A Romantic Wedding with a Pink Wedding Dress: Lauren + Dan

pink wedding dress

Happy Monday lovelies! So much prettiness lined up for this week and we are starting it all off with this sweet + romantic wedding – with a pink wedding dress! Perfect for Valentine’s Day week, right? :) Lauren is an English teacher, so they thought an overarching love story theme would be perfect for their wedding. Each table was named after a different novel, and the favors were bookmarks with an ee cummings quote. During the ceremony they even read ee cummings’ poem. “I carry your heart with me.” This poem was actually chosen by Lauren’s 6th grade class as the poem that best captured the spirit of love and they even surprised Lauren on her wedding day with a copy of the poem with all of their signatures – how sweet! :) There was some rain on their wedding day, but Lauren said she loved “when it rained because it made our wedding feel even more like a house party and less like a scripted event.” Big congrats to Lauren + Dan and thanks so much to Mi belle photography for the gorgeous photos!

heart wedding decor

pink wedding dress

pink wedding dress

first look

pink wedding dress

lavender plants

pink wedding dress


We used Buffalo Springfield’s “Kind Woman” as my bridal march and “January Wedding” by the Avett Brothers for the processional. Our first dance was “Lucky” by Jason Mraz. 

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony


Since Dan is Jewish + Lauren is Catholic, they incorporated the Irish blessing/unity candle for Lauren and the chuppah and breaking of the glass for Dan!

pink wedding dress

white bridal party


Our bridesmaids and groomsmen got to choose their own white dress or gray suit (respectively).

pink wedding dress

pink wedding dress

pink wedding dress

escort cards

pink centerpieces, burlap tablecloth


We had Spanish-style food to fit the early California vibe of the house. There were pitchers of sangria on every table, which we used for toasts instead of champagne. We also had two signature cocktails: the “Dan” was a whiskey drink, and the “Lauren” was a vodka one.

pink centerpieces, burlap tablecloth

outdoor reception

pink centerpieces, burlap tablecloth

outdoor reception

outdoor reception


photography: Mi belle photography // venue: Rancho del Diablo Dormido // florist: Dandelion Ranch // catering: Cornucopia Caterers  // dj: Dave Dolphin // make-up: Page Mahan // hair: Rachael Portner // officiant: Andrea Bear // dress: Ralph Lauren runway dress from Spring 2011 // invitations: Madeleine Lapke // coordinator: Dana Gabriel  // bridal accessories: ShopBop

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