This is an ode to first love turning into forever love which is quite possibly the best of both worlds. It’s also an ode to Moms. The ones that are a saving grace for a Bride planning a West Coast wedding from across the country. Not an easy feat but when you have Wonder Mom on your side, you’re golden. Also a saving grace is a talented troop of vendors including Your Event by Erin who whipped this equestrian center into Spanish inspired romance along with bright, gorgeous florals by Floral Palette and images by Stone Crandall Photography that are a lovely compliment to the whole affair. See them right here.

From the Bride… My husband and I met in college and were both each others first girl/boy friends. It seemed like we had waited for each other all those years before, without ever realizing it. After four years of growing in love together, he proposed to me in the same spot we had our first date (and first kisses!) Needless to stay, I immediately started to plan and discuss all things wedding with him since we had only year to plan a west coast wedding from the east coast. The location was the biggest inspiration for me and was entirely picked by my mom without me ever really seeing it, apart from their website pictures. I knew it was perfect because it was a converted equestrian facility, and I am the biggest horse lover.

There were so many other sources of inspiration as well. Many of which came from this blog, which fused together into a classy, southwest, vintage feel. I tried to make choices that were true to my fiance and I, even if they went against the grain. Such as the bridesmaids’ white dresses, bright shoes and bright belts. It was something I knew I wanted right away and had them buy their dresses within the first month we were engaged. I hadn’t even chosen my own dress! For the flowers I was going to go as bright and festive as possible, but then fell in love with a wedding that used the more romantic spanish colors. All in all, we both agreed that our wedding should look natural and flow with the location. Everything, from the florals and tablecloths, to the outfits, were measured against the location to ensure a beautiful fit.

It was also a blessing that my mom is EXTREMELY creative and artistic and coincidentally has pretty much the exact same style and taste in decor as I do. All of the calligraphy: table signs, name tags, menu, dessert labels, and addresses on the invitations, were done by her. I did manage to contribute a bit with the chalk signs and fans, which were DIY. The miracle was that it all came together, without me really ever being there to help. So my advise to anyone planning a wedding, especially one being planned long distance, is to pick vendors who understand your vision, and be really really nice to your mother!

Wedding Photography: Stone Crandall Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, California / Wedding Design + Coordination: Your Event by Erin / Floral Design: Floral Palette / Desserts: Dessertville / Wedding Stationery: The TreeSpace Studio / Music: Artistic Productions / Vintage Props + Cake Stands + Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Fans, Menus, Name Tags + Signage: Handmade by Bride, Bride’s Mother + Your Events by Erin / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza via Kleinfeld Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Rowen via BHLDN / Bride’s Veil: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Seychelles / Bridesmaids’ Belts: Ruche / Groom’s Suit + Shirt: J.Crew / Groom’s Tie: Ernest Alexander New York / Groomsmen’s Vests + Ties: J.Crew

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