Celebrity event planner David Tutera has put together celebrations for clients like Jennifer Lopez and Prince Charles, but he admitted to People Magazine Sunday that his Saturday, April 1, 2017 wedding to Joey Toth added a lot more pressure.
“Expectations started to grow both from our guests and the media and then from ourselves,” he said. “We realized that we had to step it up. We honestly thought we were going to do a 60 person destination wedding and call it a day. It did not turn out that way! We feel a little bit of pressure. You start to realize the little decisions became big decisions, the big decisions became massive decisions.”
Theirs was the first same-sex marriage performed inside the historic Hollywood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California, a Hollywood landmark, which they decorated with hundreds of dramatic black candelabras. In front of 280 guests, Toth was escorted halfway down the aisle by his parents, then greeted midway by Tutera, 50, and their four-year-old daughter, Cielo. They handed out programs inside the church that helped celebrate their “Love is Love” theme.
“Our whole service was really dramatic and very important,” Tutera said. “It’s based on equality, peace and love in this world. We’re doing a lot of things slightly on the activism side and certainly on the importance of love and equality.”
Tutera welcomed Cielo with his ex-boyfriend Ryan Jurica in 2013, when their surrogate gave birth to twins – Jurica named the son Cedric, and the exes are raising them separately. Toth entered Tutera and Cielo’s life when she was just a baby, and they’re now raising Cielo together. In April 2016, she was by Toth’s side when he proposed to Tutera during a family vacation in Hawaii.
For the reception, the ballroom of the (supposedly haunted!) Millennium Biltmore Hotel helped the couple present a 1920’s Old Hollywood feel to their day. Wall-to-wall white carpets added glamour to a white, black, and gold theme adorned with 20,000 roses. They had both round and long dining tables, multiple liquor bars, and a custom-made black-and-white dance floor.
In stark contrast, the night before the wedding, Tutera and Toth hosted a farm-to-table, casual outdoor rehearsal dinner at vineyard-soaked Cielo Farms in Malibu, a location of special significance to the family as it shares the same name as their daughter. Guests were served beef sliders and tuna cakes during cocktail hour, before sitting down at outdoor wooden tables for a family-style dinner.