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Traditionally Elegant La Jolla Wedding

After seven years together this duo wanted their day under the sun and by the sea. The result? A relaxed coastal getaway at the hands of Esoteric Events complete with bouquets of lush Krista Jon blooms, ethereal Amsale gowns, and gorgeous sequined La Tavola linens. Set against the organic Garden Courtyard, Emily Blake captured a gallery illustrating the joy, right here!

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From Esoteric EventsI can not say enough amazing things about Cayla and Tyler! I was absolutely honored to have been chosen to be by their side during the planning process and on the wedding day. The ceremony took place in the Garden Courtyard of the Estancia Hotel with all their family and friends in attendance and it was pure magic. Cayla looked breathtaking in her Nardos Imam gown accompanied by a bouquet of lush flowers and etherial hair. After the ceremony guests sipped on cocktails while listening to Israel Maldonaldo playing the spanish guitar. Guests then entered the reception at sunset and danced the night away to the PG Band under warm candlelight tones.

From the beautiful Bride… There were only a few prerequisites my husband and I noted as we first deliberated our nuptials a few days after the whirlwind of our engagement. His ideal wedding would be “small(ish), summer, feels like us.” Mine: “warm, and in California.” Growing up in SoCal, I could hardly consider any other place to get married than under the sun and by the sea. But having lived and fallen in love in Dallas, with a fiancé hailing from Kansas City, I hoped he would be as open to the idea of a wedding 1,500 miles away. Thankfully, all parties were keen on the idea of a summer getaway to the coast to say “I do,” and La Jolla ended up being the most beautiful destination to do so.

When it came down to venue for our ceremony and reception, we agreed it would be ideal to have both in the same location as the hotel where our guests could stay in order to create the “vacationing with friends” setting we had hoped for. After dating seven years, we were thrilled at the opportunity to unite all our friends and family from across the country who have supported us throughout our journey as a couple to celebrate altogether. Estancia La Jolla, nestled right up the hill from downtown La Jolla village, proved to be the perfect host to our gathering, providing both an incredible backdrop for the celebration and elegant accommodations for our guests.

Planning is something I’ve always loved to do for my friends – parties, showers, group gatherings—you name it, I love to flush out the details. But when it came to planning our own wedding, I was overjoyed to take a backseat (okay, maybe passenger seat!) and let Esoteric Events take the reins of our big day. Our vision was so easily translated that I felt completely assured the day would be just as casually glamorous as I had hoped: a juxtaposition of a lush, organic backdrop highlighting the natural beauty of California with luxurious hints of my favorite color: sparkles! I envisioned a backdrop of neutrals with touches of glitz and soft pops of color throughout, and Krista Jon for Archive helped to create the perfect culmination of the two within our floral arrangements. Our cocktail and reception areas were accented with gorgeous gold-sequined linens from La Tavola, and the mercury glass and candlelight pieces from Archive Rentals created a beautifully-lit reception. Each detail came together to create a relaxed and refined celebration that felt just “like us” (as per the groom’s requirements!). And it wouldn’t have been a party without the help of PG Band, who held helped keep the dance floor rockin’ well into the wee hours of the morning!

It’s hard to believe after a little over a year of planning our wedding has already come and gone, but we were so lucky to have our incredibly supportive group of loved ones surrounding us through the best weekend of our lives. We couldn’t be more thankful to the vendors and friends who helped create such magical memories. Thank you for sharing in our joy!

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Wedding Dress: Nardos Imam For Stanley Korshak | Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! | Ceremony Venue: Garden Courtyard | Reception Venue: La Jolla Ballroom | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Lighting: Five Star Visual | Band: PG Band | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Ceremony Music: Israel Maldonaldo | Bridal Party Robes: Personalized Brides | Coordination & Design: Esoteric Events | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Tanning: Plush Tan | Wedding Rings & Bands: Matthew Trent

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Rustic Meets Southern Charm Ranch Wedding

I believe a little dash of Southern charm can, and should, be added to every celebration, whether you’re in Mississippi or Montana. These southern California sweeties brought that flair to their rustic ranch wedding, and combined with Cali’s summer style, it made for one fantastic mix. Katie Shuler snapped it all and Amari Productions brought it to life, so we can start pinning the pretty details right here.

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From The Bride… My husband and I took on a lot of projects for our wedding. We got engaged on February 23, 2013, and because we specifically wanted a July wedding, planned our wedding a year and a half out in order to accommodate all of our DIY projects. It’s important to give yourself an ample amount of time if you plan on having a handmade wedding. Trust me – I was still doing projects up until about a day before our rehearsal dinner because of unforeseen events, i.e. three weeks of pneumonia for me (one month before gracing the aisle!) Thankfully, my handy husband and bridesmaids tackled several items on my to-do list during that time. Our proudest DIY projects include all of our wooden signage, hand painted by my Husband, and our tattered fabric American flag. These were our focal points throughout all three areas: ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

Both of us being, ironically, Georgia Peaches who met on the west coast, wanted to bring the south to California. One thing my husband and I have in common is the fact that we both moved quite a bit throughout our upbringing. We have each lived in several states and have family in different places throughout the US. This led us to our idea of hosting a celebration with a “family reunion” theme. Our tables were labeled by the different states we’ve lived in, with a personal fact about either of us on the back on the table marker.

The majority of our wedding guests traveled to be with us on our special day. We kept our numbers small in order to accommodate all family members, who were willing to travel, and just a few of our closest friends. This made for the intimate atmosphere we had hoped for. Being in July, we wanted to have an underlying patriotic theme, mostly carried throughout our color scheme of pale blues, lacy whites and blush pinks. We love country music and we love a down home good time! We wanted our ceremony to be traditional and sophisticated, despite our non-Church venue, and for our cocktail hour and reception to be a comfortable, playful backyard BBQ atmosphere. Overall, our day was filled with lots of laughs, sweet tea, lemonade and dancing to the tunes of The Drinking Cowboy Band! We even had true southern appetizers, such as hush puppies, mac-and-cheese and fried green tomatoes.

Photography: Katie Shuler Photography | Videographer: Amari Productions | Wedding Planner: Liz Beck Events | Florist: Annette Gomez | Wedding Dress: Christopher's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Catering: Festivities Catering | Band: The Drinking Cowboy | Groom's Attire: A Better Deal Tuxedo | Cake & Desserts: Elizabethan Desserts | Photography - Assistance: Wade Carr | Reception Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals | Rentals: Adore Folklore | Venue: Los Peñasquitos Adobe Ranch House

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UP Inspired Engagement Session

We’ve been through the wringer when it comes to snow and chilly temps this week but my heart is warm and cozy thanks to this engagement shoot by Aga Jones. Not only is the bride-to-be gorgeous and future groom adorable, but their outlook on love is what life’s all about. Inspired by the movie “UP,” this shoot tapped into the couple’s definition of adventure and I can’t wait to see what their wedding holds.

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From The Bride & Groom… What makes an adventure? The spirit of adventure isn’t always where you would expect to find it, whether it be a journey to a faraway land, or venturing off to parts unknown. Quite the contrary, true adventure can often be found in the relationships that we build with one another, especially with the one you love. It is their love that brings out the best in us, something that would have been lacking had we been on our own. We each become a bit more whole because they complete us by sharing themselves through a lifetime of love and commitment. The real adventure of life is the relationship that we have with others, and true adventure only comes when you have someone special to share it with.

Our engagement photo shoot is a tribute to the Disney Pixar animated movie “Up”, which recounts the love between two individuals, the trials they encounter throughout their marriage and their childlike approach to life’s adventures. “Up” is a movie that’s close to heart for Andre and myself. It was the summer of 2009. We had just started dating and with the newly discovered love and childlike tendencies Carl and Ellie exhibit in the movie, Andre and I couldn’t help but relate to them. We saw ourselves in Carl and Ellie: starting a life together, purchasing a home, planning a family, going on adventures together, but most importantly, enjoying the simple things in life. It’s funny how as we look back in life, it’s the trivial things that are often the most memorable. As Russell so eloquently put it in the film, “That may sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most.” Our dream is to explore and journey life’s moments together, whether it be by traveling the world or sitting on the couch watching reruns of our favorite TV shows. Until this day, Andre and I continue to approach life with the same childlike excitement as Carl and Ellie. Because we see so much of ourselves in them, we felt it made sense to pay tribute to our favorite movie, “Up!”

Photography: Aga Jones Photography

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