A Glamorous Garden Wedding at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California

When Jillian Hunter (28 and a publicist) moved in to the apartment next to Adam Thayer (33 and a software developer), she got more than just a new nei

When Jillian Hunter (28 and a publicist) moved in to the apartment next to Adam Thayer (33 and a software developer), she got more than just a new neighbor. “Within days, we were casually hanging out, getting drinks with friends and going to dinner,” Jillian says. A few weeks later they were dating. Six years after that, Adam proposed on their favorite San Diego beach. The couple’s outdoor wedding at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California, was an energetic fusion of glitzy old-Hollywood glamour and fresh, bright shades of coral and pink. Their ceremony also blended tradition and modernity: The bridal party walked to Maxence Cyrin’s piano version of “Where is My Mind?” (originally by the Pixies), and Jillian (a proud Scot) entered behind a live bagpipe player. At the on-site reception, Jillian and Adam’s 145 guests reveled in the “tacos and tequila” theme instead of the traditional dinner and dancing. In a nod to Adam’s love of surfing, each table was named after a local surf spot. “One of my favorite places to be is the dance floor, so my goal was to have everybody dancing,” says Jillian, who gave the DJ an “extremely curated playlist” to keep guests grooving. Though the planning process can be trying, Jillian and Adam tried to find joy in the personalized details and in having the day reflect their tastes and interests. “When it comes to marriage, never stop laughing or smiling,” Jillian says. “A partner is there to share the ups and downs. Life is a crazy roller coaster, and it's so important to find time to smile and laugh with each other.” —Carolyn Meers

Jillian and Adam's watercolor-style invitations matched the vibrant hues used in the day's floral arrangements. In a personal touch, the couple replaced the traditional "dinner and-dancing" reception description with "tacos and tequila."
Mirroring the wedding's bright pink and coral colors, the groomsmen had boutonnieres made with roses and sprigs of green ferns.
Gold vases were filled with bright pink and coral dahlias and rose blossoms and placed down the aisle at the outdoor garden ceremony at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California.
"For the day of, relax and kick up your feet and enjoy your time getting ready with your bridesmaids and groomsmen," Jillian says. "That was one of my favorite memories of the day."
"While I didn't wear a veil, I did have a stunning diamond clip in my hair for the reception," says Jillian, whose strapless gown and full waves delivered a full dose of old-Hollywood glamour.
"I love bright colors. I’m known for loving corals, pinks, oranges and yellows," Jillian says. "My bouquet was bright and bold. It had pinks, corals, oranges, peach tones and pops of yellow with dahlias—one of my favorite flowers—garden roses, spray roses and greenery to give it a whimsical feel." Bridesmaids carried similar arrangements.
Adam wore a dark navy suit with a soft pink tie that coordinated with his colorful rose blossom boutonniere.
Pink Tulle Flower Girl Dress with Rosettes
Jillian and Adam exchanged vows in a secluded, shady part of the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California. "Since it was a garden space, we didn't need too many flowers, but we had gold vases with flowers and petals down the aisle, and we decorated the arch with fabric and more flowers," Jillian says.
"I'm very Scottish," says Jillian, who trained as a highland dancer growing up. "We had bagpipes when I walked down the aisle with my dad and during the recessional."
Instead of a guest book, Jillian and Adam had their guests fill out postcards to them with advice and good wishes. The postcards were mailed to the couple throughout their first year of marriage.
"We had a gold-sequined runner on each table to bring a lot of glitz and texture and gold charger plates to add even more pop," Jillian says. Gold vases filled with coral flowers topped each table.
"We had watercolor coral table cards and named each table after local surf spots," Jillian says. These table cards' colorful watercolor motif was similar to that used on the invitations and RSVPs.
Gold Sequined Table Runner with Coral Centerpiece
"We had a Funfetti, mocha and lemon cake that was beyond stunning," Jillian says. The From Scratch Bakery cake was set out among a variety of desserts, from cupcakes to snickerdoodles.
Pink and Gold Mr. and Mrs. Chair Signs
The bountiful dessert table was set against a ribbon backdrop with coral, pink, yellow and orange ribbons, a DIY project Jillian took on. For favors, guests took home candy bags containing Gummi Bears (Jillian's favorite) and M&Ms (Adam's favorite).