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Coral Wedding at San Clemente Historic Beach Cottage

There’s almost nothing that makes me happier than a coral-colored lovefest. It’s the kind of wedding palette that can instantly slap a smile on my face, and when it just so happens to be captured by heidi-o-photo? Even better. Wildflowers of San Clemente whipped up the epically pretty bloomage, and you can find your Wednesday happy place right over here.

Beach Resort

From the Bride… Our wedding day was more perfect than I could have ever imagined (which was a surprise considering how much time I had spent imagining the day). The weather turned out to be perfect- not too hot and not too cold, all of our DIY elements came together to look so perfect that it brought tears to my eyes when I walked into the reception space, and we had a sunset that was so beautiful it looks fake! There were so many special moments on our wedding day that it’s very difficult for to sum it up briefly. Our families and friends did everything possible to make our day perfect. There are three gifts that I received on my wedding day that stand out as extra special moments from the day.

The first gift was my wedding present from Bryston. I knew that I wanted to give him a nice watch and I hinted about diamond earrings big time! In the weeks leading up to the wedding I know that he spent countless hours researching the perfect pair of diamond studs. On the morning of our wedding Bryston’s best man, Taylor, delivered my perfect diamond earrings with a special note from Bryston. The delivery was almost as special as the gift itself since the first time that I met Taylor was when he delivered a secret gift from my sorority Big Sis freshman year of college. Seven years later, here was Taylor delivering another very special gift.

The second gift was a necklace from my mom and sister. This gift comes from a tradition that we started when my mom got married two years ago. My sister and I decided to give her a necklace to represent the three of us on her special day. When it came time for my wedding, my mom and sister decided to continue the tradition and chose a beautiful pearl necklace to give me right before I put on my dress. We spent most of my life as a three person family unit and even though our family has expanded, our trio will always have a special relationship and our necklaces represent that.

The third gift was something different and definitely unexpected. It came at the end of the night and it is still one of my favorite memories. My stepdad and my sister’s boyfriend spent the day of the wedding setting everything up and they both worked extremely hard along with the rest of the set up crew to make everything perfect and beautiful. Of course that was a big gift in itself, but they pulled me aside at the end of the night to give me something else. During our rehearsal on Friday the big AC unit outside of the cottage turned on and was very loud in the ceremony area. I mentioned in passing that I was worried that it could turn on during the ceremony. At the end of the wedding they pulled me aside to show me the fuse box that they pulled out of the AC unit to make sure that it didn’t turn on during the ceremony. Don’t worry, they put it back and everything works just fine!”

Photography: heidi-o-photo | Floral Design: Wildflowers of San Clemente | Wedding Dress: Wtoo Watters | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Saltwater Catering | DJ: Dillon Morris | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Pre-Wedding Venue: The Teal Seal | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Venue: San Clemente Historic Beach Cottage

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San Clemente Home Tour with Shea McGee

Shea McGee’s name seems to pop up in our offices at least once a week. Mainly because the spaces that she designs are truly lovely. But also because from the moment we spotted this nursery on Instagram…it was all over for us. We basically got on our hands and knees and begged Shea to sit down with us to and talk shop, inspiration and all things McGee Fabulous.

SMP: What’s the best piece of design advice you’ve ever received?

Shea: The things you love are worth the wait – true in life and in decorating. My formal dining room is still not finished based on this advice. I think it’s worth it to wait (within reason, of course) and save for major pieces that you will love for years to come.

SMP: When it comes to designing for clients, what’s the one thing you always convince them to splurge on? And where do you typically save?

Shea: I usually convince clients to splurge on designer pillow fabrics and save on rugs. Some clients scoff at first over the price of a throw pillow, but they usually come around once we compare the difference. Designer prints really stand out and elevate the entire room. I love using neutral rugs like seagrass and jute because they are design classics that are very budget-friendly. I also find great wool rugs (often on sale) at Pottery Barn, West Elm and Rugs USA.

SMP: Tell us a little bit about your own home…

Shea: My husband and I bought our first home two years ago and have poured a lot of time and love into transforming into a bright and happy retreat in our little beach town in San Clemente, CA.

It started out as a typical Orange County tract home – brown and beige everywhere. Not exactly what I had in mind for our “dream home”, but it had an awesome lot, great natural light and the perfect floor plan for our future family.

SMP: Well, to say we’re in love with your house would be a massive understatement. What was the inspiration behind your décor?

Shea: It is important to me to live in bright, clean spaces and be surrounded by things that I love. Nearly every single decision in our home has been made based on the can’t stop thinking about it principle. I pour over magazines and Pinterest until I find a look or idea that I just can’t get out of my head – when that happens (and my husband agrees), I know it’s right for our house.

SMP: If you had to choose, what’s your favorite item in your home?

Shea: My favorite item in our home is the Paule Marrot “Feathers” artwork in the family room. It’s unabashedly pink and brings a very neutral space to life – I’m so glad I just went for it. My favorite room in our home, however, is my daughter Wren’s nursery.  I had my eye on that wallpaper for years and ordered it as soon as I found out I was having a girl. It is made by Cole & Sons and available at Anthropologie.

SMP: I’m kind of obsessed with how clean and organized everything feels. Any tips for creative storage or organizing solutions? Where is all your stuff!

Shea: Baskets, baskets, baskets! They look great next to a sofa, under a console or in a closet. I keep them all over the house to store toys, blankets, and fabric samples. Whenever I find a good one at Target or HomeGoods, I snatch it up immediately. We also try really hard to give away the things we aren’t using anymore to someone who will.

SMP: One color that will stand the test of time?

Shea: White is always right. Walls, trim, furniture, or décor, white is clean and chic regardless of the style or era.

Photography: Brooke Palmer | Interior Design: Shea Mcgee

Casa Romantica, San Clemente Wedding from Dapper Images

A tried and true ingredient for any fabulous affair?  Romance.  Yep, add a dash of the big R to any wedding and you can guarantee a day that is not only drop-dead gorgeous, but chock-full of meaning. And this pretty little day captured by Dapper Images?  Overflowing with romance, from the pretty pink hues to the lush blooms from A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production to the seriously stunning setting (hello Casa Romantica).  See so much more in the full gallery.

And a sweet little film from Dapper Images?  Yes, please.

From Dapper Images... Romantic themed seaside wedding in a Spanish styled Casa in San Clemente, California. Lush plants surround the ceremony that overlooks the ocean and pier. The first half of the reception and dinner takes place in a Spanish outdoor courtyard rimmed with towering exotic trees followed by dancing and dessert inside the Casa. Casa Romantica was previously owned by the founder of San Clemente, every inch of this gorgeous property is meticulously preserved and cared for and is not only breathtaking on it’s own, but then add the hilltop ocean view! Pink and Cream romantic blooms adorn the property and are a beautiful contrast to the various cacti growing around every corner of this estate.

Emily looks so lovely in her custom made lace and leather gown. The energy and love she and Ryan share is so sweet and it’s easy to see that they are a perfect match for each other. 

Photographer: Dapper Images | Videographer: Dapper Images | Bakery: Susie Cakes | Caterer: Iva Lee's Catering | Hair & Makeup: Sweeter Than Honey, Liz Rivas | Officiant: Seth Longhurst | DJ & Lighting: Just Imagine Entertainment | Florals: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Planning & Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Transportation,: Classique Limos | Wedding Venue: Casa Romantica

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