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Italian Villa Dinner Party Inspired Wedding

Romantic Weddings

LA’s Carondelet House is as popular a wedding venue as ever, and yet we never tire of seeing it. When it comes to creating effortless glamour, well, they’ve cornered the market. Jenn and Chris planned their wedding with the help of Joyeuse Photography, Fleuretica, and Joyce Kim Weddings, and we love their refreshing approach for decor — Jenn says she designed everything as if she were decorating her own home!

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

From the bride, Jennifer: Chris and I first met in SF at a singles Valentine’s Day dinner party thrown by a mutual friend, not one intended to introduce people to their “special someone” but more in the vein of “this holiday sucks. I’ll cook so if you’re not doing anything, come over.” We went on our first date several months later, and five years to the DAY since that first date, we got married in my hometown of LA.

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

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wedding dress - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

pale pink bouquet - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

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elegant wedding dress back - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Our dream wedding was inspired by an Italian Villa dinner party and a gorgeous venue like Carondelet House really made it easy for that to become reality. I approached the entire wedding planning process as if I were decorating my home; I was far more focused on creating a certain ambiance over incorporating colors and schemes, although admittedly, I’ll always be partial to the color gold! If it felt “warm, romantic, and soft”, I was pretty much game.

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Starting with the outfit of this fabulous party host aka my wedding dress, I wore a classically Jenny Packham beaded sheath dress which matched the old-school glamour of Carondelet House perfectly. It was also important that I looked and felt comfortable, still in keeping with a glamorous Italian-Villa-owning-party-host! To go with my relaxed and romantic gown, I had a wildflower bouquet of loosely arranged seasonal blooms like dahlias & ranunculi added in with my personal favourite, astilbe. Similar blooms in a mixture of mini bud vases and mason jars, along with candles galore were scattered across the dinner tables. I wanted to keep flowers fairly minimal in keeping with the relaxed intimate dinner vibe, just enough to accent the natural beauty of Carondelet House (exposed brick, bright windows and dazzling chandeliers). Everything was set against a white backdrop with streaming lights and smilax vines which I felt really punctuated the entire room with romance!

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

guest book table - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

wedding reception backdrop - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

In addition to instilling a “warm and inviting” quality throughout the wedding, Chris and I also cared a lot about incorporating special touches that reflected who we were. So what exactly reflects us? If you were to ask that to our guests, they would unanimously answer “they love to eat”. So not surprisingly, we wanted to highlight our shared love of grub. For example, our table names were the names of our favourite restaurants which were calligraphed onto beautiful antique gold mirrors. We used French ivory paper lace doilies with guests’ names calligraphed in gold as place cards which looked so elegant when laid out onto the reclaimed wood tables . We had pictures in gold frames featuring photos of us from many of our most memorable meals, including one from our engagement which took place at of course, a restaurant (with the help from my favourite chef, Thomas Keller). We had our dinner menu assembled into cootie catchers and straw flags with food related trivia about us. Additionally, we featured this one project poster that listed every single restaurant Chris and I had ever dined in together during our 5 years of dating, along with who we dined with, obviously many of whom were our guests. This last detail was particularly rewarding as rarely does my my addiction to list-making/documenting benefit someone other than just myself.

lace sweetheart table - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Our wedding was truly an unforgettable night, and although I was so happy that all my RuffledBlog inspirations came true, all that really mattered were the vows we made to love each other forever surrounded by all those we hold dear. Actually (sorry, humblebrag alert!), the owner of the villa somehow got a hold of this footage and asked if he could feature it on their website. Quoting him, “it was the most touching, endearing video I have ever seen created at Carondelet House. It truly captured the essence of a beautiful couple on a beautiful day.” Chris and I are very aware of the insane videoediting talent of Amari Productions, in addition to the glamorous wardrobe and makeup that helped us look our best that day. However, we still believe that essence he was referring to was also because of our deeply rooted love that just radiated through, especially as it multiplied from all the additional love we were showered from our family and friends. We were super flattered and needless to say, we continue to visit Carondelet House’s homepage from time to time!

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

mirror decor - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

wedding cake table - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Watch the emotional and touching film from Amari Productions:

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Joyeuse Photography

Florist:

Fleuretica

Day-Of Coordination:

Joyce Kim Weddings

Venue:

Carondelet House

Wedding Dress:

Jenny Packham

Makeup:

Kelly Zhang Makeup Team

Catering:

TresLA

Rentals:

Etablir

Videography:

Amari Productions

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Organic Farm to Table Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s styled shoot from Julie Cahill Photography, E Events Co, and Seascape Flowers blends the best of two worlds — the relaxation of a farm to table dinner with the elegance of a curated wedding event. There’s so much to love here (including dinner dishes that have our tummies rumbling), but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the scrumptious chocolate cake adorned with kumquats!

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

From the event designer and coordinator, Eileen of E Events Co: Set in the beautiful and historic B&B Sand Rock Farm along the California Coastline, an amazing team of local vendors came together to create our own unique spin on a farm to table inspired wedding styled shoot, sourcing local and fresh ingredients… It was really important to us to create something that had not been seen before, and to show that a farm to table event can still be elegant and sophisticated, and yet still feel so warm and inviting…

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic bouquet - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

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organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

Seascape Flowers truly hit it out of the park with this one! The lush table garland included so many ingredients straight out of the garden, including green tomatoes on the vine, fresh blueberry, white strawberries and the biggest kale leaves you’ve ever seen! Private chef and venue owner, Derek Hagglof took it to another level creating a menu sourced from local ingredients fresh from the garden, and finished it off with a stunning citrus polenta cake with chocolate ganache, adorned with sugared kumquats to satisfy any sweet tooth!

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

chocolate wedding cake - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

Each place setting was adorned with an individual kumquat and blueberry vine, and the paper goods with hand written calligraphy in rose gold, to tie in with the rose gold flatware. I mean, who doesn’t love rose gold!? We just can’t get enough these days! The bride and groom danced the night away under bistro lights in the outdoor barrel room, and snapped photos in the booth bus and captured memories to be cherished for years to come!

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

organic farm to table wedding inspiration - photo by Julie Cahill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-farm-to-table-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Julie Cahill Photography

Event Coordination:

E Events Co.

Florist:

Seascape Flowers

Venue:

Sand Rock Farm

Wedding Dress:

Claire Pettibone

Bridal Store:

The Dress Theory

Hair and Makeup:

Kelly Jones

Vintage Rentals:

Fourage Vintage Rentals and Finds

Rentals:

Classic Party Rentals San Francisco

Photo Booth:

The Booth Bus

Paper Goods:

Forever Heyday

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