I could go on and on and on about why I love this wedding. It’s not hard to fall hard for the pretty, girly style. The perfect peonies. The draped twinkle lights. But what I love the most is that the bride and groom poured their heart into designing a day that their friends and family would remember forever. That was as romantic as it was thoughtful. This wedding, photographed by the incredible Karen Wise, is the perfect reflection of beauty and style.

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From Catherine, the gorgeous bride…

We were very fortunate to have wonderful and supportive friends and family helping us along the way.  All the flower arrangements and centerpieces were created by the talented David Hahn of Willem-Aidan in San Diego.  Ken and David are close friends and business partners.  David was so dedicated to our wedding that he took his two sons out of school for an entire week and set up shop in Ken’s parent’s garage.

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I brought 60 pashminas back from China in an assortment of colors for our guests to keep warm in.  I went to a fabric market in Beijing and picked out the linen and had it made into dinner napkins all for $90!  We had pictures of our childhood, family, and friends clipped around two tree trunks.  Karen set up a self-portrait station during cocktail hour for our guests.  The cakestand we used and the leather trunk we put the pashminas in belonged to my late uncle.  I also brought back from China velvet ribbons in pink and brown and tied them around the dinner napkins to compliment the calligraphed table place cards.  We served 2 signature cocktails (raspberry mint mojito and elderflower champagne), iced tea and lemonades.  The table numbers were a last-minute DIY idea from Paper Source.

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