These High School Sweethearts Waited More Than Ten Years for This Modern LA Wedding

Plus a Mariachi band, peanut brittle, and traditional Vietnamese details

Fig House Wedding

Christina, LA Care Health Plan & Zack, Medical Resident

Sum-up of the wedding vibe: Historical SoCal with a modern twist

Soundtrack song: “You’re the One” by The Black Keys



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Favorite Thing about the wedding:

Our favorite thing is that we finally got married after a decade together and spending most of our lives growing up together. The warm and casual vibe that we were able to create while surrounded by everyone we loved was the best.

Other cool stuff we should know about:

Zack and I have known each other since we were in elementary school but didn’t start dating until high school. As such, we had been together for over a decade when we were engaged and knew each other’s taste pretty well! For our wedding, we wanted a nod to tradition with modern elements infused in.

I went to high school at San Gabriel Mission so I knew I’d love to get married there someday. It was the perfect venue for us—historic, intimate, and ornate! We found an amazing mariachi band who played the entire Mass (every song in ballad!) which made the ceremony feel very festive.

For our reception venue, we wanted an indoor/outdoor feel that felt warm and inviting, and The Fig House was perfect. For decor, we made use of the open rafters at The Fig House and commissioned macramé hangers through Etsy. Our florist made beautiful arrangements that draped from them. We DIY’d where we could to give our wedding a personal touch. I made stencils for our table numbers and bought paint from Blick to make them. I also purchased watercolor paint to make out escort cards.

We love to cook, so our favors had a food theme: flavored salts, spicy tequila, herb seeds, pistachio brittle, and pickles, all handmade! My dad built little stands for them and my maid of honor, mom, and now husband all made them.

To keep with tradition, we had an Asian tea ceremony. I changed into a Vietnamese Áo Dài but did not want to wear a traditional red colored dress. My mom and I found beautiful Marc Jacobs fabric from Mood that fit my personality and we figured would be a welcomed surprise for guests as well. Similarly, my dress had a traditional feel, but a more modern cut (purchased proudly at a sample sale on Black Friday), and Zack’s suit was purchased on Cyber Monday! We found ways to save money where we could by making wedding purchases on unconventional days!

The Info:

Photography: Rad + In Love | Location: Los Angeles | Ceremony Venue: San Gabriel Mission Church | Reception Venue: The Fig House | Coordinator: Pop the Champagne Events | Catering: Ricardo Diaz, owner of Bizarra Capital | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Cocktails: Please & Thank You | DJ: DJ Reel | Florist: Honey & Poppies | Decor: Macramé by CaroleCreate | Christina’s dress: Jenny Packham | Christina’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Veil: Jannie Baltzer | Earrings: Oscar de la Renta | Tea cermony dress: Marc Jacobs fabric sourced from Mood Fabrics | Zack’s Suit: J.Crew | Zack’s Shoes: ASOS | Mariachi: Mariachi Los Reyes

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  • Lisa

    Things I love about this wedding:
    – The COLORS
    – The bride’s accessories (especially the earrings that match your mom’s dress perfectly and the shoes)
    – The handmade foodie favors
    – The veil (I’ve never seen one like that before!)
    – The tea ceremony
    – The joy on everyone’s faces
    – Basically everything

    • Noelle

      I have seen the split veil in two places – historical prints and photos – and one very high-end designer who featured some split veils in her bridal runway show a year or two ago. They are ethereal.

  • Sara

    Is his suit green?! I love that! And your dress!! This is gorgeous. I also really want that cake right now.

    • PW

      YES that green suit is such a winner

  • Mrrpaderp

    THOSE SHOES! I swoon.

  • Elizabeth

    Impeccable taste. Impeccable!

  • CharlotteJ

    That cake looks DELICIOUS! I love everything about this gorgeous wedding. Including their love story.

  • Notreallytrevor

    Love this wedding. It’s exactly the vibe I would love to go for. The picture with Zack carrying the bouquet – such joy.

  • Kelsey

    I freaked out over your momofuku cake alone in my office also your Ao Dai is swoon worthy!! Congratulations!

  • Varenna

    Hold up–how do you get a Momofuko Milk Bar cake in LA??

    • Varenna

      Nvm looked it up. Both glad and worried (for my budget) that I learned this is possible

    • StevenPortland

      I didn’t know the Milk Bar’s web site included recipes and instructions!! Now I have one more item on my “must do” crafting list.

  • Joanna

    Mission San Gabriel! I grew up in the area so I love this idea.

  • Noelle

    The Dress! The veil! The bouquet!

  • Camille

    Beautiful! Everyone looks amazing!

  • StevenPortland

    Everything looks great — the dress(es), shoes, flowers, favors, cake. Congrats!!

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  • brakell-basicinvite

    Swooning over the brides accessories!