Real Weddings

Summer Chic Wedding In California

Romantic outdoor wedding photography

We love summer weddings and we just had to share with you Molly + Robert's romantic I do's at the Mt. Woodson Castle in Southern California. The bride's vision included soft shades of creme and gold with pops of fuchsia throughout for the ultimate romantic vibe.

This whole day is just too pretty for words, so we'll let the beautiful images from Elate Photo do the talking! Check out the full gallery to see every last detail, and don't miss the brides budget breakdown below for an idea on what a romantic wedding like this may cost you.

Bridal dresses in gold and blush sequin

Badgley Mischka wedding heels

Gold sparkle wedding invitation suite

Protea wedding bouquet

Soft and bright

From the bride: I envisioned a really fun party that everyone would enjoy! I wanted something casual, but still very romantic. My color palette was cream and gold, with pops of fuchsia. For style, I wanted something that was quintessential Southern California – very laid back but still really beautiful.

Bridal hair and details

Bridesmaids in gold and blush

Fuchsia bridesmaid bouquets

Colorful and undone

My flowers were AMAZING! I wanted something that was really romantic, but a bit undone and colorful. I gave Leah of Bespoke Occasions a general idea and color palette and let her run with it. I am so glad I did – they were perfect; everything I wanted and more. They included king proteas, anemones, peonies, English garden roses, and being quintessential to Southern California, fuchsia bougainvillea.

Groomsmen in Navy suits

Unplugged wedding sign

Romantic outdoor wedding ceremony

Outdoor wedding decor

Wedding ceremony program

Beautiful wedding ceremony

Just married

Romantic wedding photo idea

Custom cookies

We had custom cookies made in the image of our dog Jackson and cat Oliver, which was really special since they couldn’t be there on the actual day. We also were gifted the groom’s great-grandmother’s champagne coupes, which we used for our wedding toasts, and our cake serving set was actually from my grandparents wedding.

Wedding cookies

Mirror seating chart

California outdoor wedding reception

Table decor and details

Sweetheart table

From one bride to another

Try not to get stressed! (I know it’s hard). I would also say to give your vendors and bridal party some leeway in customizing their aspect of the wedding. I felt like just giving a general guideline for how I wanted things and then letting everyone interpret it their own way made things turn out so much better! It allowed my vendors to let their creativity shine and it allowed my bridesmaids to all look and feel their best :)

Dessert table

Naked wedding cake

Wedding lighting and details

Glow stick send off kiss

Read on to see how much this summer chic wedding in California cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.
Our total cost after everything was said and done was about $37,000. Some of the major costs are listed below:

Attire- $4,000
Flowers- $2,900
Venue- $4,000
Catering (with open bar)- $10,000
DJ- $800
Day of Photography- $2,500
Cake/Desserts- $570
Honeymoon- $7,000

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Bridal BoutiquesThe Dress Theory@thedresstheorysandiego
Bridesmaids dressesAidan mattox, Adrianna Papell, Ralph Lauren
Cakes & CateringPersonal Touchdining
Sweet Cheeks Baking

FlowersBespoke Occasions
HairBeLoved Hair & Up
PhotographersElate Photo
Venues & OfficiantsMt. Woodson Castle