This is the kind of wedding Style Me Pretty was founded on. Pretty as all get out with handmade and heartfelt touches throughout. A bride who is gorgeous and warm, a groom who has no problem showing his emotion, and photographs from Closer to Love Photography that not only catch your eye but tell a beautiful story. It’s SMP perfection.
From the gorgeous bride… Planning our wedding was one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences we’ve ever had. Growing up in Southern California, I always knew that I wanted to get married outdoors because of the constantly gorgeous weather. My husband was pretty easygoing and open to all of my millions of ideas, so I ended up dragging him around to several venues for various meetings and open houses. Eventually, we stumbled upon the villa and immediately fell in love with the venue for its rustic charm, elegance, romantic feel, and thoughtful architecture.
Once we settled on our venue, we then built our wedding around a central theme of playful and whimsical elegance. Although we wanted to capture and pay respect to the naturally upscale feel of the villa, we also wanted to incorporate our own lighthearted and fun personalities into the theme. With input from my supportive older sister and maid-of-honor, we decided on blush pink and mint green as our central colors, along with gold as a supporting accent color. We knew that we wanted our wedding to be very personal, so we also asked one of my closest friends from college to marry us and also utilized the talented services of some of our friends from church for hair, make-up, and videography. It was also definitely a family affair, as our wedding party was primarily composed of my three older sisters, their husbands, and my two nephews!
Our wedding was over a year in the making, but time really passed by rather quickly, considering our big day arrived before we knew it! I can say with confidence that we learned to love, serve, and help each other so much throughout the process. We spent many days and nights crafting, cutting wood for signs at Home Depot, assembling programs, putting our calligraphy skills to work, cutting fabric, pinning, gluing things, collecting rose petals, shopping, and working closely with all of our vendors to ensure that they captured our vision for the day. With all the different websites out there, we often felt pretty humbled by our self-perceived lack of creativity, but after all the DIY stuff we managed to accomplish…we actually stood back and realized we’re pretty crafty when we work together as a team!
The day of our wedding could not have been more beautiful and seamless! Every detail was laid out beautifully and our vision was perfectly executed by Narimay Events. We especially loved the thumbprint tree guestbook that we had custom designed in our likeness, a vintage typewriter we borrowed from a friend, the various types of flowers laid out throughout the venue in mercury vases (particularly the hydrangeas and peonies), the millions of frames of pictures from our engagement session, and our wooden love bird cake toppers. It was an extremely emotional day for my husband and I, as we eagerly anticipated seeing each other for the first time. Our ceremony was an amazing public declaration of our ever-growing faith and lifelong commitment to each other, which we symbolized through a tree ceremony. The rest of the day passed by so quickly, but we literally tried to soak up and enjoy every single minute of it. It was truly the happiest day of both our lives; in fact, my husband still talks about how he wishes we could go back to our wedding to this day (and so does my 2-year old nephew)!
Photographer: Closer to Love Photography | Videographer: Chris Lee | Event Design: Bride and Groom, Narimay Events | Dress: Paloma Blanca | Bracelet / Cuff Links: Banana Republic | Bridesmaid Bracelets: Anthropologie | Desserts: Porto's Bakery | Garter / Hanger: Etsy | Graphic Design: Pale Designs | Hair and Make-Up: e2beauty | Hairpiece: Petit Plume | Venue: Villa del Sol d'Oro