On their wedding day, Lynn and Todd became husband and wife and drank from a beautiful Jewish wine cup at their wedding ceremony.
46 years ago, that was the exact ceremonial wine cup that Todd’s parents drank from on their wedding day.
And it was the exact same cup that Todd’s grandparents drank from on their wedding day.
And, to top it all off, Todd walked down the aisle with the same shoes his dad walked down the aisle to at his own wedding.
Introducing one of the most emotionally moving and beautiful weddings we’ve been blessed to capture, a wedding that celebrated generations of love.
Excited to share with you this stunning Union Station wedding of Lynn and Todd!
the love story (from the bride)
I was out having drinks with a friend one night. And, as we typically do, we shared bad dating stories and commiserated over the lack of good guys to date in Los Angeles. Sound familiar anyone? 🙂 I shared that someone recently told me I focused too much on good food and restaurants in the city. We both thought, “How could it be hard to find someone who enjoys exploring LA’s rich food scene?!” But apparently, it was. Or so I thought.
We decided to head over to the bar next door (then called “The Charleston”) for a second drink. On our way over, Todd and his friend were also walking in. After the initial introductions, the conversation soon turned to this:
Todd: Where do you girls live?
Todd: That’s where I live!
Todd: Oh! There’s a great new restaurant there. I’ve been wanting to try it!
Me: I think I know which one you’re talking about . . .
And so we started talking about restaurants in the city for another 15 minutes or so. At one point, my friend pulled me aside and said, “This is a sign. He is going to ask for your number later, and you better give it to him!” Sage advice from a smart woman!
More than a hundred culinary adventures later, here we are – ready to officially start our lives together!
romantic proposal (from the bride)
When we first started dating, I told Todd that I had never been on a Ferris Wheel before. He was shocked and insisted that we ride the one at the Santa Monica Pier that night! We had a great time, and I thanked him for sharing my very first Ferris Wheel experience with me! Later that year, as we celebrated our first holiday season together, I gave him a small painting of the Ferris Wheel as a nod to that date.
Fast forward to May 14, 2016, and one of Todd’s good friends was having a birthday dinner. I assumed we would attend, but Todd said he had already made other plans for us that night. I was suspicious . . . but then again, I had been complaining (commenting?) that he did not “woo me with surprise dates.” And that’s what I wanted! So I chalked it up to Todd being a good listener, and he was simply planning a surprise date for that night. 🙂 During the afternoon, Todd said there was an art festival on the Santa Monica Pier. (We love art festivals!) So we headed over. When we got there, Todd said, “Oh I guess there isn’t a festival after all. Maybe I got the dates wrong.” I told him not to worry – after all, Nordstrom was right next door! What a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon! 🙂 But Todd said, “Since we’re here, want to ride the Ferris Wheel instead?”
At this point, I had a very strong suspicion of what was coming. Okay, I think I actually knew. 🙂 I was nervous while we stood in line. I later found out that Todd was nervous as well (not because he was worried about my answer, but he was worried that the ring might go flying out of his hand while we were at the top of wheel!).
So we climbed into the Ferris Wheel, and the next few minutes are minutes that I will always remember for the rest of my life. When we were at the top of the wheel, Todd got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful speech. We both cried.
It turns out that Todd had visited my parents a few days earlier to ask for permission before proposing. Naturally, my parents were thrilled, and they all enjoyed a celebratory dinner afterwards. Todd and I had our own celebration that night. He surprised me with a wonderful dinner at ink., and at the end of the meal, our waiter informed us that Todd’s parents had already called in and treated us to dinner.
It was an amazing night.
the wedding day
Aren’t they freakin’ adorable?
It was the perfect Los Angeles day for their wedding.
It’s all in the details.
Her elegant Badgley Mischka bridal heels
The perfect ring
Getting ready with her ladies
Gorgeous florals from the day were by Violette’s Flowers
Absolutely precious moments captured with Lynn and her parents before she walked down the aisle
The wedding was set at the unparalleled Union Station of Los Angeles
Lynn’s first look with Todd
The fabulous bridal party!
And these ADORABLE kiddos
Aw, man, kids are the best.
The beautiful couple around the stunning Union Station of Los Angeles
We were in love with their gorgeous and modern Ketubah
The beautiful ceremony
And we HAVE to give a shoutout to the BEST RABBI WEDDING OFFICIANT: Rabbi Barry Tuchman! David and I are seriously considering having him do our vow renewal someday. Perfect mixture of humor, emotion, beauty, and entertainment for everyone at the ceremony. It was one of the best ceremonies we’ve ever enjoyed.
What a gorgeous sunset
And now for their breathtaking reception – well done to Wish Wonder Dream, the fabulous wedding planning team!
The reception was a clever Bon Voyage travel theme!
Freakin’ adorable cake toppers
Check out their stunning sweetheart table chairs!
And SHOUTOUT to the Harry Potter table!!! Best table ever…
Fantastic 1930s dance performance by the Hollywood Hotshots!
The awesome Father/Daughter dance! Look how adorable they are.
All smiles at their lively hora!
Their moving thank you speech to their guests
Brought everyone to tears
The beautiful couple
What a beautiful night
Lynn and Todd, this was hands down one of the most beautifully moving weddings we’ve ever photographed or been to. You two nailed exactly what a wedding celebration is all about. We are so blessed to have been able to be a part of it. We’ve still talking about the wedding since!
Congratulations to the two adorable lovebirds! May God richly bless you both in your love and long life together <3
With all our love,
The DPARK Family
- photo | D. Park Photography | email@example.com
- getting ready | Doubletree Hotel Downtown Los Angeles | 120 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- wedding venue | Union Station | 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- planner | Kylie of Wish Wonder Dream | email@example.com
- dj | Trego of Vox DJs | firstname.lastname@example.org
- officiant | Rabbi Barry Tuchman | email@example.com
- film | Buckley Videography | firstname.lastname@example.org
- florist | Violette’s Flowers | email@example.com
- hair/makeup | Grace Lin Makeup | firstname.lastname@example.org
- caterer | Panda Catering | email@example.com
- 1930s dancers | Hollywood Hotshots | @thehollywoodhotshotsofficial
- cakes | M Cakes | firstname.lastname@example.org
- gown | Anne Barge
- shoes | Badgley Mischka
- tux | Calvin Klein
- bridesmaids gowns | J CREW
- groomsmen tuxes | Friar Tux Shop
- rentals | MTB Events | email@example.com
- ceremony/cocktail music | Arroyo Strings | firstname.lastname@example.org
- photo booth | Duck Duck Booth | email@example.com
- chuppah rental | MyChuppah.net | firstname.lastname@example.org
- popcorn station | All Our Kids Jumpers | email@example.com
- colors | pink, green, gold
Check out their gorgeous Santa Monica engagement here!