Vedeline + Kalvin’s chic and minimalistic wedding brought simplicity and rich color to The Lane in San Diego, California. The venue’s concrete and glass architectural details were the perfect backdrop for the sleek and modern wedding day aesthetic Vedeline + Kalvin were aiming for.
“We were really drawn to a minimalistic design that provided lots of light and air,” says the couple. And with the help of coordinators from Aficial Events they gathered friends and family together to celebrate their love surrounded by pops of vibrant hues that contrasted with and complimented the ultra-modern space.
Thank goodness photographer Kellie Viagem was there snapping all these gorgeous photos so we can take a peek at Vedeline + Kalvin’s colorful big day!!
“Our minimalist design and approach was in part inspired by our admiration of Wabi Sabi—to accept what is now, to stay in the moment, and to appreciate the transient stages of everyday life,” say Vedeline + Kalvin.
In Japanese aesthetics, Wabi Sabi is the principle of embracing the imperfection and impermanence of life and nature. “We symbolized this by incorporating a Kintsugi ceremony during our wedding where we united a one-of-a-kind Kintsugi bowl. Kintsugi is the Japanese tradition of mending broken pottery with gold. And by this transformation, the repair of what was once broken becomes something special. For us, it was a reminder that through our imperfections, trials, and tribulations, our love will persevere — a love that resembles nothing but itself.”
With most other elements giving sleek minimalism, Levant Lane went above and beyond incorporating color and texture into Vedeline + Kalvin’s wedding with florals, as you can see in this gold and baby blue bridal bouquet filled with different varieties of blooms.
We adore a mismatched bridesmaid palette! Such a great way to let the personality of each member of the bridal party shine through.
Take a look through our lists of our favorite terracotta bridesmaid dresses, emerald green bridesmaid dresses, and navy blue bridesmaid dresses to recreate some of the color combos Vedeline’s besties chose!
Check out the Harford Velvet Burgundy Dinner Jacket from Indochino if you’re obsessed with Kalvin’s super sharp wedding day look like we are.
An Emotional First Look
There were many memorable moments, but the one that tops it all was during our first look. What do you do when the person you are so nervous to see and the person who would comfort you are all one and the same? It was like that for the both of us. We couldn't wait to see each other. It was nerve-racking leading up to the moment and as soon as we saw each other, we laughed and cried...and the feeling you get when you are with your person, happy.
Cue the happy tears!!
The Chic, Modern Ceremony
Transparent floral pedestals kept this outdoor space feeling light and airy.
Love the all-white guest seating! And the lush hedge wall by JD Events.
Thrift a framed mirror and add a custom wedding welcome decal from Etsy to recreate the vibe of Vedeline + Kalvin’s welcome sign.
Vedeline rocked this dramatic cathedral length veil! Check out our breakdown of veils for every bridal style if you’re still deciding between short and sweet or something long and billowy like Vedeline’s.
Vedeline’s wavy down-do and glamorous makeup look were the handiwork of stylist and makeup artist Jackie Su.
Processional: "Higher Ground (Reprise) Instrumental" by ODESZA
Recessional: "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap
First Dance: "Stand by Me" by Florence & The Machine
The Bright + Airy Reception
Always take care of you and your partner first and everything else falls into place. It was important for us to check in with each other no matter how small the decisions were. We strived to remain flexible and also embraced the creativity, artistry, and professionalism of our vendors-- we trusted them to know their craft.
The Wild Thyme Company catered a feast for all of Vedeline + Kalvin’s guests in this bright and expansive industrial indoor reception space.
Moniker Cocktail Co. was in charge of keeping people’s glasses filled at this sleek light wood paneled bar.
Snag some acrylic gold-rimmed standing frames from Amazon to recreate these table numbers.
Pops of color from candles pack such a punch in a minimalist reception table set up! Grab a multicolor taper candle set from Urban Outfitters if you’re into the look.
This beautiful orchid-topped gold leaf and pearl embellished wedding cake was made by a friend of the bride + groom!
Also, a round of applause for Vedeline’s floral detail strapless sweetheart wedding dress!! It reminds us of the Willowby by Watters Cecilia Convertible-Sleeve Corset Lace Wedding Gown from Anthropologie Weddings.
Congratulations from GWS on your colorful, minimalistic wedding, Vedeline + Kalvin!! Wishing you all the very best!
photography: Kellie Viagem // venue name: The Lane, San Diego, California, USA // planning: Aficial Events // florals: Levant Lane // hair stylist: Jackie Su Artistry // makeup artist: Jackie Su Artistry // catering: Wild Thyme // cake: Stephanie Smith (friend) // music: Rey Fernandez // officiant: Irwinn Garcia (friend) // lighting: Amber Event Productions // photo booth: Nikki Jean Photobooth // cocktails: Moniker Cocktail Co // green hedges: JD Events