A Sun-Soaked L.A. Wedding in a Catholic Church

Put a record on and wear your dress backwards

Angelo, Musician & Lucila, Art Department for Film, TV, and Commercials

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Inclusive.

Soundtrack for reading: “You’ll Never Know” (1943 song) performed by Joseph Bellomo and Melanie Bellomo

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This wedding was truly a collaborative effort. Friends and family pulled through on every front. They helped us make the decorations and woke up bright and early on the day of to prepare the venue. They brought the wine and beer, which they also expertly selected to complement the food from Kogi. They shopped for the flowers from downtown and made the arrangements. They sang and played songs during our ceremony and reception. They baked the cake and cookies.

We weren’t going to do a first dance, but then an old friend ended up having a long-lost stereo recordings of Angelo’s sister and grandfather playing piano and singing “You’ll Never Know.” Finally we knew why we had lugged that ancient tape machine from apartment to apartment all those years. The song is actually about being apart, which is appropriate since we were apart for most of our first six months together, and since Angelo’s grandfather died during that time without ever meeting Lucila. To have his voice and piano playing, and to come across the recording only because we were reaching out to old friends just fit with how everything at the wedding was: improbably appropriate. Everything and everyone was so naturally fitting and interlocking. It was as if our families and friends were a lot like that reel-to-reel tape, and the machine it had been recorded on.

Favorite Thing About The Wedding

Aside from having the people we love the most together in one place to celebrate with us, our favorite thing was stealing away after the ceremony to visit the Arroyo and soak in the joy of having just been married. We had so much fun in that short moment with each other and our photographer too.


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