From the Bride... It was the night before Valentine’s Day when I met my better half—Friday the 13th to be exact. Strange, I know! The next day Casey and I planned to get drinks together on a lovely southern California afternoon. We spent our Valentine’s Day sharing stories, laughs and soaking in the beautiful Laguna Beach sunset. Fast forward -- four Valentine’s Days’ later, here we are happily married!
Looking back on this day, I remember all the love and hard work we put into making September 8th memorable for everyone. I was raised in the Carolinas and my husband is from Northern California, so we knew we had a destination wedding in the works. Originally we were envisioning a wedding in the South. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but being an interior designer, my desire to be more hands on prevailed. So we decided to host everyone in our lovely town of Newport Beach. Most of our family & friends made this trip a vacation, which was ideal. Our street of beach house rentals were filled with family & friends, it was picture perfect. The hotel on the corner of our street was packed to the brim with even more guests. We couldn’t have asked for more, it truly was a dream having our two world’s join together in honor of our celebration.
The overall concept of the wedding was originally based of my favorite flower, the Protea. These gorgeous flowers have been my go-to, ever since I moved to the west coast. The longevity, the color, texture… everything about them screams fun to me! So I brought pictures of these unique flowers to all my vendor meetings and based my color palette off this vibe. I mixed this look with a fun square geometric pattern, which was die cut into our wedding invite and the concept repeated throughout the big day. The programs, table runners, menus & even the cake carried our geometric logo. For our favors, I decided to avoid the typical champagne toast and we went ahead with providing our own California cans of bubbly. We wrote a sweet welcoming note for our guests and used a heart shape hole-punch to feed the grey and white stripe paper straw through and then tied with some baker’s twine to hold it in place. Our note read, ‘From coast to coast, we love y’all the most.’ Done and done! Some other musts of the day were the trolley ride for the bridal party from the chapel on Balboa Island to Corona Del Mar for pictures, then back to the venue. I adored our picturesque cocktail hour on the water with live music; I wish I could have pressed the pause button for that moment.
Everything was perfect! You worry so much in beginning with all the small details, but trust me it all comes together in the end. So enjoy the whole process, (and soak it in) because the night just flies on by!
Wedding Photography: Sharon De La O | Ceremony Venue: St. John Vianney Chapel in Balboa Island, California | Reception Venue: Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, California | Floral Design: Jenny B Floral | Wedding Cake: Sweet Art | DJ + Lighting Services: Elevated Pulse | Wedding Invitations: Maude Press | Trolley: California Trolley | Wedding Dress: Simone Carvalli | Bride's Jewelry: On A String Bead Shop | Bridesmaids' Attire: Dessy | Bridesmaids' Robes: Just Cottons | Groom's Attire: Jos.A. Bank | Hair + Makeup: Kenneth Brown Salons