This venue has me just swooning. Cristina and Joseph chose it not just for its utter gorgeousness, but because Italy is part of both their past and their future: the bride has some Italian blood and it’s a place they’d both like to experience together someday. Stemming from the romantic venue, they chose soft and sweet colors to complement the grounds and stuck with super-feminine florals that add the perfect dash of drama to the tables. Don’t you want to dance away the night under that canopy of twinkly lights? And how much do you love Cristina’s short wedding dress? All the gorgeousness is happily captured by the talented duo behind Floataway Studios.

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From the bride, Cristina. We wanted our wedding day to be about romance and simple elegance. I envisioned candles and flowers and warmth and a beautiful celebration that showed our love for each other and our families. Our wedding was romantic, sophisticated, with that old glamour feel but yet still modern. I wanted a color theme that would accent the venue and not take away from its natural beauty, so we stuck with tea rose, cream and gold.

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short wedding dress

short wedding dress

We chose an Italian Villa nestled in the small community of Sierra Madre CA as our venue. I am Italian and our dream is to visit we brought Italy to all our guests. The Villa is a replica of the Villa Collazzi in Florence, Italy. And my groom and I both grew up near Sierra Madre so we wanted to celebrate close to home. My husband loves architecture and design so this place was like to heaven to him because it had so much character.

short wedding dress

romantic outdoor california wedding

My groom and I love coffee and we’ve been to a few weddings now that we knew what was a good giveaway and what fell short. So we decided coffee was it! I used ball jars and painted the tops with chalkboard paint, and hand wrote our names, the venue, and date and attached a simply thank you tag with ribbon and each guests’ name. It was a big hit! The coffee made the place smell terrific and our guests would be greeted with a gift that would help them recover in the morning.

romantic outdoor california wedding

romantic outdoor california wedding

romantic outdoor california wedding

romantic outdoor california wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Sierra Madre, CA):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Villa Del Sol d’Oro / Florist: Ixora / Photographer: Floataway Studios / Short Wedding Dress: custom made by Beautiful Day Bridal Salon in Koreatown / Hairpiece: Jennifer Flores / Earrings: Kim Viramontes / Necklace: heirloom / Shoes: Badgley Mischkav / Makeup: Lynda Le / Hair: Alissa from Neil George Salon Beverly Hills / Bridesmaid Dresses: custom dresses by GadoGado Apparel / Groom’s suit: Friar Tux suits / Custom bow ties: TuxandTulle / DJ: Jose Lopez from JR Productions / Strings: Laurel McKenzie / Caterer: Santa Anita Gardens Catering / Cake, mini cupcakes, mini fruit tarts, mini cannolis: Merengue Bakery in Monrovia / French Macaroons: Europane Bakery in Pasadena / Cake pops: Just a Bite Cake Pops / Italian cookies: Claro’s Deli in Arcadia / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Calligraphy: Bonnie Nelson / Videographer: Floataway Studios / Transportation: Elite Valet and Executive Transit


Comments (19):

  • Vida Emanuel European Day Spa on October 27, 2012

    The trained staff at Vida Emanuel European Day Spa specialize in MesoDerm treatments at their medical day spa in Beverly Hills.
  • Nikki on March 1, 2011

    where did you get the linens? Need to get those for my special day!!! Thank you. Nicole
  • Weddingish on February 18, 2011

    Rose, cream and gold... heavenly!
  • Angela Gaspar Photography on February 18, 2011

    What a sweet and romantic wedding.
  • Aileen@Love&Lavender on February 17, 2011

    You're right, the venue is SO swoon-worthy. But my fave part of this wedding is her darling short dress, hands down!
  • Katie {aisle candy} on February 17, 2011

    OMG this location is absolutely amazing! Love the bride's bouquet, dress and shoes!
  • Janelle on February 17, 2011

    Gorgeous dress, great set-up and those shoes are stunning!!
  • Hot Chocolates - Chocolate Fountain Hire on February 17, 2011

    Are those wedding cake toppers or wine bottle stoppers of the B&G?? Cute - none the less! :)
  • Arianna on February 16, 2011

    Everything is so gloriously drenched in sunlight! Their wedding makes me think of those beautiful garden sundials. I found one that you can have personalized with a couples name: Romantic!
  • Yvonne on February 16, 2011

    absolutely beautiful wedding. the rustic Spanish undertones of the theme is so classy, elegant, and fun. flowers and reception set-up look simply stunning. love it.
  • Dandelion & Grey on February 16, 2011

    Absolutely stunning all around! I love the soft feel to the images.. and her dress is just darling!
  • Erica Ann Photography on February 16, 2011

    Wow, what a beautiful wedding! Everything is so classy and beautiful but still personal. Love it!
  • Rachel - theWeddingVine on February 16, 2011

    The large flower bouquets for the centre of the tables look amazing! I love the soft subtle colours!
  • Paige on February 16, 2011

    i've been wanting to do coffee beans as favors too! but my fiance worried it would be too $ in the end...
  • jacin {lovely little details} on February 16, 2011

    so glam!
  • Gina on February 16, 2011

    I love the Italy theme. Very chic, modern, fun wedding dress!
  • Laura *You Stir Me* on February 16, 2011

    love that she took a pretty formal reception space and paired it with a short and sassy dress - the two are perfect together!
  • Jenna {Jenna Sais Quois} on February 16, 2011

    I am dying for those centerpieces. So classy.
  • The Perfect Palette on February 16, 2011

    definitely sweet!


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