A Romantic, Rustic Wedding at Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano, California

Spanish architecture with an old-world style at Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano, California, shaped the ideal outdoor setting for this romantic, ru

Spanish architecture with an old-world style at Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano, California, shaped the ideal outdoor setting for this romantic, rustic wedding. "I wanted a romantic vibe that made you feel like you were in a completely different land, in a completely different time," Stacy Stas (32 and a writer for USA Network) says of her marriage to Jackson Hurst (37 and an actor) So they created this atmosphere through a vibrant palette of coral, peach, green and ivory combined with rustic details of wrought iron and wood. Stacy and Jackson got married in front of a beautiful fountain in the middle of a tree-lined courtyard, with market lights, chandeliers and moss hanging from above. Gather Events transformed the space for the reception by adding dining tables decorated with low and high centerpieces, filled with dahlias, roses and peonies. Guests found their escort cards displayed on a wired board, with a vintage heart-shaped key attached that doubled as wedding favors. The dessert table ranged from the traditional brownies and cookies to Rice Krispies dipped in chocolate, but the two-tier ivory wedding cake wrapped with colorful flowers took the prize. Our favorite detail had to be the Monique Lhuillier dress Stacy chose that kept her looking classy while making her stand out from the crowd. "I wanted to have a soft, romantic, natural look," Stacy says. "My goal was to be able to look back on these pictures years from now and not say 'What was I thinking?' "
 

Round-Cut Silver Diamond Ring
Stacy wore her hair down in curls to go with her romantic look, pinned with a white flower clip on the right side. At first, she wasn't going to invest in a veil to wear on the day of the wedding. But two weeks before the wedding, she changed her mind and rush-ordered a beautiful medium-length veil made of tulle.
Pink and Peach Rose Boutonniere
Wooden Aisle Ceremony Sign
Stacy's two sisters served as her maids of honor and wore matching blush-colored dresses designed by Jim Hjelm. All the other bridesmaids dressed in a variety of styles, brands and colors—from the lace champagne-colored Jenny Yoo dress to the off-white Love Lane chiffon dress.
The ceremony took place outside on the courtyard at Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano, California, with rows of wooden chiavari chairs creating an aisle leading up the altar. "We got married in front of a beautiful fountain, decorated with gorgeous lush peach and coral flowers that spilled over the edge," Stacy says. "Market lights and chandeliers hung above us and were draped with dripping moss. It was truly a romantic setting for a ceremony."
Orange roses and dahlias mixed with pink peonies created a lovely bouquet for the occasion. Greens and leaves added to the flower arrangement made the bouquet overflow with beauty.
Wooden slabs piled on top of one another had tall glass vases filled with white candles, moss and tulips—bringing a rustic look to the ceremony courtyard space.
Charcoal Vera Wang Suit
Elegant Chandelier With Hanging Moss
Wooden Sign With Love Quote
Charcoal and Neutral-Colored Wedding Party Attire
The courtyard flipped from the ceremony to the reception through round dining tables with elegant brown chiavari chairs. High and low centerpieces added pops of bright color to the table displays, arranged underneath twinkling market lights.
Stacy wrote each name and table number on the paper escort cards that hung on the wired board. Heart-shaped keys that doubled as wine-bottle openers for the wedding favors hung from the tags, adding a vintage touch to the display.
Half-Back Wedding Day Hairstyle
A wooden slab draped with moss held up a votive candle and vintage-style books, one of which had the number of the table displayed on the front. Each and every dining table had a mix of these elements.
Rice Krispies Dipped in Chocolate
The two-tier white wedding cake filled with raspberry had an iced surface that glistened with beauty. The dessert had colorful blooms wrapped around its layers with a wooden "Love" topper.
White Medium-Length Tulle Veil