Christine and David knew they wanted their wedding to be beachy and romantic while still being super glamorous! David had proposed to Christine at Surf and Sand Resort, it was the perfect place for them to get married – right on the beach and it already holds so many memories for them! Their day was filled with friends, family and laughter.
Our wedding was perfect. I grew up in Southern California and Laguna Beach has always held a special place in my heart. I used to watch other weddings and imagine having mine on the beach. Dave introduced me to the Surf and Sand Resort when he proposed. It was a natural choice for a wedding venue. I like things to loosely match and stay on theme. We decided that we would match the decor of the resort and make it “classy beach”. Everything was on theme, from the palm leaf pajamas the bridesmaids wore to the gold monstera leaves on the cocktail napkins. We are not religious so we wrote the ceremony script, with the help of our friend who acted as our officiant.
What I loved about Surf and Sand Resort is that the decor is already perfect for wedding photos. The views of the ocean and boutique hotel feel made my job easy. I added small touches like some floras and little personalized details (custom cocktail napkins, name tags, custom photo booth frame, etc.) but the mood was already set! I am not terribly crafty so I let the professionals on Etsy help me accomplish my goals.
We were on a budget and had minimal floral arrangements at the wedding. I wanted to incorporate whites, soft pinks and green palms. I chose senorita roses and green palms for the bridesmaids. White orchids for the groomsmen and to decorate the cocktail tables. The bridal bouquet was a mix of white and soft pink flowers and surrounded by palm leaves. We had a bamboo arch for the ceremony space that incorporated those flowers as well as white linens. The guestbook table had some small vases with monstera leaves. The centerpieces for the reception were my favorite. We had a tall clear vase with white ostrich feathers, palm leaves and white and pink flowers. It made the room look much more full and vibrant.
We had live music for the entire event. A duo with a guitar for cocktail hour. A full cover band for the reception. We had a photo booth and some small games on the guestbook table. Dave surprised me with costumed Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse towards the end of the reception. I am a big Disney fan and everyone loved taking pictures with them in the photo booth and dancing with them.
I decided that there aren’t many times in your life when you can wear a ballgown and be drenched in flashy stones. I also wanted to look unique and match the venue of the wedding. I chose to wear Decklyn by Hayley Paige. This ivory striped organza bridal ball gown, draped ballerina bodice with curved V-neckline, open back with cut-out detail, and full cascading skirt was perfect for me. It was comfortable and very beach appropriate. I added some large costume diamond jewelry to class it up. For shoes, I wore a satin evening sandal with crystal asymmetrical straps by Badgley Mischka. Even though no one could see them, they were probably my favorite part of the outfit.
We were introduced by a mutual friend while attending USC Law School. After five wonderful years of dating, David asked me to marry him on June 24, 2017 at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach has always been a special place for me. My family and I have vacationed there for almost thirty years (and they let David tag along for the last five!). It didn’t take long for us to realize that the Surf and Sand is the perfect place for them to tie the knot!
Seeing everything come together and hanging out with all my favorite people in one place was a once in a lifetime experience. There were too many anticipated moments to count. The first look and the photos on the beach were probably my favorite moments with Dave. We were able to focus on each other and enjoy the moment.
Make sure you hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator. Having a great team around you is essential to your enjoyment (and the enjoyment of the bridal party that will have to pick up the slack). Most importantly, let everything go on the day. Just let your hair down and have fun.