Usually when you think of beach wedding you don’t think ‘elegant.’ But this stylish affair by The Youngrens manages to beautifully combine a classy seaside wedding with all the typical elements of the beach. Perched atop the grand Pacific Terrace at L’Auberge Del Mar with sweeping views of the Pacific ocean, Carly and Travis celebrated their stunning seaside ceremony and cocktail hour whilst watching the sun set. The lovely ladies at Jolie Fleur and Alison of L’Auberge helped design all the elegant details including sand dollars for the tables (named after the couple’s favorite locations in San Diego), a lovely peach, navy and grey colour palette for the flowers and bridesmaids, and delightfully delicious starfish clad cupcakes for dessert. Guests were treated to gourmet cuisine and the soothing sounds of a string quartet whilst taking in the stunning ocean views. It’s easy to see how this elegantly understated wedding with it’s soft and pretty details took a typical beach theme and transformed it into one romantic classy affair.
From beautiful bride Carly:
What was your wedding vision?
My vision for our wedding was a celebration of love – not just between Travis and I, but also our two families and groups of friends coming together for the first time. In terms of decor, I knew I always wanted to keep things simple. I dreamt of getting married in Del Mar for many years so having Seaside Park and the Del Mar coastline as the backdrop was plenty decoration on its own.
What inspired your wedding theme, colors and decor?
Del Mar is where I was born and where Travis and I started dating, so even though we weren’t living there, we knew that the location should be the theme. Peach is my favorite color and peach roses are my favorite flower, so those two components had to be in the decor. I looked on the internet to find colors to compliment peach and found a picture of a man in a navy tux with a silver vest and a peach boutonniere – the three colors together are elegant and summery without being too bold – just perfect for me! One of my favorite decoration elements was my version of a “table number.” Each table was named after a famous San Diego beach! My mom, sister and I went to a seaside decor shop and found large sand dollars to write the names of the beaches on. For party favors, we provided our guests with chocolates from Chuao, a San Diego-based chocolatier.
What do you feel made your wedding unique?
In honor of the many friends and family who flew in from North Carolina for the wedding, I came up with a recipe for a white wine sangria made with Century Table White Wine from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. It was a delicious surprise at cocktail hour which our guests loved! Something else very special to us was Travis’ Uncle Jim was our officiant.
Did you include any DIY or personalized details?
The party favors we assembled by hand. My mother-in-law is very handy in the craft department so she made the adorable little “C & T” tags that adorned our chocolates. Our biggest DIY project was actually our wedding invitations. It was a group effort between my Mom, my mother-in-law, my sister and myself. My sister designed the wording, my mom hand painted roses on each invitation and my mother-in-law cut, assembled and packaged everything. They were truly small works of art!
What was your biggest challenge?
I had two major challenges – the first was planning a wedding from out of town. I currently live in Honolulu, HI and trying to coordinate everything from here was difficult at times. Due to tight finances, I could only make two trips to San Diego in the year before the wedding – so I couldn’t have pulled it off without my “Moms” and my wedding coordinators! The other challenge was my husband was deployed during most of the planning process. He left in January of 2011 and didn’t return until 10 days before the wedding! While it was wonderful he put his faith in me to make a lot of decisions, it was really hard some days not having him around to ask him if I was doing the right thing, if we should spend more money here or there, etc. Again, without the support of my family, I couldn’t have pulled it off.
What were your favorite moments?
I can’t pick any one moment – there were too many favorites! I loved that my best friend of 20 years helped me put on my wedding shoes. I loved how I sat in the sun and enjoyed a mimosa (or two…) with my sister and cousins before getting ready. I loved how Mom woke up with me at 7 am the morning of the wedding and encouraged me to eat a big breakfast. I loved that Travis and I chose to do a First Look so we could spend time together before seeing anyone else. I loved when I was taking pictures before the ceremony, I saw my college friends walking to our cocktail hour and they cheered for me from the street. I loved how a little girl I saw in the park said ‘I was the most beautiful bride she had ever seen.’ I love that I walked down the aisle to a string quartet playing the reprise of Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid and I love that my husband kissed me and spun me around during our first dance!
My wedding was truly one of the best days of my life so far and I could go on forever about it!
Thanks Carly for sharing with us the details of your beautiful day. Congratulations to you both!
Photography: The Youngrens / Hair Stylist: Thomas Joseph Studios / Caterer: L’Auberge Del Mar / Floral Designer: Jolie Fleur / Musicians: Angelica Strings / Cake Designer: Little Mary’s Cakes / DJ: Positive Energy Productions / Makeup Artist: JH Artistry / Event Venue: L’Auberge Del Mar / Submitted via Two Bright Lights