Newport is one of the prettiest beachside spots in all the land. With a mix of glamor and Pacific Ocean views, it takes a seaside affair to a whole new level of pretty. Of course, that level couldn’t be reached all on its own. It took a team of crafty vendors like Park Place PlanningFlowerWild and Amy & Stuart Photography to bring it all to fruition. And it’s a mighty fine view. See it right here.

From the Bride…We wanted a wedding that truly “us” – a thoughtful, traditional ceremony followed by an absolutely rockin’ party on the beach. We chose to hold the festivities on Balboa Island, a location that held a lot of memories for our families and us – with the ceremony taking place at St. John Vianney Chapel on Balboa Island and the reception at the fabulous Balboa Bay Club. Decked out with romantic florals from FlowerWild and lit up by cafe lights and lanterns, the BBC’s lawn provided the perfect backdrop of the bay, boats and even some visiting dolphins for the “beach elegant” reception. Having worked at ShoeDazzle, the stylists at the company designed custom ivory wedges for me and blush ones for all of my ladies to complement their dresses. Later in the night, I switched to flip flops while the groom sported sharp black Sperry boat shoes. Having known me for her entire life, Stephanie from Park Place Planning worked with us all the way from Minnesota to plan our dream wedding on the beaches of California. Together, we created a day full of thoughtful, personal touches. We provided pashminas and flip flops to keep guests comfortable. The cocktail tables showed off framed photos of us and our families enjoying Balboa Island through the years and guests relaxed at the beach lounge areas that were made cozy with custom pillows and accessed by a lantern-lit boardwalk. At the bar, guests enjoyed “his and hers” signature cocktails – the “Olive You” Martini, and a “Old Fashioned” Gentleman. For dinner, guests dined on delicious filets provided by my family who own Brandt Beef and finished with a slice from the impressive four-tier flower-adorned traditional wedding cake. To take with home, each guests received homemade toffee made by the mother-in-law of my sister, Anneke. After toasts, we danced the night away with our guests under the stars…

Photography: Amy & Stuart Photography | Planning: Park Place Planning | Florals: FlowerWild | Rentals: Town & Country | Ceremony: St. John Vianney Chapel | Reception & Catering: Balboa Bay Club | Cake: Sweet Art | Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings | Reception Band: DeBois Entertainment | Stationery: Carmody & Co. | Lighting: Classic Rentals + SWANK | Transportation: United Limousine and Charter | Bride’s Dress + Flower Girl’s Dress: L’ezu | Bride + Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Custom made by ShoeDazzle | Wedding Dress + Flower Girls’ Dresses: L’ezu

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