Simple. Earthy. Romantic. These were the three words this bride used as design inspiration for summertime wedding at Villa San Juan Capistrano. Inspired by a recent trip to Tuscany, the couple wanted to bring that same old world Italian charm to California and we say, mission accomplished. Jen Huang photographed the beauty, and the rest of our day is officially booked scrolling through The Vault.
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From The Bride… I have always envisioned a wedding in Tuscany with cobblestones and olive trees all around. However, we knew that it would be very difficult for many of our friends and family to travel. After looking at several different places in California, we fell in love with the Villa San Juan Capistrano. This beautifully restored house tucked away in greenery brought us back to our amazing time in Italy. We wanted to keep it simple, earthy, and romantic to compliment the natural beauty of the venue with mercury glass candles, sheer linens, pastel flowers, and organic calligraphy. One thing I learned from wedding planning is to work with your surroundings coupled with Pinterest. One of our favorite moments from the day was sitting at our table, listening to HIRIE play, and just enjoying the view. It was such a joy to see all our family and friends come together to celebrate our special day. Our wedding was everything I imagined it would be and more. From the food to the music, it was nothing short of amazing. I was in tears seeing for the first time what the vendors has created and our photographer captured it so well!
Photography: Jen Huang | Coordination: Michelle Tkach | Floral Design: Olive Willow Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering:Iva Lee’s Catering | Hair + Makeup: Chiali Meng | DJ: Keith Divel | Band: HiRie | Venue: Villa San Juan Capistrano | Cake + Desserts: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
I’ve had the honor of meeting two of the lovely ladies who crafted this slice of beauty you’re about to devour. And their talent combined? It’s insane to the max. That’d be Tory of Smith + James Events at the planning and design helm and Valentina Glidden behind the lens. Every corner of this botanical whimsy at Franciscan Gardens is waiting to inspire, including paper pretties by Plume Calligraphy and tabletop perfection from Borrowed Blu and Plenty Of Petals. Dive into The Vault for more!
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From Smith + James Events…For this shoot, we were inspired by the garden venue nearby the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Franciscan Gardens. The Mission is such a dreamlike venue, and we loved how the nearby Franciscan Gardens merged a sense of botanical whimsy with the Old World beauty of the mission. The juxtaposition inspired us to create a little bit of a moody, ethereal vibe.
Valentina Glidden has such a way with the camera. She’s so good at capturing the beauty in everything and is such fun to work with. She really has her own voice as a photographer and her own confidence instills confidence in the creatives around her. It’s an invaluable trait for a photographer.
Kasia with Plenty of Petals created such romance with this bouquet. We’re so not over the big dreamy bouquet craze yet and may never be! The way Kasia played with dimension and utilized different blooms in the centerpiece takes such a trained talent. We love a good oversized centerpiece and this one really made us all fall in love! We will never get enough of moody, romantic blooms.
Aileen with Plume Calligraphy is incredible. Give her a little inspiration and she’ll knock your socks off, every single time. Her delicate hand-written invitations are really in a class of their own. They make everything feel so soft and delicate, from the handmade paper to the little details in each piece she creates.
Jess Wilcox always knows how to make a model look her best, and our model Brittany looked absolutely stunning…which brings me to the dress! The Carol Hannah Coralia dress from her Siren Call collection totally blew us all away. The lines of the dress are gorgeous and the way it moved was truly spectacular.
This shoot was easy breezy and fun to create. It was so lovely to spend a day strolling around the Mission and taking beautiful pictures. I hope it shows how much we enjoyed putting it together!
Photography: Valentina Glidden Photography | Event Planning + Design: Smith + James Events | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Hair + Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Calligraphy + Invitations: Plume Calligraphy | Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano | Model: Brittany Christner | Model: Nick Steele | Rentals: Etablir Shop | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon | Tabletop: Borrowed Blu | Veil: Veiled Beauty | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother
Known for her impressive memory, this Bride took her talent and with the help of Amorology, infused it throughout her wedding, from hourglasses scattered about Serra Plaza to “timing is everything” calligraphed on the wall, topped off with blooms that take our breath away thanks to TOAST Event & Coordination. And while the ceremony was a private affair, we have plenty of pics from their beautiful reception thanks to Diana McGregor. Fall down the rabbit hole of romance in our Vault right this way!
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From Amorology… Noel and Cameron’s wedding was a timeless, romantic affair in a palette of blush and grey, draped with foliage at the Serra Plaza. One of the things Cameron adored most about Noel was her impeccable memory. We wove this theme of memory and time throughout all the details at their wedding. At the sign-in, guests left a favorite memory of time spent with the couple, next to a sign reading, “I walk down memory lane because I love running into you.” Guests found their seats among hourglasses of all shapes and sizes, in front of a “timing is everything” backdrop.
The mother of the bride orchestrated the perfect surprise with a confetti cannon timed just right during their first dance to “That’s All” by Michael Bublé. After an evening of delicious dining, heartfelt speeches, and refills from the Italian soda bar, we sent off the sweet couple with a sparkling exit to their getaway car. We’re so happy these two found each other at the right time – timing really is everything.
Photography: Diana McGregor | Floral Design: TOAST Event Design & Coordination | Invitations: Wondrous Whimsy | Reception Venue: Serra Plaza | DJ: Vox DJs | Coordination + Styling: Amorology | Hair & Make Up: Swell Beauty Artists: Dee Bowthorpe/ Phaithe Leonti/ Rebecca Mae & Haley Reed | Photography - Assistance: Valentina Glidden Photography | Photography - Assistance: Stephanie Ponce | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother