If you love a good California cowboy setting and relaxed, rustic wedding details, then today's wedding of Janine and Erik in San Juan Capistrano is for you!
The Couple: Janine and Erik
The Wedding: 8.20.11 - Serra Chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano & Rancho Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, CA
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? Above all, we wanted the day to have a relaxed and fun environment. Our plan was to have the details all taken care of so that the guests, as well as us, could just enjoy, cut loose, and celebrate. The Mission let us dictate the depth of our spiritual commitment yet Father Donal made sure the ceremony had an air of humor and engaged our guests letting them see us through all the traditions. The part of us that considered doing a destination wedding felt at ease at Rancho Mission Viejo because the working ranch does not feel like part of Orange County that most see everyday. We wanted our reception to just be a party without too much pomp and structure, in a beautiful open outdoor space. Rancho Mission Viejo was ideal because kids could run around, and our guests could dance, mingle, do tequila shots at the bar, or just relax in an air conditioned tent. Erik especially felt right at home in the meadow because a couple times a week he’s down on the ranch roping steers and riding horses with several of the guests. The ranch atmosphere really set the backdrop for our love of the outdoors, and offered the rustic feel and wild and free tone we wanted.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? As I walked toward the Chapel with my dad and heard the mariachis playing, I couldn’t believe how amazing their music complimented the moment, they were beautiful. Father Donal honored our parents and grandparents by complimenting their marriages, and made all four of Janine’s grandparents get up and stand with us as a testimonial to over 60 years each of love and marriage working.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Joan Allen with Katelin Wallace and Michelle Mell
Event Planner: Jana Forrest
Ceremony Venue: Serra Chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano
Reception Venue: Rancho Mission Viejo
Florist: Grayson Flower Company
Officiant: Father Donal
Invitation Designer: Sugar Press, Jeni
Catering: Pie ‘N’ Burger
Cake: Sweet and Saucy Bake Shop
Wedding dress: Jorge Manuel from The White Dress
Bridal accessories: Kwiat Vintage Collection
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: Canali
Live music: The Helicoptors for Reception, Mariachis at Ceremony
Transportation: Best Limos
Dance instruction: Atomic Ballroom, Irvine
Rentals: Where’s the Party?
Thank you so much Janine and Erik!