Doesn’t the Pacific Ocean make for the prettiest of wedding backdrops?!? I swoon every.single.time I see a stunning seaside fête… and this gorgeous L’Auberge Del Mar affair captured by Vallentyne Photography has left me seriously smitten this lovely Thursday morning. Set on a clifftop overlooking the adorable bride and groom’s favorite Del Mar beach, this breathtaking soiree is boasting sweet vintage touches and fabulous coastal charm. And when you take one look at those ah.mazing florals by Isari Flower Studio, trust me, you’ll be just as obsessed as me. Don’t miss a moment of pretty… Join me in the gallery for more!
From the Bride… Spending many summer evenings admiring the breathtaking sunset views from Seaside Park made choosing our wedding location one of the easiest decisions. It was only fitting to have the ceremony and cocktail hour at this park atop the cliffs of our favorite Del Mar beach. Having the reception at the gorgeous L’Auberge Del Mar only steps away from Seaside Park was another decision that fell right into place. L’Auberge Del Mar was the perfect location for us because it truly captures the classic, coastal style we wanted to portray in our wedding. The harmonious balance between traditional charm and contemporary elegance combines to exude the welcoming atmosphere we wanted to extend to our guests.
When it came time to make decisions regarding the design and experience, we wanted our wedding to reflect us and to be an exciting and memorable experience for our dearest family and friends. “Vintage seaside elegance” was the best coined phrase to describe our wedding style. As we are both drawn to eclectic styles that meld traditional and modern elements, we wanted this reflected in our details.
For my gown, I looked for a classic silhouette with a modern twist making it unique. From the moment my mom first spotted the gorgeous Ines DiSanto gown, I knew it was the dress I would marry my best friend in. My grandmother passed away last year and I wanted a special way to include her in our day. I had a piece of her wedding dress embroidered with her monogram and sewn into my dress as my “something blue.” Ryan wanted a more modern take on groom’s attire and selected a sleek, tailored cut black suit. The many movies and stories about “dreaded bridesmaid dresses” led me to giving my bridesmaids a part in the selection of their dresses. I chose an array of Lula Kate, Lela Rose, and J.Crew dresses and let the girls select which dress fit their personality and body type best. This also enhanced the vintage component of our style.
We wanted our reception to have a relaxed, yet elegant feel so we combined burlap runners with antique silver pieces handed down from my great grandmother. We filled them with soft pink garden roses and an array of other romantic and natural looking flowers, combined with driftwood and succulents. Our gorgeous light blue and white striped menus and table numbers combined with starfish escort cards nodded to our seaside location. The darling vintage candy bar was a fun addition that gave us an opportunity to put some personal touches, such as the burlap “Love Is Sweet” sign my mom and I made and the pictures mounted on ribbon on the wall behind.
Most importantly, our wedding was the greatest celebration of our love we could have ever dreamt of. Getting to celebrate the day you marry your true love and best friend with your closest loved ones is all you can hope for and we certainly achieved that on August 27th.
For future brides… Hire a wedding coordinator! If you find somebody that your personalities work well together and they see your vision, it will result in a stress-free wonderful planning experience and beautiful event. We were so lucky to have the opportunity to work with Alison Sansom. She was not only the most talented and organized wedding coordinator, but such a sweet person and dream to work with! We owe a great deal of gratitude to Alison, all of our wonderful vendors, incredible guests, and our parents for making our wedding celebration the most memorable day of our lives!!
Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio / Wedding Photography: David of Vallentyne Photography / Wedding Ceremony Location: Seagrove Park / Wedding Reception Location: L’Auberge Del Mar / Wedding Videography: Epic Affair / Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings / DJ: Positive Energy Productions / Wedding Coordinator: Alison Sansom of L’Auberge Del Mar / Wedding Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company / Wedding Dress: Ines DiSanto / Hair: Erin Grever / Make up: Sheila Nellis + Tamara Lugliani / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom + Groomsmen Apparel: JoS. A. Bank / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate, Lela Rose + J.Crew