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Lisa & Thomas: A Traditional Wedding in Santa Monica, CA

  • Michael Costa Photography, Santa Barbara
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Lisa & Thomas in Santa Monica, CA
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"There was a roaring fire in the cocktail area and big branch arrangements throughout," says Lisa. "We strung Chinese lanterns across the entire patio area. The whole setting was very elegant."
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The three-tiered square cake was frosted in white buttercream with beaded edges, and adorned with real chocolate cosmos.
The Cake Collection, Santa Monica
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Lisa walked down the aisle in a strapless, A-line, Monique Lhuillier gown.  To accessorize she wore her grandmother’s pearl necklace and great-aunt’s pearl earrings.
Monique Lhuillier, Beverly Hills
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Tricia Fountain, Santa Barbara
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"My flowers were gorgeous -- creamy white peonies, amaryllis, and blown-open old-fashioned roses," Lisa says. "All of the bouquets were tied with mocha brown satin ribbon."
Tricia Fountain, Santa Barbara
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The programs were exceptionally special: They were designed by a close friend of the bride and groom, and Lisa’s mom painted a branch motif on the front of each program.
Magna Carta, Chico

Lisa & Thomas in Santa Monica, CA

When Lisa and Thomas met at a mutual friend's birthday party, they both felt an instant spark. It wasn't until later that evening that the spark caught on fire, literally. "By the end of the night Thomas had set his shirt on fire by a votive candle while we were talking," remembers Lisa. "He had also stolen my heart." On their first official date Lisa tried to heat things up some more by making a home-cooked dinner for Thomas. They ended up making the meal together, and, as it turned out, he was a much better cook then she! The Bride Lisa Lawler, 32, account supervisor The Groom Thomas Jackson IV, 31, investment manager The Date November 19 It was three years later when Lisa walked into their apartment to find that Thomas had filled the entire house with white lilies. The couple's bed was covered in rose petals with a ring box placed in the center. After Thomas asked Lisa to marry him, the two chose to go out and celebrate their engagement with dinner and champagne. Fifteen months later, they were married in a Spanish-style church.
- Heather Levine
Their Ingredients
  • Michael Costa Photography, Santa Barbara
  • The Cake Collection, Santa Monica
  • Monique Lhuillier, Beverly Hills
  • Tricia Fountain, Santa Barbara
  • Magna Carta, Chico

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