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 Linen, La 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