There’s something about weddings with an exotic flair that makes my heart pitter-patter. This wedding, sent to us by Christa Rose of Floral Designs by Christa Rose is no different: hand-crafted boxes of succulents, bouquets of almost every color in the rainbow, and plentiful details alluding to the couple’s heritage. Plus, that venue? Sign me up for the next plane, please…
From Christa Rose of Floral Designs by Christa Rose:
Their wedding and reception took place at Casa Romantica, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival estate overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in San Clemente, CA. The ceremony was out on the bluff with a long stretch of ocean and sunny skies as a backdrop. They had mariachis to serenade them down the aisle and into the reception – how awesome is that!
When Carmen first came to me, she knew her venue but didn’t quite know which direction to go in. As soon as she told me she liked succulents, the ball started rolling. She and her fiancé found unfinished planters boxes from IKEA and stained them a dark wood color to go with the beams and style of the Casa. The boxes were just perfect for succulents! I decided that it was more sustainable to plant the succulents rather than use cut stems for the centerpieces. This way, guests could take home the centerpieces and enjoy their beauty even after the wedding. I hosted a planting party and had a few of Carmen’s friends and family over to help with the centerpieces (wine was involved!). It was so much fun to get everyone involved in a hands-on project and even teach them some new things.
Carmen and I had discussed flowers and decor for the ceremony but decided to leave it as it was since the natural setting was already breathtaking. Carmen had the best attitude and was so easy to work with – she told me a bit of her style and let me run with it. I always get excited when brides let me do this because I can create something that is a little unexpected. I loved the boutonnieres – they were made up of succulents, craspedia (aka billy balls) and a single rose. I wrapped them all with burlap and tied them with raffia. They were the perfect complement to the rest of the wedding flowers.
From the bride, Carmen: Most of our inspiration for our wedding day was from Casa Romantica. We knew as soon as we walked in that this was the perfect venue for us! The Spanish feel it had and all the beautiful gardens, but most of all the VIEW… it was amazing. We really wanted to keep it simple with the decor and make it “us”. I knew as soon as I was engaged that I wanted to incorporate succulents as my centerpieces and our first DIY project was to make our centerpieces. We purchased planter wood boxes from IKEA and Elmer stained ALL the boxes. Our floral designer, Christa Rose, really helped put my vision together and did an amazing job with all the arrangements. I was sooo in LOVE with my bouquet. I couldn’t have done most of our DIY projects without our friends and family. My brother is an AMAZING artist and he created our guest sign in tree, for guest to “leaf us a note” when they entered the venue. He made a painting of “Dia de los muertos” for us as a present and we displayed it at our wedding. My sister purchased all the jaritos from Mexico and we used them as favors for guest to take home and had a Day of the Dead groom and bride by our cake. Other DIY projects we did were our escort cards, moss letter initials, table numbers and chalkboard menus.
I fell in love with my bracelet; I had been drooling over it online and finally had the guts to just purchase it from JCrew. I knew I wanted to wear flats, so I went with Steve Madden gold flats. My sister (MOH) gave me the flower that I wore in my hair which was from Mexico! Elmer is a die hard Dodger fan, so i thought he would love it for me to wear a Dodger garter that I purchased from Etsy.
My most memorable moment was our first look. We decided we wanted to see each other before the ceremony. Best decision ever… I was so nervous and as soon as I saw Elmer all my nerves went away. It was intimate and I also never thought that he would get teary eyed.
Advice for brides planning: I think the most important thing is to have fun with the planning process and relax! It doesn’t have to be so stressful. Hire a coordinator! I really think if I didn’t have a coordinator everything wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did.
Wedding Vendors (San Clemente, CA):
Venue: Casa Romantica / Floral Designer: Floral Designs by Christa Rose / Wedding planner: In the Now Weddings / Wedding Photographer: Aaron Shintaku / Wedding Dress: Marisol / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Caterer: Iva Lees / Wedding Cake and Cookies: Groom’s Parents / DJ: Elegance Elegancia / Hair and Make-up: Beauty and the Beach / Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ shoes: Steve Madden / Wedding Invitations and paper goods: Etsy & Paper Source