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A Baroque-esque Late Summer Wedding in the Hollywood Hills

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Mercedes Esquivel

Kate Eringer, who works in contemporary art galleries in Los Angeles, and Taylor Caruso, sales director for menswear brand Lady White Co. and skateboarder sponsored by WKND and Carhartt WIP, met at their friends Alberto Cuadros and Max Martin’s “Social Night” at Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park. “A girlfriend of mine ditched me to talk to a skater. Luckily, for me Taylor was friends with him and also sat at the table,” Kate says. “We talked until close.”

The two remained friends for the next six months and then got together right as he got a puppy. After dating for around two years, he proposed in Santa Barbara on the beach on his birthday. “He later told me he had no choice but to propose on his own birthday, as there is no other day he would have been able to surprise me,” Kate says. “I am very difficult to surprise.”

Initially, the bride wasn’t going to wear a gown for the wedding. “I don’t know why, but with fittings etc., the whole thing felt too fussy for me,” she says. “I wanted it to be simple.” She landed on a wide-leg Jacquemus suit, but two weeks before the wedding, she changed her mind and wanted a dress. “I went to a Carolina Herrera fitting and cried—everything was puffy and huge.” Thankfully, her stylish mom sent her a ’90s Calvin Klein dress and it fit perfectly. 

Taylor ended up wearing a black Comme des Garçons suit. “When I thought of our wedding and what I would wear, nothing else came to mind,” he says. “I wanted something timeless and modern all in one—wider legs on the trouser, a slightly bigger silk lapel, black tie, white shirt, and black leather shoes with a bigger sole. No corsage, but a subtle change from my groomsmen with a white pocket square.”

For their wedding venue, a friend actually stumbled upon The Hollywood Castle while on a hike. The couple went to visit and it was perfect for their September wedding.

As for the aesthetic, we are both traditionalists,” the bride explains. “I grew up in London so country estate weddings were certainly an influence. Also, being in the Hollywood Hills, there was this glamor that couldn’t be ignored. We wanted it to feel very romantic—Baroque almost. We were very inspired in terms of palette by Rodarte.” To help plan everything, they hired Claudia Casanova of One Darling Day and Allison Dish of Events by Dish for their day-of coordinator. 

On the day before the wedding, Kate got her hair done by Amy Huson at Ramirez Tran, and for the ceremony, the bride did her own makeup. It also helped that she gets regular facials from Andrea Aldamez, so her skin was already flawless and dewy. 

Outside just before sunset, overlooking the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Observatory, Taylor’s young cousins guided guests to their seats. Kate then walked down the aisle with her father to Santo & Johnny’s “Sleep Walk” to meet Taylor and his cousin, Brendan Dailey, who was their officiant. “During the ceremony Brendan spoke on our relationship, as well as gave two readings: ‘Having a Coke with You’ by Frank O’Hara and an excerpt from Anaïs Nin’s In Favor of a Sensitive Man.”

“I had told Taylor that I wanted to have a ‘proper kiss,’ which, at the end of the ceremony, is what we did,” Kate explains. Once announced as husband and wife, everyone rejoined for a seated dinner catered by Tenzo with wines from Psychic Wines.

After the outdoor meal, Kate changed into her suit, and the newlyweds had their first dance to “Surrender” by Suicide, played by DJ Ambrea Kai, and cut their Elvis and Priscilla-inspired cake, made by Sweet Lady Jane. Dancing continued through the terrace doors and into the lit “dance cave.”

“My favorite part of the reception was looking over at the dance floor after our first dance and seeing my wife dancing with her niece in her arms to Dancing Queen,” Taylor says. Once the reception came to a close, everyone was shuttled away, and the couple was left with an empty castle that they explored with a bottle of wine.