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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!

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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.

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

Organic Garden Affair in San Juan Capistrano

A day chock-a-block full of weddings by Erich McVey  is such a good day in our books. His work is art, pure and simple. From London to New York and now Southern California, we’re delving into an affair that blends the airy, outdoor goodness of al fresco dining with organic blooms by Stacey Fitts and the true beauty of old Spanish architecture of The Villa San Juan Capistrano. Dive into the images by Erich, then have a look at the film crafted by his talented wife, Amy McVey below.

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From the Bride… Steven and I loved the idea of having a natural, organic feel set in old California Spanish architecture. The Villa in San Juan Capistrano (a town that has a Spanish Mission from 1776) fit that image perfectly. Since the venue had so much natural beauty, (trees, stone, wood) there wasn’t much that we needed to do to make the venue shine. Our vision ended up being a fresh, clean and organic feeling with natural wood tables and canvas linens.

There are an unlimited amounts of DIY that a couple can do for their wedding. We didn’t want to spend too much time on numerous projects – so we did a few smaller items that took very little time.

The first items were hand stenciled/painted pillows. We bought some large pillows and covered them in a canvas linen material. We then printed out various phrases (Mr. & Mrs., 10.12.13, Amor which means Love in Spanish) in one of our favorite fonts – Bombshell Pro. This was then traced onto wax paper which is cut out with an X-acto knife, ironed onto the pillow and then painted. For an extra touch, the Mr. pillow had a bow tie put on it and the Mrs. had a flower.

The second item was some of our paper items. My computer savvy husband was able to create name cards, table numbers, menus and blanket tags that matched our invitation suite. All the printed paper goods helped keep costs down since we didn’t have to have our calligrapher do them (130+ items can be costly).

One of our favorite elements of the wedding were the flowers. Since there was a lot of natural beauty at the venue, we didn’t need to do too much for florals. We ended up using fresh greenery with classic white and ivory flowers. Olive branches were also placed on the tables as this ties into the California Spanish style.

Another favorite element was all the calligraphy pieces that were spread throughout the venue. We had a beautiful seating chart, bar signs, guestbook, Thank You banner, wood Mr. and Mrs. Chair signs, and a welcome sign. Each piece was completely customized to our taste – even down to the font and olive leaf laurels. These items are ones that we’ll keep forever. In fact, our bar sign (which has each of our signature cocktail recommendations) is displayed in our kitchen!

Advice for other couples:
Two things. First: At the end of the day, your wedding day is about you and your soon to be spouse – a celebration of your journey together through life. After the day is over, everyone is happy and the little things don’t matter.

Second: It’s extremely important to pick a photographer that you’re both comfortable with. During your wedding, this is who you’re (probably) spending the most time with. As this is a very nervous day for many, they know exactly what to do to help calm those nerves. For us, Erich McVey and Amy McVey were the perfect husband and wife team for us. We first met on Skype (as they’re based in Oregon) and knew within minutes that they were our team. Having met them down in Santa Barbara for our engagement session only solidified that we were in great hands.

Most memorable moment:
We were sitting at our sweetheart table and had the perfect view of all of our guests eating, laughing and just enjoying themselves. To see everything we envisioned come together so perfectly and to watch all the love and happiness flow all around us was a magical experience.

Photography: Erich McVey | Cinematography: Amy McVey | Planner: Michelle From The Villa At San Juan Capistrano | Florist: Stacey Fitts | Wedding Dress: Victoria Nicole | Cakes: Jocelyn Jung With I Am The Caker | Stationery: Paper Source | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Pigment In San Diego | Caterer: Iva Lees Catering | Hair & Makeup: 10.11. Makeup | Calligraphy: Mon Voir (Jenna Rainey) | Groom's Shoes: Ted Baker | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Ribbon On Bouquet: Frou Frou Chic

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

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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