April 8, 2016 /

Jennie and Brian: Santa Monica Wedding

A blush pink wedding dress, breezy California weather, and fresh homemade tacos. Could it get any better? Jennie and Brian’s Santa Monica wedding was the perfect combination of casual and elegant, with so many special details made possible by their friends and family. The bride wore a stunning blush pink gown from BHLDN and a soft, romantic updo. And I can't even handle this living succulent wall by Lilla Bello. OF COURSE we had to do bridal portraits of Jennie in front of these.

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A Santa Monica Wedding with Effortless California Chic

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A blush pink wedding dress, breezy California weather, and fresh homemade tacos. Could it get any better? Jennie and Brian’s Santa Monica wedding was the perfect combination of casual and elegant, with so many special details made possible by their friends and family.

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The bride wore a stunning blush pink gown from BHLDN and a soft, romantic updo. And I can’t even handle this living succulent wall by Lilla Bello. OF COURSE we had to do bridal portraits of Jennie in front of these.

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Style details:

  • Dress: BHLDN in the style “Watters”
  • Hair: Drybar by Johnny
  • Makeup: Carla Mileni Pulcini at Sephora

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Jennie and Brian had their first look in Tongva Park, (originally a parking lot!) that now that has sculptures, fountains, waterfalls, and some seriously gorgeous plant life. I love the excitement in Jennie’s eyes as she waits for the big reveal!

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Tongva Park is adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier, and has beautiful sculpture-like overlooks where you can look out over the Pacific and see the iconic ferris wheel.  We couldn’t have asked for a better place for a first look and photos!

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Everything in California looks SO different than what we experience in Connecticut. Of course it does, with a different climate and plant life, but it’s not just that. There’s a special unique feeling that I’ve only experienced in California. Modern architecture paired with the laid back people and style, beautiful plant life against strong lines that somehow just works.

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The ceremony was held at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Named for a flower, the station used to be the home of the trolley that ran from LA to the Santa Monica Pier. Although it hasn’t been open for years, there are plans for the station itself to re-open and once again travel to the pier. (There are art galleries galore if you’d like to check out the station for yourself, and rather than driving from one gallery to another, you can park in the central parking lot and spend a day enjoying art and walking from gallery to gallery.)

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I found out afterwards that these gorgeous signs were made by the groom himself! Can you believe that? And their adorable details, including a top rate coffee station made by the mother of the groom, included so many personal touches and photos of their story together. So cute!

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One of the main themes I noticed throughout this wedding was the incredible support Jennie and Brian have from family and friends. They incorporated so many loved ones into their ceremony, including toasts from all of their parents, which was such a wonderful thing to include. I always get emotional at weddings, but this ceremony really got me!

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed freshly made tacos (YUM) from Eastside Tacos. And when I say freshly made, I’m serious! Even the tortillas were being made on the spot, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a taco (well, four tacos…) so delicious.

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As the sun set, the string lights lit and laughter and music started to float out into the mild night air. Amazing music provided by local California Latin band SitaraSon had everyone dancing the night away. Frontman Lazaro Galarraga brought an incredible energy that made the dance floor impossible to resist. (Fun fact: he was also the featured singer on the Grammy award winning record, “The Master Sessions Volume 1!)

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Congratulations Jennie and Brian!

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