Navy blue stripes and lemons just might be my favorite design combo since gold and anything paired with gold. No joke. It’s  fresh and summery and so encompasses this couple’s style –  California cool with a touch of whimsy. You know what else is a great pairing? The backdrop of McCormick Ranch Home and festivities held under twinkling cafe lights all captured by Jasmine Star. Have a look here for even more.

From the Bride… My favorite memory from the day was that moment when we turned around after the ceremony thinking I couldn’t be any happier…and then I saw everyone we loved! In one place! And THEN the mariachis kicked in to walk back up the aisle-it was just the best.

The inspiration for our wedding was navy and white stripes (coming from most of both mine and the groom’s closets…), the gold accents remind me of my grandmother so we tried to tie in fun pops of gold like the trophy vases. We wanted it to be pretty and lighthearted, with a bit of nostalgia. I think that showed up in the champagne saucers, ice cream cart, teepee, lighting. There was also a subtle (maybe not so subtle) Mexican theme running through it with the mariachis and piñata, tying back to family as well. In summary: nautical Mexican nostalgia. There was a lot of DIY elements that I loved like the bridesmaids dresses, the piñata, the photo booth, the marquis arrow (one of our groomsmen made that for us!), the drink stirrers, programs, invitations. We even had the napkins made out of a fabric we picked!

My advice to Brides is to get as many small details decided on and completed early, and try to leave yourself time closer to the day to do the necessary last minute things. For example, maybe come up with a DIY drink stirrer idea BEFORE the week before your wedding…just sayin’. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help-it took me a while to warm up to this because I was afraid of being needy or bossy. Oh, and properly thank those who do help!

Wedding Photography: Jasmine Star | Floral Design: Yamaguchi’s | Event Planning: Becky McCormick | Ceremony and Reception Location: McCormick Ranch Home | Catering: Season’s Catering in Camarillo, CA | DJ: Tendaji Lathan | Custom Built Vending Trike for ice cream sandwiches: A Nouveau Gourmet Brownies | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Makeup and Hair: 1011 Makeup | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom | Groom’s Tie: J.Crew | Groomsmens’ Ties: The Tie Bar | Invitations: Meet The Foleys