2 Nov

Parisian styled elopement

categories Real Weddings

beaded change purse, bird cage veil and pale pink bowed heels

As wedding bloggers we’re always keeping an eye out for pretty details and decor. Sometimes (and only sometimes, because we love us them details), we like it when a couple takes a more intimate approach. A small gathering with a handful of friends or in this case, an elopement. Just Jennie & Ben + the photographic skills of Joielala is all you need. They married on a Monday evening at Spreckles Pavilion in Balboa Park and wanted their elopement to have a Parisian feel as that’s where Ben proposed. Later, the evening ended with a romantic sailboat ride in San Diego Harbor. Dreamy.

Ted Baker white ruffle-sleeved dress

Ahh! We need to own these pretty pink Badgley Mischka shoes!

pink Badgley Mischka shoes

pastel macaroons and simple rose boutonniere

engraved tie clip

simple, round pink rose bouquet

Ted Baker  dress and Badgley Mischka shoes

vintage bird cage veil and drop crystal earrings

Organ Pavilion in Balboa park

romantic park elopement

simple park elopement

romantic twirl

monkey organ player in the park

'Just Married' sign

navy suit and sea-blue tie with simple pink rose boutonniere

romantic dock-side portrait session

Ted Baker dress and Etsy earrings

peacock style beaded clutch

boat ride reception for two

romantic boat reception for two

romantic sunset boat ride

We knew shortly after our engagement an elopement was right for us. I spent a couple days trying to plan a small gathering but it just kept feeling stressful so that was the end of that. I can honestly say I had so much fun putting together an elopement in a matter of weeks. I talked it over with my parents and luckily they loved the idea of it and were so supportive. A wedding really needs to fit the couple and their families and I felt this was perfect for us. Untraditional and intimate. We decided it had to be everyone or no one because we just could not leave anyone out so it was just the two of us and I loved every minute of it.

All the details were the fun part. The possibilities felt endless. Should we rent a vintage car to drive up the coast? Get married on a rooftop downtown? With the freedom of just us we decided that the Organ Pavilion in Balboa park had the perfect mix of architecture for our ceremony. We had our intimate I do’s and handwritten vows under the pavilion archway and my husband’s guitar teacher played our first dance song. One of the best things about San Diego is the water so sailing seemed like the perfect end to the day. I adore the pictures our photographers captured around the dock and on the boat. We ended the night with champagne and a picnic dinner watching the sunset. I don’t think I could have dreamt a better day.

Gorgeous couple aren’t they? Congratulations Jennie + Ben!

Photography: Joielala / Dress: Ted Baker / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Veil: made by bride / Make-up: Vicky with Clean Slate / Hair: JennieJBeauty / Purse: Vintage / Flowers: made by bride / Cake stand: Bountiful in Venice, CA / Macaroons: Bread & Cie Bakery / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Guitarist: Paper Moon Music / Hotel: Hotel Solamar / Boat rental: Harbor Yahct Club

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  1. As wedding bloggers we’re always keeping an eye out for pretty details and decor. Sometimes (and only sometimes,… http://t.co/aiyTdPWv

  2. I would love the name of the Etsy designer for her drop earrings!

  3. That;s my favorite spot in the park. Beautiful couple and beautiful pictures.

  4. I LOVE those shoes!!!!

  5. Elopement? This post is tempting me. So cute! —> Parisian Styled Elopement http://t.co/xvlF65PF via @100layercake

  6. could shoot those 2 allday. thx 4 the feature! RT @100LayerCake: This bride, her shoes, her dress, that clutch… hot! http://t.co/HEehFwhN

  7. We’re so thrilled to be featured on 100 Layer Cake today. Thanks so much for a gorgeous post! Jennie + Ben are dream clients and we loved every second of their special day. xo

  8. Love how Joie Lala captured our day!!! Thank you for featuring our special day :)

    Here’s the Etsy shop my earrings are from http://www.etsy.com/shop/earringsnation?ref=seller_info

  9. if someone’s planning an elopement, call me. so beautiful. http://t.co/qHc173tN

  10. How is this an elopement? They have guests, flowers, a professional photographer, a dreamy location, cutesy details like the “just married” signs, everything planned out perfectly, and the evening topped off nicely with a sailboat ride. Small wedding yes, elopement no way.

  11. Sharing: Parisian styled elopement http://t.co/WNItuEeV via @100LayerCake

  12. How lovely is this! I’m so happy for you, Jennie, this looks so romantic. The Joielala girls did great.

  13. Lovely ceremony! Looks like a perfect day!

  14. I love her dress – so fun and pretty! Looks like a beautiful day!

  15. A Parisian stylle elopement in San Diego. Love the bride’s little white dress, she is right on trend! http://t.co/hLXqUkoC

  16. Really beautiful pictures of what looks like a very romantic occasion :)

  17. Wow this is breathtakingly gorgeous.. the bride looks beautiful

  18. Although the convenience of email cannot be denied, the act of receiving and reading a snailmail letter is by far the better experience. So kudos to you!I understand that the letters are not personalized, but are they physically signed by the sender? That would be such a awesome touch and just one for which I’d gladly pay more. Perhaps the sender could sign a small percentage, so that a randomly chosen few each individual week would have a little extra thrill. That possibility would absolutely make my heart race a bit faster as I tore open the envelope!

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