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A Grand Del Mar Wedding in Del Mar, California

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Leslie & Ryan in Del Mar, California
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Leslie used her grandmother's handkerchief as a bouquet wrap for her lush white peony bouquet.
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The ornate navy and white tented escort cards featured an interactive element: guests had to pull the decorative gold charm in order to reveal another card with their table assignments.
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Another design aspect to created within the ballroom was intimate seating around the dance floor consisting of sofas and ottomans, which allowed guests who weren't ready to dance to still feel included.
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The navy and cream design motif inspired by Chinoiserie vases was also utilized for the table numbers.
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The custom-made invitations were printed on heavy card stock with a cornflower blue border, navy type and a decorative design motif that was echoed on the ceremony programs, the menus, table numbers and place cards. "My favorite part of the invitations where the gorgeous envelops because the envelope flap was ornate instead of a straight edge," say ...
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Leslie selected a rustic-meets-elegance white wedding cake with fresh flower accents. "The cake had to be buttercream, as I love the strokes of the buttercream and airy quality that the frosting exudes," explains the bride. "Plus, it just tastes amazing! The cake was punctuated with white flowers to enhance the romance theme and add more texture to ...
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Leslie removed her Cathedral length veil after the ceremony and had gorgeous gardenias placed in her hair to create a different look.
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Light pouring in from the glass mosaic windows illuminated the evening ceremony.
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A photo of each guest with their significant other was taken during the reception, and at the end of the night they were surprised to see the photos printed in a chic blue-and-white decorative frame waiting as a favor.  "I liked the idea because everyone is dressed their best and it’s something that people would actually keep," explains Leslie. "No ...
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The ceremony programs were designed to echo the romantic theme of the wedding and were displayed with lush floral arrangements for guests to have something to look while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
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After a full seated dinner and buttercream cake, guests were also treated to an over-the-top dessert bar including chocolate dipped doughnuts!
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Places were set with the a sophisticated menu for the seated dinner with the card itself held in a taupe rectangular card also made of heavy card stock that retained the white menu by the corners with fabric that folded over. "When you flipped the card over, embossed in silver with a decorative type read ‘Menu’ and I took a bunch of extra menus hom ...
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Antique gold mirrors hung from a lush green wall serving as a stunning backdrop for the live band.
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Instead of only having signature drinks, Leslie and Ryan also had signature glasses to incorporate a luxe vintage vibe during the cocktail hour.
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Guests all raised etched antique glasses to toast the newlyweds during the joyous celebration.
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Leslie wanted something more conservative than a strapless dress for her Catholic ceremony and found the perfect balance with her modest-yet-modern Monique Lhuillier gown.  "It offered that traditional aspect, but had a unique twist," describes Leslie.  "It had the traditional mermaid shape but I tweaked the dress adding a shear fabric piece simila ...
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Gift baskets complete with miniature champagne bottles and matching straws, snacks and an activity schedule, welcomed the out-of-town guests.
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The couple personalized every detail including cocktail napkins printed with a formal navy monogram.

Leslie & Ryan in Del Mar, California

For their glamours black-tie affair, Leslie (29 and a project management coordinator) and Ryan (32 and a business and engineering coordinator) drew inspiration from vintage Chinoiserie vases. Playing with the navy and cream color palette along with the intricate design motif, the California couple transformed their classic ballroom into a luxurious indoor garden complete with four ornately decorated weeping willow trees.
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