An Intimate Beach Wedding At Home With A Candlelit Dinner & Moroccan Lanterns
Surrounded by flickering candlelight and ocean waves at their Newport Beach home, Jessica and JP tied the knot in one of the most special microweddings we ever did see. The modern decor from Beijos Events echoed the couple’s own interior design style, accented flawlessly with blush, mauve and plum florals by Earth & Grace Co. Straight, clean lines were juxtaposed by wild and unruly shapes – a theme carried on in the florals, the fashion and the the place settings and beyond! Jessica Lynn Photography was there to capture every brilliant moment of this intimate beach wedding at home, and we feel truly fortunate to be sharing Jessica and JP’s story with you today!
From the Bride
How We Met
JP and I met in an LSAT prep class in Austin, TX (so romantic, I know!) back in 2012. We both ended up attending Baylor Law School, and officially started dating shortly after our first year of law school began. (So, we have been together for about 8.5 years!)
JP proposed while we were visiting my family over Christmas in December 2020. While on an evening walk on the beach in Newport, JP popped the question! (He actually proposed in the pretty beach location where we took our couples wedding photos). My only request for the proposal was for JP to do so when we were completely alone – no family, spectators, or photographers ?? As you may have gathered, I am a big fan of keeping intimate moments intimate!
Why we chose a small wedding
JP and I are no strangers to big wedding celebrations. In fact, we attended over 25 amazing weddings together in just the two years before COVID. Although all of the weddings we have attended were gorgeous and special, none of them felt quite like “us.” I never imagined having a large wedding, and (much to our parents’ dismay) we even seriously considered just running down to the court house! Ultimately, we knew we only cared about a few things when it came down to getting married: (1) we wanted to be surrounded by just the people who love us the very most in the world, and those we love the very most, and (2) we wanted to be able to focus only on each other. JP’s family is from El Paso, and they were planning to come to Newport Beach with us over Christmas 2021 so our families could spend time together. A month or two before the trip, JP randomly said, “Why wouldn’t we just get married with our families over Christmas?” As soon as he posed the idea, I knew it was perfect. We were fortunate enough to find amazing vendors who could pull our vision together in a short period of time.
Looking back, I am SO glad we decided to have a “micro-wedding.” Every moment, picture, and memory from that night is filled with so much love and joy! We were able to focus on one another and our families, without being distracted by invitations, guests and friends, bachelorette/bachelor parties, venue complications, etc. And, we used all the money we saved to pay for our honeymoon and house remodel ?
Our furbaby, a French bulldog named Chancho, was the star of the wedding! We got Chancho in 2016, and he has been the biggest source of joy for us since then! A big perk of having a micro-wedding was being able to include Chancho in all the photos and festivities!
This intimate beach wedding at home makes us feel some type of way. Congrats to Jessica + JP (and Chancho, obvi). You guys deserve every happiness! See another one of our favorite beach minimonies here next!
Design & Planning: Beijos Events
Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography
Florals: Earth & Grace Co.
Rentals: Found Rentals
Tabletop: Hostess Haven
Signage & Details: Pirouette Paper Shop
Linens: La Tavola Linen
DJ & Live Music: ADM Entertainment
Catering: Thyme Well Spent