This past Saturday, Thomas Harris and Elisa Ruffino exchanged wedding vows and rings and had a handfasting, and I was lucky enough to be their officiant! It was a beautiful ceremony, set under two ancient oak trees just outside the Lakeside clubhouse. Tom was the dashing British groom, and Elisa was gorgeous in her Italian styled dress and veil. Such a lovely couple, surrounded by an amazing gathering of friends and family. I’m so glad I got to know the Harris and Ruffino clans a little bit, and to hear about some of the differences between British wedding laws and US wedding laws. Did you know that legal weddings in England must be held inside, and that every wedding venue building must be officially registered? What would Californians do if they couldn’t run down to Malibu, Santa Monica, Hermosa or any of their great beaches for their weddings, not to mention the beautiful gardens, public parks and lush backyards that host so many SoCal weddings?
This was my first wedding at Lakeside Golf Club. It’s very old-Hollywood classy, and the staff was warm and attentive to all the details of the day. I also had the pleasure of working with Laura Ward-ElByr (wedding coordinator, keeping everyone calm and the event running like clockwork), Renee Fontana (floral designer, whose creamy white floral arch was SO beautiful), photographer Laura Grier, and DJ Ian Cotler. What a great group of vendors!
I should also mention the delicious, romantic rehearsal dinner Tom and Elisa had Ca’ Del Sole last Thursday evening, an intimate Northern Italian restaurant in Toluca Lake. Yum! I highly recommend the pumpkin ravioli. The bride’s mom told me about a wedding they had attended at Ca’ Del Sole just a few weeks ago. I recommend taking a look at their website to see just how beautiful this venue can become for a wedding.
Congratulations, Tom and Elisa! Thanks again for inviting me into your lives for the honor of officiating your wedding!