Ciela & David really wanted a theme that suited us as a couple rather than the typical summer colours many couples choose. “We decided to go for a romantic, modern storybook feel. Pinterest was the first thing to inspire us! We went with a deep burgundy, steel blue, and rustic gold palette (definitely not the usual summer look). As far as the “story” theme coming into play, we thought it would be neat for wedding guests to learn about our story. We were middle school sweethearts and not a lot of people know how we grew up together.”
The couple chose Galway Downs and entrusted the coordinators of Haven House Events and Wedgewood coordinators because of the personal connections they had made there. Galway Downs was the perfect venue for them as it is in the area where they both grew up and therefore very near and dear to their hearts.
“We decided to use glass terrariums as a centerpiece, along with real candlelight to add to the cozy scene. We had so many things that we did ourselves.” From the donut display, to personalised fans for the ceremony, the guest book, lawn games, cigar bar and the window panes we gathered for the table display, it was a wonderful family affair doing much of the decorating themselves. “The DIY part really came into play when we decided to do eucalyptus wreaths the day before our wedding! My mom, grandma, maid of honor and a couple of bridesmaids were so helpful in piecing together bunches of eucalyptus and forming it into a beautiful wreath. The wreaths played a key part in the centerpieces.”
In the reception space every table number represented a chapter in their lives. For example, each guest at the Chapter One table had the first chapter of their epic love story. Throughout the venue they also placed love quotes from epic love stories and movies.
“When I look back at how much effort we put into our wedding, I am proud, impressed with my skills in decor (considering I have never planned such an elaborate party before!), and so happy with how our vision exceeded all of our expectations.”
PHOTOGRAPHY Astray Photography ~ BRIDE’S DRESS Essence of Australia via Archive Bridal ~ GROOM’S OUTFIT Kenneth Cole ~ HAIR Twisted Scissors ~ MAKE UP Blush Skin Boutique ~ FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Finest City Florist ~ WEDDING PLANNER Haven House Events ~ CATERING Sub Zero Ice Cream ~ VENUE Wedgewood Weddings – Galway Downs, California