вЂњWe like to say we're still on our first date,вЂќ says comedian Iliza Shlesinger, author of Girl Logic, of her relationship with Noah Galuten, a restaurateur and author. The pair met on a dating app in July 2016 and hit it off quickly, getting engaged less than a year later. But it wasn't your typical proposal. вЂњWe went out to dinner, and I remember starting to unbutton my pants as I came in the door because I had to pee,вЂќ says Iliza. вЂњI realized our living room was full of flowers and candles, and Noah stopped me before I left the room, saying there was something he wanted to do before I ran off to the bathroom. I started crying and turned away, yelling that it couldn't happen with my fly down!вЂќ Iliza managed to zip up her pants and, when she turned around, Noah was proposing. вЂњHe'd arranged for my assistant and his mother to set the whole thing up while we were out,вЂќ she explains.
For their wedding, the couple envisioned a contemporary celebration in a bright, open space. вЂњI didn't want it to feel like a warehouse party," says the bride. With that in mind, Noah and Iliza headed to downtown Los Angeles in search of the perfect place, and fell for the floor-to-ceiling windows of the City View Penthouse & Skydeck at the South Park Center. вЂњI loved the idea of our loved ones looking over Los Angeles at dusk, then seeing the city lit up at night,вЂќ she says. вЂњAlso, there's a helipad on the roof, and if you aren't having your wedding pictures taken on a helipad, what are you doing in life?вЂќ The bride's childhood friend, Sarah Natasha, took those helipad pictures (and the rest of them!) on May 12, 2018, so keep reading for an exclusive look at the rest of Noah and Iliza's big day, which was planned by the bride and her mother.Photo by Sarah Natasha Photo by Sarah Natasha
When Iliza first spotted her Monique Lhuillier gown, she admired it-and then kept looking! вЂњThe sample was tea-length, and I remember thinking that it was such a shame because the dress was so pretty, but I wanted a full-length gown,вЂќ she says. A few days later, Iliza returned to the salon, only this time, there was a full-length sample in the store. вЂњIt made me feel like a Kennedy, which is actually what the dress is called,вЂќ she says. She added a rhinestone-embellished veil to вЂњbride upвЂќ her look at her mother's request.Photo by Sarah Natasha
Iliza's dog, Blanche, served as the flower girl, donning a floral collar for her trip down the aisle with one of Noah's groomsmen. вЂњShe started to cry before I walked down the aisle but I couldn't go to her because, hello, I was about to walk down the aisle. But if I could have, I would have carried her instead of my bouquet, and our first kiss would have been Blanche, Noah, and me,вЂќ she says with a laugh.Photo by Sarah Natasha
A white aisle led to a draped chuppah decorated with oversized paper flowers. Iliza's cousin served as the officiant, and the bride walked down the aisle with both of her parents instead of making the trip alone. вЂњThe second the curtains opened and I saw Noah and our guests and how beautiful the moment was, I totally lost it," she says. "I was uncontrollably laughing and crying, and my parents had to literally support me because I couldn't feel my legs.вЂќPhoto by Sarah Natasha Photo by Sarah Natasha
Instead of traditional escort cards, guests' seating assignments were printed on custom cootie catchers that featured fun facts about the bride and groom inside.Photo by Sarah Natasha Photo by Sarah Natasha
For a touch of whimsy, guests were welcomed to cocktail hour with a вЂњwine wall,вЂќ where mysterious hands offered glasses of wine through a boxwood hedge. вЂњWe didn't want the party to feel formal or stuffy,вЂќ says Iliza. The couple's initials, ING, were printed everywhere, including on chocolates set under Alice in Wonderland-style glass domes at each place setting.Photo by Sarah Natasha
At each table, white manzanita branches were strung with orchids and votive candles in glass orbs. Below, clusters of white roses, lilies, and orchids surrounded the base of the statement display.
Jeremy Fox, a chef and Noah's dear friend, created the evening's menu. He and Noah co-wrote On Vegetables, and a number of courses came from the book's pages. вЂњWe had a vegetable-forward meal to showcase the amazing local produce,вЂќ says the bride. Dinner included smoked black cod with green garlic ravigotte, and stuffed chicken with nettles salsa verde. Adds Iliza, вЂњEveryone says you won't eat at your wedding, but I made sure it wasn't true. I ate everything!вЂќPhoto by Sarah Natasha Photo by Sarah Natasha
The couple's cake was a simple style with a playful twist: The tiered confection was made of cascading white wafers, set on a rotating cake stand. вЂњOur baker created a tiny marzipan version of Blanche, 'eating' some of the cake,вЂќ Iliza says. вЂњI loved that it was elegant, but still funny.вЂќ The couple also set up a dramatic dessert display, featuring everything from macarons and cookies to doughnut holes. вЂњPeople were so excited to try the other desserts that they didn't eat their wedding cake, which was vanilla cake with passion fruit buttercream," says the bride. "I took it upon myself to walk around to empty tables and help myself to their cake!вЂќPhoto by Sarah Natasha
As a nod to the venue's above-the-skyline location, Iliza and Noah topped the dance floor with a glamorous cloud-inspired balloon sculpture. вЂњThe vibe was chic and modern, but we still wanted it to be fun!вЂќ the bride explains.
Also, since the wedding took place the day before Mother's Day, the couple made sure to honor their own moms. вЂњWe each wrote letters to one another's mothers, acknowledging the woman who raised the person we were about to marry,вЂќ says Iliza. They also invited their families over for Mother's Day brunch the next morning.
Looking back on the big day, the comedian bride has some words of wisdom (with a dose of humor!) for other brides-to-be: вЂњWeddings bring out the best and worst in people. Your aunt you've never met who isn't invited sends you $500 and your best friend shows up wearing jeans, or gets so drunk they make out with your Dad. The point of the wedding is the outcome, to be married and to celebrate your love. So make sure to do everything you can to remember that it is about the two of you and do what you need to feel good!вЂќ
Venue: South Park Center || Officiant: Brett Konner || Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Veil: OBridal || Hair & Makeup: Mahfud Ibrahum || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy || Groom's Attire: The Black Tux || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Engagement Ring: Marvel Jewelry || Wedding Bands: Marvel Jewelry || Floral Design: Butterfly Floral Design || Catering: Patina Group, with Jeremy Fox || Cake: The Butter End || Music: DJ Krieger || Wine Wall: Pzazz Productions || Rentals & DГ©cor: A Rental Connection, Luxe Linen, Ballusionist || Photography: Sarah Natasha