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The Ultimate Outdoor Modern + Rustic Chic Wedding

Once upon a time there was a wedding from Hello Blue Photo that was so incredibly beautiful it made us cry. *Enter* this stunner of a celebration that’s sure to get teh waterworks going. It’s timeless, traditional, and totally chic, and the best part? We’ve got every bit of it to share and it’s all just waiting for you to fall in love with via The Vault!

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From the Bride…I envisioned my wedding day to be classy, elegant, and romantic. I also liked the natural, soft, whimsical look and knew that I wanted to incorporate rustic touches to the decor. With the help of Julep Bloom Design, Amne helped me bring that vision to life with her organic and romantic floral design.

We took a tour of Serra Plaza and immediately knew this was going to the venue for us – the chandeliers, market lights, and water fountain were beautiful. I wanted to exchange our vows outdoors and Serra Plaza had the perfect location in the courtyard near the water fountain draped in beautiful foliage and florals. The chiffon draping also made the wedding so soft, flirty, and romantic.

We wanted our wedding pictures to retell our wedding day to our kids and grand kids. I was looking for a wedding photographer who shared the same vision I had for my wedding pictures – fresh, ethereal, and romantic. After calling and meeting up with dozens of wedding photographers, I met Christina and connected with her personality and style. From our engagement pictures to our wedding day, she produced some of the most gorgeous pictures. Christina was so wonderful to work with – she was sweet, genuine, and captured our most special moments beautifully.

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Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Coordination: Top Event Planner | Floral Design: Julep Bloom Design | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Stationery: Minted | Hair + Makeup: Luong Lasting | Venue: Serra Plaza | Cake Design: Givral Bakery | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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A Modern Wedding with a Classic Twist

This wedding had me at dinner plate dahlias and from there it just kept getting better and better. With Jen Wojcik Photography on hand capturing every wonderful detail (like those incredibe terranium centerpieces from Cost Plus!), this is one celebration that you’ll want share pronto. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride…It all started in little Hermosa Beach, California where Kevin and I first met through some friends. After a few years of post-college bliss in a small beach town, we decided to pack up and move across the country to NYC. I’m from Los Angeles and Kevin grew up in New Jersey, so he really wanted to spend a few years back east before we settled down somewhere. Fast forward a year to a casual walk through Central Park when Kevin proposed in front of the Conservatory Pond! Together with our jeweler, Kevin designed a beautifully vintage, yet modern engagement ring, which was really the catalyst for most of my design inspirations.

Thankfully, Kevin agreed that we should have the wedding in Southern California, and we settled on the historic and quaint little town of San Juan Capistrano. Because we had people traveling across the country, I wanted the wedding to feel undeniably California; relaxed and inviting, but still chic and contemporary. My main inspirations came from watercolors, geometric shapes, and edison lights. I love the juxtaposition of old and new, as well as industrial vs. Romantic, so I combined a lot of those looks for various aspects of the wedding. The Franciscan Gardens’ lush greenery was a perfect canvas for me, as I was able to bring in some eclectic pieces and add a little whimsy to it. I can’t say enough about this beautiful venue tucked away behind downtown San Juan Capistrano; even that juxtaposition was on theme!

I had my hand on every detail of the wedding, but was able to relax a bit during the final stretch, mostly due to good organization and amazing vendors. I’m not the best delegator, as I like to do things myself (I even hand water colored my own escort cards!), so handing such important aspects of the wedding off to people was not the easiest thing to do. Every single vendor though, specifically my photographer, florist and coordinator, were so wonderful to work with, and truly wanted me to have the best day of my life. I took some time early on in the process to interview a few vendors in each category, so when it came time to clearly convey my vision and hand over the reigns to them, I felt more than comfortable doing so. Find people who sincerely love what they do, and I have no doubt that they’ll come through for you in the end!

My other advice for brides-to-be is simple, and I’m sure you’ve heard before; remember to slow down and take everything in! Because it’s such a magical day, I felt like I was floating above everything as if I was in a dream-like state. I had to deliberately bring myself back down to earth, and fully immerse myself in each beautiful moment. At one point during the day Kevin and I stood alone on the balcony overlooking the reception, and without saying a word to each other, both realized how lucky we were to be at that exact moment in time. Remember that everyone is there to celebrate you and your fiancé, so be sure to accept their love and support, and let it fuel your relationship for years to come!

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Photography: Jen Wojcik Photography | Event Planning: All In The Detail Design | Floral Design: Green Leaf Designs | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Rose Campbell | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair + Makeup: Beauty And The Beach | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Franciscan Gardens | DJ + Photo Booth: Vox DJs | Farm Table Rentals: Rustic Events | Head Table Card Holders + Brown Bag Label: The Knot | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Terrarium Centerpieces: World Market

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Old World Elegance Meets Garden Romance

Whenever the wedding industry comes together to create weddings like that of Chris and Vivian’s, we find ourselves eternally grateful. Effortlessly coordinated by Milk Events, this is one celebration that’ll have you pinning pronto. From the lovely La Tavola Fine Linen Rental linens, to the 24 Carrots catering, Sposto Photography has captured every deleriously beautiful detail to share in The Vault!

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Summer
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Garden
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Classic

From Sposto Photography… The aesthetic of this wedding came together so beautifully on Chris and Vivian’s wedding day. A cool and overcast California afternoon set the stage for a soft pastel color palette. The bride and Groom’s portraits were held at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano where the wandered around the timeless structures dreaming of their future together. The ceremony and reception featured many hanging features including a large floral installation floating above the head table in planters suspended from the venues’ pergola. As well as white lanterns that glowed into the evening. Each guest’s place setting was adorned with the guests’ name hand cut from wood in calligraphy by The Bleu Dahlia. It was an event to remember. Gorgeous in every way thanks to Milk Events.

From Milk Events… Chris and Vivian are every vendor’s dream couple. They are kind, relaxed, and not only genuinely care about each other, but every one around them as well. Vivian’s sense of style is chic and timeless, as evidenced through her wedding. Everything from the foiled calligraphy on the invitations to the little notes and bubbles on each seat came from her careful attention to detail. Right beside her is Chris. Her back-then fiancé and now husband, Chris, is charming, funny, and everything you’d expect from a perfect gentleman. However, he’s not just there for show. He made all the Mason Jar lights as well as assisted Vivian in the calligraphy and signage. These two are pretty much your modern power couple. Planning their wedding was such a delight. When your bride and groom are so in tune with each other, it makes everything a breeze. Chris & Vivian’s love story is the kind that’s contagious. It makes you want to love more and be more.

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Photography: Sposto Photography | Cinematography: Emma Lynn Cinema | Event Planner: Milk Events | Floral Design: Growing Grace | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | DJ: Blackbook Social Club | Grooms Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Bar + Catering: 24 Carrots | Bridal Shop: Blush Bridal Couture | Desserts: Simply Sweet Cakery | Portrait Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano | Rentals: Luxe Event Linen | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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