This wedding was certainly another one of those incredible experiences that I was beyond excited to get to do. It’s one for the books and was a labor of love for me. Lots of work but I loved every single minute of it! There were countless prep hours that were pretty much unaccounted for, but the satisfaction in creating the bride’s vision for her day certainly overshadowed all of that.
Nearly every bottle and treasure was from Goodwill, garage sales or estate sales. Bargains were had. Prices negotiated. Collections purchased. Items boxed and brought to California. And each time, the bride consulted. Not for a minute would I change a thing except perhaps, to have just a bit more energy.
The day before the December 28th wedding, I went to the L.A. Flower Mart to pick up what I had ordered earlier. It was a tad trickier this time around because of Christmas. The Mart was closed on Monday after Christmas which meant that the timing to bring in freshly cut flowers and greens was tight. Additionally, I had 84 feet of garland ordered and that had to be prepped by them on the day they were closed. Fortunately, my flower guy delivered the goods and I had my car loaded with said garland and flowers and headed home in record time.
Prep work=messy garage but lots of creativity.
Couldn’t have done this magnitude of a wedding without my assistant, Beth or my daughter, Alyssa.
The venue, the Casino in San Clemente, is absolutely beautiful and offers a variety of all-inclusive spaces to have an event. The wedding was held outside on these lovely manicured grounds while the indoor reception was a mere few feet away.
The tall candle holders were removed before the wedding began.
The next few pics are showcasing the reception area. The bride and groom had agreed that neither wanted lots of flowers but rather a variety of greenery, wood slices, unique sea-glass-colored bottles, and brass. The table numbers were pressed flowers in glass frames. We were fortunate that my friend, Sharyn Sowell was so kind as to send us some of her personal garden stash to add this detail to the wedding. The bride and groom created the frames as table numbers. The arrangement below is one of two that were right outside the entrance to the reception hall. The hanging greens are amaranthus, while the tall ones are Bells of Ireland.
This was an interesting backdrop vignette. I literally picked the wood up off the parking lot at Home Depot. I do believe that art and possibilities can be found everywhere. And, you can quote me :).
And finally, a few pics of the bride and one of her bridesmaids, her bouquet and her toss bouquet, a tussy mussy. Her bouquet consisted of mostly greens, berries and few anemones. I found white veronica and added those as well. As requested, I went light on flowers.
This wedding. Yes, it was one of my favorites. Wishing Alex and Anne the best of life together, forever.