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Mary Ann & Darren: A Modern Wedding Los Angeles, CA

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Mary Ann & Darren in Los Angeles, CA
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The cake was a three-tiered hazelnut cake with toasted coconut frosting.
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The ceremony was held inside the BP Hall in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was the perfect choice for Mary Ann and Darren because of its downtown Los Angeles location.
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For a simple, clean look, Mary Ann’s bouquet was made entirely of red roses.
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Mary Ann wore a strapless ivory gown with an Empire waist from Pronovias. The four bridesmaids each wore a black full-length dress in whatever style and silhouette they chose. “I saw everyone’s dresses on the day of the wedding and thought everyone looked perfect,” says Mary Ann.
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Fun scratch-off lottery tickets paired with three gold coins (which symbolize attracting wealth in Chinese culture) were winning favors.
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The couple wanted floral arrangements that wouldn’t overpower the dinner tables but would still be bold enough to add intimacy to the large space, so they chose red roses and curling willow with white orchids attached to the branches. “Interestingly enough, we also had battery-operated candles due to the very restrictive fire code at Disney, and th ...
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Mary Ann & Darren in Los Angeles, CA

Attorneys Mary Ann James and Darren Hereford often joke that their courtship was more like a negotiation. The couple met at a mutual friend’s birthday party more than two years ago, but their timing was off (he had a girlfriend, and she was there to meet someone else). They reconnected at the same party a year later, and this time they exchanged numbers. The Bride Mary Ann James, 40 The Groom Darren Hereford, 39 The Date March 5 The two spent six months not really dating (“Darren enjoyed spending time with me but only wanted to be friends because he had just gotten out of a long relationship,” explains Mary Ann) before she decided to tell him that she was ready to be more than friends. It turns out that Darren was ready as well. They negotiated one date a week to start, “but I don’t think we ever saw each other less than four or five times a week,” says Mary Ann. Just over a year and a half later, Darren proposed.
- Susan Berryman
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