A Classic Formal Wedding at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California

From the custom reception chairs to a large C painted on the dance floor and a hanging cake suspended by rose gold chains, Casey and Sean incorporated

From the custom reception chairs to a large C painted on the dance floor and a hanging cake suspended by rose gold chains, Casey and Sean incorporated as much rose gold into their wedding as possible. Lush blooms and a dreamy color scheme of white cream and ivory provided an elegant backdrop for the metallic motif.

I like to describe my dress as classic and elegant, with a modern twist, says Casey. I didn’t want to have a lot of sparkle, beading, or lace. I was open to different styles but knew I was probably going to have a ball grown. My dress was actually two parts, a top and skirt with a bow embellished belt to finish the look. The two pieces made the alterations a lot easier.
Sean wore a fresh bunch of ivory roses on his lapel to mirror those found in Casey's bouquet.
Shades of ivory and white with hints of rose gold paired perfectly with the look of the Mar Vista Ballroom. Lush bunches of flowers, a dramatically decorated chandelier and airy white fabric gave the room an enchanting, romantic quality.
To cut costs on the flowers, we used the reception centerpieces during the ceremony as well, lining the aisle and rotunda with them. It made it seem like there were flowers everywhere and I loved it! says Casey.
The names of each guest and their seating assignment were hand-calligraphed in rose gold ink on each escort card.
The couple's florist crafted a flower wall from paper to serve as the backdrop for the stage where the live band performed.
Casey and Sean found ways to incorporate their Irish and Italian heritage throughout the day. For the ceremony, the couple chose to include a number of Irish traditions like a blessing of the bells, handfasting and bagpipes.
The flower girls wore blush mid-length dresses with tulle skirts and ivory rose flower crowns.
The junior bridesmaids wore short white dresses with ruffled skirts that stood out from the sea of blush gowns.
The menu cards mirrored the formality and color palette of the invitations. A four leaf clover was placed on each card, tying into the day's Irish and Italian undertones.
Casey and Sean custom designed their formal wedding invitations with rose gold foil and white ribbons.
The wedding cake was kept simple with each layer wrapped in ivory ribbon and finished with a fondant bow. The majority of the cake was just for show, except for the very top layer, which the couple used for the cake cutting. For the rest of their 270 guests, the couple served two sheet cakes, a red velvet sponge cake with cream cheese filling, and white sponge cake with fresh strawberries and vanilla bavarian cream filling.
The USC marching band made a grand entrance into the reception after Casey and Sean's first dance and got guests fired up for the evening's festivities.
An ivory rose table cloth added a unique touch to the decor.
Set at the center of the escort card table were three ivory rose pomanders arranged on top of tall hurricane vases that added a romantic, yet modern touch to the display.
The couple hired artist Rich Flynn to do a paint their wedding ceremony as it occurred.
The bridesmaids wore elegant gowns with illusion necklines and draped backs in a soft shade of blush.
Casey's hairstylist pulled her hair back into a sleek full bun and accented it with a crystal hair pins.
Casey chose cream colored roses for her bouquet to create a classic, timeless look.
The ceremony was held on the lawn under the rotunda at Pelican Hill overlooking beautifully manicured lawns and the Pacific Ocean.