Is it five o’clock yet? This couple served two signature drinks at their wedding – The Grumpy Husband and The Blushing Bride – and I cannot wait to pour myself a Blushing Bride come cocktail hour. With the rest of this California beach wedding, captured by Kaysha Weiner Photographer, just as stinkin’ adorable as the bar menu, I have a feeling the rest of this afternoon is going to fly by in a afternoon spent Pinning your little fingers away in the gallery, just in time to catch this evening’s Happy Hour. So definitely check out the whole chic beach affair – including the beautiful invites from Bella Figura – and five o’clock will be here before you know it! Click here to see the full image gallery.

Tommy and I knew we wanted our wedding to be at the beach. If felt like we looked at every possible venue from San Francisco to San Diego before we found the perfect site: the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club located in Redondo Beach. We wanted our wedding to be beach chic; I used white flowers infused with pops of color to highlight the beautiful natural setting. The wedding favors were cookies from our favorite local baker, Isabella’s Cookie Company.  Since we were on a budget, I enlisted the help of a friend to create the rehearsal dinner invites and schedules for the bridal party. Paper Source became my new favorite store as I created DIY escort cards and table numbers.

Weather in the South Bay is usually pretty mild and predictable but on the day of our wedding there was a high wind advisory. We were happy that we stuck with our original plan to have the ceremony outside and to take pictures at the Manhattan Beach pier beforehand. Despite a few misplaced strands of hair, we were so happy with the pictures. All our vendors were phenomenal to work with, and were able to adapt to the last minute curve ball the wind threw us.

Planning a wedding from across the country on a budget would have been impossible without the help of Katie Tiffany from Tiffany Weddings.  I strongly recommend any bride who is planning a wedding in a different state to hire a wedding planner. They will help manage the stress of wedding planning and attend any meetings on your behalf.

Photography: Kaysha Weiner Photographer / Flowers: Rebecca’s Bloomers Floral Design and Decor / Event Planning: Tiffany Weddings / Ceremony & Reception Location: Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club / Invitations: Bella Figura / Dress: Adele Wechsler / Make-Up & Hair: Serene Bridal Beauty / Favors: Isabella’s Cookie Company

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