One glance at these images from Amanda Lenhardt, and you’re going to be immediately transported to beautiful San Juan Capistrano. Lucky Day Events and Bellatula Floral Studio created a beautiful scene adorned with lush greenery and bright red blooms, plus a dessert table genuinely too scrumptious to resist.
The Villa San Juan Capistrano is truly one of the most beautiful venues out there. It’s got a bit of Old World charm to it, which just so happens to be perfect for KC and Andrew and their wedding! onelove photography captured the whole day behind the lens while Growing Grace Floral Design created floral arrangements that are nothing short of stunning.
From the bride, KC: The wedding vision that we came up with as a couple represented us because the venue we chose was intimate, romantic and timeless. We wanted our wedding to be a comfortable setting for our family and guests that we don’t get to see too frequently. We are both pretty easy going people, and have both often been told that we have “old souls” which is why we both liked the idea of the design feeling rustic with lots of wood, greenery and pops of coppery metallic pieces.
It was important to us that all of the people that were able to come that day feel appreciated as their presence was what we valued most. That’s what comes to mind when thinking about why we chose such a wide variety of desserts, so there could be a little bit of something for everyone. Why we chose the Photo Booth company that we did, because we wanted our guests to have a good time. It is also why myself and one of my bridesmaids hand made all of our wedding favors, because we were hoping that all our loved ones would feel the thanks we have for them and how they contributed to our lives and the people we are today.
A lot of the design was brought to life by KC’s step-mom Rebecca and her friend Kerry. They spent countless hours coming up with ideas to make the day unique. There was a moss covered “L” to represent our married last name “Lang” that was created by Kerry and attached to a vintage gate that Rebecca had found out an antique shop. The containers for the centerpieces are something that KC was particularly found of. She wanted to have wooden planters mixed with lanterns, but to use the lanterns as another terreriums. Michelle with Growing Grace Floral Design did an amazing job of making the centerpieces flow together almost like a runner down each of the guest tables. One nostalgic contribution used for the pictures that was parked out front of the venue, was KC’s grandfather’s 1931 Ford Model A. It was restored by her grandpa and will be kept in the Aman family for generations to come. It was lovely to have that additional vintage touch in photos that day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Planning a wedding is much more detail oriented than we could have ever imagined. We had over a year to plan and still were down to the wire only a week or so before the wedding finalizing details. My biggest advice would be to be sure to reserve the venue as soon as possible, then work on what you want your wedding to feel like and hone in on that for details. We wrote our own vows, which was lovely but I wish we had made more time to memorize them that day. On the day of, all of the time and effort spent to make the day come together will seem like it went by so quickly. So be sure to take it all in, enjoy every minute of the whole day and remember you’re starting life’s journey with the person you love most in the entire world.
Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri cover by The Piano Guys
Recessional: “The Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + The Machine
First Dance: “You are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontange
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No matter how many times I look it over, I just can’t get enough of this wedding. Maybe it’s the flamingo figurines, the natural elements like jute table runners and fresh fruit place settings, or even the Jonathan Adler salt and pepper cake toppers? Whatever it is, this gorgeous day from Yuna Leonard Photography and The Bloom of Time has shot its way up to the top of our list of favorites.
From the bride, Hedi: It was really important for us that our wedding felt organic and not too fussy, we liked to say we were going for an Indian-summer vibe. We wanted to incorporate natural materials, so we used jute runners on each dining table, and used tangerines as name tags on each place setting. We asked our florist to use a lot of greenery for our centerpieces instead of flowers which filled out our tables so nicely.
Stephen and I hired vendors who not only had a similar aesthetic to us, but who seemed like we would be friends outside of our planning process. We were so lucky to find such creative vendors who were just so kind and accommodating. We knew we wanted a venue where we could have an outdoor ceremony so when we found Franciscan Gardens, it was love at first sight. Once we booked our venue, we found our photographer from seeing her photos featured on a wedding blog. We just fell in love with her and her style and knew we didn’t want to hire anyone else. We also can’t speak highly enough about our florist, The Bloom of Time. We were given her info from our venue coordinator who said, “she is amazing”, and she really was. We gave her a few inspiration photos and but just told her do whatever she thought was best. My favorite DIY project from our wedding was our “love” marquee. I spotted the tutorial on Pinterest and immediately knew that this was a project worth sweating over.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice for other couples is to accept help when others offer, it is impossible to do everything yourself. Our wedding was so special because of the help that our family and friends gave us, whether it was picking something up, hand writing labels, or even a few dance lessons here and there, they are moments we will never forget.
Stephen and I spent many nights and weekends selecting our favorite songs that we wanted our DJ to play during our wedding. We played a lot of Van Morrison, She & Him, and The Shins, just to name a few.
Bridal Party and Groom Processional: “Meet Me in the City,” The Black Keys
Bride’s Processional: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Exit Song: “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” The National
Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Yuna Leonard Photography / Florist: The Bloom of Time / Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Wedding Dress: Watters Too via Panache Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Topman / Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Wedding Invitations: HelloLucky!
Danielle and Samer’s San Juan Capistrano wedding is handmade goodness from beginning to end, and we’ve got the images to prove it. Sue Wheelock Photography, Simply Sweet Weddings & Events, and Lavenders Flowers put their talented minds to work and created a day full of beautiful pinks, lush flowers, and rustic details that warm our hearts to the core. There’s also a video from Element Wedding Films at the end; make sure you check it out!
From the bride, Danielle: Our wedding day was one of the best days of my life and I always catch myself glancing over wedding pictures, watching our wedding film over and over again, and reminiscing about all the fun times we both had that day. One of the most important things that Samer and I wanted to make sure we portrayed throughout our wedding was who we are as a couple, simple yet fun. We decided on using a lot of color, many rustic touches, and tried to keep things as unique as can be. One of our favorite things about the wedding planning process was all of the projects we did together. Our favorite DIY item was our dessert table backdrop that was made up of different size wood rounds that Samer cut and I painted. I then laid out all of the rounds onto a painted backdrop of wood and set with wood glue. We both really enjoyed getting wood chips and dust all over us, mixing colors of paint to make new colors and obviously, our amazing finished product that we were able to display for our friends and family on our wedding day.
So many of our items were DIY. The dessert table backdrop, boxed favors, table letters, burlap runners, flower jars, Mr. & Mrs. Signs for reception chairs, Bar Sign, Escort Card table banner, Instagram Chalkboard Sign, Guestbook Tree (drawn by Groom), Card/Gift Mailbox. With my obsession and love for succulents, we grew and cared for 120 little potted succulents for 6 months leading up to the wedding in order to have as an escort card for each person that day. What a commitment that was, but actually surprisingly vital for our relationship. We learned patience when ones would wilt or die, excitement once they really started to take form, and gratitude when the day came and all of our loved ones took one home to continue to love for.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I think now looking back on our wedding planning, the best advice I can give is let the small things go. In the end, you are marrying your best friend and soul mate. If something goes wrong that day, let it. I remember the night before our wedding, my husband was unloading our car at the venue when he came up the stairs and had this look of terror on his face. A pane of our vintage windows for the seating chart had cracked. He told me, thinking I was going to be completely devastated, but in that exact moment, it just didn’t matter. All I cared about was walking down that aisle the next day, whatever else would happen before that, just didn’t matter anymore. Your coordinator, like my amazing one, can fix all of those issues, which she did and made it still come out looking amazing.
The Processional songs: Groom walked down to “I Wont Give Up”, Jason Mraz, Bridal Party walked down to “This Years Love”, David Gray, Bride walked down to “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Ingrid Michaelson.
Recessional: “Hey Ho,” The Lumineers
Bridal Party Reception Entrance: “Happy,” Pharrell
Mr & Mrs. Reception Entrance: “We Found Love,” Rihanna
First Dance: “The Lime Tree,” Trevor Hall
Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Sue Wheelock Photography / Event Coordination: Simply Sweet Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Lavenders Flowers / Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Mon Amie Bridal Salon / Wedding Shoes: Nina Forbes via Nordstrom / Hair: Jennifer Garcia of JenniferHair / Makeup: Ashley Gannon Makeup & Hair / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Wedding Day Bridal Boutique / Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery / DJ: Elevated Pulse / Videographer: Element Wedding Films / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Transportation: Best Chauffeured
Who doesn’t love a wedding at the stylish Villa San Juan Capistrano? Shayna and James had a day full of love, laughter, and gobs of whimsy — right down to the moth theme throughout their wedding decor, including their fab wedding cake. Joe+Kathrina definitely did this wedding justice!
From the photographer, Kathrina of Joe+Kathrina: While wedding planning the bride, Shayna, often described her wedding as an antique garden gala attracting a swarm of moths. And that’s exactly what they had. Adorning paper moths in her hair and on her bouquet she twirled around in her custom redesigned wedding dress looking like fairy celebrating the perfect day in her garden.
James and Shayna planned the day their way, including quirky decisions like choosing Friday the 13th as the perfect date to be wed. They suggested guests’ attire to include hats, fascinators, and embellishments for the ladies and bow ties, suspenders and seersucker suits for the gentlemen. As for their own attire, Shayna bought her dress and completely changed it to what she liked, a bigger petticoat, a high low cut, and added sheer panels for straps. James searched everywhere for the perfect checkered suit jacket and accompanying paisley bow tie. For details they scoured flea markets and thrift stores to find the perfect center pieces that they could keep long after the wedding. Together they walked up the aisle hand in hand as a couple hopelessly in love. Together they walked down the aisle hand in hand, with tear-stained cheeks, hopelessly in love and blissfully married. Food was also a really important part for their wedding. They planned a decadent six course meal with their caterer and then had friends bring homemade sweets for their dessert table.
Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Joe+Kathrina / Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano / Flowers: Fifty Flowers, arranged by bride and MOB / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana from The White Flower Bridal Boutique, with custom redesign / Wedding Shoes: Bettye Muller / Hair and Makeup: Bride / Groom’s Sport Coat: John Varvatos / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Caterer: Iva Lee’s / Wedding Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery / Centerpieces: All flea marketed and thrifted by Bride + Groom / Stationery: A+P Designs
There are so many places I could start when describing what I love about this wedding, but I think it’s best to begin with what immediately caught my eye when I peeked through the images: the bridesmaids. Bride Jordan had her maids pick cream-colored dresses and then gifted them with black tights, making the overall look chic yet unexpected. In fact, we think that’s the perfect way to describe Jordan and Landon’s whole wedding day, brilliantly captured by Whitney Darling Photography!
From the bride, Jordan: My husband likes to say the feel of the wedding was “magical realism.” He’s somewhat joking, but it’s a pretty good description of the feel we were going for. We played off of the beautiful outdoor setting so that our decor would enhance, rather than overpower, the venue. I liked the idea of picking a few key elements and using A TON of them so that the wedding didn’t feel cluttered with too many different DIY projects.
We never really had a theme; I just started with things I knew I loved-like glitter, stars, and candles-and went from there. We used a lot of gold, cream, and seafoam because we didn’t want to overpower the natural beauty of the location. Pretty much everything at our wedding was DIY! Luckily, so many family friends and my bridesmaids got together for craft days. We “glittered” (a new term we made for my wedding) 8,000 wood coffee stirrers (and put them all in hundreds of gold glitter foam spheres) for the gold stars that we hung in the tree at the ceremony and all around our reception. My dad helped me build a giant white frame for the backdrop of the ceremony and I used ribbons, gold and silver foil curtains, and paper flowers I made with coffee filters that I hand-dyed.
We tied ribbons on the back of all the chairs lining the aisle at the ceremony and one of the bridesmaids put together the giant white balloon with ribbon and a silver star garland. For flowers, we went to the L.A. flower market a couple days before the wedding and picked out all of my favorite in-season flowers. A family friend, who happens to be a florist, helped my stepmom and some friends create all of our bouquets and the flowers for the centerpieces. I designed little halfsheets of paper that we had on the tables at the reception for guests to write notes and doodles rather than a guestbook. We glittered probably 25 mason jars and used small pieces of wood and paint (obviously with more glitter) for the table numbers. My stepmom and I painted some 250 coffee cups with chalkboard paint so that guests could write their names on their drinks (and because it looked so cute!).
A dear friend designed and created our wedding cake, along with another dear friend designing our programs. My freshman roommate from college made a bunch of delicious pies for our dessert bar, and other friends brought additional desserts for people to munch on. We actually got all of our cokes for the toast from Mexico (a family friend travels back and forth a lot and graciously picked them up) because my husband and I LOVE the vintage feel and taste of Mexican cokes. One of my best friends (and bridesmaid) did both my hair and makeup. This was entirely on a whim, we hadn’t even practiced the makeup or hairstyle that ended up being my final wedding look! My mother passed away two years ago, so it was important to me to have a “Wish You Were Here” table with pictures and a prayer for family members who have passed away.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to play it by ear! I found that it was much more stressful to have too many concrete ideas because they often just didn’t work out or ended up costing more than I had originally imagined. For me, it was nice to be able to adjust my vision for the wedding as I went along because almost everything was DIY. Glitter makes everything so much more fun, but beware, it also will find a permanent home on everything in your house. I still find specks of glitter on my clothes, and every now and again I’ll see a small glimmer managed to make its way onto my face!
Be creative with ways to save money, especially prioritizing what matters most. We didn’t want to cut corners on photography, and I am so glad we didn’t. Whitney Darling was absolutely fabulous and made our wedding day significantly more fun and relaxed. However, we decided food wasn’t the most important to splurge on, so instead of a traditional sit down meal, we hired the In N Out truck. We saved money and got to eat a California favorite at our wedding. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Doing projects and crafts with other people provided great memories and inspired even more creativity.
Bridal Party Processional: “Ten Feet Tall,” Stephen Wrabel
Bridal Processional: “Through and Through” (a song my husband wrote for me when he was in a previous band)
First Dance: “Love on Top,” Beyonce
Father/Daughter Dance: “Everything I Own,” Bread (my mom’s favorite song)
Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Wedding Photographer: Whitney Darling Photography / Second Shooter: Cory Kendra Photography / Wedding Venue: Rancho Capistrano / Wedding Coordinator: Shawn King / Wedding Flowers: Nancy Anderson / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Wedding Shoes: Kimchi Blue Gretel Suede Pump via Urban Outfitters / Hair and Makeup: Yazz Fulton / Groom’s Attire: Zara / Ceremony Musicians: Stephen Wrabel and Dearborn / Officiant: Josh Pease of Saddleback Church / Wedding Caterer: In ‘N’ Out / Desserts: Bride’s friends / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Videographer: Grant Jensen
Without a doubt, my current color scheme crush is gold and black. Something about the pairing screams elegant, fresh, and luxe — and photographer Kat Harris would seem to agree! She formed this shoot after getting inspired by runway collections from Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade, and we’re tickled to see how well her ideas translated into wedding design.
From the photographer, Kat Harris: Ever since I saw Ralph Lauren’s fall 2012 black + gold collection along with Kate Spade’s Spring 2013 collection, I have been dying to do a black and gold themed wedding! Black and gold are timeless, and never go out of style yet you rarely see them incorporated into weddings. What excited me about this theme is that timeless, tailored, class is back ladies! I’m a Southern Prep at heart so I’ve been giddy to see tailored suits for men come back as well as classically polished silhouettes for ladies to be back on the horizon. And of course I had to include bows and chevron prints into the shoot!
What is refreshing to me about this theme is that although timeless it offers a fresh, polished, tailored, yet spunky way to incorporate classic All-American details into your wedding. This is why we incorporated a lemon whiskey bar, chevron print on the invites, and bows upon bows upon bows! And don’t even get me started on how cute Jessie and Johan are together. They’re the perfect couple to embody this shoot! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Shoot Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Kat Harris / Shoot Venue: Serra Plaza / Tablescape, Food, Desserts, and Whiskey Bar: Mary of Jay’s Catering / Wedding Flowers: Sussanna Davidson of French Buckets / Dresses: Julia Lovan Designs and Kate Spade / Groom’s Suits: All Saints and J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke / Models: Jessie and Johan / Linens: Veronica Specialty Linens / Paper Goods: Typologie & Co.
Today’s wedding is lovable for so many reasons, least of which is that it involves not one but two wedding photographers: Candice Benjamin, who shot the wedding day, and bride Kaysha, who’s a fantastic photographer herself! Kaysha and John’s big day was full of all the colors we dream about on a daily basis — oranges, yellows, pinks, greys — with a lovely modern twist.
From the bride, Kaysha: We wanted our wedding to be colorful, modern, and playful. Our colors were yellow and grey with touches of orange, pink and blue. We wanted everything to be clean and simple, but with lots of personality and full of our favorite things – like the coke bottles, yummy desserts, and family style seating so we could be close to all our guests.
For our wedding, we made ribbon wands, coke escort bottles, tissue pompoms, “here comes the bride” aisle sign, table numbers, all our paper goods, and the ceremony ribbon backdrop was put together on day of by our wonderful coordinator Lauren.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Choose vendors who’s work you love, trust, and give them plenty of time on your wedding day to work their magic. If your planning any DIY projects start early, and don’t put it off to the last few weeks. Hire a day of coordinator at the very least – they are worth their weight in gold, and take the stress off you, your family, friends and even your vendors! Know that things will not go 100% according to plan, and that’s okay! Relax, laugh it off, and try to stay in the moment. Your wedding day will be amazing, even with the imperfections!
Bridal Party Processional: “Eyes,” Rogue Wave
Bride’s Processional: “For the Windows of Paradise,” Sufjan Stevens
Recessional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
First Dance: “Stolen,” Dashboard Confessional
Father/Daughter Dance: “How Sweet It Is,” James Taylor
Last Dance: “We Are Young,” Fun.
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Candice Benjamin / Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Wedding Coordinator: Lauren of Lavender Grey Events / Wedding Flowers: Pixies Petals / Wedding Dress and Sash: J. Crew / Hair Accessory: Tessa Kim / Earrings: Anthropologie / Wedding Shoes: Ruche / Hair and Makeup: Serene Bridal Beauty / Wedding Caterer: 24 Carrots / Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop / DJ: Extreme DJ / Photobooth: Photo Booth from Erin J. Saldana Photography / Wedding Invitations: Bride
Give me a bride whose icon is Doris Day, and I’ll show you one happy blogger. Bride Chanmony styled her wedding aesthetic around Doris’ films from the 1940s and 50s, used colors that florist Megan of Honey and Poppies described as “1950s technicolor sherbet,” and danced her first dance with hubby Jeff to Doris Day’s “It All Depends On You.” He and She Photography was there to capture this blissful, color-filled day to utter perfection!
From the bride, Chanmony: The feel that we wanted was fun and us. Something that reflected our personality and what was important to us. Family, laughter and fun. Our big theme was Doris Day. She is my idol… like I get swept up talking about her. I love her and the feeling of her movies from the 40-50’s. Megan (our incredible florist from Honey and Poppies) helped guide us towards a direction for colors scheme, which were, as she puts it “50’s technicolor sherbet.” Adjectives: Fun, vibrant, cool, crazy, hilarious, humbling and sweet.
As for DIY projects, there were a ton. I started with making our save the dates and then making all the little details that we (Jeff and I) or some of our geeky friends will know. I made a lot of Doctor Who things, like the bride and groom Daleks. My vow book is a book from Doctor Who. My sister and I collaborated in making a sign for the flower wrapping station. She painted and I did the crafty stuff. I painted the door silhouettes.
The programs were actually kinda fun to make because of all the different covers we had and because I’m somewhat of a nerd and figured how to make the programs layout the way I wanted and also was able to explain our knot tying bit in our ceremony because that was something from the Cambodian culture that we wanted to incorporate. Also, the guestbook were madlibs sheets that were fun for the guest and we can bind them easily and have a book to look through because we had a bunch of guest that made great illustration.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My best advice is give yourself enough time to plan and make sure that the wedding is a reflection of you as a couple. Trust the people you hired; they are the professional and they make things so much easier. Saying that, hire vendors that match your style.
Bridal Party Processional: “I Got This Friend,” The Civil Wars
Bride’s Processional: “Falling In Love With You Again,” Imelda May
Recessional: “Life Is A Happy Song,” The Muppet Soundtrack
First Dance: “It All Depends on You,” Doris Day
Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Wedding Photographer: He and She Photography / Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Wedding Design: Libby Centeno of Dragonfly Events / Wedding Flowers: Honey and Poppies / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander “8465” via Mon Amie Bridal / Wedding Veil: honeycombveils / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN “Spirit of the Moment” / Hair: Cheryl Snowden of Carlton Salons / Makeup: Makeup by Berit / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Torrid / Groom’s Suit: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse / DJ: Elevated Pulse / Wedding Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Wedding Invitations: LoftLifePress
With the first presidential debate coming up tomorrow, we thought this shoot is just the right dose of wedding inspiration. Focus Photography, along with stylists La Boheme Events and florist Shawna Yamamoto joined together to create a styled shoot with a simple, but to-the-point tag line: Love Unites.
Shoot Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Focus Photography, Inc. / Event Planner: La Boheme Events / Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design / Event Venue: The Villa of San Juan Capistrano / Wedding Dress: Schone Design / Hair: Kali Williams / Makeup: Elysia Moon Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: Filigree Cakes / Rentals: A Rental Connection / Stationery: Prim & Pixie
We love that today’s bride and groom took inspiration for their wedding decor from their favorite destination (and honeymoon spot!), France. This wedding is Old World French style meets relaxed California elegance, and has not only one stunning bride but also one of the most dapper grooms we’ve featured this year. Our thanks go out to Ashley Rose Photography for sharing this wedding with us!
From the bride, Rachel: Our inspirations for our day came from our love of “old world” character. We love antiques and try to go to flea markets as much as we can. It’s all about if it speaks to us and makes us smile, there’s just something about the history tied to old things that we can’t resist.. and I love old things mixed with florals and beauty.
From the playlist to the candle holders, we wanted everything to speak about us and our style. We took a lot of time to create things that spoke to us – I made all of the napkins for the tables (a labor of love) in all different patterns for each table. I think it brought more character to the dinner atmosphere than just having plain linens. Everything that we created had some sort of French influence to it too – but old world French style – think handmade lace, ornate props, old books… shabby chic mixed with rustic French.
We love old music and films, and a lot of our songs came from the 1920s-1940s era mixed but mixed with new songs as well. We both love France and Jared visited me there when I did a study abroad program. The culture and the beauty in all things around us really inspired our “french influence”, so much so we decided to go there on our honeymoon. My mom and friends helped by bringing in the French countryside as well by making peach jam for each guest to take home. We wanted all of this for our wedding – AND for everyone to feel relaxed and at home.
The most memorable moment of the day for me, was when Jared gave me a ring that was unexpected (I thought I was only going to have one ring, my “engagement ring”). I was so surprised and stunned – it is a moment that I will never forget. Our first look was beautiful too and it was so amazing to just take each other in, we really felt relieved to see each other and to just have a few precious moments alone before everything started. It was really a magical and joyous moment for us.
Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Wedding Photographer: Ashley Rose Photography / Wedding Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano / Event Design and Planning: Bride and bride’s family / Wedding Flowers: Krista Jon Floral Designs / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Trowbridge / Bride’s Hairpiece: Lola M Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: ASOS / Flower Girl Dresses: Olive and Fern / Wedding Caterer: Iva Lee’s / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Handkerchiefs: Cush / Wedding Music: Thomby & MC Paul Kim (friends from our church), My sister (Rebecca), Jared’s sister (Mearah), my cousin (Chelsea) and our very good family friend (Alan) provided music during the ceremony / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Hello! Lucky
We’re always on the lookout for wedding inspiration in unexpected places, and that’s just what we came across when we saw the birthday party designer extraordinaire Jesi Haack threw for her husband’s 30th! Amazing photographer Aaron Young captured this once-in-a-lifetime shebang, complete with touches of gold, black, and geometric elements.
Event Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Event Photographer: Aaron Young / Event Design: Jesi Haack / Event Venue: Serra Plaza / Caterer: El Toro Bravo / Cake: Sweet and Saucy / Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / DJ: DJ JP McLeod
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!
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.
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.
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