A destination wedding to the sunny land of California sounds like a dream, right? And when you add a superstar line-up of vendors who have set the bar (real high might I add) for taking an event from gorgeous to out of this world, the result is insanely stunning. We’re talking about the perfect design, styling and florals by Bob Gail Special Events, the beautiful backdrop of Terranea, the crazy awesome photography by Chelsea Elizabeth Photography and a film that’s the end all be all by Elysium Productions. So sit tight because we have a whole bunch of gorgeous headed your way. Click here for the full fabulous gallery!
And we can’t bid adieu without cozying up to the loveliest film by one of our favorites, Elysium Productions. Have a look…
From the Bride…Like many couples, our first meeting has two sides to it. While Henry likes to tell the story of how he picked me up in a swanky NYC nightclub called Marquee, I contend that while this is technically true, there was a mutual friend involved who magically disappeared when he saw my ears perk up upon hearing that Henry was on a “girl hiatus.” Always up for a challenge, we wooed each other and spent the whole night talking and dancing. And from that day on, we began to spend every weekend together until our blissful wedding day last June.
With my tendency to act like a child, I had a habit of telling Henry that I wanted him to take me to the moon whenever he asked me what I felt like doing. After a day of wine tastings, a delicious dinner, and a stroll in a little harbor town filled with adorable ice cream shops and craft stores, Henry told me we had one last stop before our two-hour drive back into the city. To my surprise, we ended up in a family run observatory which was basically a small cottage with an enormous telescope poking out of a giant hole in the roof. As we took turns peering at the gorgeous moon above us, Henry whispered that now that he’d finally taken me to the moon, would I marry him?
Since we lived in New York, we knew that we had to use our weekend trip to California to see as many places as possible and put a deposit down on a venue. Though I did tons of research before our trip, it was my dad who actually found Terranea. As the first place we visited right after landing at the airport, we were blown away by the breathtaking cliff side ceremony site and enthralled by how the resort felt like a little getaway in the middle of the city.
As a girly girl, I’ve always known I wanted pink in my wedding. In terms of style, we wanted the wedding to be representative of us… lovely and pretty like Jackie but really just a giant party. A time to celebrate not only our love for each other, but our family and our very best friends who we were honored would fly out to be with us on our special day, as most came from the east coast or much further away. We also have a strong love for the show Friday Night Lights and believe that the music chosen for the ceremony scene in our wedding video by Explosions in the Sky, perfectly exemplified how we felt during that day.
One wedding tradition that we incorporated into our wedding was the souuuuuul train. We were hoping we would go viral and even though we didn’t, we had a blast forcing our bridal party to make fools of themselves on the dance floor during our first entrance. We’ll never forget the ridiculous skits they came up with as they helped set the mood for a crazy party right from the very beginning.
Wedding Photography: Chelsea Elizabeth Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Elysium Productions / Planning, Floral + Event Design: Bob Gail Special Events / Planner: Katie Kitchen of Bob Gail Special Events / Ceremony Entertainment: Arroyo String Quartet / Band: Jumpstart from Bob Gail Special Events / Wedding Cake, Ceremony + Reception Location: Terranea / Invitations: Christine Song (friend) / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Dress: Christos / Cake Toppers: Etsy