Echo Park couple take a big step on their wedding day

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Bouquets of hydrangeas and hibiscus blossoms draped over graffiti-scarred posts.  Silver bunting hung from dingy handrails. Flower petals were strewn over cracked steps. With those decorations in place, the Clinton Stairway, a worn out but imposing public stairway with a sweeping view of Echo Park Lake, was ready for the Saturday afternoon wedding of Lisa Melanson and Robert Lejeune.  A few friends rushed to decorate the steps and pick up some trash as the couple, who live on Clinton Street, walked with the rest of the wedding party a few blocks from their home to the top of the stairs and then descended to a landing halfway down the bluff. There, over the rush of traffic and tinkling bells of vendor carts, the happy couple exchanged vows before Rev. Elizabeth Oakes, who has officiated weddings on stairways at Malibu beaches and in Hollywood hotels but never over Glendale Boulevard.  Why a stairway wedding? “It’s such a pretty spot,” said Melanson, who lived near the top of the steps for a few years.  “We are growing roots in Echo Park,” said Lejeune.  “We believe that Echo Park is going to be our home for a long time.”


  1. Best wishes, Lisa and Robert!

  2. Lisa & Robert:
    Thank you for sharing your special day with all of Echo Park. May you always be happy.
    How fortunate you were – not a single vendor in the background.

  3. Thank you for sharing this story Eastsider and congrats to the bride and groom.

  4. Kathleen Klein-Wakefield

    Such a sweet service, Congratulations! I know you are so solid, happy for you both.

  5. So lovely! I used to run those stairs, and believe me, they are a religious experience.
    What an unusual and relevant wedding ceremony!
    It touched more than just your guests-seeing this post made me all misty-eyed!

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