Our Featured Wedding is a truly lyrical affair photographed by Los Angeles photographer Brian Leahy. This American Idol wedding was between the talented and charming American Idol finalists, Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo.
Surrounded by friends and family, the two were married at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in Los Angeles. The bride DeGarmo, 25, wore a form-fitting Sareh Nouri gown with pearls and rhinestones. "It was the first dress she tried on," says Renée Strauss, the LA-based luxury bridal expert who organized the wedding. "She knew immediately that it was the perfect dress for her." The wedding colors were purple and yellow. The groom, Young, wore a custom-made box suit with a crest designed by Strauss: the couple's monogram with "Forever Young" emblazoned underneath. Inside of his jacket were the lyrics to the song that they both wrote and recorded together and used for their first dance. "They wanted to put their personal touch on the wedding," says Strauss, who has also coordinated weddings for Heather Locklear and Valerie Bertinelli. "We all worked together to make sure every detail was special."
The ceremony began with six flower girls - all nieces of DeGarmo and Young - walking down the aisle with baskets of flower petals. Each basket had a different word on it, spelling out a message to the groom: "Hey Ace. Here Comes Your Bride."
A harpist played the Wedding March as DeGarmo walked down the aisle. The wedding was officiated by music writer Fred Bronson. After the couple exchanged vows that they wrote themselves, they walked back up the aisle to the strains of Led Zeppelin's "All of My Love."
The 250 guests included fellow Idol finalists Elliot Yamin, Michael Johns and Kevin Covais. Several of DeGarmo's costars from The Young and the Restless also attended, including Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman.
After the ceremony, the guests headed to the reception. On the menu: filet mignon, chicken, salmon or pumpkin ravioli. There were two wedding cakes: a traditional vanilla, and a banana chocolate chip. The couple recorded an original song entitled "I Do" for their first dance.
Photography: Brian Leahy Photography - Venue: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel - Bridal Stylist and Wedding Planner: Renee Strauss - Florist: LA Premier - Dress: Sareh Nouri - DJ: Vox DJ's - Wedding Cake: The Butter End Cakery - Grooms Cake: Charm City Cakes West - Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting - Tequila: Asombroso Tequila - Rentals: Luna Garden - Suits: Haus of M - Bridesmaids Dresses: Martin Zepeda - Photo Booth: The Photo Bank - Linens: BBJ Linen - Gown Accessories: Blossom Veils - Dessert: Bobalu Berries - Candy Station: Willy Wonka - 2nd Photographer: Adam George - Assistant: Jodee Debes