Lindsay and Chris's wedding day was an elegant, charming, and oh-so-stylish garden celebration complete with sweet details, a stunning sunset, and an ethereal color palette. Held at the Villa de Flores in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and beautifully captured by Bryan N. Miller Photography, it's the perfect way to start off the week!
The Couple: Lindsay and Chris
The Wedding: 9.10.11 - Villa de Flores, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Classic, magical and fun
What was your wedding color palette? Sparkling neutrals
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? We loved the idea of getting married outdoors right before sunset, and then dancing the night away under the stars with our nearest and dearest. When we first visited the venue, we immediately fell in love with its beauty and ability to create the kind of wedding we wanted. We are drawn to sophisticated, yet simple styles, which influenced our planning choices.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? Our most vivid memories include waiting in anticipation of walking down the aisle, and then walking back up the aisle together after saying “I do.” The moments in between were surreal and a bit of a happy blur! Dancing with our friends and families, listening to the heartfelt speeches and jumping into our classic getaway car at the end of the night were icing on the cake.
I highly recommend doing a first look before the ceremony, as it gives you that much more time to be with your fiancé on your big day, and you'll walk into the wedding feeling like you're taking this major step together, as a team.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today?
Find a way to really enjoy the planning process. You only get to do it once and it is as much about the journey as the destination, as cliche as that sounds. Focus on how you want the event to feel. If a certain detail doesn't contribute much overall and you don't care about it, scrap it and don't look back. Ask for help! Friends and family may want to help, but don't want to impose. Hire the vendors you have the best gut feeling about and let them do what they do best. Try to structure your wedding day in a way that will keep you calm, focused on what's about to happen and ready to have fun!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Bryan N. Miller Photography
Event Planner: First Comes Love Weddings and Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Villa de Flores
Officiant: Tom Boggs
Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas
Catering: Four Seasons Foods
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Wedding dress: Watters
Bridal accessories: J.Crew
Bridesmaid’s Apparel and Accessories: Macy's
Groom and Groomsmen Apparel and Accessories: Friar Tux Shop
Hair: Kristee Tamulis
Make-up: Cheryl Cowell
DJ: Michael Tiernan
Guest Transportation: Balboa Transportation
Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us! We wish you the best!
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