Southern California wedding: Amanda + Tim, part 2

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Hello dear readers! Now for all the pretty photos of our cocktail hour, dinner reception, dance party, and design details captured oh so perfectly by Max Wanger! If you haven’t already seen our wedding invitation suite or part 1 of our wedding yet, pop over and take a peek.

Going to kick this post off with a lovely shot of me with my ‘maids in their cute b&w dresses, and Tim with his studly groomsmen.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

black and white bridesmaids dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Glitter heels in full effect!

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Our cocktail hour took place inside, at the Solarium at Casa Romantica. The white archways and gorgeous chandelier are what sold us on using this venue.

Casa Romantica, San Clemente | 100 Layer Cake

Geronimo Balloons made these fun fringe installations to add a festive touch around what would later be the dance partay. Aren’t they great? We also had their signature balloons mark the entrance to the venue.

Geronimo Balloon frill | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Our friend Tal from the Pharmacie conjured up fantastic cocktails that were the talk of the town. With ingredients like fresh pineapple juice, Aztec chocolate bitters and fragrant Torani Amer, I’m sure you could see why. Our guests begged us for recipes after the wedding.

A lot of the vintage barware for our wedding actually came from my own collection. I had only started to collect them at the beginning stages of planning our wedding… and then quickly turned into a bit of an obsession. Now I can’t walk by a gold-flecked glass without snatching it up. Many of these glasses were purchased on the cheap, at antique markets and thrift stores in Kansas. Some of them were as low as $1 per glass! See how I made the drink stirrers here.

Pharmacie cocktails | Photo by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Cocktail servers passed out vintage playing cards with quotes from the James Bond movies to our guests.

(Oh hi, Catherine and Jaimi!)

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

100 Layer Cake founders | 100 Layer cake

And here we are.. the 100 Layer Cake ladies! Jillian and Kristina, my partners in crime. We had some fun crafting nights and many conversations about this day! Thanks dearies, for all your help and support!

(Hey Junia, SarahAudrey and Joshua!)

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Yeah! Rentals | Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Yeah! Rentals brought their gorgeous mid-century furniture and poufs to transform the fireplace area into a relaxing lounge. After the ceremony chairs were cleared away, they set up furniture outside too, so our guests could linger with cocktails and watch the sun set over the ocean.


Guest tote | 100 Layer Cake

The guest totes were so much fun to put together. Complete with a beach towel and sunnies, sparkling water, oranges and pistachios from a local orchard, our favorite chocolate sea salt almonds, and a California postcard all tucked inside a mini Baggu bag I had printed with Bernadette’s lettering. Our out-of-town guests were pretty happy to be welcomed with these treats after their journey to California.

Guest tote | 100 Layer Cake

tassel and sequin escort cards | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

tassel and sequin escort cards | 100 Layer Cake

Beautiful glassware, dinnerware and 24 carat gold flatware from Casa de Perrin graced white sequin tablecloths on our tables. I designed three different dinner napkin patterns and had the fabric printed at Spoonflower. Tim’s sister-in-law sewed them all up. (Thanks, Michele!)

Bash, Please came up with the clever idea of turning water bottles into table numbers, and dotted glitter-filled votive candles throughout.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Pretty florals from Honey and Poppies below.

Honey and Poppies arrangement | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Here’s a closer look at our lucite diamond favors. How fun are they?!

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

We worked with 24 Carrots to create a wedding menu that used as many local ingredients as possible. After all, we live in a state with an abundance of farm fresh food that we should be able to eat at our wedding, instead of the vacuum-sealed stuff many caterers use. Luckily, we talked them into using vegetables from local farms, which they were happy to work with us to find. Our guests feasted on kale and watermelon radish salad, roasted carrot and avocado salad, shrimp skewers and short ribs, grilled fingerling potatoes and broccolini.

wedding dessert table | 100 Layer Cake

The centerpiece of our wedding reception, this giant gold heart created by Bash, Please shimmered and glimmered all night long. I’m convinced everyone needs one of these puppies at their wedding.

Amanda and Tim's wedding dessert table | 100 Layer Cake

Our golden wedding cake and little treats were made by Sweet and Saucy. The smaller cakes are from Porto’s Bakery and included a delicious coconut cream, tres leche, tiramisu and carrot cake. We served apricot bon bons on a tiered tray, chocolate-covered pretzels and potato chips, vanilla meringues, mini key lime tarts, chocolate peanut butter squares and See’s caramels. And the entire table was devoured in what seemed like minutes.

Amanda and Tim's wedding cake, by Sweet and Saucy | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding dessert table | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding dessert table | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding dessert table | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding dessert table | 100 Layer Cake

I purchased striped bags and wrote little phrases on them with a gold pen, for guests to take leftover sweets home.

takeaway sweets bags | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding dessert table | 100 Layer Cake

Dinner is served! A seriously awesome jazz band and singer from Elan Artists played during our dinner reception, and it set the tone for a fantastic evening. I’d highly recommend hiring one of their bands for your wedding..they are amazing.

wedding dinner signage | 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 sister gave the sweetest speech and had us all laughing and crying.. a moment I will remember forever.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Cheers! | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Gianduia and cafe gelato cones harken back to our trip to Italy, where Tim proposed.

gelato cone dessert | 100 Layer Cake

Last but not least, the wedding dance reception! Enter the most fantastic dress of my dreams.. a little Monique Lhuiller number that I could not live without. I’m certain it was made for me.

Tim and I took dance lessons for 6 months. We learned the ways of the rhumba and the cha cha cha, stepped on each others’ toes a few too many times, got totally frustrated when we still didn’t have our dance routine perfected a week before the wedding. And then we nailed it and had the best time laughing and twirling the night we finally danced in front of our family and friends. We danced to Lujon and Love is Strange. I can’t stop smiling remembering it..

Monique Lhuillier reception gown | 100 Layer Cake

Monique Lhuillier reception gown | 100 Layer Cake

Monique Lhuillier dress | Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

wedding dance | photo by Max Wanger | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake


Our guests took home a custom aromatherapy mist concocted by One Love Organics.

Flashdance DJ | 100 Layer Cake

A party is not a party without The Flashdance behind the table. He had everyone grooving into the night, despite it being the most sweltering night of the year.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

With the James Bond movie intro graphic as our inspiration, we recreated our own version with the Smilebooth’s help. Guests packed into the booth all night, wrapping feather boas around their necks, peering through a monocle, and petting Dr. No’s famous white cat.

James Bond Smilebooth | 100 Layer Cake

James Bond Smilebooth | 100 Layer Cake

James Bond Smilebooth | 100 Layer Cake

Amanda and Tim's wedding | Smilebooth | 100 Layer Cake

Tim and I sped off into the night, in our vintage Stingray Corvette with a glittery “just married” sign, made by my gal Jillian.

Amanda and Tim's wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Just married sign | 100 Layer Cake

vintage Corvette Stingray getaway car | 100 Layer Cake

We are in serious love with our wedding video, by Brian Morrow of Sharkpig. He has transformed wedding videography into something completely magical that always makes me laugh, cry and want to get up and dance. Tim and I filmed with him on various occasions at our favorite spots, leading up the wedding day. We were thrilled to be in front of his camera and a part of his creative process. Without further ado, our wedding video…

Whew, what a fantastically magical night! I hope you’ve enjoyed being a guest at our wedding day. We’re sure glad you stopped by.

I know words cannot ever express how thankful we were to everyone who made this day the most beautiful day of our lives. There were so many. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! The creative geniuses below were a dream to work with and have our 1000% seal of approval to ensure the most spectacular party ever.

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

The fun continues Wednesday with our honeymoon! Stay tuned..

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! RentalsCasa de PerrinSignature 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

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 / 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 ValentineEssie 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: Hand-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

@keleloveslove on Apr 15, 2013

Southern California wedding: Amanda + Tim, part 2: Hello dear readers! Now for all the pretty photos of our co...

Tina on Apr 15, 2013 goodness, what a great team you guys make and such dreamy vendors. In my opinion, GOLD lovers do it best ;-) Thank you for all the inspiration today, I have been planning a shimmery gold wedding and now I'm blown away by all new the ideas!

@100LayerCake on Apr 15, 2013

I'm in total awe of the wedding video @dhridge made for our wedding day. That guy is good.

Jade Rose on Apr 15, 2013

These are incredible!!

Amy on Apr 15, 2013

Best wedding video ever! Who sings the song? x

Kelli Murray on Apr 15, 2013

That video!! What a perfect day! xoxo

100layercake on Apr 15, 2013

Thanks everyone! It was such an AMAZING day! Amy and Kelli, the song is by the Allah-Las, called "Catamaran".

@knotandpop on Apr 15, 2013

The great wait is over. Amanda @100LayerCake didn't disappoint! What a WOW WOW WOW wedding weekend. Congrats!

Charley on Apr 15, 2013

If I could pick a wedding to be a guest at so far this year, oh boy would THIS be it! What a spectacular day. The setting, the styling, the details, the ambience... just amazing. Loved all the round ups but the video is brilliant, so great to see it all come to life. Congratulations on what I'm sure was the most perfect day!

NY Wedding Photographer on Apr 15, 2013

Perfect Perfect wedding! Absolutely loved all your details. Wonderful couple!

chandra ~ oh lovely day on Apr 15, 2013

I think you had the best dressed wedding guests that I've ever seen too :)

Melody @ Sweet & Saucy Shop on Apr 15, 2013

A simply stunning wedding in every way!

Emma on Apr 16, 2013

Wow, absolutely LOVE the images during the speeches, and dress number two is pretty spectacular. Congratulations!

@HaseenaAtomBum on Apr 16, 2013

This is the most perfect wedding ever. Want.

meg on Apr 16, 2013

The black, white, and gold touches all come together so nicely.

Lauren Fair (Lauren Fair Photography) on Apr 16, 2013

Oh, my!! What a STUNNING wedding from start to finish! dream team of artists ,too ... the video was amazing!

Kris on Apr 16, 2013

I love those glitter heels! All the details are so pretty!

Wedding Planner London - Soirée de Luxe on Apr 16, 2013

Such a classic wedding at a beautiful location - I love it all!!! :D

@IDoWeddingPR on Apr 16, 2013

The black and white Lucy bridesmaid dress by @Kirribilla looked soooo perfect at Amanda's @100layercake wedding!

Wedding Rental Supplies on Apr 16, 2013

What a beautiful wedding! The wedding venue and all the decoration is so beautifully done. Simply loved it all.

@WeddingDates on Apr 17, 2013

Loving these monochrome mismatched bridesmaids dresses in this real wedding. What do you think?!

The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills Event and Wedding Venue on Apr 17, 2013

There is SO much to say about this wedding - from the amazing flowers to the dresses to the gold desserts. But we love the signature cocktails!

Memory Photo Gallery on Apr 17, 2013

OMG! That black dress looks amazing! I love the gold details and the is such a nice touch.

Bryan on Apr 17, 2013

stunning photography, i will be photographing my first wedding in southern California this October and i can't wait, these pictures make good inspiration x

Lucia on Apr 18, 2013

OH!!! Amanda. TIM! Such a beautiful wedding. I can feel the love and joy oozing from my screen. I think I watched your wedding video too many times :) I am so happy for you both. HUG! Here's to many more years of love and joy!!!

Nicola on Apr 19, 2013

Will One Organics be producing Oh La La? We are getting married in France so it would be an amaaaazing gift! You created the perfect backdrop for such a gorgeous occasion and you both look so happy - which is the most important thing Thanks Nicola

Kate on Apr 20, 2013

Love the bridesmaids dresses of this wedding, they work really well together, and so nice to see something different

nichole on Apr 22, 2013

congrats amanda! your celebration looks ab-so-lutely amazing! your wedding oozes with personality and i adore all of the many, many details you infused into your day. so good!

Gull on May 5, 2013

Oh my god. you looked so gorg and love your bridesmaids' shoes. and the venue. and the guests. oh my god I can go on and on and on. So let's cut it short. I am only wishing I could have been there too. this may be very late in coming, but congrats on your big day and may you two get your happily ever after!

Leah on May 9, 2013

I would absolutely love to know where the bride got the black reception gown, if it is still available? I am planning a very non traditional wedding and thought this may be the perfect dress. Thanks for your help! I would really appreciate it!

em on May 16, 2013

wedding. of. my. DREAMS.

100layercake on May 16, 2013

Thank you so much everyone! It's thrilling reading all of your sweet comments. @Nicola, I'm afraid this spray was a custom deal and I'm not sure they are making these for weddings as of yet. But hopefully in the future! @Leah, my reception gown is Monique Lhuillier and I purchased it at Neiman Marcus.

Johanne on Jun 14, 2013

Hello there is a particular dress that I am interested in....its the black and gold dress with the shinny metalic stuff on it!!!! Do you know where I can get one like that?

Stuart Skalski on Aug 5, 2013

I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thank you, I will try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

Harley Burdsall on Aug 10, 2013

thanks a million...

Lovella Bridal on Aug 13, 2013

Amanda, what an absolutely gorgeous wedding you and Tim had! Absolute perfection. We love how your reception look, in that black & gold dress, was a (welcome) stark contrast to your bridal look in Jorge Manuel & that birdcage veil. We also love that you wore such bold lip color for both the ceremony & reception; what a lovely statement! Congratulations.

marvia on Aug 16, 2013

i can see that this wedding was well put together the bride look very stunning in her dress i love the layouts of this site beautiful photo lot of good info

Jaimee on Sep 2, 2013

Hi! oh my gosh i LOVE your wedding!! A couple of questions, where did you find the signage/gold stands for your dessert table and the 'sweet nothings' banner??

Delysia on Nov 20, 2013

I love your wedding and the wedding idea. It is wonderful!

Ann on Nov 26, 2013

Hi! Best wishes to you, dear.

beauty on Dec 8, 2013

I love this party, and I need a stylish prom dress for it!

Dan Carter on Dec 15, 2013

Hi! Best wishes to you, dear. Wedding Photographer Manchester

Jarvis Rippeon on Jan 13, 2014

I hear what you are saying.

Courteney on Jan 19, 2014

wow what a gorgeous wedding! i am dying to know where you got the james bond props? I want to do that for my wedding-did smilebooth give you the props or were they made? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

alice.camatta on Jul 28, 2014

I love this party, Best wishes to you

Danut Eurocort on Sep 25, 2014

Lovely looking images and fantastic looking ceremony shots! corturi nunti I really like the wedding formals.

Joel on Sep 26, 2014

Your printed napkins just gave me an idea! I help plan weddings and we there's a place that does local custom fabric printing in Hawaii. I think it would be a great idea to see if they could help me with an upcoming wedding. Thanks for the idea!

Andy on Oct 16, 2014

How glamrous your party is! I love the golden dress.

Cindy on Oct 21, 2014

I love your wedding! Your wedding dress is so glamorous.

Wedding Hankies ~ Li'l Inspirations on Nov 17, 2014

What a gorgeous wedding! Love the theme. Great post and the images are beautiful!

Taryn on Nov 20, 2014

Gorgeous! I am getting married at Casa Romantica in September. Where did you have friends and family stay/where did you stay to get ready? There is not a ton right around the venue! Thanks

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