San Juan Capistrano Wedding by Leila Brewster Photography
August 18, 2011
United States
Garden Weddings

Okay, it's official. I want a wedding do-over and I want it just like this next one. It'll be elegant yet laid back, my hair will be perfectly coiffed just like this, my dress will be covered in lace, and I will dance the night away under cafe lights in perfect purple heels. My photographer will be the amazingly talented Leila Brewster and all my guests will get adorable mini succulents at their seats. Yes, it's clear...I'm totally head over heels in love with each and every element of this fabulous outdoor féte. See even more here in the gallery!










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From the Bride...When we first started planning the wedding, we definitely wanted an intimate outdoor setting for both the ceremony and the reception.  I envisioned an English garden feel - more like a dinner party than a traditional wedding. We wanted simple and elegant, without going overboard and over the top with flowers and decorations.  We also wanted a location that was convenient for local friends and family, but interesting and fun for out of town guests.  When we found Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano we automatically knew it was perfect for our wedding.

The majority of the wedding decorations were hand crafted by my mother and her best friend. My favorite touches had to be the ring pillow and cake topper my mom made, the stunning garter made by a family friend and the guest book that my husband illustrated.  Oh! And the vintage screen that held our escort cards, that was pretty neat - I wish I had room to keep it in my house.

The venue was beautiful on its own and we wanted to let its charm carry most of the wedding.  We just added a few simple touches to make it more personal.  All the props were found at local antique stores or from a site called (FYI that website is AMAZING). Everything had a vintage and rustic feel to it. I am very lucky to have such an amazing mom and such amazing friends in my life that worked so hard to pull all of it together.

Wedding Photography: Leila Brewster Photography / Event Design: Family Friend + Mother of the Bride / Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Make-up: Jamie Michele / Hair: Megan Wayt of Haute Locks / Wedding Cake + Desserts: Heidelberg Pastry Shop / Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cinematography: Lunch Pail Pictures / Wedding Coordinator: Family Friend / DJ: Brian of Elevated Pulse Productions / Wedding Dress: David's Bridal / Floral Design: Petite Bouquet / Groom's Attire: Macy's / Bracelet: Borrowed from Family Friend / Garter: Handmade from Family Friend / Officiant: Family Friend / Bride's Shoe: Isola via Nordstroms / Programs: The Bride / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Floral Sash + Hairpiece: Percy Handmade