Monday, January 07, 2008

Susan Napier to Matthew Thomas

Susan and Matthew's wedding, featured in Ceremony San Diego Weddings & Events 2008 Magazine on pages 248-249, was so lovely. You can view it online here! The bride is breathtakingly elegant. I actually gasped while looking at these photos.

Beginning with the bride's preparation, every moment looked wonderful.

The white sashes on deep red dresses are unexpected to me -- and fantastic.

I love how luminous Susan is in this portrait, with the light background and her dress forming a glowing frame.

The Darlington House in La Jolla provided the gracious setting . . .

. . . including a staircase for a dream bridal entry. (Just look at her train!)

It was also a great spot to share a kiss.

To me, this image of Pastor David Peterson signing the marriage license communicates much of the beauty of the celebration. I like the quiet reverence of this moment.

The details of the reception contain all care and beauty present in the bridal preparations.

Elegant seating cards, menus, and place cards:

I like the way Susan and Matthew used their married monogram on the menus, and I'm a huge fan of any opportunity to use ribbon. The light weight of the ribbon they chose is a pretty accent to the formality of the place setting.

This serene arrangement really fits the elegant aesthetic of the wedding.

And oh, the cake!

Classic, gorgeous. I love the coffee berries. They provide just the right note of surprise and their deep color matches the wedding palette exactly. (And the stems echo the branches from the white flower arrangement above.)

This was such an elegant wedding. I am amazed by the couple's ability to take classic, beautiful elements and make them even more special. Then again, looking at these wonderful photos of the two of them, it just seems right.

Venue: The Darlington House
Bella Pictures (shot by Genevieve Burruss of The Ambient Image)

Florist: Amanda Baghoyan /
Modern Bouquet

Officiant: Pastor David Peterson
Caterer: Omar Guido /
Crown Point Catering

The French Gourmet

Rentals/linens: Omar Guido / Crown Point Catering

Entertainment: Bill Calhoun / Bill Calhoun Mobile Music

Guest accommodations: Hotel La Jolla

Hair/makeup: Diane Searns / You by Design

Rehearsal dinner venue: Casa Guadalajara in Old Town

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