Photographer Todd Selby has captured the homes of thousands of creatives, chefs, and fashion industry insiders, but has yet to feature his own home. And perhaps that’s partly why his intimate wedding to Edun creative director Danielle Sherman at their Los Angeles home felt so special.
The two met in L.A. about nine years ago at a MOCA party through a mutual friend. After dinner at The Hungry Cat that same week, the pair was inseparable. Danielle’s job brought her to New York City about three months later, and so she’d have the opportunity to see him despite her demanding job schedule, she moved into his East Village apartment. After dating for seven years, the two were in San Francisco for Todd’s Edible Selby book launch. He proposed at The Parsonage, a Victorian bed and breakfast, and later, they celebrated with family who were ostensibly in town for the book celebrations.
After a more than two-year engagement—and visits to wedding venues in Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, etc.—the couple fell in love with a mid-century home. “If we hadn’t found the house, we probably still wouldn’t be married,” Danielle half-jokes. “It took time to find a place that made sense.”
Given Danielle’s job, the dress choice was easy. “Because I work at Edun, I was very fortunate to collaborate with an amazing team,” the creative director says. She sourced a roll of Italian triple-ply silk from Clerici Tessuto, but didn’t start working on the dress until after the fall 2015 show in mid-February. (Keep in mind the wedding was March 28.) Undaunted by the tight deadline, Danielle and her team created two dresses—one with a decadent train for the walk down the aisle and a halter-like dress inspired by seventies slip dresses that was easier to dance in.
For accessories, the bride wore a pearl bracelet her mother married her father in. Patrizia di Carrobio, the mom of Todd’s studio manager, helped Danielle design her wedding ring and made pearl earrings for the day. Todd wore a tuxedo from Miller’s Oath in Hudson Square.
After receiving her ordainment certificate online, Danielle’s sister, Lauren Winnick, married the well-dressed couple in their carport. “The ceremony was really unique and special. My sister put a lot of time and energy and love into her speech,” remembers Danielle. Her sister interviewed the bride and groom prior to the event to create a truly individualized ceremony.
From the carport ceremony, guests, including Bono and his wife and Edun cofounder, Ali Hewson, migrated to the first floor to sign the guest book. On the second floor, they enjoyed drinks named after family and food from Sqirl and Tartine. The third floor was transformed into a champagne bar lounge overlooking the valley with views of the ocean and airplanes taking off over L.A. “The house was designed to have parties,” notes Danielle. “Mr. Franks is famous for being a bachelor for life and the house was designed for him. There have probably been many more rambunctious nights than our wedding in that house.”
Cakes, chocolate salted cookies, and meringues took the place of a traditional wedding cake. The florist Louesa Roebuck used foraged flowers to create a wabi-sabi—or balanced imperfection—decor with orchids, vines, and proteas. The carport was later converted into the dance floor, complete with disco ball, and what was the song for the first dance? “Kanye West’s ‘Only One.’ ”
After such a fun evening, the couple managed to power through brunch with friends and family at their favorite brunch spot, Malibu Farm, before jetting off to a honeymoon in Tahiti. “It’s just an eight hour plane right from L.A. and you’re fully rested and can sit on the beach.” We can’t think of a more relaxing end to such an incredible weekend.
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