We were honored to cater the Love Wins California Weddings Magazine Launch Party on February 8, 2017 at BMW of Palm Springs. It was such an beautiful night recognizing the debut of this amazing publication that celebrates matrimony in the LGBT community. View their magazine online here.
How did you two meet? Denny and Brad were introduced by a mutual friend, Brian Weir (who will be officiating over the ceremony). Although Denny lived in LA for seven years before returning to NY one year before they met, and although he was friends with Brian Weir during much of this time, Brad and Denny never met in LA. When Brian and Brad were in NY for NY Licensing Show, they stuck around NY for the weekend after to see some shows and enjoy NY.
On the Sunday that they were departing back to LA, Brian casually asked Brad if he wanted to join him for brunch with his friend Denny. “Who’s Denny?” Brad asked. “You know Denny,” Brian replied, “He’s one of my close friends.” Brad replied, “I’m your BEST friend. Who is DENNY?” Meanwhile, Denny was upstate and was reticent to cut short his trip once Brian mentioned that he might be bringing a friend to brunch.
He did not want to spend him limited time with Brian entertaining someone new. But, he decided to bit the bullet and come back to NY the evening before anyways. They met over brunch at Cafe Luxembourg and neither can recall if Brian was even there. ;-)* Who proposed? What was your proposal like? Brad and Denny aren’t the proposal types. It was more like Mr. Big and Carrie Bradshaw deciding that marriage would be a really good idea.
In fact, choosing the rings entailed visiting just two stores and spending a cumulative 10 minutes considering the options before selecting their forever bands. They are both quite decisive and, luckily, on the same page 95% of the time. Besides, each is aware of the imminent death threat that would come from the other should either decide to leave the relationship.*
Why did you choose your venue(s)? Knowing that they wanted to retire to Palm Springs, Brad and Denny purchased a mid-century modern home in the Twin Palms neighborhood in February of 2014. Knowing that their wedding would be in this location that was so special to them both, they started investigating venues. The many hotels that they visited were either too formal for their casual tastes or were not special enough for their wedding day. The Sculpture Gardens at the Palm Springs Art Museum were the perfect venue being both outdoors but within a Palm Springs landmark.
Are any of the details particularly special to you and why? Neither of us, until recently, even considered a legally-binding marriage because it simply wasn’t an option. Once it became legal, friends began asking us if we would ever get married. The more we discussed it, the more we wanted to bring our friends and families together to celebrate our love and our union.
We are touched that so many attendees are so excited for our special day (some can talk with us of nothing else). In fact, our eldest attendee at 100 years old, Ruth Berger, has said, “I’m so excited that I get to attend my first gay wedding!” So, the most special details to us are each and every individual who will make the effort to trek out to Palm Springs to share our special day with us.
What are you looking forward to the most about your wedding day? The love, friendship, laughter, and hugs that we will receive in addition to having people from all aspects of our lives get the chance to meet each other.
Interview by Renee Clancy, originally published at Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine.
LULU was proud to cater this beautiful wedding.
The Shops on El Paseo hosted a Red Carpet Gala 2015 Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 22 at dedicated space within The Shops on El Paseo upscale stores. The event was a benefit for Palm Springs Women in Film and Television.
The gala featured a stunning Red Carpet upon which the guests could enter, be photographed and interviewed before the viewing and dining events of the evening. Attendees were enchanted by a performance by Gennine Jackson of Oscar-winning and nominated songs. Lulu California Bistro presented the cuisine inspired by some of this year’s Academy Award nominated films including seared duck breast, fingerling and caviar sturgeon, filet of wild salmon inspired and a selection of southern breads, and other delicious selections inspired by various motion pictures. Guests also enjoyed raffle prizes from the Shops on El Paseo stores.
Participants included Shari Belafonte (American actress, model, writer and singer), Pattie Daly Caruso (Valley Views television show host), Patrick Evans (of CBS Eye on the Desert and everybody’s favorite weatherman), Beverly Johnson (American model, actress and business woman), and Tristan Rogers (Australian American actor).
Palm Springs Women in Film and Television is a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping women and men achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, arts, communications and media industries. In addition to mentoring women and men in the entertainment industry, the organization serves over 2,200 students weekly through its Coachella Valley BookPALS program.