It’s rare that we reserve an entire day for a single wedding on SMP. But frankly, that’s exactly what Jose Villa’s work inspires us to do. We really couldn’t imagine layering a wedding on top of this little slice of heaven, so instead we’ve just decided to kick back, put our feet up and let Jose photographs and Mindy Rice’s styling, entertain us for hours on end. Oh and we’ve put together a pretty fantastic buying guide for all of you brides out there that are dying to borrow ideas from this affair, coming up next. And don’t forget, even more details can be found right here!
I call Mindy Rice my sorcerer because she really is. From our first meeting, she swirled her unique and enchanting ideas to create the ambiance of the evening. She took all of my musings and turned them into a reality – with succulents, an eclectic mix of dainty flowers, mirrors, vintage pieces and a strand of the unexpected with black lace accents. Together, we chose church pews to lend a Sunday School feel and built lovely and fun-filled spaces for the children. The touches were themed around magic as we had a magician entertain the children as the adults were eating dinner. We placed top hats and magician gloves along with treats and surprises around the table. The children were enthralled and the specialness contributed another level of sweetness to the evening. Both Kirk and I are extremely involved with our nieces and nephews and it was important to us that their joyfulness be evident each moment. In fact, we also invited Kirk’s sister’s English Bulldog as he is a part of the family and the children adore him.
Mindy and I also worked together to build moments around our 1957 Corvette. Kirk and I had been dating only a year when it was purchased and it signifies the beginning of us and “our” first big purchase together. It represents our love of things classic and home-grown. We continued on that theme with traditional and personal touches, like homemade jam, an instrumental swing band, and Kirk’s brother as the officant of our ceremony. We wanted someone that knew us implicitly and could represent our goals and dreams as a couple in the details of the ceremony.
And now that the day is done and we have memories and the beautiful pictures that world-renowned Jose Villa took, I look back and know that the moments were a perfect representation of the beginning of our forever. It was so us.
Venue: San Ysidro Ranch / Florist: Mindy Rice / Photographer: Jose Villa / Cake & pastries: Christine Dahl / Lighting: Brandon Peterson / Ceremony Music: String Quartet – Dubois Entertainment / Reception Music: Mora’s Modern Swing / Jewelry + Headpiece: Siman Tu / Bridesmaids Dresses: Tibi / Flower girl dresses: J.Crew / Invitations: Dauphine Press from Urbanic Paper Boutique / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper / Film Work: Richard Photo