Mindy and Brian's mid-February nuptials merged the formal surroundings of their venue with DIY elements and a family-style menu inspired by their favorite Mexican foods.
For the venue, Mindy and Brian chose Vibiana, in Los Angeles, at the recommendation of a friend who had recently married there. The former cathedral boasts historic Baroque-style interiors, soaring ceilings, and enough space to host both ceremony and reception.
The location was a natural fit, since the couple frequents Brian's alma mater -- the University of Southern California -- for football games and spends a lot of time in the downtown area of the city.
Taking inspiration from their stunning venue, Mindy and Brian worked within a color palette of black and white and kept the style of their wedding in line with the elegance of the building.
Mindy and Brian ordered their invitations from Paper Source but added a few DIY touches to personalize the suite even further. They made envelope liners, used vintage postage, and incorporated calligraphy by Katrina Centeno.
Megan Fickling of La Partie Events created all of the floral and design elements of the day, including this bouquet of light-pink peonies, white garden roses, and decorative kale. Mindy wrapped a hanky, embroidered with her wedding date in blue, around her bouquet. And hidden under the ribbon wrapped around the handle of her bouquet were ribbons from the bouquets she had caught at previous weddings.
Mindy's lace gown by Abigail Bridal Couture came from Mon Amie Bridal Salon. She swapped out her ivory sash for a black sash during the reception, creating two different looks. The brooch at her waist was her great grandmother's; Mindy's sister Dana had also worn it on her wedding day.
Bundles of baby's breath dotted the aisle and partnered well with the larger arrangements at the altar. Mindy's mom, Carolyn, made pouches to hang on each seat at the ceremony; inside, a calligraphed program and tissues with a note attached read "Tears of Love, Tears of Laughter, Tears of Happily Ever After."
Low centerpieces of garden roses, decorative kale, amaryllis, and hydrangea in frosted white vessels were arranged on black and white runners sewn by Megan. The Food Matters created the family-style menu, which included many of the couple's favorite Mexican eats.
The USC Marching Band stayed to kick off the reception with Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" as the couple was announced.
Mindy and Brian revealed their favorite desserts to their caterer, who used them as inspiration for the final course of the evening. The Food Matters created miniature versions of four sweet treats: dulce de leche bundino with sea salt and homemade caramel; coconut panna cotta with caramelized pineapple; petite apple tart tatin; and double-thick New York cheesecake squares with berry compote.