It's Complete Romance When High School Sweethearts Wed
July 13, 2017
RomanticOutdoor WeddingsSpring Weddings
From her sparkly hair pins by Davie & Chiyo to the custom, lace off-the-shoulder sleeves of her gown, this Bride new exactly how to create a romantic bridal look. With the help of Weddings by Susan Dunne, this intimate Topanga wedding, photographed by Anya Kernes, was as beautiful as the Bride, who married her high school sweetheart. Want more romance? It's all waiting for your here.
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From the Bride... Carlos and I were born in Los Angeles, California. We met in high school while I attended summer school at his school. Thirteen years later, we decided we wanted to make our love official and get married!

There was no question that we wanted our wedding to be outdoors. We wanted it to feel as if we were outside of the city, tucked away in a forest or canyon. We didn't want to have everyone to travel too far, so when we found The 1909, we knew it was the right venue for us. The venue is a true gem.

The ceremony and reception took place at The 1909 on a perfect spring evening. The ceremony was intimate, and we opted out of having a bridal party. It was such a special day surrounded by our closest family and friends!

The dress that I chose for the wedding was a beautiful lace gown that had satin buttons down the back. It was originally a strapless gown, but I wanted to add off-the-shoulder sleeves to make it a little more romantic. I'm so happy I did! When I tried the dress on, I cried and knew it was the one. It reflected me as a person, and I felt so comfortable and beautiful in it.

I knew exactly what I wanted for our wedding and what all the details should look like. I played off of the venue's natural beauty. I included a lot of greenery, and adhered to a peach, white, and blush color palette. Guests enjoyed lawn games and cocktails named after our dogs during the cocktail hour. My favorite part was the reception. We had huge long wooden tables that had green Italian ruscus, lemon leaf, and eucalyptus runners. Each place setting had a sprig of greenery and the guests name written on mulberry paper. Our sweetheart table was similar, but we added giant white balloons with greenery running down to add a fun element. The 1909 is so lush that you really do not need much. We had a beautiful al fresco dinner with twinkling lights hanging above us, shared bottles of wine on the table, and the croak of frogs throughout the night! Everything felt natural, not overdone, and intimate. It portrayed us as a couple.