San Juan Capistrano Wedding from Closer to Love Photography
August 19, 2013
United States
RomanticOutdoor WeddingsGarden Weddings
If you ask me, it's no accident Closer to Love Photography shoots some of the prettiest weddings on the planet. Their beyond-stunning work attracts those style-conscious couples whose weddings knock our socks off time and time again. But this time around, we're talking about pretty taken to a whole new level. With vendors like White Blossom Events, Inviting Occasions, and 24 Carrots by their side, I'm gosh darn certain this day will go down as a forever (and ever!) fave.
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From the bride... Preston and I always knew we wanted to have an outdoor wedding & reception. Having a guestlist of around 180, we wanted our wedding to feel intimate. Franciscan Gardens was the perfect venue for us because with the space it provided, we knew we can really use our imagination and creativity to make it into the wedding of our dreams. Once the venue was decided, it was easier to go off the feel and the beauty of the venue. We imagined our wedding to be romantic with soft creams, peaches, blush with touches of light grey as our colors. To create the romantic feel our florist Larrissa helped us select flowers that were full, fluffy and just plain gorgeous. She also helped us design our mantle full of baby’s breath that we fell in love with the instant we laid our eyes on it. Additionally, the drapery around the pergola was another one of our favorites that made our venue feel more intimate and romantic.

We tried to incorporate details that reflected both of our personalities such as the Sweet (Preston) & Salty (Vicky) table and the Whiskey Bar. We also knew that we wanted our reception to be entertaining for our friends and family. From our grand entrance dance, to the speeches, to the 1st dance, to Preston’s surprise performance of our song “Better Together”, there was never a dull moment.

Thanks to Preston, the planning process went very smoothly! He was definitely the one that took care of all the logistics, while he left all the creativity up to me. Ask me if I’d do it all over again? Of course I would! Our wedding day could not have turned out better! It was everything we had imagined and more. Honestly, we are so lucky and honored to have worked with all of our AMAZING vendors. To us, we feel as if we had the dream team that made all of our ideas come true. Our wedding was truly the perfect blend of: intimate, romantic, and elegant.

Wedding Photography: Closer to Love Photography | Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano, CA | Wedding Catering: 24 Carrots | Wedding Cinematography: Our Big Day Films | Floral Design + Menu Chalkboard Sign: Inviting Occasions | Officiant: Don Johnson | Day of Wedding Coordinator + Dessert Table: White Blossom Events | DJ: Atmosphere Entertainment | String Trio: Angelica Strings  | Wedding Cake: King’s Hawaiian | Photobooth: Sterling Photobooth | Invitation & RSVP: Template from The Wedding Chicks | Direction Card: Made by Groom | Calligrapher: Fiona McNatt  (Matron of Honor) | Guestbook: Heart Work Memories | Card Holder House: Door Country Woodworks | Chalkboard signs, Succulents Favors & Escort Cards, Bar Menu, Love Story: DIY | Bride’s Dress: Enzoani | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy | Makeup + Hair: Grace Lin | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Suits: Alfani