1940s Inspired Relaxed California Wedding

vintage bridal look

With a loosely based 1940s theme, fantastic food, stunning flowers and one dozy of a dress, Zach and Leila had their perfect relaxed California wedding. All held at the infamous San Diego wedding venue, Darlington House. A place that still echoes a lifestyle of gracious living, elegant dinner parties, and delightful musical concerts.

It is quite difficult not to have an impossibly lovely wedding here. You can see even more of their wedding in the full gallery here, all beautifully photographed by This Modern Romance.

simple wedding invitation

white wedding shoes and dress

Claire Pettibone lace back

getting wedding ready

vintage wedding hair

One of the 1904s components were Leila’s hair and makeup. Pins gently placed in her up-do and crimson red lipstick. Both done by  10.11 Makeup and Hair! This vintage-glam look paired perfectly with her Elizabeth Fillmore dress. We cannot forget to mention the lace Claire Pettibone lace back that added that extra bit of glitz to her already glam look. Do you love?

simple white wedding bouquet

first wedding look

elegant bride and groom

From the Bride…
We got married at the Darlington House on May 25, 2013. We were really inspired by the Darlington House, which has a very elegant 1930’s/40’s look to it. We fell in love with its timeless beauty and its intimate atmosphere. We had a loose 1940’s theme, which included my dress, the flower arrangements and the signature drinks.

We were also inspired by the relaxed California lifestyle and the Darlington House’s proximity to the beach lent itself to this. We tried to make sure that our reception felt like an outdoor dinner party, with great food, drinks, and music. This meant cutting out a lot of the traditional reception events, but it was definitely worth it in the end!

white bridesmaid bouquet

white bridesmaids bouquets

From The Bride:
Zach and I decided to mix our two cultures to come up with a ceremony that represented us as a couple. I’m Persian, so we had a Sofreh Aghd, which is a table with decorative and symbolic items on it that represent the couple’s new life together. We also incorporated American traditions, including having a wedding party and reciting vows. We were married by one of our dear friends, and the ceremony was very heartfelt and sweet.

The mirror and candle sticks on the Sofreh Aghd were the same ones that my parents used at their wedding. My mom had them retouched with silver leaf to give them a fresh look. We spent months scouring antique markets to find the Fenton bowls on the Sofreh Aghd and the lavender vases on the dinner tables. Our florist, Nancy, was able to find lots of beautiful antique etched glass vessels for the centerpieces. Etsy was also a great go-to place for a lot of the decorative elements.

Sofreh Aghd for wedding

Persian wedding ceremony

bride walking down the aisle

wedding traditions

Persian wedding ceremony

elegant bride and groom looks

We DIY’d all the wedding day paper products. I have to give Zach a lot of credit, because he hand painted, then heat-embossed all of the programs by himself!

He also made the white wine sangria that we served during the cocktail hour. Everyone has been raving about it since then! My mom sewed all the fabric items for the ceremony, including the chair cover (tulle and all!) and my dad helped us construct the Sofreh table.

wedding centerpieces

fruit on wedding table

florals placed on wedding napkins

outdoor wedding reception

diy table numbers

wedding food

Darlington House Wedding

 The other thing that made the wedding really special was that we had family and friends from all over the world come to celebrate with us. It was an incredible feeling to look around and see all of the people we love in one place.

Zach and I are excited to have our wedding featured on Wedding Chicks! I have been thinking, and I honestly don’t think we would have done anything differently at the wedding. The day went even better than we could have ever imagined, and that is in large part because of our amazing vendors. My one advice for other couples is to focus on the things that are most important to them – for us, it was photography and the things that would have a big impact on the guests (i.e. food, drinks, and decor).

simple cake table

white wedding cake

wedding exit

Makeup & Hair: 10.11 Makeup and Hair
Flowers: Oak & the Owl

Photographer: This Modern Romance
Event Designer: Oak & the Owl & Twine Events
Coordinator: Twine Events
Stationery: Paperwhite Press
Venue: Darlington House
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Bakery
Caterer: Giuseppe Catering
Dress Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore and Claire Pettibone
Shoe Designer: Kate Spade
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals

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  1. -100. Katie says:

    California just has a way about her! I love the style of this wedding – and oh my, the wedding photography. Love!

  2. -100. @DelmarEvents says:

    RT @weddingchicks: TWO things: the bride’s dress + the cake. Me OH My! @OakandtheOwl @twineevents @modernromance @1011makeup @EFBridal http…

  3. Such a lovely, spring palette!

  4. -100. @TMR_Kim says:

    So lovely! RT @weddingchicks TWO things: the bride’s dress + the cake. Me OH My! http://t.co/p4MFUFizuI

  5. -100. @designcorral says:

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  6. -100. Emily says:

    I love the bridesmaid dresses? I am curious about the designer/shop where you picked them?

  7. Stunning… simply stunning! What an amazing dress :)

  8. -100. Laiah says:

    Beautiful wedding, loved the theme and all the decorations. Congratulations, wishing you a beautiful long lasting life together :)

  9. The bride looks so statuesque in her gown! Her classic bouquet is beautiful, too.

  10. -100. Nancy Teasley says:

    Thank you for the feature Amy & Jocey. It looks sooo good! I loved everything about this wedding and am beyond happy to have it on Wedding Chicks.


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