Southern California Wedding at the Villa San Juan Capistrano: Sam + Ben

Sam and Ben’s intimate California wedding was a feast for the eyes and palate, incorporating some of their dearest creative friends to participate in the wedding design process. Sam being from New York City and Ben from Los Angeles, they wanted their out of town guests to have the quintessential Southern California experience, complete with a speakeasy-style secret whiskey bar.

The Villa at San Juan Capistrano was the perfect location for their celebration. A converted Spanish Basilica, it honored the bride’s Roman Catholic faith, and their Jewish ceremony embraced Ben’s heritage. Their portraits were taken at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, an iconic landmark dating back to 1775. The wonderful ruins made for sweeping backdrop views.

From the bride: I’m a still life photographer so the place settings meant a lot to me. I had all the linens custom made, purchased from my favorite linen shop in the NYC garment district and sewn by a seamstress in LA. I chose an eclectic and vintage variety on the glassware and flatware, and had a calligrapher make the place settings. Our incredible florals were designed by Orange County based The Bloom of Time. It was my vision to keep all the flowers seasonal and locally sourced within California, in keeping with the same aesthetic as our venue’s landscape. I knew I wanted a muted color palette. It all came together with the muted blue tones of the succulents, accents of sage green and eucalyptus, with pops of peach and dusty roses. The blue tones also reference my sapphire engagement ring. Our desert table was designed by our good friend Nora Kletter.  She layered out the table and sourced the Mossier cake stands. The vintage dishes were contributed to the wedding by another dear friend, they were her grandmother’s china. Celiac runs in my family, so I wanted our entire wedding to be gluten free friendly. We decided to have a variety of cakes that were all gluten free, some paleo, and all mostly nut free. They were are all seasonal flavors made by local Los Angeles bakers. Another family friend’s contribution was our vintage typewriter, used to create a more intimate seating chart. I sourced vintage California stamps on Etsy for our wedding invitations. I wanted to curate a specific vintage look on the front of the envelope to make it feel like you were stepping back in time, like going back to the Mission. The wedding invitation design picked up the green eucalyptus tones from the Villa’s greenery, and Alexis accented it with succulents and roses. It felt both romantic and very California. Since all my friends are professional photographers too, we wanted to have a Polaroid guest book so that everyone could have fun taking pictures of each other. I had a hand-bound leather book made that we love flipping through together.

Published on Carats & Cake!

Wedding planner: Joy n’ Company | Florist: The Bloom of Time | Venue + catering: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Desserts: Sweet Laurel Bakery (naked cakes); Becka Rodgers (larger cakes); Lette Macarons | Musicians: Naples Strings | DJ + lighting: Divel Entertainment | Makeup artist: Design Visage | Gown: Essense of Australia | Bridal salon: Panache Bridal Beverly Hills | Jeweler: Tiffany’s; Cartier | Shoes: Manolo Blanik | Menswear designer: Brooks Brothers | Rentals: Archive Rentals and Signature Rentals | Calligrapher: Fawn Lettering | Invitations + paper goods: Alexis Ames | Photobooth: Capture Pod | Film Lab: Carmencita | Ceremony officiant: Rabbi Joel Simonds | Cocktail mixologist: Dan Loeser | Menu curation: Jennie Lupo | Guest book: Claire Magnolia

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    Dreamy Pastel Wedding Inspiration in Cartagena, Colombia

    Colombia has a very special place in my heart. I loved spending idyllic summers there as a child, riding horses and dirt bikes with my cousins, playing among the talking tropical birds and monkey my grandmother kept at her country house, and eating exotic fruits plucked right from the trees.

    When I partnered with New York City-based planner Dawn Goldsmith of DM Events & Design to bring our dream shoot to life, we decided that the perfect location for the editorial we were envisioning was Cartagena, Colombia.

    In Dawn’s words, inspiration abounds in this colonial city on the Caribbean coast full of natural and architectural beauty. Often, Cartagena evokes images of rich jewel tones and vibrant colors, but we were inspired by the breathtaking sunset views from the old city. Our palette grew from watching the sun melt into the ocean and the dusty, soft pastel hues that saturate the sky.

    As with every wedding, the venue is one of the most important decision you will make. Our list was very short, in fact, it only had one venue on it, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. Originally built as a convent 1621 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, this landmark property embodies the essence of old meets new. It was important to us to partner with local vendors and we were so incredibly lucky to have found a dream team of talented vendors and just all-around beautiful people. We teamed with Don Eloy Events to create stunning florals that elevated the pastel palette without detracting from the already natural beauty of our surroundings. The majority of our tabletop details were sourced in markets around Cartagena although we did bring linens and napkins from our favorite New York rental house, Nuage Designs. When it came to bridal attire and accessories, Sposamia Cartagena was a dream to work with. The bride wore a Willowby by Watters dress paired with the most gorgeous pair of rose-colored Manolo Blahnik shoes. Welcome bags are always such an important part of any destination wedding so we knew we had to go big or go home! We worked with the talented Simone Lejour to create festive hand-painted fans to pair with goodies we collected from around the city. We wanted our guests to bring home a piece of Cartagena so they would always remember such an amazing city. They say if you love what you do, it will show.  We hope our love of what we created and this beautiful city shines through in this shoot. Cartagena is an enchanting city with beauty around every corner!

    To see more, head over to the feature published on Style Me Pretty!

    Planning & Design: DM Events & Design | Venue: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena | Florist: Don Eloy Eventos| Invitations and Calligraphy: Lynette Rose | Place cards: Betlem Calligraphy | Escort cards: Wandering Hearts Paper Co | Chairs, Glassware, Flatware Rentals: Alcira Guevara Rentals | Linen and Napkin Rentals: Nuage Designs |Cake: Rice & Flower | Hand-painted Fans: Simon Lejour | Bridal Salon: Sposamia | Bridal Gown: Willowby by Watters | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair & Make-up: Laura Nunez Makeup | Accommodations: InterContinental Cartagena | Ribbon: Tono & Co. | Wax Seals: Artisaire | Vintage Stamps: Champion Stamp | Film scans: The Find Lab | Local guide: Claudia Vidal

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      Tropical Beach Wedding Inspiration in Athens, Greece

      Greece is the perfect destination for a romantic and modern wedding. From our stylish bride wearing a unique Victoria Kyriakides gown, lent to us by the celebrated designer herself, and diamonds from the oldest diamond jeweler in Athens, to our laid-back groom who rocked a Bespoke Athens suit and that perfect surfer hair, our shoot was filled with tropical vibes and unexpected elements.

      Published in: Ellwed magazine, Seasons of Yes book, Wedding Chicks blog, Love 4 Weddings magazine, Chic and Stylish Weddings blog.

      Florals, Concept & Design: Rock Paper Scissors Events | Venue: Balux Dreams | Hair Stylist: Ioanna Karkantellou | Make-Up Artist: Georgia Christodoulou | Gown: Victoria Kyriakides | Groom’s Suit: Bespoke Athens | Jewelry: Danelian Diamond Club | Furniture Rentals: Tore | Tablescape Rentals: White Lilac | Invitations: Love Me Do | Signage: The Letter Co | Sweets & Truck: Myrto’s Cupcakes | Film Lab: Carmencita

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        Isla Mujeres Mexico Destination Wedding: Brenda + Corey

        When Brenda, a former Brides Magazine photo editor, and her fiance Corey, a photographer from New York, asked me to document their wedding in Mexico, I was elated to revisit the place where I’d lived for a year when I was 15. Isla Mujeres is a tranquil island off the coast of the Riviera Maya, where so much has changed in the two decades since, yet the beaches are as pristine and beautiful as I’d remembered.

        Brenda and Corey rented scooters to zip around the island during their multi-day celebration. The Zama Beach Club was a perfect venue for it’s modern vibe and secludedness, and local planner Juliette Franzé made their destination wedding easy to plan from New York City. Personal touches included hand-dyed embroidered napkins and welcome bags. Brenda’s dear friend Mary Fama designed all the colorful paper goods, including matching stamps for their invitations. Their heartfelt ceremony was under a bamboo arch draped in white silk with florals designed by Vanessa Jaimes, who also created her striking bouquet. The Mariachi Band got the evening started, and it was truly an unforgettable one.

        Read more featured on BRIDES.

        Wedding planner: Papillon Weddings | Florist: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design | Venue + catering: Zama Beach Club | Calligrapher: Mary Fama | Musicians: Mariachi band | DJ: Discomovil Cancun | Bride’s gown & veil: Anomalie | Bride’s ring: Leibish | Bride’s jewelry: Barneys | Bride’s shoes: Paul Andrew and Aquazurra | Groom’s attire: Alton Lane | Ring box + table numbers: Esselle SF | Bridesmaid robes: Make You Blush Boutique | Groom’s ring: Forever Wood Rings | Groom shoes: Allen Edmonds | Bride & groom chair signs: Lancaster Laser | Garter: Davie & Chiyo | Stamps: Zazzle | Cake topper: Kato Supplies | Guest book: Star Board Press 

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