CaCee Cobb and Donald Faison's Formal Rustic Wedding at Home in Los Angeles, California
CaCee and Donald
CaCee Cobb, a brand marketing manager (and former assistant to Jessica Simpson), and Donald Faison, an actor best known for playing Zach Braff's BFF on Scrubs, first met at Braff’s 30th birthday party. Seven years later, the relationship came full circle when the pair wed in the backyard of Braff, who plays Donald's best friend in real life, too. What followed was a "southern-meets-soul" affair complete with blue-grass music, comfort food galore, and even some wedding crashers. “I saw an older couple watching from a distance, and they said, ‘we hope you don’t mind—this brought back so many memories,’” says CaCee, who invited them to join the fun. “That was just what we wanted: a night for everyone to celebrate love.”
Signs were set up around the property, with one letting guests know how many miles to the bride’s and groom’s hometowns (Marlin, Texas, and New York City, respectively).
CaCee, who carried a cloud of white peonies, wore a gown by Kenneth Pool. "I had wanted something simple I could wear with flats," she said. "But I fell in love with the most over-the-top poufy dress." Maid of honor Jessica Simpson held peonies, roses, and amaryllis that popped against her black Monique Lhuillier dress.
Wooden signs staked around the property directed guests to the festivities.
“CaCee looked so beautiful coming down the aisle with her dad,” says Donald. “I hadn't seen her dress yet so I had no idea what to expect.”
A gospel choir sang “Life’s a Happy Song,” made famous by the Muppets, as Donald walked down the aisle, and Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” as CaCee did.
Keeping With Tradition
The couple's 110 guests watched them “jump the broom, stomp the glass, and do every tradition we could find, because, why not?” says CaCee.
The Best Man
Longtime friend Braff embraced Donald after the vows.
Five signature sippers were served, including a red-hot julep, garnished with a chili pepper.
Edible Escort Cards
CaCee knew that she could do without a wedding cake. “I didn’t want to stop the dancing for a cake-cutting.” But Donald had other ideas. “I love yellow birthday cake—it’s the happiest cake you can eat!” So they compromised, filling canning jars with slices made from good ol’ Betty Crocker mix to create escort cards–turned-favors. “We got more compliments on those than anything!” notes the bride.
An Inviting Tablescape
“I wanted a mismatched look, with rich colors,” says CaCee of the vintage settings.
The menu had a similarly homey feel, with comfort foods like brisket, greens, and mac and cheese.
Rustic Table Numbers
Guests found their seats via burlap-wrapped wine bottles.
The First Dance
Groomsman Joshua Radin performed his song “They Bring Me to You” for the couple’s first spin on the dance floor. “The whole wedding was so personal,” says CaCee. “It fit us to a T.”
CaCee and her dad twirled to "In My Life" by the Beatles. "My mom cried the whole time we were dancing," says the bride.
The funnyman gave his mom a squeeze as they shared a dance.
Revelers posed for Polaroids and jotted down their well wishes for the couple. “Donald was adamant that everyone take those photos before the party started and they got sweaty from dancing!” says CaCee.
CaCee and Donald hammed it up with props set out near the photo booth.
Photography: Our Labor of Love
Event Planning and Design: Bash, Please
Catering: Whoa Nelly
Flowers: The Hidden Garden
Bride’s Gown: Kenneth Pool
Makeup: Lynn Simpson
Groom’s Tux: Giorgio Armani
Videography: Wade Koch of Shark Pig
Lighting: The Lighter Side
Photo Booth: Smilebooth