San Juan Capistrano Wedding

Garden Weddings

We got another gorgeous Cali wedding to share today! Our favorite part of this wedding has to be how obviously personal it was for the bride and groom. From naming each table after a Beatles song to having the groom, James, hand design the invitations and paper goods, each detail was totally about them and their love for each other — just the way it should always be. With amazing pre-wedding shots at the stunning San Juan Capistrano Mission and more from Katelin Wallace Photography, you might fall for this wedding as much as we have!


san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

From the bride, Michelle: From the moment we got engaged, James and I began dreaming up tons of ideas to incorporate into our wedding day. We knew from the start that we wanted to do as much of the design and decor elements ourselves with the help of our friends and family. Coming from creative backgrounds (I work in product development for a major cosmetics company and James has a design business) it only made sense that we’d work together to make all of our ideas come to life. With the help of my interior designer Mother and furniture designer Father, we collaborated and began planning a day filled with endless DIY projects that reflected our personalities, cultures and styles.


san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photographysan juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photographysan juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photographysan juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photographysan juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photographysan juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

We were certain that we wanted to incorporate a favorite color combination (yellow and grey), our love of the Beatles and all things vintage and my Spanish and Portuguese heritage. Though it was a lot of work, each detail was extra special as there was so much thought and effort put into it. Each project was important to us as it reflected who we are, what we love and our families. Many months of planning, researching and crafting lead to our perfect wedding day. Walking into our wedding we were filled with so much love and joy not only to finally be marrying each other, but to be solidifying our union in a space that was so very us. Our friends and family raved about all the details everywhere they glanced and it made our hearts want to burst knowing that we created our dream wedding together.


san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photographysan juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography

san juan capistrano california yellow and gray wedding from katelin wallace photography


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (San Juan Capistrano, CA):

Reception Venue and Caterer: El Adobe de Capistrano / Wedding Photographer: Katelin Wallace Photography / Wedding Dress: Galina Signature / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair Accessory: Bride’s Mother / Makeup: Jennifer Pieracci and Mark Anastasios / Hair: Victoria Salon and Spa / Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Event Planner: Just Lovely Events / Wedding Flowers: Art With Nature Design / Wedding Cake: Amazing Cakes / Pastry Desserts: Portugal Imports / DJ: Todd Allan of Essential Mobile Music / Wedding Invitations: Done by groom, James Fry / Officiant: Rev. Brent Edwards

22 comments
  1. jen

    i love the cheery yellow and esp the billy buttons! the bride looks gorgeous! i love the bridesmaid dress with the lace back too. congrats!

  2. Jill

    LOVE the train photos!

  3. Katelin Wallace

    The wedding looks amazing on your blog Ruffled!! So happy you took note of all the lovely details and the heart and soul James and Michelle put into designing their wedding with the help of Just Lovely Events. The florals by Art With Nature really tied in all of the details! This was such a fun wedding for me to photograph and I truly enjoyed getting to know James and Michelle and being a part of their big day. Thanks Ruffled!

  4. Mary

    Sooo very cute and fun! I love the straw flags! I’ve seen the banners like that on etsy but never the straws. Any idea on where the bride purchased?

  5. Molly

    What a beautiful wedding! I love the colors and all the pretty details. Love the wedding prints!

  6. kim/art with nature

    Thank you for the lovely feature! Michelle and James were wonderful to work with! Loved all their special details!!

  7. Michelle

    This is the bride…

    Thanks for the sweet comments! Mary, my husband did all of the paper goods including the straws. He can be found on etsy under lovewithpaper

  8. Melissa

    I am beyond ecstatic to see Michelle & James’ wedding featured on Ruffled! The love they share was poured in to every detail and I am so happy to have been a part of it. Katelin Wallace captured every detail so beautifully and those flowers!! Kim from Art With Nature is such an amazing artist. Thank you Ruffled!

  9. Michelle (the bride)

    Thank you so much for all the kind words and most of all the honor of being featured on this wonderful blog! Ruffled was a huge source of inspiration for us. We worked so hard to create our dream wedding and it wouldn’t have been possible without Melissa from Just Lovely Events, Kim from Art with Nature, Katelin of Katelin Wallace Photography and Stacey of El Adobe De Capistrano.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

  10. Joan Allen

    Great photos, as usual, Katelin!!! xoxo

  11. dekalb wedding photography

    You clearly put a lot of work into this wedding, Michelle, and it shows.

    Congratulations. We wish you all the happiness in the world!

  12. queenofcuffs

    What a truly lovely wedding.
    Dress is divine – amazing bouquet (love the added crucifix – great idea) – great groom buttonhole – love the straw flags – oh and the flowers on shoes.
    What a lot of thought went into all the perfect details – and such a happy happy wedding couple.
    It sings !!!

  13. Rachel

    Lovely! And where oh where are the bridesmaids’ dresses from??

  14. Jim Unger

    Love this – the yellow really shines through!

    GREAT shots – beautiful bride & wedding!!

  15. Stacy

    So So proud that my son was a part of this beautiful day and that I have a new beautiful Sister in law! :) A day that our family will never forget!

  16. Janie

    BEAUTIFUL wedding! So many gorgeous details and you both radiated happiness and love. Congrats to you both! I am dying to know who designed the bridesmaid dress with the lace on the back?

  17. chandra ~ oh lovely day

    what a gorgeous wedding! I’m like, IN LOVE with it.

  18. Ashley Pepitone

    I love so many things about this wedding! Grey and yellow is one of my favorite color combos, and those papel picado straw flags are just too much. Love it!!!

  19. Katie deem

    Hello I was wondering what is the name of the color of his suit and where did he get it!!! BEAUTI

  20. Grace

    I absolutely love this wedding. The bride is STUNNING, and that dress fits her perfectly! Kudos & well wishes to the happy couple!

  21. Nicole

    What type of flowers make up the bouquets? I love them!

  22. Amy

    where did the bridesmaid with long curly hair and black lace dress get her dress from?!!

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