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Lauren and Matthew’s Cocktail Hour Pop-Up Ceremony

couple embrace at sunset

Lauren and Matthew have been singing the same song from the start, when Lauren’s older sister introduced the two. Following their engagement and a surprise engagement party, the couple stayed true to their nontraditional tune when planning their wedding. They opted for a “pop-up” ceremony during cocktail hour, when they surprised guests by having their siblings read letters they’d written to their past, present, and future selves. The newlyweds also substituted a first dance with a “first karaoke.” From there, the music played late into the night and then some—guests were sent home with a “greatest wedding hits” mixtape specially curated by the couple. Bravo!

nontraditional ceremony details include gold pineapple centerpiece with card featuring couple's cat

groom looks at his watch

trading cards featuring couple's cat in hedges

Purfect details

Homages to the couple’s cat, Pumpkin, were everywhere—from trading cards in hedges to table names.

bride in flowy white dress with feathered cape and groom in blue suit with red tie

couple kiss with yellow flowers in foreground

“Plan a day that reflects you. People always say that, but then they get caught up in formalities. Be authentically you. It’s your day—it can simply be fun!”

 bride and groom touch hands across flower field

couple kiss behind flower-covered white picket fence

Their Talented Team:

Catering & Desserts: Karl Strauss
Dress: Jenny Packham
Entertainment: Choice Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Tatevik Mitoyan
Invitations: Kelly Morrison
Jewelry: Etsy
Linens: Ashley’s Party Rentals
Men’s Formalwear: Philippe Hass
Photography: Leaf Wedding Photography
Stylist: Kelly Morrison
Venue: Grand Pacific Palisades
Videography: Ideal Wedding Video


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