Vanessa and Mike’s celebration was filled with bright flora and modern-rustic details
Vanessa, 28, a middle school teacher, and Mike, 30, a fixed income trader, married at Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano, California.
We knew we wanted to get married in San Juan Capistrano because we love the Spanish feel of the city and its buildings. My favourite colour is yellow, so we incorporated this into our décor with grey tones and natural materials, including wood and linen, to soften the look.
We enhanced the Spanish vibe by incorporating vintage church pews already at the venue and old doors we had hired, while bistro lights and crystal chandeliers were hung in the courtyard to create a romantic glow for the reception.
My strapless gown featured a lace overlay and small train.
I teamed my dress with a sparkly hairpiece from LoBoheme, which added just the right amount of glitz, while my bridesmaids wore grey dresses from Dessy with statement coral necklaces.
Mike looked dapper in his grey Hugo Boss suit, which he paired with a yellow bow tie and pocketsquare.
We had guests coming from all over the country and wanted everyone to feel like family, so we seated them at long tables to make it easier for them to mingle.
We lined the centre of the tables with wooden boxes filled with yellow flowers and Californian foliage, while clusters of candles and fresh pomegranates were interspersed between.
Table numbers were etched onto empty wine bottles, and we used natural linen napkins to complement the stationery. We had a three-tiered cake, finished with buttercream and adorned with fresh blooms.
My favourite moment...
I loved our first dance. We had lessons beforehand so we could surprise everyone with our moves!
My tip for brides-to-be...
Hiring a wedding coordinator was one of the best decisions we made. They helped us with all of the details, which made putting our perfect day together a really fun process.
Steal their style!
Photography: Krista Mason
Venue: Serra Plaza, San Juan Capistrano
Planning and styling: Chic Celebrations
Flowers: Lauryl Lane
Cake: Jay's Catering
Prop hire: Found Vintage Rentals
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy