Married! A Nautical-Inspired Coastal Wedding

Carolyn and Josh’s Pacific Beach, San Diego wedding was just too much fun to bring to life. We spent a good year working closely with them and their families to bring to life their vision of an effortlessly classic beach side wedding for their guests, most all from Oklahoma. One of our favorite venues, Tower 23, was the perfect blank canvas that allowed for a balance of preppy textures and colors, incredible vintage brooches and jewelry, nautical detailing and some sweet handmade details {like Aleah’s mossy ring bearer box, our dip-dyed ombré flags and the coordinating ombré flower girl wand!}. Needless to say, Carolyn and Josh are not only a wonderfully kind couple, but their wedding was great fun to be part of.

Talk about a perfect location, isn’t it? Tower 23 is one of our favorite spots for unique weddings and for lunch and cocktails!

One thing is for sure: our bride Carolyn knows how to accessorize! She donned a number of vintage baubles throughout the day and her shoes…….

Carolyn says: A destination wedding with a small group of friends and family was the perfect balance for us, and San Diego proved to be the perfect place. We didn’t have any connection to the city, but we knew that it was beautiful year-round and had great beaches but would still manageable for guests who would be traveling. We set out to plan an experience for our guests with multiple activities, including a special evening beach campfire instead of a rehearsal dinner, complete with s’mores. We wanted our guests to know how thankful we were that they traveled to be a part of our special day.

…and she shared some very kind words for us {thank you, Carolyn!}: The best decision I made during the planning was to hire a wedding planner. We instantly clicked with the great team at Valley & Co., and they helped us to decide on Tower 23 Hotel and Pacific Beach for our venue. The hotel is right on the beach, so our guests could walk from the hotel to the beach and back for all of the wedding events, saving on travel time for everyone. Playing off of the contemporary, nautical California style of Tower 23, we chose a color palette of navy blue and lime green, combined with clean lines and simple accents that reflected our personal style.

During the ceremony Carolyn and Josh tied three ropes into a braid, signifying the start of their marriage.

What style! The venue and beach were the perfect backdrop for such a chic wedding party!

…and in case you haven’t seen enough loveliness, our talented friends at Bubble Rock Studios {who flew in from New Zealand to capture the wedding!} have a stunner of a video trailer to share:

A special thank you to our entire team of amazing artists for coming on board. It was a picture-perfect day! You can see a full feature over on Style Me Pretty | California, too!

Wedding + Bonfire Design, Coordination + Props: Valley & Co. / Floral Design: Valley & Co.  / Photography: Shannon Lee Images / Venue + Catering: Tower 23 Hotel  Officiant: Pastor Bob Johnson of Grace Church San Diego / Wedding + Bonfire Cinematography: bubblerock / Wedding Cakes: The French Gourmet / Sweets Buffet: Tailored Sweets / Wedding Invitations, Mad Libs + Stationery: Dolldine Designs / Guitar: Miles Moynier / Flower Girl Wand, Ring Bearer Box + Ombre Beach Flags: Valley & Co. / Chairs + Chargers: Classic Party Rentals / Welcome Totes: Wedding Chicks / Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Brooch Bouquet: The Ritzy Rose / Brooches: Vintage / Hair + Makeup: Charlyn Sanchez / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Banana Republic / Groom’s Tie: Burberry / Groomsmen’s Ties: J.Crew / Flower Girl’s Dress: J.Crew

In case you missed the awesome S’mores Beach bonfire you can catch it here!

Carolyn and Josh, wishing you the very best – thank you for letting us play a role in your special celebrations! A and N

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  1. says

    This wedding is a true representation of your skills, talent, vision and attention. We loved working on this wedding with you, the trust you showed us was huge in making us who we are today and this wedding will remain one of my all time favourites because it was one of the most personal/unique/heartfelt celebration I have had the pleasure to witness!

    • admin says

      Steph! What a sweet, sweet comment. You guys are truly amazing and captured the day just so perfectly. YOU are amazing! xo


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