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Southwestern San Clemente Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Matthew Morgan

Where oh where to begin with this San Clemente wedding from Matthew Morgan? Perhaps with the fact that the handsome groom looks uncannily like Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation, or that everyone in this wedding is drop-dead gorgeous, or that every bit of the styling and floral design from Love Me Do Weddings and Tropical Blossoms is nothing short of southwestern perfection…

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From the bride, Katie: The style I was going for was a southwestern vibe. We wanted a lot of DIY and love to show through all the decor of the wedding. I also wanted to keep it simple, but make a statement. Some adjectives that come to mind would be… simple, happy, or relaxed. The theme was southwestern, along with red-orange, turquoise, yellow colors…

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Our DIY projects included: we painted geometric designs on each of the table numbers, and we painted the escort frames with geometric designs as well. We had bracelets tied around the napkins at the tables that had tags with clever sayings written on them. We painted each terracotta pot, and we made the sign in table/find your seat table decor too!

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice would be to stay calm and roll with whatever happens…you’re marrying your best friend, nothing can change that. I think all brides can agree that the day goes by way too fast, so take in each moment!

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Sweet Thing,” Van Morrison
Bridal Party Processional: “Om Nashi Me,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Our first dance was to the Ingrid Michaelson cover of “Fools Rush In”

Wedding Location: San Clemente, CA / Photographer: Matthew Morgan / Wedding Planning: Love Me Do Weddings / Flowers: Tropical Blossoms / Venue: San Clemente Historic Cottage / Wedding Dress: J. Crew / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen Bow Ties: Aldo de la Cruz / Reception Layout and Decor: Kasey Zantos Designs / Wedding Cake: Cinderella Cakes / Videographer: In The Clouds Weddings

Vintage Seaside Wedding II

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Continuing with Mercedes and Andy’s wedding, now moving on to their reception! If you missed part I earlier, you can see it here. Thanks again to Matthew Morgan for sending these fantastic images!

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Andy and I wanted a semi destination wedding. So we started looking north along the Coast. Online we found a beautiful White barn that sat on a little beach town off the coast. Cayucos, The Cayucos Creek Barn! Don’t let the name throw you off. Cayucos is bright, welcoming, and a perfect combination of country and small beach town. We had the ceremony and dinner right outside the barn and reception in the barn. Perfect!!! The weather, the fresh ocean air, the fun laid back feel of the barn, Motown music in the background. Perfect!!!

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More sweet details from Mercedes: Most of the decorations were home made or found at garage sales and thrift stores. We started right away looking for mason jars, old books and candlesticks on craigslist, or second hand stores. I also hosted a few wedding project nights at my house. Where the girls and I polished tin trays, candlesticks and cake platters. We also covered old tin soup cans with burlap to be used for vases around the barn.

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The soup cans were collected for me by the mentally disabled adults that I work with. My Designer and friend made this beautiful frame display out of fishing wire and plastic tubes used to hold water for flowers after they’ve been cut. We used the frames as the back drop of our ceremony. My husband and his guys made an amazing chandelier out of rope, old glass bottles, and light bulbs that hung on stage above the band. I created a L.O.V.E sign out of fabric letters from Anthropologie, chicken wire, ribbon, and an old frame. The Love sign hung at the entrance of the barn and above our head table.

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Advice for Brides: Don’t do it all yourself! It’s more fun for everyone promise :) Love your Fiance’ through the whole process of the wedding. Not because your getting married but just because you love him. Don’t make your wedding the focus of the relationship for those few months. It’s refreshing :)

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Wedding Vendors (Cayucos, CA):

Wedding Venue: The Cayucos Creek Barn /Photographer: Matthew Morgan / Event designer and Florist: Christa Rose / Groomsmen shoes: TOMS / The Band:  The Blue Breeze Band / Caterer: The Sea Shanty / Wedding Invitations: Kendall Riley / Videographer: Ariel Amaro

Vintage Seaside Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Andy and Mercedes’ wedding is nothing short of stunning, and these photos from Matthew Morgan prove it. It took place at an old farm down a quaint country road – near the seaside, no less! From the short wedding dress to the antique frames hanging behind the altar, I have nothing but love for this wedding!

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From the gorgeous bride, Mercedes: I found my sweet off white little wedding dress at Macy’s on sale for $60, my mom added lace, sleeves, and a petticoat to add a vintage twist on the dress. My Veil was an early 50’s off white box hat (I think that’s what they’re called?) My friend added the lace veil in front. My shoes were Steve Madden sparkly flats, that added a perfect girly touch.

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Finding bridesmaids dresses… Wow was that an episode! I had supermodel tall girls, petite tiny girls, and an 8 months pregnant girl. But I was determined to have adorable fashionable dresses. It worked out, half wore tight fitted, sweetheart cut, tweed dresses. The other half wore beige baby doll dresses with tiny burnt orange polka dots. To tie them all together they wore the same shoes as well as hair accessory and ribbon belts made by a wonderful girlfriend of mine. All dresses were from Anthro.

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Check back soon for part II! Mercedes had much more to share with us, you don’t want to miss it!