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Glamorous + Romantic Fairytale Orange County Wedding

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this Great-Gatsby-meets-romantic-fairytale San Juan Capistrano wedding—it’s just that pretty. The Bride’s dreamy Jim Hjlem gown. The glam reception decked out by Mele Amore Events with Wildflower LinenLa Tavola Linen and Found Rentals. Then there’s the “Key to Success” guest book inspired by the Groom’s father. In short, each and every detail captured by Acres Of Hope Photography and Juice Box Media was perfection. See it all in THE VAULT!

From the Bride and Groom… There was a point in time that we thought we would never find “The” venue. We were engaged for over 2 years and spent a good 6 months searching for the perfect venue for our intimate wedding.

We interviewed 12 different wedding planners, visited 23 different venues, and after each meeting and/or tour, felt adequate. There were some that were definitely “not if our life depended on it” and others that “may work”.

It was crazy, we were on this quest for perfection. Could we find a place that fit our budget, guest count, desire for exceptional cuisine and make our hearts pitter patter when we stepped foot there?

Then things just all fell into place.

When we toured the Villa, it was quant and unassuming. There was so much character behind the wooden gates, we couldn’t deny it’s charm. It was perfect for us!

During the planning and design process, we were all over the place. We wanted Gatsby, burlap, elegant, timeless, romantic, rustic but not too rustic … it was nuts! Thank goodness we hired a wedding planner that took the time to get to know us and designed the wedding perfectly to our personalities and desires.

Bree and I can’t begin to explain how happy our big day was. We had this concept of Rustic Gatsby that evolved into an Elegant Fairytale. The Mele Amore group stepped in and took our vision and created this beautiful experience where Breanne and myself were able to live out…our dream wedding. Our goal was to give everyone a very personal look into the our union of love, matrimony and celebration. Mele Amore flawlessly executed our day with ease, allowing our friends and family to experience a piece of history (the Villa) with a flare of old Hollywood. It brought a fresh take on a timeless era by “marrying” the two concepts.

We added a lot of personal touches to make sure everyone felt that they were personally thought of.

While growing up, Chris’ father would write “Keys to Success” letters to him. Tips on how to be successful, respectable and just plainly, an amazing person. At guest sign in, we displayed these letters and asked guests to write their keys to a successful marriage, something that we can read together as celebrate our future anniversaries.

We also incorporated a full celiac-free dessert station for all of our gluten intolerant guests. They were absolutely scrumptious and definitely went fast! For those without a gluten concern, Chris’ mom made fresh butterhorns from a secret family recipe.

Photography: Acres Of Hope Photography | Cinematography: Juice Box Media | Event Planning & Design: Mele Amore Events | Floral Design: Florals By Jenny | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjlem | Cake: Sweet N Saucy | Invitations: Jen Simpson Design | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Iva Lee's Catering | Hair And Makeup: Danielle Frizelle | DJ: Divel Entertainment | Officiant: Mike Meyers | Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | MOH & MOB Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals: Found Rentals

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Romantic Summer Wedding at Franciscan Gardens

When the whole celebration is incredibly photogenic, from the venue to the couple themselves (the Bride is a model after all) then pics are bound to be pretty. But Jeremy Chou’s photos and Twenty Seven Studios’ film are that and so much more. Add in the emotional element – this beautiful Bride’s dance with her father in his wheelchair – and we’re filled with happy tears. 24 Carrots ensured the guests dined to perfection and these pics in our VAULT leave us wishing we were a part of it all – head this way for all the goodies!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Outdoor
Styles
Rustic

From Jeremy Chou Photography… Kim and Nicole had a beautiful outdoor garden wedding in San Juan Capistrano in Southern California! The wedding colors consisted of summer accents; pink, coral, white, and blush. The bride, Nicole, is also a professional model which made my job much easier than normal! Her father is wheelchair bound, but yet they shared an emotional father/daughter dance that brought everybody to tears!

From the Bride… Kim and I chose to get married in Orange County because he is an OC native and we absolutely love the area. The majority of our family and friends are from Southern California as well so that made our decision very easy. We are actually the first couple in our group of friends to get married so when we first started planning we felt very overwhelmed. Candice Yen with Milk Events made our lives so much easier. She made the planning process a breeze and was so incredibly helpful and present the whole way through.

My husband and I are very adventurous, outdoorsy people so we knew we wanted to get married in an outdoor venue. Franciscan Gardens is absolutely stunning. With lush greenery covering the walls, we fell in love right when we saw it. We loved the ambiance there as well; it provided a very intimate setting. It was exactly what we were looking for and perfect for our garden romance wedding theme. Another factor that helped us decide on Franciscan Gardens was that it was right next to the San Juan Capistrano Mission. The architecture is breathtaking and we got to take some amazing bride and groom portraits there.

For our first look we knew we wanted to do something different. We loved the movie “Up” and the love story Carl and Ellie shared and balloons immediately popped into my mind. We ordered two bundles of balloons that matched our theme colors, held them in front of us as we walked towards one another and let go at the same time.

Our very dear friends from Let’s Tie the Knot helped us make our day extra special with their laser cut signage and glassware etching. They made everything from table numbers to our cake topper and even a laser cutout of our wedding hashtag! We also had flasks engraved for the groomsmen and champagne flutes for the bridesmaids and they absolutely loved them. I personally loved our chair signs that said ‘Wifey’ and ‘Hubby’ and our personalized cake server/knife set. We felt like these small details were something that really set our wedding apart.

The inspiration for our wedding favors came from our love of coffee. My husband and I are huge coffee fiends and love the art of brewing. We wanted to share our passion with our guests so we made mason jars filled with a nice Colombian roast for them to take home. Another fun DIY project we did was we made cones out of the sheet music of our first dance song and hung them from the chairs with rose petals inside. After we said our “I do’s” the guests threw the rose petals up in the air as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife.

Being in front of the camera most my life has taught me a thing or two about photography. Choosing the right photographer was crucial for our wedding. We wanted someone who we could connect with and who was passionate about what they do. Jeremy Chou went above and beyond all of our expectations and did an incredible job of capturing the most precious moments on our special day. Mon Villacorta with TwentySeven Studios was our videographer and he did not disappoint. Mon really understood the essence of our wedding and brought it to life. He told our story perfectly through his lens and it’s something we will enjoy for the rest of our lives.

One of the most memorable parts of our wedding, I think, was our surprise lip sync battle. We are huge fans of Jimmy Fallon and thought it would be super fun to incorporate the lip sync battle into our wedding. So after our grand entrance, my husband and his groomsmen performed Spice Girls, “Wannabe” and my girls and I performed Drake, “Forever.” You have to check out the video but the girls won by a landslide. It really got the crowd pumped and it was an experience we will never forget! We also have to thank Luke with Premiere Events for the energy he brought and getting everyone on their feet and out to the dance floor.

We feel very blessed to have had such an amazing team for our special day and want to say thank you again for all of their hard work and making our wedding a dream come true.

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Photography: Jeremy Chou Photography | Cinematography: Twenty Seven Studios | Event Design: Let's Tie The Knot | Event Planning: Milk Events | Floral Design: Iris Designs | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen Couture | Cake: Cinderella Cakes | Invitations: Sakura Paper Inc. | Shoes: Kay Unger | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair & Makeup: Ting Makeup & Hair | DJ: Premiere Events Group | Groom's Attire: Thick As Thieves LA | Groomsmen's Attire: Thick As Thieves LA | Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Rentals: 24 Carrots

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Romantic Wedding Inspiration at Villa San Juan Capistrano

Can we start planting bougainvillea everywhere? These colorful flowering vines bring a certain style to every space they inhabit and this shoot by Gregory Ross tapped into that beauty. Erin McDonald created an alluring escape, with romantic gems from Found Vintage Rentals and gorgeous paper goods by Written Word Calligraphy.  Tuesdays can be tough; this gallery makes the day a whole lot better already.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Villa
Styles
Elegant

From Gregory Ross… Inspired by the beauty of old world Spanish architecture, Erin and I conceptualized an editorial filled with effortless, organic details and lovely pops of our favorite native South American vine – bougainvillea.

We wanted to help couples visualize a scene that is authentic, yet vibrant with a focus on fashion and meaningful details.

We topped a stunning Karen Willis Holmes dress with one of their textural, layered trains for a bridal look with a little bit of drama. And Erica Elizabeth’s Spanish-inspired lace veil was a perfect match for such an ethereal dress. Our groom looked dapper, outfitted head-to-toe in The Black Tux.

Inessa Nichols crafted florals that were beyond beautiful and fit in perfectly with our locations: The Villa San Juan Capistrano and The Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Beautiful signature cocktails, crafted and served by The Whaling Club, gave our editorial a fun spin, and included:

Maid in Mexico, featuring tequila, cucumber, mint and lime, and the Jalisco Sunset, featuring tequila, ruby red grapefruit, pomegranate and lime.

And those handwritten paper goods by Written Word Calligraphy?!! So good.

Photography: Gregory Ross | Event Design: Erin McDonald | Floral Design: Inessa Nichols | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Hair And Makeup: Italia Pierfederici | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Drink Specialist: The Whaling Club | Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Model: Austin Moreno | Model: Jennifer Monge | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Tabletop Rentals: Dish Wish | Tuxedo Rental: The Black Tux | Veil: Erica Elizabeth Designs

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