Happy Friday Friends!
As we dive into summer and all the season has to offer, what better way to kick things off than to share with you an ocean front wedding from one of our sweetest couples? Sara & Eric got hitched at one of my very favorite hotels – the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. If you are looking for a wedding that has all the amenities of a fabulous beach resort (gorgeous views, great food and a lovely staff), then this is the place for you! I mean, just look at this awesome vista captured by the ever-so-talented team at Amanda McKinnon Photography!
I had the privilege of working with these lovebirds for almost 18 months before they said their “I-dos” and every moment was a pleasure. You know that I love working with brides to plan their wedding day, but I have to tell you that it was a real treat to work with both Sara & her groom to be Eric (almost) equally to determine the details of their day. They were a solid team and united front in all aspects regarding their wedding, resulting in a day that was a balanced reflection of both of their styles and personalities.
Perhaps what stood out to me most about Sara & Eric’s wedding was the incredible light-hearted atmosphere of the day. They didn’t take themselves, or the minutia of their day too seriously. Their choices regarding food, design, and flow were based on what they like and who they are as a couple, and that was all that mattered. Sara’s sweet demeanor and kind heart was evident throughout each and every detail of the day, and one of my very favorite moments was when Eric bawled (like a baby) during the first look. This couple was seriously precious!
When it came to the design of their day, the couple decided to combine purple and green as the base for their color palette. We chose to implement a “swirled line” motif, pairing thick green lines atop an ivory base to create a modern vibe infused with vintage elements. From the invites to the cake to the linens to the ceremony decor, we repeated this technique over and over, creating a cohesive look. Another fun design detail was the use of fruit! Our friends at Enchanted Gardens utilized limes throughout their floral designs to bring a refreshing zesty aesthetic.
To enhance the already light-hearted feel of the day and celebrate youth, we hosted a candy station to satisfy even the most insatiable sweet tooth. Sara & her mom crafted DIY signage, including both handmade pennant banners, for the specialty tables and signs for each dining table, pairing side-by-side photos of Sara & Eric as children to serve as the base for each table number. It was adorable!
The house was filled with people who loved to ‘get jiggy with it’ (Sara is a dancer by trade), so as you might have guessed, the guests partied the night away. And for those who weren’t down for busting a move, the candy station and photo booth were on site, to keep everyone entertained throughout the evening!
- Wedding Planning & Design: Marisa Nicole Events
- Venue: Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club
- Photographer: Amanda McKinnon Photography
- Videographer: The Pros
- Floral Designer: Enchanted Gardens Floral Design
- Linens: La Tavola Specialty Linens
- DJ & Lighting: All The Above Events
- Photo Booth: Happy Foto Booth
- Cake: Torrance Bakery
- Hair & Makeup: Absolutely Beautiful Bride