Sara grew up in the heart of La Jolla, California-a gem in her eyes! Ever since she was a litte girl, she would dream of having a beautiful wedding in what felt like her own backyard! The wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all took place at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church, right in the heart of the village. Sara grew up at the church and her parents still attend so it is a very important place for her. The church also has a large hall AND a liquor license for beer, wine, and champagne so it is great place for both a ceremony AND a reception! Her color scheme, blended beautifully with the So Cal atmosphere. Sara wanted a beachy feel but still classy and a little formal. We chose hues of peach, ivory, and seafoam to create this look. We accented it with sand dollars and star fish, added a simple shell decor to the cake (created by CAKE--love them!) and created custom day-of products that tied in the theme beautifully. This is a great way to pull your wedding together without spending too much money. Custom programs, menus, and seating cards aren't necessarily expensive.
My theory is that well placed details--rather than over the top decor--are what make an event look classy. I had one guest remark to me, on the side, that the client must have spent a fortune. In truth, they didn't! They did choose a really good photographer (Sara France--one of my favorites!), they worked with a VERY good and reasonably priced florist (Indulge Flowers--another favorite!), they created custom day of products (thanks to Pink Star Design) that were simple and elegant but not expensive, and we chose simple but lovely linens and got the chivari chairs from a very inexpensive vendor I know out of OC. Our choices were specific, beautiful, and lending towards simplicity and I think you'll agree with me that the overall effect is gorgeous! Sara gave me a budget and a vision and let me design based on that. It was a true joy to work with them and I always love making an event look truly beautiful and truly fit the client, no matter what the budget is!