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Vintage-Inspired Garden Wedding in San Juan Capistrano

Truth be told, San Juan Capistrano churns out some seriously pretty soirees. And one lovely gem that we’ve come to adore whole-heartedly is The Villa. It’s a quintessential locale for love stories and garden-loving duos, just ask The Youngrens who were behind every sweet moment of this pink-splashed day. Get your romance on in the gallery!


From the beautiful Bride? The moment we walked into the Villa San Juan Capistrano, we knew that we had to get married there. The venue was so serene, with its enclosed courtyard and sweet chapel. The perfect place for a peony-infused garden party.

As we thought about planning our wedding, we wanted the day to be a celebration of love. Not just our love, but the love and support of the family and friends who would celebrate with us. As such, we tried to incorporate personal touches. Jeff’s dad officiated the ceremony and his mom hand stitched the pillows that were laid around the venue. My family helped to make much of the decor, including the seating chart and chalkboard-like drink menus. A piece of my grandmother’s wedding dress was wrapped around my bouquet, and on the inside of the cottage we displayed our family members’ wedding photos.

One of our favorite memories occurred just as dinner was winding down. Jeff and I sat at a sweetheart table in the corner of the courtyard, and we looked out at our guests, then at each other, and took a moment to take it all in. We were married! We were so grateful for these wonderful people who chose to celebrate with us. It was such a feeling of joy!

Thank you to all the lovely vendors for your kindness and talent. You were a dream to work with. And a special thanks to the Youngrens for capturing the day so well!

Photography: The Youngrens | Videography: Paperback Weddings | Floral Design: Primary Petals | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: August Press | Stationery: August Press | Ceremony Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Reception Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla Of Boston | Caterer: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | DJ: Fedora DJ

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Romantic Inspiration Shoot in San Juan Capistrano

Fashion might be one of our top pinned, most favorited, always talked about parts of a wedding post. And for good reason – who doesn’t love the thrill of a gorgeous wedding dress? And this inspiration has three totally drop dead looks to fawn over along with images by Brian LaBrada Photography, design by  Isaura, styling by Nina Fleurina and florals by Enchanted Fine Florals  that showcase elegance paired with a soft muted palette and, of course, lots of great fashion. See even more right here.

After having met Melina Ruiz, the MUA, a few months earlier on another styled shoot, she and I decided to work together – brainstorming and assembling a team for our own styled shoot. The look we were going for was elegant, timeless, and sophisticated. We approached the shoot with the end of Summer and Fall in mind. We wanted a soft, muted palette and aimed to create something beautiful that any bride could see herself doing. The whole team had am amazing time working together and we plan on doing it again very soon.

The flowers are my favorite, we wanted a late summer/early fall bouquet and Floral Halo. Starla Bork from Enchanted Fine Florals had this to say about them,

“The bridal bouquet was classic and timeless using romantic garden roses. To pull in the beauty of the season I just love how the silver tones of the tillandsias and brazilia berries contrast with the dark begonia foliage. A floral halo is a must for a bohemian bride. It was created to mirror her bouquet using begonia blooms, garden spray roses, chocolate lace and dark ivy.”

The Dresses for each look were custom-made specifically for this shoot by Isaura. Here is what she said,

“We wanted three very different looks for our bride. For our first look I created a mermaid cut, modern elegant style dress using Jaguar Silk Chiffon. The second look was more of a Bohemian style, so I made a slightly loose-fitting, straight-line dress with belled sleeves, a signature look of mine. I made the dress from knitted lace. For the third look, I hand died silk chiffon using terra-cotta to get the perfect soft blush hue and created a very romantic A-line dress.”

The furniture, tables, and pillows were provided by Heather from Storied Rentals. She, along with our stylist Ebony from Nina Fleurina, styled and dressed the set.

The makeup was provided by Melina Ruiz and the Hair Styling was done by Brenda Barron. We had discussed the looks we were after and they could not have been a more perfect team. They worked so fast and so well together – after we finished a look, within 5-7 minutes, the next look was ready to go. I couldn’t believe it. It was important to have them on the same page so we could get a completely different look every time instead of just changing the dress. Their collaboration definitely tied the entire shoot together.

Photography: Brian LaBrada Photography | Hair Stylist: Brenda Barron | Designer: Isaura | Florals: Enchanted Fine Florals | MUA: Melina Ruiz | Stylist: Nina Fleurina | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Storied Rentals

Whimsical DIY Garden Wedding at Franciscan Gardens

A custom, ombre dress that has us all drooling, darling DIY details with just the perfect touch of whimsy, and a couple that can’t take the smiles off their pretty faces – it’s safe to say we are eating up every gorgeous image from Perpixel Photography sitting in this gallery. It’s happiness defined, and it’s all waiting for you here.


From the Bride…What was your favorite, most memorable part about the wedding? Everything was so memorable! But I think the most memorable was our grand entrance when gabe showed off his moves =) (*his move is called the thunder clap)

Which details were DIY? So many! DIY stuff: programs, menus, the pompom + flowers curtain hanging from the arch, the “cards” sign at the sign in table, instagram sign (at the sign in table), pink pompoms on top of the plates, the wedding favors (square glass (with faux flowers + moss) photo holder), the hot air balloons hanging from the pergola at the wedding party table, mr & mrs sign behind our chairs, the wedding cake topper (gold wire hot air balloon), the gold candle holders (play on mercury glass), photobooth backdrop (pink streamers with gold circles), and brown flowers hanging in the greenery wall where the coffee station was.

Where did you get that gorgeous dress!? It was custom made! It’s a place in LA called Atelier! The designer’s name is Dawn. She’s the best!

Photography: Perpixel Photography | Floral Design: Cerritos Hills Florist | Wedding Dress: Atelier | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Ceremont/Reception: Franciscan Gardens | Coordination: The Event Prerogative | Hair Make-up: Theresa Huang Makeup & Hair Design