Megan & Shane January 31, 2020

Franciscan Gardens Our Weddings Wedding Details

Megan & Shane January 31, 2020

Before this lame RONA started we were able to get in a few amazing weddings… here is one of them. Megan is actually also a good friend of mine and so it was really an honor to also be her wedding planner! Megan was one of our most excited brides we have had and I loved that. While she did have a clear vision of what she wanted she completely trusted me and the SPC team with creative control which I also loved. Through the photos you can really see not only how excited they were but how we really wanted to capture that romantic, whimsical feel she wanted with a touch of some vintage elements. The gorgeous Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano was a perfect setting for Megan and Shane’s blush/dusty rose/mauve nuptials.

Upon guests arrival, they were greeted by an adorable wooden welcome sign, ordered from Etsy. They then proceeded through the adorable gate and were immediately transported to a gorgeous little garden. Stopped by the welcome table to drop off the card in the card box and sign the guest book and admired all the adorable details.

Guests then moved over to find their seat at the ceremony site. A rectangular wooden arch stood at the altar with a gorgeous dusty rose chiffon material swag and of course adorned with florals. The aisle was also lined with pillar candles and greenery clusters.

Bride walked down the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Daniel Jang

After they made it official, the guests moved into cocktail hour. During cocktail hour, guests can grab a glass of champs and go enjoy the beautiful lounge area. The bride even got some light weight blankets for some guests who may have gotten chilly. We rented the lounge furniture and the blanket display from one of our favorite furniture rental companies. On the way in to reception, guests stopped to check the seating chart which Megan displayed in a pretty vintage gold frame she scored at an antique store. The template was from Etsy and she took it to Kinkos to get printed.

As a wedding guest, sometimes you don’t know what is going on behind the scenes while you are chillin’ with some good music and champs. Well, the bride and groom and bridal party are busy with photos and smiling their butts off! But, it is so worth it to carve out some time on your big day for these sunset or “golden hour” photos. Check out these swoon worthy romantics and sunset pictures…

Also gotta give love to our bridal party… they go through a lot of photos that day but also worth it. Check out these pics of this couple’s amazing bridal party. Can we also take a moment to appreciate our Man of Honor’s amazing mauve suit with floral bow tie… YAS.

Okay, so something I think is necessary to make time for in addition to sunset photos is a few minutes for the couple to go in and see the reception space before all the guests go in. You work so hard on everything and honestly, during the reception you are being pulled in so many directions you do not have a second to stop and take it all in and admire everything. Plus, you get fun shots like this.

So that reaction you see was in response to these pretty reception details which consisted of a breathtaking sweetheart table for two, a mix of round tables with ivory linens and wood farm tables with chiffon dusty rose runners from amazon. All tables had a mix of pillar candles in a glass hurricane and smaller votive candles, dusty rose napkins with an olive sprig and gold glass table numbers. She also upgraded her cutlery, glassware and plates. Upgraded table top elements make such an elevated difference on the tables.

Bride & groom’s first dance was to “Boxes” by Goo Goo Dolls
Bride & her father danced to a Frank Sinatra mash up
Groom & his mother danced to “Days like this” by Van Morrison

There were also some super cute paper elements to reception like personalized thank you cards that were at each persons setting then the dinner menu was printed on the other side, those were ordered from Etsy. These other two were specific to the couple as they were not huge cake fans but do love ice cream and smaller desserts. So they decided to serve ice cream sandwiches and do a dessert bar for the guests. They had a fun signature drink which was one of their favorite drinks!

Okay, so there is one more big detail to the day that in addition to the couple was the star of the show! When we started planning in the beginning the couple told me, “there is one thing that is a MUST have that will make or break our venue decision.” Their adorable miniature schnauzer Mona had to be the ring bearer. Being a dog lover and dog mom myself, I completely understood and agreed she must be a part of their special day. Check out how cute she was and like I said he was for sure one of the stars of the show.

This was such a fun wedding full of love and definitely fun partying! I look forward to the day we can have weddings like this again… in the meantime, I think we can all agree that our bride Megan is in everyone’s mood right now and just a total vibe.

Venue: Franciscan Gardens // @franciscangardens
Photographer: Carmen Lopez // @carmenlopezphoto
Videographer: Love is Cinema // @loveiscinema
Florist: I Dew Flowers // @idewflowers
DJ: Jack Farmer // @realjackfarmer
H&MUA: Vanity Belle // @vanitybelles
Cake & desserts: It’s All About the Cake // @itsallaboutcake
Rentals: Sundrop Vintage & Signature Party Rentals // @sundrop_vintage Photo booth: Pixster Photo booth // @pixsterphotobooth

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