Kelly and Strider-Hilton Torrey Pines Wedding

Kelly and Strider were so much fun!  They had their wedding ceremony at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, where their family attended, and their reception at the Hilton Torrey Pines–just a short jaunt away in the Hills of La Jolla.  To get the bride and groom and wedding party to and from the church (with separate trips on the way over of course!), we rented the white Old Town Trolley.  It was so cute!  And it serenaded the group with classic wedding songs like Going to the Chapel en route.  Look at this darling picture below (and the great ocean shot also!)–I think ALL of my clients are going to want the trolley from now on!

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Kelly chose a gorgeous white gown with rose florets throughout the skirt.  Her bouquet consisted of peonies–her favorite flower–which mirrored the look of her gown.  And since her colors were blush pink, ivory, and grey, she close beautiful blush pink shoes to complete her look!

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I LOVE the contrast of the white peonies against the grey bridesmaid dresses. And for the gentlemen, we chose grey suits and succulents for boutonnieres–the succulents were the perfect washed out tone against the grey suits.  When Kelly came to me, 18 months before her wedding, I remember her telling me “I don’t want an obvious color scheme.”  She wanted washed out tones in blushes and ivories with some green and gold accents.  I thought her comment was a perfect observation of the direction wedding decor has been going for the last 2 years.  We have gone away from the obvious 2-3 color selections and gone more towards a variety of colors in washed out tones.  I love this direction.

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For our reception, we needed a large ballroom that could accommodate 200 guests, with green space outside (because we just HAD to have lawn games for the cocktail hour–an absolute must!!!), and an upscale feel.  The only place that really fit that bill was the Hilton Torrey Pines.  It’s Pavilion ballroom, adjacent to the Torrey Pines Golf Course, and with distant ocean views, was the perfect location for Kelly and Strider’s wedding.  Cocktails started in the garden and then we moved inside the ballroom for dinner.  Kelly wanted to include a bit of a beach motif, since many guests were from out-of-state, so we added starfish escort cards and a huge clam shell as a gift card holder!

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Kelly and Stider used Kelly’s grandfather’s military sword for their cake cutter for a fun effect.  Notice the tones of blush, ivory, and gold in the decor and the beautiful centerpieces created by Chris of Indulge Flowers.  The linens came from my favorite company, La Tavola, with gold chivari chairs and hammered gold-edged glass chargers from Concepts Event Design.  The cake was created by the in-house pastry chef at the Hilton (notice how it mirrors the look of Kelly’s dress!) and the candy display–in pinks and golds of course–was designed by the mother of the bride, with floral lollipops created by Indulge (and set up by CZ Events of course)!

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We wanted all of our paper products to reflect the ivory, gold, grey, and blush pink motif so we had them created custom by Nic Roc Designs.  Nicole, of Nic Roc, did a gold leaf print accent on the invitation, programs, menus, and table numbers  with place cards in the same font but a grey tone.  Everything was gorgeous and brought the look together beautifully.  Notice the programs below–and the bell wands for our grand exit from the church.  We ended the night with an amazing sparkler send off!  Love the photo below!  Working with Kelly and Strider was pure fun!  I loved their combination of class, romance, and fun and was so pleased how it all turned out.  I even got teary-eyed at the father-daughter dance!  I guess that’s what happens when you fall in love with your clients!  Oh, and special thanks to True Photography for the amazing photos!


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