Oceanview Traditional Wedding

With all the cool gimmicks and trends weddings have today, it’s nice to come back to the style that is truly unbeaten. We don’t call it traditional or classics for nothing. This beautiful outdoor wedding by the coast is the epitome why this approach is timeless. The details and decors are simply elegant. The white made the day vibrant and the purple was the right amount of pop. Congratulations on your wedding day, Kate & David!



What is the overall story for this album?

Marrying the love of your life surrounded by family and friends, nothing could be better. I think it shows in these photos, perfectly captured by our photographers, Figlewicz Photography.

What inspired the wedding day outfits?

I watch a lot of the TV show ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ so I had a very specific idea of what type of dress I was going to wear (A-line, lace). However when I actually went to try on dresses I ended up with one that was very different from my vision. My wedding day outfit inspiration was what I ended up looking good in! I felt like my dress was made just for me and I felt beautiful in it so that is what I went with. I had a beaded belt sewn into the dress to give it some extra sparkle. I borrowed a diamond necklace that was my grandmother’s (and has been worn in other family weddings) and my cousin’s diamond earrings. My veil was borrowed from my aunt. My bridesmaids each wore strapless jersey berry colored dresses. The groom and his groomsmen all wore a classic black andwhite tux. They each carried an engraved pocket watch that my husband had made on Etsy as a gift.

What was your favorite part of the day?

Dancing! We love to dance and the DJ (Jeff Collins from VOX DJs) was fantastic!

Was there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects? If so, can you describe them in detail?

My mother is a big DIYer, so there were many customized touches. She designed the wedding invitations, which were letterpressed by a local artisan. The blackberry motif of the invitation was chosen from the design of the stage curtain at the local performing arts center, where I performed many shows during my youth. A local calligrapher addressed all of the invitations and made the place cards. A custom wax seal was made to seal all of the invitations. Wax seals were also used on the place cards to identify which meals were ordered. Welcome bags were filled with handmade bath and body products (all made by my mother!), including a soy wax candle, soap, lip balm and herbal bathtub tea. Custom labels were made for each item using our photographer’s
beautiful engagement photos.

What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?

The sunset was perfect that night and it was a beautiful backdrop for our outdoor cocktail hour and we had a string quartet playing during both the ceremony and cocktail hour. During the dancing at one point we had all the guests line the dance floor in two lines and then each of us took turns dancing down the center!

Was there a theme for the ceremony and reception?

The theme of the wedding is best described as classically, elegant romanticism. The decor was white, ivory, and gold.



What part of the ceremonies do you think was the most memorable for the bride and groom?

The bride and groom loved standing at the front with the ocean in the background with their family and friends all gathered around them. The officiant was a family friend, who is also a Lutheran Pastor, and he did a beautiful non-denomination ceremony for the wedding.



Photographer:  Figlewicz Photography
Hair Stylist:  Design Visage
Floral Designer:  Flower Duet
Wedding Dress: Designed by Kirstie Kelly
Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  J. Crew
Reception Venue:  Los Verdes Golf Club
Cake Designer:  Torrance Bakery
Calligrapher:  Allison Mermelstein

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