Designer Danielle Sherman and photographer Todd Selby refashion the at-home wedding.
“I’m not impulsive, but I am decisive,” says Todd Selby. “I know a good thing when I see it.” And so it was when the lensman, known for documenting creatives’ spaces on his cult blog The Selby, first met his now-wife, fashion designer Danielle Sherman, nine years ago at a late-night concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Santa Monica-bred Danielle was working for The Row at the time (she co-founded the label with the Olsen twins, and is now creative director for Edun), and the pair were introduced through a mutual friend, designer Jeremy Scott. The next day Todd, an Orange County native then based in New York, changed his flight so he could stay in town to take her on an official date at The Hungry Cat in Hollywood. “I’m very proud of myself for that,” he says.
Six-and-a-half years later, he proposed at San Francisco bed and breakfast The Parsonage while on a book tour for his gastronomic design tome Edible Selby, asking for Sherman’s hand with a modern ring by Paris-based Noguchi Bijoux discovered at Dover Street Market in Tokyo. The wedding venue required rigorous scouting; it wasn’t until the couple bought their L.A. home, a midcentury residence by architect Raul Garduno, that they realized they’d found the locale for their nuptials, too.
“Everything was pretty atypical,” Danielle says of the intimate celebration; her sister Lauren Winnick officiated the ceremony (attended by a close circle including Edun founders Bono and wife Ali Hewson) in the property’s carport, during which pond-dwelling tree frogs nearby chimed in as if on cue; Danielle’s dad serenaded the couple; and in place of a cake, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of Tartine fame provided treats including salted chocolate cookies and meringues.
The bride wore a pair of gowns she masterminded herself: a heavy silk apron-cut style with an angular square train and handmade fringe on the seams, and for the reception, an A-line dress with a ’70s-inspired halter neckline. “They were both conceived a few weeks before the wedding,” she admits. The groom went retro classic, to match the surroundings, with a white tux by Miller’s Oath.
The next day, partygoers reconvened at Malibu Farm for brunch before the couple escaped on a honeymoon to Bora Bora. In light of their extended courtship, has anything really changed since they made it official? “The nicest part is introducing Todd as my husband,” says Danielle. “I think I still smirk every time I do that, because that’s new, and it’s something to be really proud of.”
Venue Palihouse Santa Monica for pre-wedding photos, private residence for ceremony and reception Planner Bash, Please Florist Louesa Roebuck Menu Sqirl Dessert Table Tartine Cocktails Pharmacie Entertainment DJ Smiles Davis of The Flashdance, The Mattson 2, Smile Booth Rentals Yeah! Rentals, Town & Country Videography Shark Pig Dresses Edun Suit Miller’s Oath Honeymoon Bora Bora
By Melissa Goldstein.
Photographed by Jesse Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love.