English-Inspired Santa Monica Wedding
December 3, 2014
California
VintageGarden WeddingsSummer Weddings
Inspired by her Groom's homeland of England, this Santa Monica bride infused their wedding with chic nods to UK culture. From the floral china patterns to the quiet garden vibe, it's a fusion of English charm and California cool with coordination by WINK! and a must-see cake from our friends at The Butter EndAnna Delores snapped it all behind the lens, and there's SO much more in the gallery right here.
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From The Bride...With so many of our guests traveling from far, we made the decision early on to have our wedding in Santa Monica where Phil and I met and where we currently live. It made the experience so much more special because we were inviting our loved ones in to our home and neighborhood.

Phil is from England, and having recently spent time in the UK I was instantly inspired by British tradition and pop culture- floral china patterns, milk glass, blush and mint color palette, english garden roses, Rolls Royce, Abbey Road (Beatles album cover for groom's photo), and our signature drink Pimm's Cup. Likewise, keeping true to LA I also pulled inspiration from Hollywood glamour/Gatsby inspiration - gold accents, sequins and speakeasy 1930's inspired bar areas.

Tiato provided a modern twist and the perfect raw setting to play with, with all the natural wood, raw concrete floors, industrial elements and lighting, and a chic bar. Succelents were added in to the floral arrangements and grooms party boutineers.

I wanted the ceremony to feel traditional and romantic, yet updated and chic. We used an assortment of chairs- vintage round back linen chairs, tufted benches, and traditional church pews, mixed in with more modern bistro chairs. Our alter provided a modern back drop- geometric wooden structure, clean lines, dressed with eucalyptus seed.

I wanted dinner, which took place in the garden, to feel like an updated version of a vintage tea party. A vintage credenza was used for the tea station paired with vintage tea cups and saucers for guests to enjoy. We placed vintage settees and chairs adjacent to the tea station to create a "tea room."

Our cake table was a long wooden table with a metal frame and industrial legs, and was dressed with vintage tea trays and mirrors. Our reception took place inside. Our Marquee Lights were the focal point for a touch of Hollywood glamour in a cool industrial setting. Our invitations were mint with a cascading wave pattern and gold foil accents for a vintage glamour feel. We continued this branding in our table numbers and place cards, as well as the custom wooden signs created for the program and menu.

The best advice I could give is have fun and allow yourself enjoy the process. We never took ourselves too seriously or cared what people would think. We tried hard to always keep perspective so that if an idea became too big, we would step back and drill down to basics.

This year leading up to the wedding has been the best year of my life. I think this is why Phil and I had an absolute blast the day of. We couldn't be more happy and also super proud.
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