Romantic Seaside Wedding!

We are so thrilled with the outcome of this perfect wedding we styled (we also served as planners and day-of coordinators) for a beautiful couple back in July. Dawn and Jon are two of the most warm and down-to-earth people we know, and their wedding day reflected every bit of those characteristics. Held at The La Jolla Shores Hotel, we could not be more proud to showcase the details of this event! All photographs are via the incomparable True Photography; without them these beautiful memories would not have been honored in this special way. They are the best!



We were inspired by the coastal location of the wedding, charm of the hotel, and the seasonal elements of summer by-the-sea. It was important for us to come up with an elevated way to showcase some literal elements of the sea that the couple wanted throughout the decor (seashells, starfish, sea glass etc.). Our color palette included neutrals, muted coral, apricot, and peach, and pops of aqua. Our main goal with the design/styling of Dawn and Jon’s wedding was to focus on the flowers, We wanted flower arrangements that made a statement and filled the wedding site with elegance and beauty. It’s quite an emotional feeling when you see floral design come together at any event, but weddings are exceptionally sentimental so it was important to us to make these centerpieces breathtaking. We trusted Indulge Flowers to achieve our vision, and the results were just out of a modern-day fairytale…their artistry and professionalism are just perfection.


We chose to keep the ceremony site simple, but with thoughtful details that united our theme. Guest ceremony chairs were adorned with hand-tied bouquets and raffia streamers with starfish intertwined. The aisle was lined on either side with a serpentine design of ivory rose petals. The warm terra cotta tiles went beautifully with our warm neutral and peach toned flowers and accents.


One of our favorite details from the wedding was the reception place card display. Guests were each given a personalized sand dollar, which were arranged on elevated wood boxes filled with sand and sea glass, different sized lanterns, and gorgeous pieces of grapevine wood settled into the display for a rustic touch. It was a stunner!


Another way we incorporated the coastal location of the wedding was to personalize the table numbers, programs, and wedding menus with nautical embossed art. We turned to Minted to create all our custom printing, and their customer service and quality are outstanding. Each of the ten reception tables were marked with their own stunning floral centerpiece mounted on grapevine, and then finished with a table name card (each table was given a different local San Diego beach) fitted on coral place holder weights. For our wedding programs, we used the same theme as the table name cards, and our bride found these whimsical bell wands via Crafty Ribbon Galore (on Etsy) for the guests to wave after the ceremony. How sweet, right?!


With this wedding, we had the creative freedom to style four locations on the venue property: the ceremony site, cocktail hour site, dinner reception site, and the dancing/party room.  We loved how the reception site turned out, and our color scheme paired really well with the Spanish/Mediterranean design of the hotel. We hung (by hand) white and aqua paper lanterns on alternating market lights, to give a pop of color and to add a personal touch to otherwise plain/industrial market lights. Linens and chairs were white so the flowers could have their shining moment and we could showcase the artistry of Indulge Flowers. 


We also were responsible for coming up with a creative way to entertain the many young children present at the wedding. Custom activity kits to the rescue! Personalized sand buckets, coloring pages made especially for the wedding, craft kits, and lots of little treats and surprises made the kiddos super happy and entertained at dinner.



At sparkle + toast, we offer full wedding planning/coordinating services, as well as styling consultation, construction, and direction. Email us if you want us to help plan your wedding or special event!

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