Traditional, elegant, romantic – you really can’t go wrong when those are the words that describe your wedding, and they fit this fete to a tee. With gorgeous nods to the bride’s Chinese heritage such as a tea bar for their guests and menus printed in both Chinese and English, the affair was just as personal as it was pretty – and believe you me, Moira Events made sure it was pretty! For all the perfectly pretty images from Vallentyne Photography be sure to visit the gallery.
From the lovely Jessica, of Moira Events…Heather and Chris were a great couple to work with! We had very similar taste, which made planning from afar easier for Heather. Heather first came to us close to the beginning of their planning process and knew what she wanted – traditional, San Diego, intimate, romantic, to die for food, and even more amazing wine (Chris, the groom, is a sommelier and is very into his wines!). She knew wanted some help day of, but didn’t know if she wanted more. Fast forward a couple months. I get an email from Heather along the lines of, “ummmm, yeah, I lied. I need more help!” She wanted someone to come in and organize all the design aspects of things, someone who knew the venue, her style, them as a couple, and really help them tie all the lose ends together and make a cohesive event with some special details. Insert Moira Events here. I’ll be honest here. This wedding was one of the easiest for me. Not that their 5 course meal was easy. Or their different wine pairings with every course. Not that their letterpress was easy. It was easy for me because if I were to redo my own wedding, this is how I would want it to look. They had chosen the same venue my hubby and I got married at two and a half years ago, so it was a natural fit for me.
Heather knew she wanted letterpress invitations. Period. We worked with them on their amazing letterpress design and then brought on Tim from Quality Letterpress to achieve these gorgeous velum wrapped invitations with their stunning custom envelope liners and calligraphy envelopes. To match, we also did four layer ceremony programs, place cards, custom petal cones, table numbers, and menus on 220lb paper (amazing!) in both English and Chinese. One of my favorite details from their wedding was their coffee and tea bar. We visited Teavana and purchased loose leaf tea in traditional Chinese tradition in colors and flavors to compliment their wedding. We then hand wrapped them in cheese cloth and tied in pink thread and built a tea bar for their guests to enjoy.
Other details include their gorgeous centerpieces in lovely silver urns surrounded with tons of candles and little mercury glass vases and votives. Rather than opting for traditional wedding cake, we ordered cake from Extraordinary Desserts. They were displayed on a bookshelf and surrounded by crystal candles sticks topped with glittered candles. The entire cake area was surrounded by a multitude of hanging glass lanterns with candles that lit up beautifully as the evening got darker. Their evening was traditional, intimate, elegant and romantic. Everything I love in a wedding!
Event design & coordination: Moira Events & Design / Invitations & Paper products: Moira Events & Design / Letterpress: Quality Letterpress / Calligraphy: Jessica from Moira Events / Catering: Coast Catering / Venue: Darlington House / Flowers: Modern Bouquet / Cake: Extraordinary Desserts / Photography: Heather Moreau and David Manning for Vallentyne Photography