Oceanside Modern Wedding | Desiree + Michael

Another real wedding to share today, and this one has a special place in my heart! Desiree and Michael just exude kindness and positivity in every single interaction I have with them - both of them would separately wish me well if I posted about being sick on Instagram, for instance (yep, even the groom!!!). You just know two beautiful souls like that are in for a wonderful, happy marriage together! The fact that it also happened to be a Pinterest dream is just an added bonus! All of these phenomenal photos are courtesy of the amazing Jenna Joseph (and you can read more of D + M's love story on her blog). 

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The Wedding Vision

My good friend Molly of Tres Chic Affairs, was Desiree and Michael's wedding planner, and her vision for this couple combined her typical organic, romantic style with a modern twist!

The Wedding Invitations

The couple asked for a clean, simple invitation using natural textures, and of course a little marble thrown in. We kept the overall design of the invitation very simple, but added some drama in the variations of neutral-toned papers. White, cream, mist, cool blue, and light gray were our starting point, and we arranged the cards so that they faded from darkest to lightest as you opened each piece. I love thinking about how each set of invitations will look coming out of the envelope - putting them together in an artful way can transform a pretty invitation into a whole  visual and tactile experience for your guests.

The Wedding Venue

Molly and her team work at this gorgeous oceanside venue all the time, so you know they killed it on the design for the ceremony and reception! These ghost chairs at the reception allowed guests to enjoy 100% of the stunning view that makes Scripps Seaside Forum, and they arranged the seating so that everyone had a great view of the Bride and Groom throughout the ceremony.

The Reception

If you've ever seen my Instagram page, you won't be surprised to learn that my favorite part of the reception was the marble tabletop design by TBD San Diego! I was over the moon when I heard this couple wanted to use marble in their décor, and we incorporated that from the beginning with a marble belly band and marble envelope liner on their invitations. Topped with florals by Carla Kayes, tons of taper candles, and acrylic table numbers, these tables were a modern wedding dream. My favorite piece of stationery was definitely the menus, which incorporated a geometric color block of dusty rose on a vellum swinging overlay (and all the yumminess below!). 

The Seating Chart

We also used acrylic and dusty rose accents for the seating chart - each piece of acrylic housed one table in white vinyl, and all were attached with gold hardware to this dusty rose board, showing guests where they could find their tables for the rest of the celebration! 

The Love Story

This wedding was absolutely beautiful on the outside, but most importantly, it was beautiful on the inside. Even from across the country, I could see the joy and love on Desiree and Michael's faces in every photo, as well as feel their strong connection with all of their guests! There are some clients who become friends, and I know that Desiree and Michael will be two of those - we just hope to meet in person someday! 


Wedding Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum
Wedding Coordination: Tres Chic Affairs
Photography: Jenna Joseph Photography
Videography: Ryan Green Films
Floral Design: Carla Kayes
Catering: Coast Catering
Live Music: The Mighty Untouchables
Bar: Giuseppe
Hair/Makeup: Blush & Adore
Transportation: Cali Party Bus
Desserts: VG Bakery
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux
Bridal Boutique: JLM Couture
Bridesmaid Gowns: Adrianna Papell & Monique Lhuillier
Custom Stationery + Signage: Design By Laney
Rentals: APR Boutique Event Rentals & TBD San Diego
Lighting: Thomas Giglio Events