Southern California wedding: Amanda + Tim, part 1

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The BIG DAY is here, YES!! You’ve seen our proposal story, our engagement photos in Italy and Palm Desert, my wedding dress hunt, my wild bachelorette party, tiki bridal shower, and planning bits and bobs. And now it’s time to share part 1 of the most beautiful day of our lives, as captured by the visionary Max Wanger, a talent who I have known would be there photographing us since I first discovered his breathtaking work four years ago.

wedding portrait by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

Tim and I hadn’t really collaborated on many creative projects, but during the planning process we found ourselves bouncing ideas back and forth about our wedding style, location and vibe. Everything seemed to flow so easily… yet another sign I was marrying the perfect guy for me. We both love mid-century design, the style and colors of the early 60’s, so we knew we had to incorporate that vibe into our wedding.

Our first kiss happened after a James Bond party a friend threw (as told here), so we thought it would be fun to give a nod to those early movies. Our first project was a save the date. Inspired by the opening credits to From Russia with Love, we collaborated with Scott Clark on a quirky video to announce our wedding and give our guests a bit of intrigue. The song in the video is Lujon, by Henry Mancini, and pretty much sums up the feeling we wanted our big day to portray. Here is a screen from our wedding website Tim and I created..

Amanda and Tim's wedding website | 100 Layer Cake

Come and walk with me through our fairy tale..

San Clemente wedding view | 100 Layer Cake

Tim and I arrived in San Clemente a few days before the wedding to relax and focus on each other. The months and weeks leading up to the wedding were full of excitement, trying to get everything done and ready to celebrate our love in front of our family and friends. The planning process was a blast, extremely hard and time-consuming, overwhelming at times, but downright amazing. With the help of our wonderful planners, Bash, Please, we had a celebration of the century. There is no way we could have pulled this off without them.. they were a pleasure to work with, had a creative solution for everything and kept us sane throughout the process.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

The Fiore Beauty team arrived to get me and my ‘maids all fixed up! Jaimi gave me the prettiest glitter French mani..

Wedding nail art by Fiore Beauty | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

My wedding dress hunt was a long one.. filled with full tulle gowns, pretty blush colors, lace and many different dress shapes. I had an idea of what I wanted, but when I tried on many of the gowns in my research folder they just didn’t feel perfect on me. When I saw this Jorge Manuel gown on a mannequin at The White Dress, I was instantly drawn to it.. with its sparkly beaded details and body-hugging mermaid shape. The moment I put it on, I felt like a million bucks. Like a movie star. Like an silver-screen siren. It wasn’t what I had planned to wear all along, but sometimes the dress finds you.

Amanda's wedding accessories | 100 Layer Cake

To compliment the dress, Twigs and Honey made me an ethereal custom blusher veil. Paula from Ila Handbags designed two amazing clutches to go with each gown, which are some of my prettiest treasures. And I couldn’t resist these Nicholas Kirkwood heels to pair with my reception gown. Here is one of his similar styles.

Amanda's wedding shoes | 100 Layer Cake

vintage hankie ring pillow | 100 Layer Cake

Our ring pillow was constructed by Tim’s sister-in-law Michele, from a vintage handkerchief I found on Etsy.

bride bouquet by Honey & Poppies | 100 Layer Cake

locket on bouquet | 100 Layer Cake

And the bouquet! Juliette and Baroness garden roses, Cafe au Lait Dahlias, White Mona Lisa anemones, Astilbe, Jasmine, Passion Vine, and seeded Eucalyptus.. a beautiful creation by Honey and Poppies, which carried a locket with photos of my mother and grandmother. That sparkly pink number is Morganite, from Yael Designs.

Amanda's wedding accessories | 100 Layer Cake

BHLDN feather heels and my Ila Handbags ceremony clutch completed the look. Below are some of my bridesmaids’ accessories…yes, they love gold too!

bridesmaid accessories | 100 Layer Cake

groom cuff links | 100 Layer Cake

groomsmen socks | 100 Layer Cake

Tim, looking sharp as ever, and making me want to marry him every day..

Tim Dawbarn, groom | 100 Layer Cake

bridesmaid gifts | 100 Layer Cake

I gave each of my bridesmaids a box filled with goodies…a rhinestone bracelet, a Roxy Marj envelope clutch, embroidered hanky, pretty soap, nail polish and custom monogrammed Wiley Valentine stationery. Their heels were a DIY glitter project I took on with my friend Kendra. Then I wrote little messages to each gal on the soles.

bridesmaid shoes | 100 Layer Cake

bridesmaid heels | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda of 100 Layer Cake | 100 Layer Cake

OUR FIRST LOOK! This was one of the most amazing parts of our day, filled with ear-to-ear smiles and a few sweet tears. I remember walking up to him as my heart pounded.. almost as if this was our first date. I love that I still get those butterflies after being together for so many years!

first look | 100 Layer Cake

first look | 100 Layer Cake

first look photo by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

first look | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

first look | 100 Layer Cake

first look | 100 Layer Cake

wedding portrait by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

first look photo by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

wedding portrait by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

wedding portrait by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

wedding portrait by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

wedding portrait by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

wedding portrait by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

My dad had always talked about my wedding day before I even met Tim. He knew I would meet and marry the man of my dreams, and had been excited about this day ever since I was born. And I had always planned on having him perform our wedding ceremony, so I wanted to surprise him with a “first look” too.

I will never forget the way he looked at me and the emotion between us in that moment. I remember him turning around saying, “My baby!” with tears in his eyes.

father/daughter first look | 100 Layer Cake

father/daughter first look | 100 Layer Cake

father/daughter | 100 Layer Cake

A pre-ceremony toast with my beautiful sister and maid-of-honor Abbey, and my lovely bridesmaids Catherine, Jenna and Kendra.

pre-ceremony bridesmaids toast | 100 Layer Cake

pre-ceremony toast | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim wedding | 100 Layer Cake


Wedding guest book | 100 Layer Cake

Tim’s niece and nephew were our ring/sign bearer and flower girl. Isn’t her dress adorable?

ring bearer and flower girl | 100 Layer Cake

Tim made the wood sign (in our dining room, with a saw. don’t ask) and my friend and bridesmaid Jenna created the lettering on it.

sign bearer | 100 Layer Cake

I walked down the aisle to this lovely song, as played by a musician from Elan Artists.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

My father married us just as I had always dreamed, and I had my friend Catherine read a beautiful poem by Pablo Neruda. Tim and I wrote our own vows and even wrote some of our ceremony script. We wanted it to be personal, heartfelt, and an expression of our love for each other. It was definitely one of the most memorable parts of the day for us.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

And that beauty of an aisle runner? It was created by our planners Bash, Please. Those girls have a multitude of ideas up their sleeves.

Glitter aisle runner by Bash, Please | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | Photo by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | Photo by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

I didn’t expect a high-five from Tim in the middle of his vows, but it cracked me up. Tim makes me laugh every single day, so of course our wedding day would be full of giggles.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

wedding portrait by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

Best. Day. Ever. I love you, my Timmy D!

Here is part 2 with all the pretty reception details!

You can see photos of our wedding in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, in print and on the iPad).

Photography: Max Wanger / Event Planning: Bash, Please / Videography: Sharkpig / Location: Casa Romantica / Ceremony and dinner reception music: Elan Artists / DJ: The Flashdance / Flowers: Honey and Poppies / Rentals: Yeah! Rentals, Casa de Perrin, Signature Rentals, and Bountiful / Linens: La Tavola / Fringe and balloon installation: Geronimo Balloons / Wedding cake: Sweet and Saucy. Smaller cakes: Porto’s Bakery / Catering: 24 Carrots / Bartending: Pharmacie / Photo booth: Smilebooth / Transportation: Beverly Hills Rent-a-Car / Save the date video filming: Scott Clark / Invitation Design: by me!

Bride and bridesmaids: Hair, makeup and nail design: Fiore Beauty / Ceremony dress: Jorge Manuel, from The White Dress / Ceremony shoes and rehearsal dinner gown: BHLDN / Reception gown: Monique Lhuillier / Reception shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood / Veil: Twigs & Honey / Ceremony and reception clutches: Ila Handbags / Cocktail ring and reception earrings: Yael Designs / Ceremony earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane / Glow: Plush Tan / Blue Print Cleanse / Bracelet: Rose Bowl Flea Market / Bridesmaid dresses: Kirribilla, Theia, ASOS, C. Luce / Bridesmaid shoes: Nina / Flower girl dress: Weddington Way / Bridesmaids’ gifts: envelope clutch from Roxy Marj, rhinestone bracelets from Rose Bowl Flea Market, embroidered hankie from Bumble Bee Linens, monogram stationery from Wiley Valentine, Essie nail polish

Groom and groomsmen: Groom’s suit: Versace / Groom’s tie: Zara / Cuff links: Thomas Pink / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Socks: Urban Outfitters / Groomsmen ties: H&M

Design, decor and favors: Design by meHand-lettering for invitations and coaster: Bernadette Pascua. Lettering on signage: Love, Jenna Calligraphy / Invite screen-printing: Diversified Images / Coaster printing: Mama’s Sauce / Dinner napkin printing: Spoonflower / Cocktail napkin, matchbox, flower to-go bag printing: For Your Party / Escort cards / Tassels for escort cards / Welcome bag: mini Baggu / Favor: lucite diamonds from Charming Creation / Custom One Love Organics aromatherapy mist / Ring pillow sewn by Michele Dawbarn

Social Love

@100LayerCake on Apr 15, 2013

Part 1 of our wedding story, as told through the lens of the amazing @maxwanger

Gee | EverythingWeddingsAndMore on Apr 15, 2013

Gorgeouuuuuuuuuuuuus!!! Loving the Dress!

The Wedding Shoppe on Apr 15, 2013

This is absolutely incredible. It's one of our most favorite weddings we've ever seen..everything from the glamorous details to your stunning dress! Congratulations! We absolutely adore it!

meg on Apr 15, 2013

So many lovely details: shoes, shoes, and more shoes! Also, the mixed bridesmaid black and white dresses is awesome.

@sashbuzz on Apr 15, 2013

Southern California wedding: Amanda + Tim, part 1

Molly on Apr 15, 2013

GORGEOUS! Do tell where that beautiful robe is from!?

100layercake on Apr 15, 2013

Thanks everyone! It's so fun to share it! Molly, the robe is Natori from Nordstrom.

Sophia on Apr 15, 2013

Stunning!!!! That high-five was too cute!!

@coffeeistasty on Apr 15, 2013

Our wedding is up on 100lc today. It's fun to relive it all again. The pictures look awesome. via @100layercake

@oxidesign on Apr 15, 2013

A superb souther #California #Wedding via @100layercake

@BrokeAssBride on Apr 15, 2013

Congrats Amanda! RT @100LayerCake: Part 1 of our wedding story, as told through the lens of the amazing @maxwanger

chandra ~ oh lovely day on Apr 15, 2013

I've already said how much I love your wedding. The stationery, the black + gold, the reception dress, the gorgeous photos by Max. But that first look with your dad had me tearing up. So special. Congrats to you & Tim on such beautiful day to start your marriage. xx

@100LayerCake on Apr 15, 2013

Thx Lisa! RT @good_on_paper: In love with all the gorgeous goodness from Amanda and Tim's wedding! Wow! @100LayerCake

Rhiannon on Apr 15, 2013

So stinking amazing. Loved seeing it all on IG, in MSW and now on here :) Can't wait for part II!

Candace on Apr 15, 2013

Beautiful wedding, I love the details. Who created your wedding website?

100layercake on Apr 15, 2013

@Chandra, aww it had me tearing up too! A magical moment. @Candace, Tim and I created the site together. I designed it and he programmed it. I guess we're lucky it's our career too!

@LinenLoft on Apr 16, 2013

Which is your favorite detail in this #realwedding?

Tailored Engagements on Apr 17, 2013

This wedding is amazing! I love the black and gold! I adore this whole wedding.

Callie on Apr 17, 2013

Your ring is insanely beautiful!!! What designer is it? You two are too cute! Congratulations and many wishes :)

Memory Photo Gallery on Apr 17, 2013

The details that went into this wedding is amazing! I especially love that pink rock! Super gorgeous!

Bryan on Apr 17, 2013

Just beautiful x

Fi on Apr 17, 2013

Please tell me how to make that aisle runner!! It's perfection!

Jacquelyn {Jacquelyn Jackson Photography} on Apr 18, 2013

Amazing dress!

Tenielle on Apr 18, 2013

Congratulations Amanda and Tim. Every week we see all this beautiful wedding inspiration on here, but I have to say it's such a beautiful insight to see into 'your' day. To see what you personally loved, what meant the most to you& how you chose to celebrate. Thanks for sharing! Congrats again x million! xo

Erin on Apr 22, 2013

I love your rings, especially the silver-what looks like diamond encrusted-one!! Would you mind sharing who designed them? Thanks!

Bianca on Jun 4, 2013

Absolutely beautiful wedding details! Could you share where you found your wedding guest book/album? I'm going crazy trying to find an album with regular bound, kraft paper type sheets inside, not plastic album sheets!!!

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Kris | By Design Entertainment on Jan 11, 2014

That looked awesome! I loved the "Your Bride Has Arrived" Sign! Great touch!

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Beautiful wedding! I was wondering if you made the guestbook yourself, or if you purchased it somewhere?

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