Playful + Elegant San Diego Wedding: Lauren + Hank

bride and groom

Happy Monday, folks! We’re starting the week off with a stunning wedding that features some of the prettiest florals + paper goods! For Lauren + Hank, they wanted a day that was a fun blend of the two of them and their unique backgrounds; one that was beautiful + timeless, but didn’t take itself too seriously at the same time. I think they found the perfect balance of playfulness + elegance that is sure to leave you feeling inspired about crafting your own celebration, knowing that it can be just as distinct and layered as the two of you are! Here’s a bit more about the day from Lauren:

Initially, I found myself stuck in that mentality of needing to do and incorporate certain things (like a wedding cake or a bouquet toss, for example). But, as soon as I realized I didn’t want to do those things, the pieces all came together much more easily. For example, we both have no interest in cake, but give us pie (for him) and ice cream (for me) and we are as happy as can be! Also, one of our very first dates ended with ice cream cones and a walk around the city so it had a special meaning for us in that regard as well. It really became a fun element of the day.

Thanks so much to Jackie Wonders Photography for the gorge photos + to Beau & Arrow Events for the perfect styling + design and big congrats to Lauren + Hank!

gold dots invitation

gold brides dress


Can you even believe this stunner of a dress? Gold beading AND tulle? Sign us up! It was designed by Anna Maier from Hitched. Love it so much!

gold brides dress

gold top wedding dress



church ceremony

church ceremony

church ceremony

wedding party

teal bridesmaids

teal bridesmaids

cascading bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

lawn games

The signage + paper goods were expertly crafted by Lindsay Button. They add so much beauty + depth to the wedding design, don’t you think?

cocktail menu

tent reception

navy reception decor

navy reception decor

gold centerpiece vases

And the florals by Root 75 have us totally speechless! Totally adore the lush centerpieces + gorgeous hanging greenery chandeliers + garlands.

greenery chandeliers

velvet bows

dotted menus

pink and blue

greenery garland decor

greenery garland decor

greenery garland dessert bar

pie bar

ice cream stand

ice cream bar

ice cream cones

It would have to be a toss-up between those few moments after we exited the church after walking down the aisle as husband and wife and our first dance. After we left the church, it was the first time that day that we had a moment to ourselves and the fact that we had just gotten married really hit us in a way that is almost indescribable.

Our first dance was a lot of fun and it surprised me that I enjoyed it so much as it was one of those things I thought I would get nervous about. But, somehow we really were able to relax and have fun. Plus, I’m sure it helped knowing that after we finished we had a full night ahead of us to enjoy celebrating with our friends and family.

greenery chandeliers

Try to have fun with it – I know everyone says that but it is really so important! The day doesn’t need to be stressful or overdone. Also, I had a very dear friend tell me to try and take mental pictures throughout the day and really be as present as possible which ended up being such great advice. Everything happens so quickly and you don’t want the entire day to feel like a blur so be sure to enjoy yourselves.

photography: Jackie Wonders Photography // ceremony venue: Mission Basilica San diego de Alcala // reception venue: NTC Promenade San Diego, California // event design + planning: Beau & Arrow Events // florals: Root 75 // wedding dress: Anna Maier from Hitched // shoes: Kate Spade // bridesmaid dresses: Modcloth // makeup: Amy Clarke // hair: Lady Dianna // groom suit: Calvin Klein // paper goods: Lindsay Button // catering: Wild Thyme Catering // bar: EBS Event Beverage Solutions // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // linens: La Tavola Linens // pies: Elizabethan Desserts // cake stands: Moss Vintage Rentals // ice cream cart: Sweet Lucie’s // music: Injoy Entertainment

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  1. Wow the bodice on the brides gown is breathtaking! The color palette for the wedding is beautiful also. Such a classic, vintage feel!

  2. Wow! Simply breathtaking. Congratulations!

  3. Gorgeous! The bride’s gown is breathtaking. I also love that the couple went with pie and ice cream instead of a cake. Have what you love!

  4. This brings back many, many beautiful memories. Lauren, you were so beautiful, and Hank very handsome. It was such a beautiful day, and I think you two were the happiest couple I have seen. The whole day was just joyful!

  5. WOAH! This is a real Stunner. The flowers and the pie bar are unbelievably beautiful.

  6. Gorgeous! Could we get the details on where the groom men dress was purchased from?

  7. Absolutely stunning!!! Love everything! Amazing pictures!!

  8. Love the color palette and décor. The wedding gown esp. the detail on the bodice is gorgeous!!

  9. Wow….love the gold in the wedding dress!

  10. OMG, all those greenery decor pieces! WOW! I love them all! And I have a bride that would die to have all that, hope to show you that wedding soon!

  11. Ah! I cannot wait to be in San Diego!!!


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