An Elegant Literary-Themed Wedding at Cafe Pinot in Los Angeles, California

Although Amy Chen (27 and a consultant) and Brandon Jeong (28 and a data analyst) originally chose to have their wedding ceremony at the Los Angeles P

Although Amy Chen (27 and a consultant) and Brandon Jeong (28 and a data analyst) originally chose to have their wedding ceremony at the Los Angeles Public Library for its oasis gardens, they ended up becoming so inspired by the historic venue that they had a literary-themed wedding. The couple had their outdoor ceremony at the gardens, where the only flowers added to the occasion were the blood orange and pink calla lily bouquets that Amy and her bridesmaids held, arranged by Arcadia Floral Design. The subtle color palette of blue and gold was inspired by the art-deco style in "The Great Gatsby," seen in the bridesmaid dresses and the gold ribbon wrapped around the bouquets. The reception was held adjacent to the library at the outdoor patio of Cafe Pinot, where the literary theme truly came to life. Guests found their escort cards alphabetically arranged in a library catalog box and were assigned to a table named after a famous author. Dining tables were draped with runners made of book pages, which complemented the candleholders covered in the same paper. What we found truly enchanting was the lyrical cake, which was designed with inspiration from the song the couple had their first dance to. “The wedding cake had the lyrics from our first dance -- John Legend’s “All of Me” -- wrapped around it,” Amy says.

Round-Cut Diamond and Silver Rings
Amy wore a vintage ivory birdcage veil made of netted material and accented with white fabric flowers in her updo hairstyle. The front of her ivory satin wedding dress had an intricate wrapped design around the neckline, which was designed by David Fielden. Amy held her burnt orange calla lily bouquet tied together by a white wrap.
Table of Contents Chalkboard Program
"I wanted a venue that would essentially be all-inclusive because we were planning it from New York," Amy says. "The library met all those requirements, and although I thought I wanted to have the wedding on the beach, I realized I loved the library gardens, which were an urban oasis."
Amy and Brandon stood in the middle of their wedding party outside. The bridesmaids wore V-neck navy blue dresses designed by Jasmine B2 while the groomsmen wore navy blue suspenders that matched their blue bow ties, designed by Tommy Hilfiger.
As the couple walked outside, Amy held an elegant burnt orange bouquet made of calla lilies that was wrapped with white around the stems, arranged by Arcadia Floral Design. Amy's bouquet reflected the rest of the flowers that decorated the ceremony and reception space. "Since our wedding was outdoors in a garden, we had minimal flowers, which were calla lilies that matched the bouquets."
Amy wore a formal ivory wedding dress made of satin with a high neckline that elegantly wrapped across her chest. "My wedding dress was designed by David Fielden," Amy says. "It was a champagne-colored sheath dress, reminiscent of Wallis Simpson's wedding dress."
White Round Dining Tables With Chairs
Escort cards resembled the appearance of library catalog cards, arranged in alphabetical order with dividers for each letter. The cards were placed in a wooden box, draped with a bouquet arrangement of burnt orange calla lilies that were tied by the stems with gold ribbon.
At the reception, dining tables had white tablecloths draped with a runner made of book pages, which went along with the literary-themed wedding. The middle of the tables were also decorated with candleholders covered in the same paper next to pink and burnt orange arrangements of calla lilies.
Book Centerpiece With Author Table Marker
Blackboard Guest Book
The ivory wedding cake stood four tiers tall with accents of navy blue ribbons wrapped around the bottom tier and cake flowers. Both the layers and flowers on the cake had imprinted lyrics from the song the couple had their first dance to, "All of Me" by John Legend. The cake was topped with a lego version of a bride and a groom. "The Lego cake topper was a gift from the maid of honor, since Brandon loves Legos," Amy says.
Amy and Brandon sat at their sweetheart table outside at Cafe Pinot in Los Angeles, California, where the reception took place. They toasted their marriage as they sat at the table, which was decorated in candleholders wrapped with book pages and marked with a table sign that read "Mr. and Mrs."