Anna & Marc: La Jolla Country Club Wedding

I met Anna and Marc through Skype as they both currently live in Europe.  Marc grew up in La Jolla and always envisioned a home town wedding.  He and Anna only flew out once together for a full week of wedding planning activities.  Marc flew out one other time for business and worked in some final wedding details but the next time I saw the bride, was at the rehearsal!  I feel like about half my clients are planning somewhat of a destination style wedding here in San Diego.  Everyone loves to come to San Diego for a wedding and I, of course, particularly love La Jolla!  Marc, Anna, and I worked with Alex of Blush Botanicals to plan a stunning decor.  The inspiration was all Anna’s–all white romantic flowers, a beautiful mint-sage green linen I found for her from La Tavola for the guest tables, and purple-grey dresses for the bridesmaids–each custom-made to be similar but have different neck lines.  The overall look, set against the greens and blues of the La Jolla Country Club golf course with the Pacific Ocean in the distance behind and lots of blue sky was amazing!  And the ever incredible Sara of Sara France Photography captured the day!

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Marc rented a beautiful ocean-front house for Anna, her bridesmaids, and her mother.  The staged the getting ready photos there and it was exquisite!  Below, Marc and his groomsmen await the ceremony!

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The ceremony took place on the first green at the La Jolla Country Club golf course.  Anna’s vision of white pedestals with falling white flowers in tall glassware was gorgeous!  Following the ceremony, Sara was prepared with a ladder for a super fun group photo.  Love it!

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Anna’s dress, from M Bride in La Jolla, was amazing!  A tulle train was attached to the dress the wafted in the breeze behind her–it was exquisite!  And I LOVED the bridesmaid’s dresses–a perfect washed out tone to compliment the airy outdoor colors!  The varying necklines made them all unique and made each of the girls look amazing!  Below, the chandelier ceiling at the Club, the simple but stunning escort card display, and the Ukrainian wedding bread, brought on the plane by Anna’s mother.

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Below: the simple and gorgeous cake created by Michele Coulon, the place settings with hand-made chocolate favors brought from Europe, and the head table with the Sunset Room in the background.  For entertainment, we combined a DJ (Andy Hagenah of Disc Go Round) and a band consisting of Marc’s friends.  The band members played when they wanted to and Andy filled the rest of the space.  It was a great way to include musical friends but still have an overarching sound and MC to create a perfect flow for the evening.

It really was a perfect evening!  Anna created a simple and stunning look that was both modern and romantic.  The food was, as always, amazing at the La Jolla Country Club, and the setting was perfect. It was such a pleasure to work with these two amazing people and see their vision, and perfect wedding day, come to life!

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Meghan & Michael: A Perfect La Jolla Wedding

Meghan and Michael planned a best of the best La Jolla wedding!  Since they were both beach kids, being raised in La Jolla and now living there again, they “had” to get married on the sand.  Well, at least Michael had to get married on the sand and Meghan was marrying him so, by default, they were planning a sand ceremony!  The best place for a wedding on the beach in La Jolla is the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.  Meghan and Michael worked with the Adorations floral team to plan a beautiful blush pink, ivory, and beach wood decor.  Meghan arrayed her bridesmaids in navy and the gentlemen in navy sport coats and khaki pants to give the event a bit of a beachy-nautical feel.  The ring bearers were even clad in mini-sear suckers–a perfect compliment to the look!

For the ceremony, Adorations used a combination of the blush pinks and ivories with beechwood to continue with the nautical motif.  The look was elegant but reflected a more casual, beachy feel.  The bridesmaids were also all in flat sandals for the ceremony which fit the look perfectly.  We love the bottom photo of the entire wedding party down at La Jolla Shores!  One of our new favorite photos!Following the ceremony, Meghan and Michael headed for the reception at the La Jolla Country Club in style.  Check out the fantastic car below!

Once inside the reception, it was pure elegance.  Meghan used the same blush pink and ivory scheme and then added gold accents to fit with the look of the Country Club.  The reception was a beautiful contrast in tone to the beach ceremony.  Candles lined the beams and filled the tables to create romance and drama.  Adorations added a few white starfish into half the centerpieces to sprinkle in the beach motif but kept the look very elegant and much more formal.  It was a perfect balance!  Cocktails started in the Sunset Room and then the guests were invited into the Living Room for a formal, sit down dinner.

Once dinner and toasts were complete, the real party began!  The crowd danced to the Dirty Birds until midnight with the dance floor full the entire time!  Meghan also created a custom cigar display on the terrace with monogrammed labels that the gentlemen definitely enjoyed.  It was a wonderful affair!