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Garden Wedding at the Darlington House

I can spot a style conscious bride from a mile away. She’s the kind of girl who’s obsessed about the details and has no-holds creativity pumping through her veins. She’s a bride just like this California beauty who styled her modern garden chic wedding to an absolute T. Modern Bouquet whipped up the florals, John Schnack snapped the goods, and you can reap all the rewards in the gallery right here.

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From the Bride… The design inspiration for our wedding really started with the venue. The Darlington House, in La Jolla CA, is a charming Spanish estate built in 1925. The house has brilliant architectural design, including imported furnishings from Morocco, Egypt, Spain, and Italy. After our first visit, we knew it was the perfect place to get married. We were drawn to the history and the location (just steps away from the beach), it’s tucked away in a quiet neighborhood which we felt was ideal for an intimate gathering of family & friends.

For the overall design, I wanted to enhance the beauty of the Darlington house, rather than compete with it. There are beautiful trees and rose bushes amongst the property and I wanted those exterior colors to stand out, so I kept the color palette really natural. Lots of lush greens, ivory, and white mixed with peach and coral tones. The ceremony took place on a brick patio with a beautiful Spanish fountain. I kept the decor simple, bringing seasonal greens onto the ends of each aisle chair and had streaming eucalyptus, garden roses, and sheer ribbons hanging from the rod iron door frame that ceremony took place under.

Styling was a really important element of the wedding. I didn’t want an overly literal, color coordinated, conventional wedding look. I wanted an effortless chic vibe that was ethereal, romantic, and unique. It was important that our wedding party looked like individuals before looking like group (or an assembly line). For my three bridesmaids, I had them chose a dress on their own. The only parameters I gave was to keep the dress color in the neutral family, and to avoid satin. For the groomsmen, we wanted them in grey, but left the shade of grey and style of the suit up to them.

We are both fortunate enough to have two sets of parents who are still married. Coincidentally, our wedding was exactly one week from each of our parents’ respective anniversaries, so we chose to re-print several wedding photos from our parents wedding albums and display them during cocktail hour. I hung the photos on some Spanish styled lace, used clothes pins that I spray painted brass, and tied the ends with some sheer ribbon. Both our parents were married in the 70′s, which in my opinion, was one of the best decades for fashion. In fact, I wanted to replicate my mother-in-law’s cascading bouquet and my mother’s beachy boho waves for our wedding. The photo display was a fun project, and now we have all these photos we can frame for our house!

As guests migrated to cocktail hour, they had both an indoor and outdoor place for mingling. The bar was located in the library which extended to an outdoor patio. I had some hanging lantern market lights above the patio to bring in an amber glow as the sun went down. I designed the escort card table by collecting antique trays from various shops and placing a handful of cards on each tray. I had my calligrapher do the escort cards on some black card stock with a white pen, and then had small bunches of babies breath randomly alongside the trays to bring out the white lettering.

For the reception, because it was outside on a warm August evening, we wanted it to feel like a fabulous dinner party rather than a reception. Keeping this dinner party theme going, I knew I didn’t want large centerpieces that forced you to move your chair to see the person across from you. So, we kept the centerpieces low and stretched them out by using two large rectangular wood planters. I wanted the centerpieces to feel like you just picked up a beautiful rose bush and placed it on the table. As a result, the flowers felt organic and unstructured rather than tightly bound. For the head table, because we didn’t have guests accross from us I went with a more narrow table and we used various mercury vases and urns to style the flowers. I wanted to bring in some sophistication so I made small table runners for the flowers to sit on. I purchased some gold art deco textured paper from the Paper Source and sat it beneath the head table flowers in addition to all the small flower vases we had scattered on belly bars.

Last, but certainly not least, we wanted the entertainment to be on point. And in our experience this can only be achieved with live music. Insert: The Blue Breeze Band. They are a six man Motown band out of Los Angeles who bring an unbelievable amount of energy to the dance floor. They kept the party going and I think every guest asked for their business card when the night was over.

Lucky for us we had an amazing photographer, John Schnack, to capture this magical and unforgettable day!

Photography: John Schnack | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Cake: Edelweiss Bakery | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Coast Catering | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Calligraphy: Suzy Lee | Lighting: San Diego Events Lighting | Ceremony Music: Eric Brown | Bridal Gown Designer: Sarah Seven | Ceremony And Reception: The Darlington House | Furniture Rentals: Coast Catering | Groom's Tuxedos: Requisite Clothing | Groomsmen's Ties, Pocketsquares: The Tie Bar | Reception Band: Blue Breeze Band | Veil: BHLDN | Wedding Day Coordinator: Beau And Arrow Events

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Elegant La Jolla Elopement

In my humble opinion, it will never get more romantic than a simple, sweet elopement. And this La Jolla affair? Well, let’s just say it’s got enough elegance to give any traditional wedding a major run for its money. It’s all thanks to the fiercely talented Sweet Marie Designs and Ashley Keleman who made a last minute indoor ceremony transformation, and you can read the full story waiting down below!

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From Ashley Kelemen… When Laura and Bart first approached me about capturing their intimate elopement, we were all picturing a beautiful sunset ceremony on the beach, but woke up that day to a very rare rainstorm in Southern California. These two weren’t even phased, and put all their trust into myself and Sweet Marie Designs to move their ceremony indoors for a unique and special evening that was an absolute joy to be a part of!

From the Bride… When Bart and I thought about how we wanted our wedding day to be, it was difficult to envision. All of the planning, coordinating, and organizing required to have a traditional ceremony overwhelmed us to the point that we could not even start the process. We decided that our biggest wish was just to be married. Speaking vows to each other and promising a lifetime of love to bond ourselves as husband and wife was most important, so we decided to elope in La Jolla, California. We’re from Dallas and the thought of sunny days and sandy beaches was thrilling! What could be better than saying “I do” at a park overlooking the coast?

When you plan an elopement outdoors, you generally cross your fingers and pray that Murphy and his law doesn’t bring his cousins Calamity and Disaster along for the nuptials. Alas, this was too much to hope for as the beautiful weather we had experienced in days prior to our elopement was disrupted by torrents of rain that would not subside! Our photographer Ashley Kelemen, her amazing assistant Nicole, and the phenomenal florist Alise came to our rescue to create the perfect setting for our vows inside our vacation rental. Seeing how beautiful these talented ladies made the occasion brings a tear to my eye! Our vows were so special thanks to these ladies and the officiant, Rev. Chris Tuttle. I felt just as beautiful as the setting thanks to Jennel Gehring at Harlow Hair Salon. I’m so grateful to have such warm memories of the most important day of our lives.

Photography: Ashley Keleman | Brides Shoes: Steve Madden | Hair & Makeup: Jennel Gehring | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang | Officiant: Rev. Chris Tuttle | Brides Dress: Jovani | Event Styling & Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Photo Assistant: Nicole Cherie | Venue: Private Rental Via Airbnb

La Jolla Wedding from Amorology + Irish Grzanich

Anyone that knows me knows I’m a tried and true coffee drinker. Seriously, it’s basically my sport. But over past few months I’ve been testing the waters in tea world, and I must say, I like it a lot. So when the lovelies at Amorology sent this tea-inspired wedding my way, I had no choice but to grab a cup of chamomile and swoon away. (Tough job, right?) With lovely captures by Irish Grzanich, I pinky promise this is one pretty day you just mustn’t miss.

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From Amorology… Jamie and Ryan are one of those sweeter than sweet couples that make you think you are living in a different era with their pure hearts. These beautiful actors first met during grad school at UC Irvine and their love continued despite temporarily living on opposite coastlines. While Jamie was in New York, Ryan would read books to her over video chat until she fell asleep. Such a memorable time in their relationship that we wanted to give a nod to their story book romance. Bookmarks served as favors for each guest and tea time inspired elements also found their way into the decor as a gesture to one of their favorite ways to pass the time together.

The Darlington House’s soft ambiance was a perfect fit for this occasion. As guests arrived they left their words of wisdom on tea cup shaped paper in a variation of peachy hues. The ceremony was then conducted by their dear friends. The couple’s nuptials were nothing short of amazing and had us holding back the tears!

After wiping a tear or two away, guests were greeted by our custom backdrop’s message to enjoy a spot of tea along with hanging tea cups. Attached to each cup were paper elements by Peanut Press Creative that resembled tea bags with the guests tea inspired table names. Atop the tables were assortments of garden roses, hydrangea, and dahlias created by Adrianne Smith Florals. They filled the reception with romance and a beautiful garden aroma.

We could not give guests tea without dessert! An assortment of warm pies and cake by Elizabethan Bakery were enjoyed by all. As the evening came to an end guests partied on the dance floor and melted as the bride danced with her groom and then her father.

We feel so blessed to know Jamie and Ryan and be a special part of their day! Thank you Irish Grzanich for capturing the memories of this day with your beautiful photography!

cake: Elizabethan Bakery | Catering: Crown Point Catering | Photography: Irish Grzanich Photography | Ceremony & Reception: Darlington House | Event Design & Coordination: Amorology | Florals: Adrianne Smith Florals | Invitations / Day of Paper: Peanut Press Creative | music: Hit It – DJ

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