Today’s featured wedding is utterly airy and divine. I’m so happy that ArinaB Photography sent this exquisite wedding my way. Seriously though, a palette of blush pink and ivory, vintage elements, and an outdoor tea party reception= fabulousness wrapped in a pretty pink bow.
Take a peek at Olivia & Marcelo’s dreamy wedding and don’t forget to read the brides comments located at the end of the post.
From the Bride, Olivia:
Your “story” in a few sentences – How did you meet/start dating? How did he propose?
We were childhood friends. Our best friends were siblings, so we had seen each other across the hall, here and there. It wasn’t until we grew up a little that I realized I had a crush. I was so embarrassed to tell him, but after a kiss at a Christmas party our love blossomed.
Naturally, for his proposal, he took me to the top of the blossoming Carlsbad Flower Fields & got on his knee & said “It will make me the happiest man in the world to marry my dream girl!”
The design/theme of the wedding :
I love vintage styles and romance. The colors were ivory & blush, simple & soft. I wanted a sweet romantic tea party. Tables blooming with roses & flickering vintage lanterns for that warm feeling. The Beatles have always held a magical place in our hearts, so we had to sneak them in, especially their music. One of my favorite details was using vintage tea cups as shot glasses for the toast.
How did you chose your dress? The butterfly from your grandma, Any other details about yours or Marcelo’s /bridal parties attire you want to share?
The dress, of course, I had to wait for mom to be there. We flew her down from Colorado. My favorite aunt & best girlfriends were there. It was so much fun having everyone there. It took about 10 dresses, then finally, I found the one. My mother and I hugged and sobbed. I never wanted that day to end. I was on cloud nine.
I’m a little girl at heart, so the girls had to wear pink (or blush, in the grown up world). I found the perfect little Vera Wang dresses. I wished I could of had one for myself!
Like the Beatles, there were four boys. Our fifth Beatle was the heartbreaking ring bearer. So perfect! The butterfly pendent on my bouquet was a small detail but meant a great deal to me. It was given to me from my late grandmother for my 21st birthday. I wanted her to be there in spirit as I walked down the aisle.
What elements of the ceremony and or reception were most important to you, both?
The most important element for the ceremony was for us to be under a tree or surrounded by nature, family and friends underneath the blue sky. The Pacific ocean in the distance was also a nice touch. The natural aspects made me feel at ease. We knew the venue was right when we spotted bunnies & butterflies.
How did you chose your playlists/special songs?
Music plays a big part in both our lives. We went with childhood memories of listing to old records with our parents such as Marvin Gay, Stevie Wonder, Boz Scaggs, Leo Dan. We’re 80’s kids, so of course, all the hits, Ray Bans and leg warmers included. The brides entrance had to be impactful so we chose an instrumental of the Beatles “All My Love.” The ethereal, “Free As A Bird,” for the Bride. “Just Like Heaven,” for our first steps as Husband and Wife. Our first dance had to be a classic, “You send me,” by Sam Cooke, something to make our parents swoon….
Favorite memories/moment looking back? What would you change?
My favorite memory, walking into my wedding & seeing my vision come alive. It was so magical.. My favorite moment was walking into the reception and hearing “Mr. & Mrs. Benavides. Everyone was cheering & smiling. I was holding in my tears of joy.
Photographer: ArinaB Photography
Floral Designer: Pastels Florist by Diane
Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo Bridal
Cake – It’s All About the Cake
Venue– The Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club
Hair- Stacey Bye