The Bride Wore Mirror Palais and a Red Áo Dài for Her Intimate California Wedding


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An Vo and Matt Carmody Wedding in Who What Wear Weddings

An Vo and Matt Carmody met at a friend’s birthday party in Brooklyn in 2020. After learning that Vo is a talented baker, Carmody did his best to impress her by eating multiple slices of the cake she made, and the rest is history. “Our dating experience was a bit atypical because it began in the middle of the pandemic, so rather than cute dates at bars and restaurants, we had to improvise with floor picnics in our little apartments and lots of dog walks to Fort Greene Park,” shares Vo. “Continuing with the canine theme, Matt proposed soon after we moved to L.A. by tying a red silk satchel with my engagement ring in it to our dog’s collar at home and saying that Lulu had something to show me.” And yes, the story of their rings is just as adorable as the proposal. “Matt knew that I had a particular idea in mind for my engagement ring, so we ended up designing our rings together with our dear friend Aeri Go. It was such a cool process to go through together,” says Vo.

The couple’s wedding celebrations started in San Francisco with an intimate ceremony at city hall and ended in Orinda, California, with a striking yet humble reception at a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Both events were beautifully executed thanks to the couple’s eye for detail and the help of their talented friends and family. Including the cake Vo made herself, unique florals provided by her good friend, and a wedding dress sourced on Poshmark, this wedding is full of surprises and heart-warming moments with many more ahead.

An Vo and Matt Carmody Wedding in Who What Wear Weddings

“Our city hall ceremony was very simple. My friend Nazhat, who officiated, led a beautiful ceremony. I wore a vintage dress from Highline Vintage. This French couture gown was worn at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival—I loved that it had such [a] fun history.”

An Vo and Matt Carmody Wedding in Who What Wear Weddings

“I decided to make my own bouquet after spotting a little flower stand in Berkeley across from Chez Panisse, where we had lunch with Matt’s family. I also made Matt a boutonnière using the same flowers. I walked down the mini aisle with my dog Lu. While altering my ceremony dress, I had some extra fabric, and my mom made him a little matching pouf collar!”

An Vo and Matt Carmody Wedding in Who What Wear Weddings

“We wanted to keep the ceremony more intimate, so it was mostly family and close friends. Most of Matt’s family and friends flew in all the way from Australia! [The] overall vibe was very chill and sweet. Walking into city hall holding hands and seeing all the other brides and couples was so fun! It felt so nice to see others celebrating their special day too—[neither of us] is super keen on being the center of attention. Afterward, we all met at a bar in SF to continue the festivities.”

An Vo and Matt Carmody Wedding in Who What Wear Weddings

WWW Weddings tip: “Having a close friend be our officiant made the ceremony all the more intimate. It’s a relatively easy process to get registered as an officiant and definitely worth it.”