Southern California wedding: Cortnie + Donny

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Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

When someone from the event design world gets married, we pour ourselves a fancy cocktail and prepare to have a little swooning session while going through every image and detail. Of course, when the photos are coming from Jose Villa, and the wedding belongs belongs to Cortnie, the talented planner & stylist behind Canvas and Canopy and very admired name around our office… well, you just know it’s going to be a stunner.

The wedding took place on the beaches of San Diego, but wasn’t your typical sunny San Diego beach wedding. In fact Courtnie even hoped for a foggy, overcast day to really create a unique and ethereal vibe. With a huge storm warning on its way, she got what she wanted and the shipwrecked vibe, a washed ashore, nautical, ethereal almost ghostly feel came to life with the help of good friend and coordinator, Carolyn Chen of The Special Day.

vintage invites | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

One of our personal touches that appeared on the invitations, menus, programs, and cakes were the silhouettes of bears. My nickname for both Donny & our dog Bubba are my bears. Even the ringBEARers wore lapel pins with bears on them, and my bouquet had a necklace that had a bear locket wrapped around it with photos of Donny and Bubba inside.

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Wedding rings | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Ahh! Loving her Jimmy Choos.

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

beautiful bouquet | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Joan Shum wedding dress | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Joan Shum wedding dress | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Let’s talk about THE dress! Amaze, right? Cortnie wore a custom gown created by Joan Shum. From Cortnie… I basically just told her I wanted long sleeves, a gorgeous textured skirt and I wanted the color to be a mixture of blush + beige. A color I later decided to coin as ‘bleige’. I tried my wedding dress on for the very first time the week of the wedding and it was perfect. Joan came down on my wedding day and even dressed me! The gown matched the colors of foggy day and sand perfectly and could not have been more elegant.

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Cortnie and Donny's wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

I wanted to channel the giant bouquets carried by brides in the 1930’s and 40’s, so I asked Studio Fiore to create a really textural and ‘undone’ giant bouquet.

Cortnie and Donny's wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwrecked wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Now this is how you bring a chapel to the sea!

The ceremony was by far the most important aspect of the wedding to Donny and I. We spent a great deal of time talking to officiants and were referred to JP Reynolds. We met with him and clicked immediately. We have families from different religious backgrounds and he was able to tie their backgrounds together while weaving the history of our relationship into the ceremony so perfectly. He came up with really creative ways to involve all of our family members too. He made our ceremony extremely touching and special.

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwrecked wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Guests were taken down to the beach by Pedi Cab with large signs on the back that had our bear logo and our favorite Dr. Suess quote “oh the places we’ll go” on the backs of them. As guests neared the ceremony location there was a rustic wooden sign that said “Little Chapel by the Sea” with my nephew Thomas standing next to it and handing out programs from a vintage silver tray. Then guests walked down to the sandy beach in which we had Lucite ghost chairs for them to sit upon. I loved the idea of ghost chairs on the sandy beach bc literally nothing was blocking the gorgeous view.

Nautical shipwrecked wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck themed wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck themed wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwrecked wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwrecked wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

The ring bearers, flower girls and Cortnie walked down the sandy aisle to a song that Donny wrote and sang.

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Escort card display | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Modern nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

They printed the bear and boat Chinoiserie print that Kristy Rice drew onto giant long scrolls that spilled to the floor and wrote each guests name on them.

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

vintage lounge furniture | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical themed wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Kristy Rice of Momental Designs mounted acrylic table numbers onto wood pieces to tie together their modern/rustic feel of the reception.

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

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Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Our head table was literally floating! I designed our head table to be hanging from a structure with nautical looking ropes so that it was floating. I had found an old ship on Craigslist and my talented friend from Urban Barn (a vintage furniture store), strung it with crystals to create a ‘ship chandelier’ we hung from the center of the structure, over the floating table. Again it was surrounded by the Lucite ghost chairs to keep the feeling of it floating. Studio Fiore created a beautiful floral runner that hung off both ends of the floating table.

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck themed wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Modern nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Cortnie and Donny's wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Modern nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Cortnie and Donny's wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Nautical shipwreck theme wedding | Photo by Jose Villa | 100 Layer Cake

Huge congrats to Cortnie + Donny on such a gorgeous wedding!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography / Event Design & Styling: Canvas & Canopy Events / Event Planning & Coordination: The Special Day / Floral Design: Studio Fiore Design / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper / Vintage Dinnerware, Glassware & Flatware: Casa De Perrin / Modern Furniture Rentals: Hire Elegance / Table Linens: Wildflower Linen / Event Containers & Props: Canvas & Canopy Events / Event Stationery: Momental Designs / Wedding Invitation: Printed Palette Ink / Wedding Cake & Cookies: Cupcakes Couture / DJ: The Flashdance / Mixologists: Snake Oil Cocktail / Hair & Makeup: Alexis K Brows / Bride & Flower Girl Hair Pieces: Lo Boheme / Canopy Bed Ceremony Structure: Designed & Constructed by Canvas & Canopy Events / Custom Floating Table Designed by Canvas & Canopy Events & Constructed by The Timber Library / Catering: Toast Catering / Lighting: San Diego Events Lighting / Bride’s Custom Wedding Gown: Joan Shum Brides / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Grooms Suit: Theory / Grooms Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

You can see more of this wedding over at Green Wedding Shoes.

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Meg on May 7, 2013

Great details and gorgeous rings! http://happinessiscreating.com/my-wedding/

Wedding Planner London - Soirée de Luxe on May 7, 2013

I love this wedding!! Such a gorgeous colour scheme and I especially love all the stationery! xx

@foundrentals on May 7, 2013

So in love w/ @Canvasandcanopy's stunning wedding shot by @JoseVilla on @100layercake + @grnweddingshoes today http://t.co/Cu6oics0kh...

Canvas & Canopy on May 7, 2013

Thanks for sharing our special day with everyone :) xo Cortnie

Kristy R. on May 7, 2013

Cortnie gave us the most inspiring details to work with - can't remember having so much fun painting!!

@RiceInk on May 7, 2013

@canvasandcanopy's wedding is up @grnweddingshoes http://t.co/smNJ7B3HNA & @100LayerCake http://t.co/Gp0O5SWmh1 today!We had a bast w/paper!

Adelena Whittaker Rooney on May 7, 2013

So gorgeous! Such an honor to be part of such an amazing team. My favorite bouquet of all time, and one of my top fave weddings to have worked on ever!

Brent & Anna - Live View Studios on May 7, 2013

SO creative and gorgeous! Love it all!

Jennifer Fausner on May 7, 2013

Such a gorgeous wedding and so thankful to have gained such a talented & beautiful sis n law too! Thank you for your creative vision on your invites! So much fun making those and certainly unique! Xoxoxo!

@100LayerCake on May 7, 2013

Love the work these folks did for this wedding! @casadeperrin @foundrentals @loboheme @LHCalligraphy @RiceInk http://t.co/Vnm6CAOqjY

Lori Bodkin on May 7, 2013

OMG! This is stunning! I still haven't picked my jaw up off the table. I admire the layers of talent that helped create this wedding and the vision behind it!

Inspired By This Blog on May 7, 2013

Can't put into words the beauty of this wedding...dying over every gorgeous detail! :]

Terrie on May 7, 2013

As mother of the bride I am in awe of the degree of talent everyone involved has. Thank you to all of you for making this the most perfect and beautiful day of our daughter's life. It was a perfect day!!!!

Ella on May 7, 2013

I am stunned. This is so unique and lovely. Wow.

Danielle on May 7, 2013

What an amazing, goregous wedding. All the detail and thought that went into this is breathtaking. I didnt see where the location was. Can someone let me in on this? I am looking for places on or near the beach in San Diego to get married. Thanks!

Fran on May 7, 2013

Sooo ethereal and timless at the same time. Unbeliveable.

Shan on May 7, 2013

I am in LOVE with Cortnie & Donny's wedding!!! Was great looking back to remember this wonderful day!

Alicia on May 7, 2013

This is the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen.

Hot Chocolates - Clayton on May 8, 2013

Some of the best DIY touches I have seen in a long time! Really gorgeous guys... love it! That cake is amazing! Congrats xoxo

Denis from Deneemotion on May 8, 2013

Wow! Stunning shots, really inspiring! Off to edit another video! :)

Canvas & Canopy on May 8, 2013

Hi Danielle!! The location was really difficult to work with! :) There are a lot of places in California that let you get married on the beach now! You can go through the city and get permitting to have a sandy beach wedding!

Rachel on May 8, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! All the details and DIY that went into this is amazing! Its no wonder it is Cortie and Canvas and Canopy, her work is always extremely creative and stunning! It really looks like all the vendors did such a great job though.....love!

Zach on May 8, 2013

I saw this wedding in the brides magazine, looks like one I wish I were invited too! Thanks for sharing all the other photos with us!

jess wilcox on May 9, 2013

Wow truly stunning!

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viv on Sep 14, 2013

Can someone help me find that amazing chandelier for purchase?

Floral Design by Sage Eco-Garden on Sep 17, 2014

So in love with all of the details and how the theme is sewn throughout so beautifully. This is such a unique take on nautical! Floral Design by Sage Eco- Garden

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