Moody, black wedding party attire, warm-toned florals and loads of pampas grass decor made magic for Merissa + Jacque’s big day at Galway Downs. A little bit edgy and majorly romantic, this wedding blends the best of black-tie style and boho vibes. When your best friend is a wedding planner, would you expect anything less?? Designer and planner, Fawn Events, said that when she found out her best friend was getting married, the dream day flashed before her eyes. She designed something that captured the beauty of M + J’s love story, but also the diversity of their personalities.
Here’s what she had to say about the over all look and feel of the day:
Our color palette was chosen to blend their personalities – soft neutrals, with pops of hunter green, burgundy, and black for an ‘edgy’ appeal. When it came to Merissa & Jacque’s “I Do’s”, there wasn’t a dry eye in sight. These two shared the most heartfelt vows and at this moment everyone could feel the stars align.
Get ready to love everything about this day! Alexandria Monette Photography captured it all. Let’s go!
M+ J used black in such a great way and it really made their eclectic design choices pop! How about these chic and classy black wedding invitations from Double Dipped Calligraphy? Up against the cowhide and the florals, it’s the perfect touch of black tie elegance!
Aren’t these Robed with Love getting ready robes dreamy?! Love the lace details! These pretty ladies were ready for the day with elegant hairstyles from Hair by Kayti and makeup looks by Julie Hiles Beauty.
Sweetest First Look
All the heart eyes you guys!!
Wedding Day Style
How RAD is J’s Dolce & Gabbana suit?! That fabric makes the classic black suit ultra modern and we love the black ribbon tie! Perfection!
Black is such a great choice for bridesmaids because it’s elegant and classy, but a little bit edgy too. These ladies snagged their gowns at Lulus. For more black bridesmaids dress inspo, check out our picks below!
Total vision! M looked absolutely stunning in this soft and flowy gown from The Dress Theory San Diego! We love the bodice and high neckline!
Ceremony with Pampas Grass Decor
Stop right now because this might be the ultimate in boho wedding style! A circle arch, vintage rugs and a pampas grass aisle to end all aisles. Best Day Ever Floral Design, this is absolutely gorgeous!
You guys know we can never get enough pampas grass decor!
Processional: Instrumental live Sax combo of Trains “Marry Me” and Elvis “Can’t help falling in love”
Recessional: Instrumental live Sax of James Taylor’s “How Sweet it is”
First Dance: “True Colors” cover song by Brendan Fletcher
Let the celebrations begin!!
Golden hour without question! The nerves were finally gone and it was the first moment of the day where we both felt like we could finally breathe and laugh together. Also, watching my wife hike up a hill in her Jimmy Choo’s like a champ to get the perfect shot. It was impressive
Boho Wedding Reception
So much wow here from Witty Rentals! That emerald velvet sofa, the woven seating, the fluffy rug and those rad baskets full of different greens- We love it all!
M + J magically repurposed the pampas grass decor from their ceremony aisle and used it to create an amazing sweetheart table look. We are all about that!!
Hire a planner and a team that you love! It’s so important to have a team that you trust so when your wedding day finally arrives you don’t feel the need to stress and micromanage every little thing. Also, it's possible and likely that some things won’t go exactly as you planned no matter how prepared you may be! When it’s all said and done the minor imperfections won’t matter. Embrace the moment and enjoy your day.
Neon, Pampas Grass and Treats!
This dessert table is calling us!! Bo Cakes created the perfect naked cake and Gourmet Mini Donuts brought in the other tasty treats! PS, a dessert table backdrop is the perfect place for a neon sign don’t you think?? Check out more of our favorite neon signs, how to use and and where to buy them in our feature!
Shine on you too!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us! Congratulations and all the love from the GWS team!
Want to catch the day in action? Check out this sweet video by Jay and Mack Films!
photography: Alexandria Monette Photography // venue name: Galway Downs, Temecula, California, USA // event design: Fawn Events // planning: Fawn Events // florals: Best Day Ever Floral Design // wedding dress boutique: The Dress Theory // bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo // bridesmaid dresses: Lulus // getting ready robes: Robed with Love // hair stylist: Hair by Kayti // makeup artist: Julie Hiles Beauty // videography: Jay and Mack Films // paper goods: Double Dipped Calligraphy // calligraphy: Double Dipped Calligraphy // catering: Galway Downs // cake: Bo Cakes // desserts: Gourmet Mini Donuts // tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven // furniture rentals: Witty Rentals // linen rentals: BBJ Linen // music: Austin 4 Music // bride's suit + shoes: Dolce & Gabbana // saxophone musician: Tyler Varnell