1. Getting Ready -- Some of my fondest memories are those leading up to the hustle and bustle of the day. Bride Teresa and I were the first to arrive together and I'll forever cherish our car ride together for some alone bestie time. Kim from Ahsi hair salon based in Newport Beach (where I've been going for years and can not sing their praises enough - special shout out to Joey, Kim, Marcus, and Kelli) made our hair fabulous. Alexis K rocked our make up and had us all feeling glam. I loved being a bridesmaid and chose a royal blue Joanna August "Amanda" dress purchased from Bella Bridesmaids. Teresa opted to let all maids pick their own dress in the blue family. I loved the comfort of a wrap dress and the understated elegance of the design and fabric.
2. Ceremony -- Teresa's excitement walking down the aisle, with her contagious smile, was something I'll always remember. It was pretty magical to see Teresa and Dave exhange vows with the Pacific Ocean as their backdrop. Artist Timree (who both the bride and I went to college with) captured the ceremony with a live painting on canvas. Guests loved seeing the painting come to life before and after!
3. Flowers -- Studio Fiore was instrumental in helping us create the romantic feeeling of the beach affair. Adelena and team just "get it" and we are so lucky to have collaborated with them on a few events now. If you remember, we brought Studio Fiore to New Orleans for B&B's wedding last summer. We love a florist that can travel! This time, we were in Studio Fiore's backyard of San Diego. Teresa loved the gorgeous canopy that blew softly in the breeze and how Adelena created bouquets with texture and romance. Adelena was Teresa's favorite wedding vendor and we were so happy the two hit it off so well. As event designers, we also love how Studio Fiore's florals photograph (perhaps the fact that Studio Fiore works on David Tutera's My Fair Wedding show helps with this element!)
4. Design - Teresa felt strongly about not wanting the design to look overly "beachy" but instead soft, flowy and romantic. Teresa is a modern bride with an old soul, so it was important for the design to reflect something current, but not too trendy. Inspired by her gorgeous Junko Yoshioka dress, we knew just the Wildflower linen to use for a dramatic King's table with its luscious layers and frills. Paired with more of a masculine grey linen, the design was equal parts classic, modern, and romantic.
5. Rooftop Dinner Party -- Who doesn't love dining under the stars? Add in a Pacific Coast breeze and I'm in heaven. Before we headed downstairs to dance the night away, guests dined under a canopy of lights. Teresa and Dave chose to do their first dance on the roof surrounded by their friends and family which was performed by a dear friend.
And there you have it... my five favorite things about T&D's wedding. As a wedding and event designer, I am always thrilled with happy clients, but getting to plan for my best friend and seeing her face light up on her wedding day was truly special. When both my personal and professional life collide, it really is icing on the cake - or Italian Dessert Display! :)
Photos by Abby Jiu Photography
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