It’s hard not to love a beach engagement session and this one captured by Danielle Bacon Photography is too dreamy to miss. The El Matador State Beach was the perfect location for this couple to show their California love. And of course the bride’s dress is amazing and so gorgeous set against the ocean.
Warning: this bride’s smile is contagious and you are pretty much guaranteed to leave this page smiling. Not to mention all the bright colors in this California beach wedding that will get you super excited for summer. Plus, the images captured by Caroline + Ben Photography are just stunning! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better captured first look or first dance image.
The theme for the wedding was vintage coastal Spain. Everything really fell into place when we selected Casa Romantica as our venue. Casa Romantica is the oldest house in San Clemente and has a very Spanish mission feel with a open garden in the middle and beautiful 360 degree views of the ocean from the terrace that is surrounded by gardens.
We both really wanted to the wedding to be a representation of the love we have for each other and an opportunity for us to have a wonderful time with friends and family. We actually had events starting on Wednesday that went through Sunday and we rented a large beach house for all of our family to stay in. We hosted our rehearsal dinner and after party at the beach house and it had a wonderful family feel to it.
The dresses and table linens were very soft using rose, lace and burlap so that the bright flowers could really shine. Even the dress I ended up selected incorporated the theme with spanish lace down the back and along the bottom. I am by no means the most creative person, but we did have personal touches throughout. We did chalk boards as signs, made homemade body scrubs in mason jars for wedding gifts and table numbers from mini chalk boards.
We also wanted to incorporate parts of each others’ personalities and family into the wedding wherever possible. So my cousin made our wedding cake, our good friend catered our rehearsal dinner and another good friend actually got ordained and married us. We choose to write out own vows, which brought a special touch and in place of a guest book we had everyone sign a surfboard.
Photography | Caroline + Ben Photography | Venue | Casa Romantica | Planning | Imagine That | Florist | The Vines Leaf | Cake | Heather Ann Johnson | Catering and Rentals | Iva Lees | Gown | Galia Lahav from The White Dress | Bridesmaid Dresses | Dessy | Hair | Alexis Tolman | Makeup | Sonya Talamantes | Videography | A Touch of Soul Productions
You will fall in love with today’s romantic forest wedding from Courtney Stockton. With a neutral color palette and the gorgeous scenery as the main detail, this wedding is classic and elegant. My favorite detail is the chicken wire seating chart. Such a charming and easy DIY.
We chose the wedding venue because of the outdoor garden setting. You don’t need many decorations when the location is as beautiful as Wildwood Acres. Our accent colors were peach and a soft moss green. We wanted casual elegance.
The most important thing was to find the right location. The rest fell into place perfectly. The catering was also very important to us. The owner, Lien, used to own a restaurant in Walnut Creek and is very talented. The food was up to our high standards.
I handmade all the table numbers and wooden signs throughout the wedding. We cut fleece into blankets for when it got chilly. We cut the lace that went on top of all the tables. A friend of mine designed and painted the welcome chalkboard sign. I ordered the wedding favors off Etsy and put them together.
My favorite parts of the day were being introduced as Mr and Mrs Herndon and also dancing to our fabulous DJ. His name is Diamond Dave and is locally famous.
Photography | Courtney Stockton Photography | Venue and Catering | Wildwood Acres Resort | Florist | J Miller Flowers | Cake | Kristie’s Cake Creations | Invitations | Inviting Ways | Gown | Olia Zavozina from Nordstrom | Accessories | Nordstrom | Shoes | Betsy Johnson | Bridesmaid Dresses | Amsale | Hair and Makeup | Britney Lee | Groomswear | Jos A. Bank | DJ | DJ Diamond Dave | Transportation | Prestige Limousine