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English Garden Inspired Wedding in Southern California

If this wedding had a mascot, it would most definitely be the crown. Whether bridal or floral, there’s plenty of gorgeous crowns making an appearance in this classic indoor affair. It’s a dash of english garden with florals by Exquisite Blooms and a smidgen of race track inspiration designed by Concepts Event Design, planned by After The Engagement, and photographed by Chaz Cruz Photography. See it all here.

We also have the best film by Velare Imaginarium to wrap things up. It’s filled with cape twirling flower girls and an affair best described as magic. Have a look…

Country Club
From After The Engagement, Courtney TibbetsAndrea and Bryn are two of the nicest people I have ever met. Throughout the process, they were kind, loving, and always appreciative of their vendors’ creative efforts, which made working with them over the course of a year fun and productive. The venue, the Del Mar Country Club, hosts many parties and events, but not a ton of weddings, so it was perfect for this one-of-a-kind fete. To honor the groom’s background, the couple decided that their wedding culture would be English Garden meets Del Mar racetrack. Lots of dark wood and vintage art dots the venue, and it was a magnificent place to hold this wedding for 230 guests. Each detail was cultivated with the overall look and guest experience in mind- the Save the Date had a vintage racetrack photo with “A” and “B” on the horse’s bibs, the invitation had a single feather that fluttered out when the guest opened it, the flowers were meant to feel like you walked out into a garden and picked them. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with glass of champagne with floating fresh berry, and were escorted down a winding walkway by a harmonica player, where they found their seats in the lawn, where the ceremony backdrop was a gorgeous chapel screen, built by the bride’s grandfather. At the moment of the bride’s entry, several hot air balloons dotted the sky to accent the sunset. It was truly magical. Following the ceremony, signature drinks of Moscow Mules (served in proper copper mugs with striped straws) and lots of carefully cultivated wine options were served, alongside the full bar. Cocktail hour decor included deep red flowers arranged in vintage trophies and vintage English tea tins. Guests entered the ballroom through custom red velvet curtains with gold tie backs, where they were greeted by soft ivories and golds and a beautiful black and white checkered dance floor. The room was lit by tons of amber uplights, hurricane lamps, and of course, soft candlelight. A lovely English-inspired meal duet of chicken and beef was served, followed by a cake that was designed to match their guest table linens. They also chose to have several mini desserts served, including cookies frosted with the groom’s family crest. Dancing to a DJ and a wonderful 80′s cover band, a photobooth with unique props, and a late night snack of three kinds of tacos rounded out the night. The guests were then offered transportation back to their hotels in double decker red buses, the transportation of choice in London!

Photography: Chaz Cruz Photography | Videography: Velare Imaginarium | Florist: Exquisite Blooms | Bakery: Hey There Cupcake | Invitations: Sideshow Press | Bridesmaid Dresses: Saja Wedding | Hair: Lindsey Neavitt | Lighting: San Diego Events Lighting | DJ: Positive Energy Productions | Band: Tainted Love | Groom's Suit: Billy Reid | Bride's Dress: Mark Ingram Atelier | Copper Mug Rental: New England Country Rentals | Country Club: Del Mar Country Club | Designer Rentals: Concepts Event Design | Escort Card Calligraphy: Lisa Simmons Calligraphy | Event Planner + Designer: After The Engagement | Groomsmen Attire: Bonobos | Makeup: Marisa Von Sheere | Transportation: British Bus Company

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Traditional Rancho Santa Fe Wedding

This is one of those crazy gorgeous weddings you can barely believe is real until you read the description. But let me assure you, loves, it IS real and a talented team of vendors happen to be behind every last moment of pure, unadulterated beauty.  Think Details DefinedKathy Wright & Co and Boyd Harris, all coming together for a fairytale day that will have you swooning all Monday.  See it here.

From Details Defined… This Fourth of July weekend wedding took place under the golden sun, then celebrated under the star light skies of Rancho Santa Fe where a city ordinance does not allow street lights to allow the stars to shine bright.

Josie and Bobby said “I do” as the sun began to set and hot air balloons flew overhead. The celebration began pool side at Villa Magnolia then to the tennis court terrace and fabric draped tennis court.

There were about 180 guests dancing the night away to live music under the stars. The couple lives locally, the bride was always referred to as her mom’s little princess.

Photography: Boyd Harris | Event Planning: Details Defined | Floral Design: Kathy Wright & Co | Dress: M Bride Salon | Invitations: Carol Smith | Cinematogaphy: Modern 8 Films

Modern Garden Party in Southern California

Bridesmaids in white, dashes of gold and the perfect amount of print are all tucked away in this beauty. Captured by Studio 28 Photo, this wedding takes the garden approach and kicks it up a few modern notches with a sea of white blooms by Green Leaf Designs and way too many cute details to list. See them all right here.

Al Fresco

From Allison at Studio 28 Photo… We were so excited to shoot Natalie and Charlie’s wedding. They are such an amazing couple and so in love we knew their day would be beautiful. It was a day full of love, laughter and serious style. This wedding really stood out in the pops of color, hints of gold and overall effortless chic it exuded. From live plants for the cake backdrop, to the glittery gold yum sign we we’re delighted to capture such a fabulous day for two very wonderful people in love!

From Natalie the Bride… Choosing our venue was easy. It was actually the first place we looked. I love the town of Rancho Santa Fe. It is exactly how I think of old Spanish style California. The hotel has such a rich history so I knew it was the perfect setting to hold the wedding of my dreams.

I would consider my style in general to be very eclectic so to pin point specific design inspiration is difficult. I am mostly inspired by places I have lived and traveled. Walking down the streets of New York City or vintage shopping in Palm Beach is the ultimate inspirational experience. And with a family full of interior designers I have been surrounded by great furniture, fabrics, and patterns my whole life. For instance, all of the paper goods were inspired by the famous Martinique palm wallpaper famously known for draping the halls of the Beverly Hills Hotel. The gold accents came from my 4 year career working for Jonathan Adler. He loves a pop of old Hollywood glam and gold is a great way to integrate that mid-century look. I kept the flowers simple, I wanted all white and kept them uniform within each vessel. This gave the wedding more of a modern feel. The palms became a nice pop of green that helped tie everything together.

My dress was a combination of two designers. The corset top was Monique Lhuillier and the skirt was Oscar de la Renta. The bow on the back of skirt made it feel like an art piece. I loved the structure and adored the fact that I was able to mix the 2 different designers and the 2 different fabrics.

Photography: Studio 28 Photo | Florist: Green Leaf Designs | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and Makeup: SoCal Bridal Beauty | DJ: Music on the Move | Coordination: Kensington Ryan Wedding Design | Skirt: Oscar De La Renta | Top: Monique Lhuillier

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