It took four days of mingling at a mutual friend's California cabin for Matthew Mann to work up the nerve to ask Pamela Pimiento out on a date. But those hours spent contemplating just the right words really paid off: The couple has now been together 11 years. Four years after they met, on New Year's Eve in 2008, the couple invited their parents over for an intimate dinner at their recently-purchased condo. "No one knew Matthew was planning on proposing," says Pamela, "so it was an amazing surprise for us all." Asking Pamela to be his wife wasn't the only surprise Matthew had that night — after celebrating at home with just their families, Matthew took his new fiancée to an engagement party he had been secretly planning.
When it came time to put together their July 11, 2015, wedding in Los Angeles, Pamela says her vision for the big day can be summed up with three words: Shock, awe, and surprise. "We did things at our own pace and different from the norm," she explains. "That has always been the essence of our relationship. We bought a home before we were ever engaged and took our time with our wedding planning." So the couple infused the bride's Colombian heritage into a day that delivered just what they wanted — shock, awe, and surprise — in hues of coral, navy, blue and gold with a foodie twist. Keep reading to see all of the photos of their day, as captured by Birds of a Feather.
Pamela chose a Pronovias gown, complete with feathers, ruffles, and a sweetheart neckline. "It was just the right amount of me and it showed off my Colombian hips," she says. Gold heels added a touch of bling to her wedding day look, while Pamela's bouquet of fuchsia, pink, and peach dahlias and roses popped against her white gown.
Matthew donned a navy suit with a color palette-complementing coral tie and a boutonniere of blooms tied with gold wire.
"I wanted them to wear something they felt comfortable in," Pamela says of selecting dresses for her bridesmaids. "I chose a color and style — coral, long and flowing — and I let them find the dress that fit their bodies the best."
The couple's niece, Paloma, and nephew, Luca, served as their flower girl and ring bearer, wearing a gold dress and blue suit, respectively. "Walking down the aisle, Paloma and Luca were holding hands and she kept calling out for my mom in Spanish so Luca kept dragging her down the aisle," Pamela says.
The first way the couple shocked their guests was by serving up cocktails and appetizers before their ceremony. The bride, who works in catering, felt strongly about putting an emphasis on great food and drink. "I thought about what I would want at a wedding if I was the guest, so we switched things up by having the cocktail reception upon our guests' arrival and the ceremony two hours later," the bride says. "Needless to say, the crowd was very enthusiastic when we walked down the aisle."
Among a feast of tuna tartare, chicken liver pate, ceviche, olives, scallops, burrata and more, the couple hung a handmade Macramé food installation, where guests could select seasonal fruits to enjoy. In addition to the tasty spread of food, Pamela and Matthew offered two signature cocktails: the Hemingway Daiquiri and Honey-Rye.
By the time the couple was ready to exchange vows, the sun had set so the couple illuminated their aisle with candles that reflected light on clear ghost chairs. They exchanged handwritten vows beneath a gold-and-white Chuppah draped in lace, then recessed to their reception as Bruno Mars' "Marry You" played.
Guests found their seat assignments clipped to clothing lines hung outside the white barn where dinner would be served. Ghost chairs appeared again, this time lining gray farm tables topped with loose, colorful centerpieces. "We had floral chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, too," Pamela says.
Flowers were held in a mix of milk, mercury, and clear glass vessels, and paired well with gold flatware and Fleur de Lys coral water glassware. "At each place setting, we had a party favor, which was a jar of gourmet salt and a surprise amuse bouche, a Parmesan panna-cotta with tomato puree on top, and a small slice of crostini," Pamela says. "It was heavenly!"
Inside the couple's wedding cake were layers of the bride's aunt's secret chocolate cake recipe and cream cheese frosting. But that wasn't the only tasty treat of the night. The couple also served kettle glazed donuts that were served on napkins that had been gold stamped with the phrase, "Donuts for each other."
After dancing to "La Vie en Rose" by Daniela Andrade, the couple's guests joined them on the dance floor and didn't leave all night.
Venue: Lombardi House || Wedding Planner: The Love Riot Company || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pronovias || Groom's Attire: Ted Baker || Wedding Bands: XIV Karats || Florist: Foxtail Florals || Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas || Music: Prism DJs || Catering: Wolfgang Puck || Rentals: Line 204 and Town & Country || Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
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