Leila Brewster just so happens to be the genius behind the lens of one of my all-time faves here on Style Me Pretty, so when I saw that she was the photographer responsible for these Laguna Beach nuptials, I knew it was going to be spectacular. And spectacular. It. Is. Filled to the brim with amazing DIY projects that have literally blown my mind (The centerpieces are succulents from the bride’s own garden!), a beyond gorgeous color palette of purple and green and an uber-stunning bride and groom, it’s nothing short of fabulous. And when you see the incredible dessert table (all made by friends and family), you’ll be picking your jaws up off the floor. You might want to set aside some time today, because we have a whole lot of pretty coming your way. See it all here!
From the Bride… We wanted everything to be special and have meaning. I am a teacher and a group of the moms in my classroom helped me create our centerpieces and favors using clipping of succulents from my garden. My 2nd grade students wrote special words and messages on rocks to display and inspire people at the wedding to do the same thing. We now have the rocks in vintage tins in our home.
Justin and I wanted the person who married us to have significance in our lives. We were extremely lucky to talk the pastor who married my parents 30 years ago, and who had a special relationship with my grandparents who are no longer with us, into performing our marriage ceremony. He made it very personal and meaningful. Justin and I used the diamond from my mother’s wedding ring and two of my grandmother’s diamonds to create my engagement ring. We also used Justin’s grandparents’ wedding rings as our wedding bands. Both Justin’s mom and my mom no longer had their wedding dresses, but Margaret, Justin’s mom had her veil. It was beautiful and so special being able to wear it as I walked down the aisle to marry her son.
Another special touch was our amazing band… I moved up to Monterey, CA for a teaching position while Justin and I were dating. Justin would ride the train 10-11 hours up the coast twice a week to live part-time with me and part-time in Southern California while he was finishing his masters at Cal State Fullerton. During our time in Monterey we fell in love with this band, The Joint Chiefs, who would play in down town Monterey. One night of drinks and dancing the night away to their funk-soul music, Justin ran into one of the band members in line for the bathroom and asked him if they would play at his wedding in the future. This happened a year before he proposed J they were that good! They drove down from San Jose to play at our wedding and everyone was dancing! Even my dad who is notorious for not enjoying dancing was seen on the dance floor with a huge smile!
Wedding Photography: Leila Brewster Photography / Venue + Catering: Aliso Creek Inn / Bride’s Hair + Make-up: Friend / Wedding Cake + Desserts: The Bride and Friends / Wedding Cinematography: Friend / Coordinator: Friend / Band: Joint Chiefs / Wedding Dress: Amy Michelson / Floral Design: The Bride and Friends / Manzanitas: White Lilac Inc. / Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Custom Engagement Ring / Lighting: Blue Haze Entertainment / Audio-Visual: Matrix Visual / Officiant: Eddie Piorek / Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom / Stationery: Paper Source / Veil: Groom’s Mother