Married! A Chic Nautical Wedding

Happy Monday, all! Hope your week has been utterly fantastic thus far. It’s been a whirlwind of hard work and resulting goodness {last night’s #HolidayHQ Twitter chat was amazing and we announced our entertaining/summer design class at West Elm! Not to mention, we have a cameo in the new issue of the incredible goodness that is RUE Magazine}, but we’re ready to nap on the plane today!

Now…to polish off a great week, we’re sharing one of our favorite weddings in La Jolla, Katie and Brad’s own royal wedding. They tied the knot last April 29th {but they called the date far before Prince William and Kate!}. We’re so happy to finally get to share – their gorgeous bash graces a 4-page spread in the new issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine, so we had to wait until now. Without further adieu….cue the nautical-inspired loveliness!

As Katie’s nod to the royal wedding, she donned a feathered navy and sapphire fascinator for the reception {and these polka dot Kate Spade stunners}.

We had such an incredible time planning with Katie and Brad. They planned their wedding while living in Germany and prepping to move to San Diego {Brad actually hired us on a visit to SD after clicking so well with Nick and he knew Katie and Aleah would hit it right off}, and we focused on a gorgeous venue overlooking the Pacific Ocean, delicious food, specialty cocktails developed by Brad’s talented mixologist expert brother Alex, and sweet blooms mixed with grape wood and succulents from Isari Flower Studio. It was all about the experience for guests traveling from afar. In fact, team Valley & Co. were the only ones present from San Diego!

It was all about the SoCal touches, too. Nick found the perfect vintage Woody, complete with a driver donning a Hawaiian shirt!

We initially provided sketches to include clusters of white and cream blooms nestled in between illuminated hurricanes. Tam from Isari added in towering springtime branches just blooming lovely buds and spiky air plants. We loved the end result.

Down to the last finishing touch, we had Jennifer from Pretty Pen Studio craft the escort cards, place cards and bar signage. We buried these escort cards in sand inside a darling wooden boat {the tables were all numbered in German}.

Katie provided Tam with vintage feathers she found in a Parisian flea market.

It was all about the finishing touches. The surprises here and there. Guests were shuttled from the church in La Jolla to Scripps Forum where specialty cocktails and a guitarist greeted them as they took in the view of the Pacific and the surfers catching waves. Once the doors opened into the dining room guests were welcomed to their seat with fruitwood chargers, navy napkins, a smooth rock {plucked from the beach by Katie}, more gorgeous calligraphy and nibbles at each corner of our square tables.

The mixture of dramatic taller branches and lower glowing candles and rose-studded centerpieces paired well with our sheer draping and understated blue uplighting that masked the lecture rooms up top of the space.

Katie and Brad’s guest book was actually a ping pong table {in blue!} that guests used to pen messages and well wishes. So fun, isn’t it?

It was such a fun day. The touches were stunning, the wedding itself so chic and timeless, and Katie and Brad were {and are!} just so fantastic. Happy nearly-anniversary, you two!

If you’re in Southern California you should scoop up the current issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine – you can see this gorgeous spread for yourself!

Our team:

Planning + design: Valley & Co. | Photography: Llanes Weddings | Flowers: Isari Flower Studio | Rentals {chairs, linens, chargers, draping}: Concepts Event Design | Guitarist: Miles Moynier | Woody: Given Harrison | Catering and Desserts: Terra | Specialty Cocktails: Alex Day | Church: St. James La Jolla | Reception Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum | Calligraphy: Pretty Pen Studio | Katie’s Gown:

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