Dressed in the brightest of colors on the sunniest of days, this wedding is what summertime bliss is truly all about. It’s a day kissed by that California pretty and designed alongside the talented Intertwined Events..and those textured blooms by Floral Occasions? Don’t even get me started. Ray Kang worked his photo genius behind the camera and believe it or not, the party is just getting started.
From The Bride…I never pictured my dream wedding while growing up but the few things I did know were the color scheme – bright oranges, yellows and corals – and a location that had natural beauty. Thankfully, we found The Villa, a turn-of-the-century Spanish home, whose charm and elegance filled in our blank canvas quite quickly. The setting of the Villa and my love for nature inspired our invitations and decor. Every table had a distinct pair of antique brass birds, and at each place setting there was a favor of goat milk soap, handmade by the friendly Camlon Farms who we met at a farmer’s market.
The warm July day was expected and thankfully our wedding coordinator, Katie Webb, suggested program fans coupled with parasols, which helped our guests avoid melting in the summer sun. The Villa staff, Michelle, Rachel and Keith, couldn’t have been better and we are grateful to them for going beyond our expectations with their responsiveness, friendliness and professionalism. The food and drinks from Iva Lee’s were delicious and their service was fantastic. Floral Occasions’ vivid arrangements punctuated the day which was captured by our favorite photographer-in-a-bow tie, Ray Kang, and film crew, 4120 Productions. Our hope is that our kids will enjoy looking at these memories as much as we enjoyed seeing our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days. All of this was icing on the three-tiered Swiss made cake provided by Sweet Art – heavenly for both our eyes and tastebuds.
For the ceremony, we borrowed and adapted a tradition from the Jewish faith called the Seven Blessings, which turned out to be a highlight of the day. Seven guests, chosen by us, gave their thoughts on a specific word (passion, playfulness, gratitude, etc.) that would help lead to a happy marriage. Not only was it deeply satisfying to hear these blessings, but it finally gave us the privilege to take in the ceremony, as all eyes were on our speakers and not on us.
In the end, all of these details added up to a wedding we couldn’t have possibly imagined but was exactly what we wanted – intimate, heartfelt and fun.
Photography: Ray Kang | Floral Design: Floral Occasions - Stacey | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Sweet Art | Catering: Iva Lee's Catering | Hair: Two Tone Umbrella - Denise Empey | DJ: Divel Entertainment - Keith | Harpist: Naomi Alter | Event Planning And Design: Intertwined Events | MakeUp: Melissa Hennessee | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Video: Pure Cinema Productions | Wedding Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano