Glamorous Los Angeles summer rooftop wedding
Mikah and Chris’s glamorous Los Angeles summer rooftop wedding could easily have been styled by Vanity Fair. The glitz! The glam! The old-school cocktail vibes of gold and black, metallics and sensuality. We love everything about the Chicago grooms’s August 12 nuptials at L.A.’s Oviatt Penthouse. The details, from the couple’s unique take on a wedding cake (a unicorn!) to one of the grooms’s mothers, Mary Hauck, who is an Episcopal priest, officiating the wedding, brought smiles to our faces. At the ceremony, Chris and Mikah walked down the aisle together, arm in arm. Their attendants were called their groomsmaids and groomsmen, who walked down the aisle with Champagne in flutes and shot glasses of whiskey and ice. Now that’s a new tradition we see catching on. See more on this glamorous Los Angeles summer rooftop wedding below these gorgeous wedding photos.
From the grooms:
Our wedding was a glamorous Hollywood affair that took place on a bi-level rooftop of a historical landmark in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Although far from Great Gatsby, the Art Deco-themed event was filled with touching moments and overflowing whiskey and Champagne, and it was attended by all glitterati near and dear to our hearts.
We both had our bachelor parties at the same time in New Orleans, celebrating Mardi Gras. We stayed in separate hotels with our respective parties and met each night to have fun and wreak havoc on Bourbon Street. Our group costume theme for Fat Tuesday was black and gold and we naturally became show stoppers.
As an amateur photographer and former model, Mikah loves photoshoots. As opposed to a traditional wedding photographer, we hired a wedding photographer who specializes in photojournalism to capture our special day. We took a party bus with a stripper pole from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena City Hall, where we had a 3-hour photoshoot around the grounds. We then returned to the Los Angeles Athletic Club where we continued the Vanity Fair-esque photoshoot. Both grooms did costume changes for the reception that were a surprise to everyone, including the wedding party. Chris wore a blue satin dinner jacket and Mikah wore a leopard print dinner jacket and black rhinestone loafers. The groomsmen wore aviator sunglasses and entered the reception to “highway to the danger zone” while the best men flagged on the rest of the guys who gestured airplanes. The groomsmaids entered the reception to Beyoncé’s “Formation” while wearing her famous black rimmed hats and doing the “head nod” before breaking out in celebratory dances. The groomsmaids also performed a choreographed dance to a Beyoncé mix. For dessert, we had a unicorn-shaped cake and Chris’s grandma’s homemade buckeyes. In lieu of bouquets, groomsmen walked down the aisle with whiskey glasses filled with whiskey on ice and groomsmaids walked down the aisle with Champagne flutes filled with Champagne; during the “first kiss” the wedding party cheersed each other. After the wedding ceremony and reception we continued to celebrate at a nearby Irish Bar and then held an after party in our hotel suite.
Photographer: Dmitri Markine
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Oviatt Penthouse
Florist: Flowers by Dan
Planner: Jayne Edward Events & Production (Mikah’s event planning company)
Coordinator: Events by Orr
DJ: DJ Gary Ames
Ceremony – White Tuxedo Jacket (rented from The Black Tux), Tuxedo Pants, Tuxedo Shirt, and Bow Tie by Hugo Boss, shoes rented from The Black Tux; Reception – Leopard dinner jacket from Asos
Ceremony – Burgundy Tuxedo Jacket, Tuxedo Pants, Tuxedo Shirt, and Bow Tie by Hugo Boss, shoes rented from The Black Tux; Reception: Jacket by Zara
Attendant Attire: Groomsmen rented tuxedos from Men’s Warehouse; Groomsmaids mixed and matched gold and black dresses from various designers
Catering: Truly Yours Catering
Cakes and sweets: Big Sugar Bake Shop and Pitchoun Bakery
Officiant: Mary Hauck
Photo Booth: Mr. Smiley’s Photo Booth
Kirsten Ott Palladino
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