California Villa Wedding: Sydnee + Sam

bride and groom with vintage car

Sydnee + Sam are total rockstars who wanted their big day to be artful, reflective of the two of them, and different than any wedding that had already been held at their gorgeous venue, The Villa in San Juan Capistrano, California. They decided on a woodsy-forest theme, with a focus on animals to pay homage to their beloved critter tattoos. While we love it all, we’re pretty much dying over the beautiful florals by Floral Occasions (Stacy Fitts from Floral Occasions is Sydnee’s mom!) and Sydnee’s crazy-pretty pink WTOO Olivia Gown! And wait until you see the sweet bunting + garland combo that served as their ceremony backdrop. Too cute!

Big thanks to Troy Grover Photographers for the beautiful photography + congratulations to Sydnee + Sam on an amazing day!

deep red bouquet

feather invitation

gold rings

deep red velvet bridesmaids

So love how the bridesmaid’s rich, burgundy dresses juxtapose beautifully with Sydnee’s pale-hued ensemble.

deep red velvet bridesmaids

deep red bouquet

groom with sunglasses


wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bunting and garland

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Sydnee - The ceremony. Right before I walked down the aisle, I had a conversation with my dad about how he helped build The Villa. I felt like all of my dad's work at The Villa was leading up to him being able to walk me down the aisle and that he “built my ceremony”.

Samuel – My most memorable moment started when I first asked David, Sydnee’s dad, to marry her. We were playing golf and he told me that when he was getting married, his best man wrote the words “help me” on the bottom of his shoes; a word on each shoe. So when the day of my wedding came around, David wrote “Help Me” on the bottom of my shoes!


succulent and stumps

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Going to California – Led Zeppelin

Recessional: Darlin’ – J.Thoven (played live)

First Dance: Mtn Song – Rayland Baxter

flower exit

wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

vintage window seating chart

wooden tables

skinny candles

colored glass

wooden tablescape

red and green centerpiece

gold fauna table decor


wooden stump table numbers

red and green centerpiece

succulent and moss wedding table

cake table

naked cake with succulents

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

First of all, if you need a longer engagement in order to get or have the things you want, do it. Don’t sacrifice things just because you want to get married right this second. Second of all, let the wedding professionals do what they do. You hired them because you like their work, so let them have their freedom to express their expertise.

photography: Troy Grover Photographers // venue name: The Villa San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California // florals: Floral Occasions // bride's shoes: Seychelles // hair stylist: Collette Silva // makeup artist: Collette Silva // groom attire: Zara // videography: Grant Jenson // paper goods: Project Watermark // catering: Iva Lee's // cake: It's All About the Cake // linen rentals: Designer Specialty Linens // music: DJ EA: Eric Anderson from Divel Entertainment // event coordinator: Michelle McGregor // wedding dress: WTOO Olivia Gown by Waters via Mary Me Bridal in Orange, California // bridesmaid dresses and jewelery: Custom designed by each bridesmaid (all fashion design grads or students) // rentals: Signature Party Rental // vintage stamps: Verde Studio // vocalist: Kristen Proffit and son Nathan Proffit of Calico