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Downtown Los Angeles Wedding: James & Michael


A Los Angeles Wedding ~ May 18, 2014

James and Michael met in West Hollywood in 1985, via a then-popular dating service. Both of their subscriptions had nearly expired when they were matched. The two spent weeks playing phone tag before their fateful first date.

Their simple, elegant downtown wedding at Cafe Pinot provided the couple with the perfect expression of their 29-year love story.

Upon the re-legalization of same-sex marriage in California, James and Michael started looking at rings. One day, Michael spotted one that he liked, setting James in motion planning the proposal. He surprised Michael by popping the question at The Derby Restaurant, a famous historical Los Angeles landmark.


The couple wanted a simple, yet elegant venue for both their wedding and reception. Cafe Pinot offered a park-like setting, a unique room that opens up to an outdoor space, and amazing architecture surrounding the locale presenting an abundance of photo opportunities. As you can see from their gallery, they took full advantage of the latter.

Danto Photography

James and Michael were surprised most, during their planning, to realize how much a couple traditionally relies on parents. Finding their way through the early days of their engagement was daunting, but their venue ultimately handled all of the important details from food to cake to flowers.

Particularly special to the grooms was having Michael’s sister, Kathy, deputized to perform their wedding ceremony. Her ability to pull details from their lives together to create a truly personal service was meaningful to everyone in attendance.

James and Michael both agree that the most memorable moment of their wedding was actually looking into each other’s eyes and exchanging vows after 29 years together. It is honor to congratulate such a wonderful and memorable couple.

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Photographer:  Danto Photography // Reception Venue:  Cafe Pinot

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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