A Blue and Green Relaxed Wedding at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California

What better place to have a relaxation-inspired wedding than at a resort and spa? “Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, is stunning and close to our home. We love to visit spas, and this one is one of our favorites,” Julie Herman (32 and a quilt designer and author) says of her marriage to Lawrence Kaplan (28 and an engineer). “We knew many of our guests would be traveling to join us for the wedding, and we wanted them to have the most comfortable and enjoyable experience while they were visiting.” The couple were married outside under their one-of-a-kind quilted chuppah, made up of 222 unique triangle quilt blocks from around the world with a Star of David in the center. The quilt was the focal point of the wedding-day decor, which inspired the palette of over 20 shades of blues and greens, captured by Donna Von Bruening. Julie carried a bouquet made of fabric and wood flowers in blue, green and ivory shades with beaded centers. At the reception, dining tables were lit by candles and had centerpieces of sand and sea glass that added a touch of beach-themed decor to the relaxed vibe, thanks to the assistance of Bliss Events and Splendid Rags. The chuppah was moved from the ceremony to the reception and hung on the venue’s wall, with a spotlight shining on it, not letting it’s beauty escape from anyone’s attention—including ours. “Determine the elements that mean the most to you and communicate your expectations when family or friends give their opinions on those elements,” Julie says. “Practice talking about those details with your partner and friends so you’re prepared when the people who challenge you the most bring up those topics. After all, it's your day and it should feel special to you.”