29 Jun

There’s got to be a movie written about these two somewhere floating around. We know how their story ends (with an slightly edgy but romantic Spanish wedding at The Villa San Juan Capistrano), but it began with Brittany playing a little hard to get. Derek was very pursuant on messaging her to let him take her out, but she played the cool card. The ‘I want to get to know you before we go on a date date’ card. They meet up for casual drinks, both couldn’t help themselves from thinking the other was the most gorgeous person they’d met, talked the night away, talked about marriage (a few weeks later), then he proposed six months after!

purple and gold wedding invitations

We’re both creative people. I’m  a makeup artist and he is a musician/music supervisor, so we really wanted to be very hands on with the planning and knew that the invitations would set the tone for the entire wedding. I collaborated with custom print designer Dana Grogger to create a vintage-romantic style invite with a hint of modern edge. We had vintage lace sewn on to the top of our invites, lined with arrows, and a heart and arrow logo with B+D in the center for the front of the invite.

gold wedding shoes

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Brittany told us Derek was born with style and we can definitely see that!

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gold wedding shoes

white and green succulent bouquet

tan bridesmaid dresses

bridesmaid bouquet

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san juan capistrano wedding

white, lace flower girl dresses

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san juan capistrno wedding

san juan capistrno wedding

pink lemonade in mason jars

succulents and recycled bottles

feather and wood decor accents

For table numbers they wrapped tree trunks in twine and feathers and surrounded them with vintage beer bottles and old medicine jars stuffed with succulents.

hanging bottle vases

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The music! We had a good friend of ours, Sean Rosenthal, spinning vinyl (mainly soul). Our first dance was to “With a Girl Like You” by The Troggs, and then we broke into the Pulp Fiction dance that John Travolta and Uma Thurman do to Chuck Berry. I danced to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen with my father. We also had the band play that we met through, The Growlers. They have a really cool psychedelic surf rock sound. 

feather and succulent centerpieces

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Congratulations to Brittany + Derek! And a very happy Friday to y’all!

Photography: Troy Grover Photography / Venue: The Villa of San Juan Capistrano / Hair stylist: Rhonda Cota / Catering: Iva Lee’s Catering / Flowers: Floral Occassions / Cake: It’s All About the Cake / Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up Forever / Bride’s dress: Tara Keely

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  7. The beige and the black are stunning in this wedding. Love the brown bottles mixed with the greenry…beautiful.

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  12. We loved shooting this wedding! Brittany + Derek are truly one of a kind!

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  16. Thank you for the feature! Such a fun couple to work with, super fun style and great families. I can’t say enough wonderful things about The Grover’s!! I mean wow! The photos are stunning and do my work such undeniable justice, I’m honored to share this post with them. The Vila and thei staff are the best in the biz.

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  19. I think the beige looks so romantic!

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  21. Awww, this wedding looks like so much fun!!!

  22. Both the bride and groom looks so beautiful. I love the style of the dress and the groom’s attire. I love the bridesmaids dresses too. Everything is perfect.

  23. Very cute photos, thanks for sharing.

  24. Beautiful wedding! Stunning bride! Amazing pictures!

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  27. Simply beautiful!

  28. ADORE those bridesmaid dresses. The muted color is so classic and cool. Tara Keely dress is definitely “swoon worthy”. Gorgeous post as always….
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  29. Who makes the tan bridesmaid dresses? Love them!

  30. When you have a venue like The Villa San Juan Capistrano you are pretty much guaranteed to have a beautiful romantic Spanish-esque wedding. It really is great when the couple becomes involved with the wedding planning. I believe it is very important for the bride and groom to collaborate with the vendors. It adds a certain personal touch to the wedding and that is always very noticeable.
    The bride looked absolutely stunning. I love the mix of tulle and lace in her mermaid-style dress. The sweetheart neckline really complimented her hairdo and added a little sexiness to the outfit. As for the groom, the bride was right, that is by far one of the most stylish grooms I have seen in a while.
    It is so important to keep the theme and colors of your wedding flowing throughout the event, and this couple did it so well. Everything from the bridal party to the aisle decorations and the reception area was all tied in beautifully. It was all items that could be very budget-friendly and attractive at the same time.
    It was a stunning wedding with a very stylish couple. And yes you are right; their interesting story should be made into a movie. Like always kudos to the vendors, the photographer and of course 100layercake!

    Katarina I.
    Weddingful – Plan a Fabulous Wedding

  31. Your blog is so nice!

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