Romantic, Garden-Inspired Mini Wedding
With the widespread impact of COVID-19, more and more couples are opting for more intimate weddings with their closest family and friends. We wanted to inspire those couples and demonstrate how they can not only plan a spectacular day with all the details they originally envisioned, but also elevate their extravagance factor. So many couples are facing financial hardship during this difficult time, and the bright side of a smaller-scale wedding is that it allows the opportunity to have a grander design without stretching the budget! With fewer seats, tables, place settings, floral arrangements, meals, drinks, and favors, they can allocate more for the elements that are most important to them. This romantic, garden-inspired mini wedding portrayed exactly how couples can pivot their pandemic-affected weddings to reflect all the love and lavishness of their dreams!
The concept of a lavish garden wedding moved us to incorporate a bold, dramatic essence throughout every aspect of the design. We chose a colorful palette of teal, blush, salmon, ivory, and gold to emphasize a bright, opulent atmosphere amongst the greenery, and ensured that every element held true to a modern mood. Our Design & Planning perfectionists at Elyse Events, with the collective efforts of our talented team of vendors on the Central Coast of California, curated and executed this vision beautifully.
The Central Coast of California has become a prime wedding destination for couples seeking a slice of paradise. San Luis Obispo county is appreciated for its variety of scenic settings, and has been consistently ranked over the years as one of the happiest places in the United States. It’s no wonder couples come from near and far to be married here! Within SLO County lies Villa Loriana, an Italian-inspired destination venue with a fairytale feel. With their gorgeous landscape of waterfalls, vineyards, oak trees, on-site villa and cottage accommodations for 20 guests, and a CASTLE, Villa Loriana is the perfect location to create lasting memories with family and friends, and it was the perfect location for our mini wedding!
We had a blushing bride with glamourous makeup by Jessica Blanco at Central Coast Beauties, and a classic up-do with a modern twist by Sarah Carlson at Gemini Hair Salon. Our bride wore the show-stopping Justin Alexander ballgown from Epiphany Boutique in San Luis Obispo, showcasing off-the-shoulder straps and intricate lace appliques. Eye-catching jewelry by Serengeti West Fine Jewelers tied in her look, featuring teal teardrop earrings, a petite diamond necklace on a thin gold chain, and stunning gold & diamond rings, kept secure in velvet ring boxes by The Mrs. Box. Our handsome groom wore a sleek tuxedo from Patrick James in San Luis Obispo, complete with a black bowtie and little black buttons.
Look Good on Paper Co. incorporated hand-pressed gold foil into an elegant invitation suite, welcoming close friends and family to the intimate ceremony in the lush, romantic tunnel of vines. Guests took their seats in safely-distanced pairs of modern chairs from Theoni Collection. Our picture-perfect ceremony was made complete by Flowers by Denise, who created beautiful floral arrangements and a dreamy arch of blooms, which blended seamlessly into the foliage surrounding the ceremony.
After the ceremony, our guests gravitated towards the magnificent dining table, encompassed by an overhang of lush vines. Our place settings from Theoni Collection were made up of hammered, gold-banded chargers, white, gold-rim dinner plates, blush, gold-rim salad plates, salmon-toned, gold-rim bread plates, white and gold flatware, gold-rim wine glasses and champagne flutes, and gold-leaf-detailed water-goblets. The settings were placed on a bold, teal, velvet linen by La Tavola Fine Linen. Textured napkins with abstract-colored print by BBJ Linen tied in the various colors of our tablescape. The place settings were topped with dainty teal scrolls with each guest’s name in hand-calligraphed gold ink, and teal-printed, gold-foil menus by Look Good on Paper Co. Our dining table was finished with several blush tapered candles in modern, gold holders and multiple centerpieces from Flowers by Denise. The floral arrangements were placed on either side of the elegant cake by Blush Cake Co., which was the focal point of the table. The intimate outdoor dining experience, amidst the romantic, lavish atmosphere, was everything we could have envisioned and more.
This special day was captured beautifully by our amazing Photographer, Amandarose of AGS Photo Art. We are so grateful to her for the lasting memories of this intimate wedding!
Photography: AGS Photo Art
Design, Planning, & Coordination: Elyse Events
Venue: Villa Loriana
Rentals: Theoni Collection
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen & BBJ Linen
Florals: Flowers by Denise
Cake: Blush Cake Co.
Calligraphy & Signage: Look Good on Paper Co.
Bridal Gown: Epiphany Boutique SLO
Tuxedo: Patrick James
Makeup: Central Coast Beauties
Hair Styling: Sarah, Gemini Salon
Jewelry: Serengeti West Fine Jewelers
Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box
Models: Leonte Huerta-Moore & Jessica Stroup