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San Juan Capistrano Wedding at the Franciscan Gardens

Garden weddings make me melt every time. There is just something so intimate, so lovely about saying I do amidst beautiful blooms. Well, the Franciscan Gardens set the most gorgeous of scenes for this garden gala, and with Desi Baytan and his talented eye on hand to capture every beautiful moment, it’s safe to say this couple has a collection of images they will treasure forever. You can do the same right here.

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From Desi Baytan PhotographyAmy and Jon love to travel and have been to many corners of the world. When it comes to choosing a location for their wedding, their heart fell for an intimate, charming garden nestled in the San Juan Capistrano, a beach side town with old world Spanish influence.

Various shades of lavender mixed with peach and light green complimented the red brick wall backdrop of the Franciscan Garden. Amy added many personal touches to the decor of the wedding. Amy created a collage filled with memorable photos, hand painted signage and most impressive of all, she repurposed an old salvaged window with hand-written names of the guests as the seating chart. I especially had tons of fun photographing Amy and Jon and friends writing “love” with sparkers at the end.

From the Bride…My father works for airline industry and I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the world. When I started dating Jon I was happy to find out he too enjoyed traveling. The pictures we used on the tables were pictures from when Jon and I travelled together in Europe. I made the table numbers using old map print paper from Joanne fabrics. We used some small decor from Found Vintage like books and globes and suitcases. Jon enjoys photography as well so we used vintage cameras for a nice touch. We wanted a simple feel nothing too over the top, as we are pretty low key. I fell in love with The Mission after seeing other wedding photos online and love the charm of San Juan Capistrano. And the Franciscan Gardens, which is nestled in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, fit perfectly for our taste. I think it was a match for our small wedding of 74ish guests. It’s got a laid back feel with its beautiful courtyard, small fountain, and brick walls.

Photography: Desi Baytan Photography | Cinematography: Element Wedding Films | Floral Design: The Bloom of Time | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Invitations: Jen Simpson Design | Catering: 24 Carrots | Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions | DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions | Coordination: Simply Sweet Weddings | Makeup: Makeup By Hanna Choi | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Venue: Franciscan Gardens

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Franciscan Gardens Wedding from Perpixel Photography

This wedding has so many different layers of pretty.  Like a trifecta of wedding goodness, starting with some of the sweetest DIY details you have ever seen.  Think fab paper goods, a sweet as can be cake topper and a fun-filled photo booth, all crafted by the adorable bride and groom plus awesome friends and family.  Add in some vendor magic from the likes of The Party Studio and Perpixel Photography and we have ourselves one seriously amazing gallery.  Join me there for all of the pretty.

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From the Bride… Our wedding was intimate and laid back and a lot of fun. We wanted the day to be a big celebration and our main goal was to make sure all of our guests had a great time. What made the day extra special was having all this help from family and friends. We were planning a CA wedding from NY, so this wedding would not have been possible without all the help from our families and friends. From the handmade cake topper (made by my younger sister, Becky) to the special songs during the ceremony (we have some talented friends!) to some items in the dessert table (made by my cousin, Chris), you could see evidence of the love poured out by those who helped all throughout the wedding.

We DIY-ed the photobooth (using spark booth software and webcam), wedding invites (and other printed items) and the cake topper.

Photography: Perpixel Photography | Flowers: Theresa Hoefnagels of The Party Studio | Wedding Dress: Pronovias via A Beautiful Day Wedding | Wedding Invitations: DIY | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair & Makeup: Grace Ilasco of Beauty by Grace | Cake Vendor: Brooke at Simply Sweet Cakery | Ceremony & Reception Location: Franciscan Gardens | DJ, MC & Lighting: Ali Nourbakhsh | Day-of Coordinator: Linda Ngay, Friend of the Bride

San Juan Capistrano Wedding from onelove photography

We love a good getaway shot. And when that getaway is awash with sparkle? Even better. This is an exit that deserves to be framed front and center on the wall. It’s gorgeous and fits right in with the rest of this villa affair so brilliantly captured by onelove photography. With a soft color palette of romantic pastels, white blooms by Floral Occasions grouped with a killer dessert spread and aforementioned send-off, you’re sure to find a whole lot to love in the full gallery as well as in the accompanying film shot by Lunch Pail Pictures.

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From the Bride…Sean and I adore food, drink, and great company. When we first drafted our guest list, there was approximately 250 friends and family members that came to mind. When we visited the Villa in San Juan Capistrano and heard their max occupancy of 150, we knew we would have to make it work! The intimate setting, exceptional staff, and unique menu choices sealed the deal for us. As a couple, we get so much enjoyment out of creatively presented and tasty food, delicious specialty cocktails, and of course, desserts. Our vows and ceremony reflected the ease and passion that Sean and I share in our relationship. With our affirmations and promises to each other, our love was completely evident from the very beginning. We got such special feedback from our guests, which assured us that we really did portray our life long commitment to each other on that most incredibly memorable day!

Our word of advice is to be flexible and organized. Plan in advance and plan certain things together. Sean and I had so much fun looking at venues, tasting food and desserts, taking dance lessons, and completing DIY projects, like wooden signs. Try and give up a little bit of the control in order to keep it fun! Sean planned the whole honeymoon to Ireland and whenever I felt stressed about planning, he reminded me that he had a ton of surprises in store for us! Remember that your wedding day is for the two of you and everyone is there to celebrate your vows to each other (not to judge your choice of this or that)!

Until the day of the wedding, I really did not experience any nerves. The minute my mind and body realized, “We’re getting married today!”, it all kicked in. Our favorite memories from the day were our first look (which I highly recommend), our alone time to “cheers” and have appetizers and practice our dance in between pictures and cocktail hour. The speeches perfectly captured the sentiment of our closest friends and family. The day went by in a snap and we can’t wait to relive it over and over when we see our video.

The whole team at the Villa, led by Eric & Michelle were an absolute pleasure to work with. They go above and beyond to make the bride, groom, families, and guests feel happy and taken care of. They provided support whenever and wherever we needed. They contributed to the intimate and elegant feel of our day!

Photography: onelove photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Floral Design: Floral Occasions | Catering: Iva Lee’s | Cake: Bottega Louie | Cinematography: Lunch Pail Pictures | DJ + Live Music: Kalama Brothers + Eric from The Villa | Stationery: Pad & Paper | Officiant: Travis Collins | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Caricature Artist: Tom Kelly | Favors: 2FarmGirls | Hair: Alissa Grossi, Ashtin Salon | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic | Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Amsale | Shoe Designer: Kate Spade | Hair Accessories: Renee Pawele Bride | Bride’s Dress: Watters | Bride’s Second Dress: Parker

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