Elegant Italian inspired California wedding: Matt + Elaine

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Matt + Elaine had 3 main priorities in planning their Italian wedding: 1) Their guests’ comfort and happiness, 2) Incredible Italian food, and 3) keeping things genuine, yet elegant. Elaine’s Hayley Paige gown is the perfect representation of that last one, if you ask us—she loved the combo of modern and traditional. And the rest? You’ll just have to scroll through Danielle Poff’s shots and see for yourself.

Navy bridesmaid dresses

A classically elegant bouquet recipe a la Cherries Flowers: muscari, ranunculus, peonies, French tulips, garden roses, sweet peas, iceberg rose vines, olive stems, clematis vines

Hayley Paige wedding dress

Romantic wedding invitation suite

Romantic, Italian inspired wedding ceremony

Elaine’s aisle song: “Married Life” from Up
First Dance: “All Your Life” by The Band Perry

Romantic wedding invitation

White gardina flowers

Hayley Paige wedding dress

Choosing a photog was a cinch because Elaine + Danielle went to school together. Elaine says, I have followed her on social media since she started shooting weddings and I always loved everything she does so it was a really easy decision for me. We actually ended up picking our date around when she was available because I knew I wanted her. It’s nice to share all these intimate moments with someone you are comfortable with.

Romantic Italian inspired lounge area

Romantic wedding florals

Italian inspired wedding appetizers

Romantic Italian inspired wedding tablescape

Elaine, on one of her fave moments—the dinner: It felt so special to share a family style Italian meal with all the people who mean so much to us surrounding us. The other memorable parts are the quiet moments I got with Matt throughout the day, my favorite being when we got to sit in the library and wait for everyone to sit down at dinner before we were introduced. Everything moves so fast that it was nice to sit down next to each other and have a minuet to ourselves. The toughest part of planning was coordinating all the guests coming from out of town… This sure makes it all worth it.

Gold leaf place cards

Escort card table

We are both Italian, and I joke that my wedding was “food” themed because that was one of the more important parts to us, and we both love to eat. We brought Taste Catering some homemade meatballs and gave them my Grandma’s recipe to make sure they were perfect. She is 94 years old and made it to the wedding all the way from Staten Island New York and gave the chef’s meatballs a big thumbs up.

Jam wedding favors

Romantic Italian inspired wedding tablescape

The dress draping over the chair… Sigh.

  • Elegant tablescape
  • Groomsmen portrait
  • Villa Montalvo California wedding venue
  • Bridal portrait
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Cheers to Matt and Elaine!

Photographer: Danielle Poff Photography / Venue: Villa Montalvo / Planning & Design: Lauren of Downey Street Events / Floral Design: Cherries Flowers / Hair & Makeup: Meaganne McCandess / Invitations & Day-of Paper: Aerialist Press / Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs / Cake & Catering: Taste Catering / Gelato Cart: Sweet Springs Gelato / Lighting & Drape: Got Light! / Linens: La Tavola / Lounge Furniture: Designer 8 / Rentals: Standard Party Rentals/ Décor Rentals: Theoni Collection / Vintage Car: Elegant Journey Limousine / Shuttles: Corinthian Parking & Shuttles / DJ & Ceremony AV: Kevin of Sound in Motion / Strings: Synchronicity Strings / Officiant: Julie Cavalier (Groom’s Mother) / Bride’s Dress: Hayley Paige from Haute Bride in Los Gatos / Veil & Accessories: Haute Bride / Shoes: J. Renee from Nordstrom / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Suits & Ties: Nordstrom

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Jessica Schmitt on Aug 3, 2015

The stripes on her dress are so beautiful and unique. Such a beautiful wedding!

Downey Street Events on Aug 3, 2015

Thank you 100 Layer Cake for the feature. Elaine we had so much fun planning with you! Big thank you to Katherine at Cherries for the killer arch and Alex at Aerialist Press for the gorgeous foil patterned pieces which were amazing!!! xoxo

Alice on Aug 3, 2015

Image collection is mind blowing in your article, Every wedding becomes more awesome and joyful when their are close friends of grooms and bridal and there is tradition of gift sharing in such parties. most man likes watches and perfumes in gifts and bridal likes jewelry.

Lauren O'Neill on Sep 10, 2015

Such an amazing wedding feature + OMG, that dress!!! Love, love, love.

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