

  • Reply Karin Cottle April 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Where did you get your dress!?!?

  • Reply Alexandra February 19, 2013 at 3:05 am

    What a beautiful wedding! It is definitely inspiring some aspects of my own :) Do you have any idea where the ceremony programs came from? I can’t find anything like it anywhere!

  • Reply Liz Craft August 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    These photos are AMAZING!! You are so inspiring! Everything about this wedding is beautiful and you captured so much detail. I know the bride and groom are more than happy with your work. LOVE!!

  • Reply Spicytee November 5, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Wowza! I love all the images. And the video finally brought tears to me eyes. Such a beautiful wedding and story.

  • Reply Charlie August 16, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Amazing pictures, especially the black and white ones, the couple looks gorgeous. I love it.

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