San Diego vintage motel wedding: Marty + Claire

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dried pods and flower bouquet

Marty and Claire’s wedding had a colorful, crafty, and fun vintage inspired hodgepodge spin to it. Their mid-century boutique venue, The Pearl, was half the charm. The rest was all thanks to Claire and her DIY magic. Like every single floral arrangement you’ll see, including that colorful bit up above. Claire made them months in advance using nothing but dried flowers (which also made for one less thing to worry about the day of the wedding). Lots of other goodies to check out in this one thanks to the awesome photography by Captured by Aimee!

vintage postcard invitations

custom designed jeweled belt

groomsmen prep time

dried pods and flower boutonnieres

The Pearl Hotel postcard

The Pearl Hotel, San Diego

BCBG eyelet wedding dress

garden wedding portraits

San Diego outdoor wedding portraits

vintage style wedding

woods bridal party portraits

groom vest and pocket watch

romantic woods wedding portrait

decorative hair barrette

The Pearl Hotel poolside wedding ceremony

hanging potted plants

burnt orange eyelet bridesmaid dress

poolside wedding ceremony

printed paper fans and parasols

printed guest fans

guest notes table and chalkboard elements

tin can dried floral centerpieces

purple and aqua dried florals

custom stamped mustache and mouth handkerchief

The highlight of their wedding invitations were these tea stained hankys. The graphics were hand stamped with custom rubber stamps and each hanky was wrapped around a linen postcard reply card that was customized for each guest’s home state or city.

fun with colorful poufs

decorated tin can dried floral centerpieces and candles

mustache and lips printed illustrations

decorative lighting

assorted desserts table

nighttime poolside reception

We love Claire’s bit of advice: DIY like crazy, only if it is fun for you. (Long engagements give you more time for projects. Don’t drive yourself nuts. This should be fun!)

Congratulations C + M!

Photography: Captured by Aimee / Bride’s dress: BCBG with some modifications / Belt: custom made by Bride’s cousin, Maggie / Bride’s hairpiece: made by bride using scraps from her dress and leftover dried flowers / Bridesmaid dresses: ModCloth with taffeta sashes hand sewn by bride / Groom’s suit: Macy’s and custom made vest / Venue: The Pearl Hotel in San Diego

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@PerfectBridal on Nov 19, 2012

San Diego vintage motel wedding: Marty + Claire: Marty and Claire’s wedding had a colorful, crafty, and fun vint...

Cara-Mia on Nov 19, 2012

This is an incredible wedding! Love all the details and the photography is beautiful. Couldn't have picked a better venue!

@sashbuzz on Nov 19, 2012

San Diego vintage motel wedding: Marty + Claire

Louisa Wimmer-Brown on Nov 19, 2012

Ooooo! How lovely!!! It never crossed my mind to use dried flowers. That is such an awesome idea! This is a must add to my inspiration file :) thanks so much for posting! Congrats you two <3

@PinnacleBride on Nov 19, 2012

San Diego vintage motel wedding: Marty + Claire

@ONEHOPEWeddings on Nov 19, 2012

Adorable! RT @100LayerCake: Lots of charming DIY details in this San Diego wedding w/ photos by @capturedbyaimee:

Megan Bingham on Nov 19, 2012

Such a beautiful wedding, I love all of the color and texture. What a fun couple.!

Rachael B. on Nov 19, 2012

The photos and details of this wedding are amazing. Thanks for posting and sharing the love and talent!

@100LayerCake on Nov 19, 2012

This bride made all the floral arrangements for her wedding months in advance using nothing but dried flowers:

Heiko Schmidt photographer on Nov 19, 2012

Yeah, this wedding rocks. What a cool idea. Love this off the beaten track ideas. The photography is very nice, too. The shots of the flowers on the table is really nice.

Andy on Nov 19, 2012

I love the flowers you used! I have been looking for dried flowers for my wedding because I think they are beautiful. Can I ask where you found yours? Thanks!

Liza on Nov 20, 2012

The wedding is beautiful - the pictures, marvelous! Kudos to the photographer!

Stacy on Nov 20, 2012

Wow. I love it. Very Americana Southwest meets vintage... how fun! The photography captures the ambiance perfectly. I wish that I was invited.

Claire on Nov 20, 2012

Thank you all for sweet comments and to 100 Layer Cake for highlighting our wedding! Andy, I ordered the flowers wholesale from Mountain Farms ( They shipped them across the country and they arrived in perfect condition. I cheated a bit and spray painted the Aqua color pods. All the other flowers were well preserved with beautiful colors. These took much longer to make than I expected. Consider keeping them simple unless you are up for a more tedious project! Hope that helps. C

NYC Wedding Photographer on Nov 20, 2012

What a fun wedding! Love the location and the photography. The tea stained hankys with the lips and mustache are so creative. Bravo!

Ruby on Nov 25, 2012

Beautiful color scheme - the pictures are so vivid!

Mallory on Dec 17, 2012

Hi There! I just love the orange bridesmaid dresses and I see that you got them at Modcloth...I looked online and don't see them :(. I feel like I need to have them! Do you know where I would be able to find them or the exact name of the dress? Such a beautiful wedding. :) Also, what is the name of your wedding dress? Too cute!

Tressa on Jan 3, 2013

I am also in love with your wedding dress! I'm having trouble finding it online. Any extra info? Gorgeous wedding!

Angie Hinebaugh on Mar 15, 2013

I love the orange bridesmaids dresses. My daughter is getting married in September and she would like to have her bridesmaids wear these. Where did you get them?

Laura on Apr 5, 2013

Hi there- I am IN LOVE with your colors. Actually my bedroom is decorated with those colors as well! Where did your bridesmaids get the burnt orange eyelet dressed? I would LOVE to know. thank you so so much Beautiful wedding! -Laura

Kayla on May 6, 2013

Hi! I am in love with your theme and color palette. Gorgeous wedding! I am also considering using dried flowers for our arrangements, and was wondering if you could give me a rough idea of how much you ended up needing to do everything? Thanks!! -Kayla

Lindsay on Feb 25, 2015

Where did you find the bridesmaid's dresses?

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