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Downtown Los Angeles Rooftop Wedding: Kate & Iyan

Derek Chad Photography

Aug.10, 2016

Kate and Iyan met at a friend’s birthday party in Anaheim more than seven years ago. There were a lot of people there. Iyan was busy talking when for some unknown reason she turned to the door and noticed Kate walk in. She glanced at Kate, and though she continued talking to her friends, she realized that for a second, she was looking into her future.

Iyan has an old soul and loved the idea of an outdoor wedding in the city. The LOVE sign and view of the buildings from their rooftop venue sealed the deal.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
The planning went very smoothly, and Kate and Iyan were lucky to be surrounded by friends and coworkers who are planners. Their favorite part of their day was their first look. Iyan was blown away by how Kate looked in her gown.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

After a mini-honeymoon getaway to the Castro District, and to Napa and Sonoma for wine tasting, Kate and Iyan were happy to share some advice for other couples. They recommended planning ahead and said that, “Making a list of to dos really helped. Recruit as many friends as you can to help you out with wedding preparations. Organize your ceremony and reception accessories (put them in large bins) so you won’t forget anything. Designate somebody to place your accessories so you don’t have to worry about them later.”

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

On a personal level, they want other couples to know that, “You will fight, have arguments, get stressed out or maybe regret the entire wedding planning. But know this, It was all worth it!” Iyan said, “When I saw Kate walking down the aisle, I knew that all of our friends and family witnessing us getting married was something that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.” She added, “The hardships of being in a gay relationship, coming out to our parents, to society – it brought my family and hers closer because it validated our commitment to each other.”

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Derek Chad Photography // Dress Designer: BHLDN // Photo Booth Equipment: Duck Duck Booth  // Officiant:  Great Officiants // Bakery: Porto’s Bakery // Jewelry: Tiffany’s // Event Planner: Truly Yours Catering // Cinema and Video: Fond Productions // DJ: JJ the DJ // Floral Designer:  My Wedding Blooms // Reception Venue:  Oviatt Penthouse // Beauty:  Studio MMB

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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