Beautiful bright florals & bold black & white stripes combine to create this colorful & eclectic wedding on our wedding blog today! We love hearing the bride’s story of how her and her groom’s vision for their day came to life at the super cool La Jolla venue. Sarah Kathleen photographed the nuptials and after party and we’re excited to share all the beauty (and fun!) below!
From the bride…
I have a pretty specific style (I like to think it’s classic; it may verge on predictable). Likewise, my now-husband has some very strong opinions about his style — let’s just say that if it’s retro, he’s into it. So that was our starting point, along with our venue, the gorgeous and eclectic Darlington House, a Spanish estate built in 1925 with all kinds of interesting Moroccan, Italian, Greece and Egyptian touches and huge, beautiful patios. Given the space and our style, I pictured a lively, colorful, garden party with some striped details (of course) and strung lights to make it twinkle once the sun went down. Because I have a strange dislike for non-white linens, we relied heavily on the florals for the color — aside from the bridesmaids dresses, the flowers were really pretty much the only color. Luckily our florist was fantastic, and completely accomplished the look we wanted.
For the black and white stripes, I tried to restrain myself – there’s a ton of fun stripes out there, but a little bit goes a long way! So I went with stripes for the dinner napkins, cocktail straws, throw pillows for the cocktail table chairs (IKEA!), bridesmaids shoes, and of course the ring bearer’s bow tie and flower girl’s sash. Now that I type that it sounds like a lot, but I swear it looked very nice.
Because our friends and family traveled from near and far (and also just because we like them), we wanted to throw a really great party. As far as we’re concerned, the key components for that were twofold: 1. Great food and drinks. Coast, our caterer, was fabulous – the food was delicious and gourmet and they nailed our obnoxiously-complicated signature cocktails (a cucumber rum mojito and a blackberry bourbon bramble). 2. A bumping dance floor. Our DJ (who also played the guitar beautifully during our ceremony and the cocktail hour) played the hits, and our friends and family definitely had a great time on the dance floor. It didn’t hurt that one of my bridesmaids and her boyfriend are semi-pro salsa dancers, and that our other friends thought a dance-off with the pros was necessary. It was awesome.