The historic Carondelet House in Los Angeles is the setting for today’s Minted Real Wedding, where Megan Pinto and Leo Reilly—who met on the train riding back to New York City (so Before Sunrise!)—invited their 110 guests to a warm and intimate celebration amid the venue’s exposed brick walls, fireplaces, and lantern-lit courtyards.
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Bride and groom: Megan Pinto and Leo Reilly
Based in: Los Angeles
Wedding date: April 25, 2014
Location: Carondelet House, Los Angeles
Number of guests: 110
Minted wedding invitation: “Just Lovely” by Sara Hicks Malone
Florist: Peony & Plum
Photographer: Mi Belle Photography
How did you and Leo meet?
We met on a train six years ago when we were living in New York City. We were both coming from our parents’ houses (who coincidentally live less than an hour apart from each) and we were taking the same train back into the city. Leo sat next to me on the train, asked for my phone number, and the rest is history!
Tell us about the proposal!
Leo and I had plans to go to dinner one night and he suggested we leave a little early to take a walk by the beach in Santa Monica. When we got there, he said he had brought me there to ask me something, and got down on one knee and proposed! Afterwards, we went to dinner just the two of us, but Leo had asked our close friends to meet us afterwards to celebrate. It was such a good day!
How did you find your wedding venue?
I had seen Carondelet House in an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and we set up an appointment to see it. As soon as we walked in, we both loved it. It felt so warm and intimate—like we were in someone’s beautiful home (it was originally a house built in the 1920s). We especially loved the exposed brick walls, fireplaces, and courtyards.
Click through to see more details from Megan and Leo’s beautiful wedding…
How did you hear about Minted, and how did you choose your wedding invitation?
I knew I didn’t want to spend a fortune on wedding invitations, but I also wanted them to be beautiful and special. I had such a hard time picking just one from Minted and ordered tons of samples to consider. Ultimately, we chose “Just Lovely” because it was simple and classic.
Did you add any special touches to your invitations to make them your own?
Since the invitations were simple black and white, I wanted to add a little texture, so we used kraft-paper envelopes for the RSVP cards.
How did the invitation tie in to the wedding’s overall look and feel?
Our wedding look was simple with a few rustic touches. Our florist used white and green flowers, as well as white candles and burlap table linens. One of my favorite elements was the long wooden farm tables for the reception. Eating dinner together in a communal style with our family and friends felt so special. I think the invitations went perfectly with our wedding décor and look.
Did you incorporate any other Minted elements into your wedding?
We sent save-the-date cards in the same “Just Lovely” style. We still have one hanging on our refrigerator!
Who made your wedding dress?
What were some of your favorite wedding-day details?
I loved our flowers, specifically my bouquet. It was really unique and so beautiful, and I received so many compliments on it. Also, our food was so delicious! It was catered by Tres LA, a company which focuses on organic, locally sourced, and seasonal food. Our guests could not say enough nice things about how good the meal was.
What were some of your fondest memories from the day?
I am a dedicated yoga practitioner, so I had one of my favorite yoga teachers come and teach a private class for my bridesmaids, mom, mother-in-law, and me on the morning of the wedding. It was so much fun and such a positive way to start the day. We were all laughing and filled with love by the end! I also loved our ceremony. We had a friend officiate and it was so lovely and personal to stand up there with someone who knew us and cared about us to make our marriage official.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Any advice for brides who are starting to plan their wedding?
I had such a fun time planning our wedding and thought it was one of the most special times of my life. I think the key is to stay relaxed and remember that at the end of the day, you’re going to be married to someone who you love. The rest doesn’t matter nearly as much, and your family and friends will have an awesome time no matter what! One other tip—we hired a day-of coordinator and that decision was the best money spent, by far! We booked an amazing planner from Modern LA Weddings and he is seriously the best! I can’t imagine the day without him, and having him there made everything run so smoothly and completely stress-free.
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