Erin + Andrew: A Classic Neutral Summer California Historic Home Wedding By John Schnack Photography
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Photos: John Schnack PhotographyVenue: Darlington HouseDress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely Bride LAHair and Makeup Artist: TEAM Hair & MakeupShoes: Saks Fifth AvenueFloral Designer: Modern BouquetGroom’s Attire: Requisite ClothingJ.Crew and The Tie BarBridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN and Free PeopleCeremony Musician: Eric BrownCaterer: Coast Catering

Erin and Andrew were married at the Darlington House in La Jolla, Calif. on August 23. “The inspiration for the overall design of the wedding began with our venue, a historic Spanish estate built in 1925,” says Erin said. “There are beautiful trees and rose bushes amongst the property, and I wanted those exterior colors to stand out, so I kept the color palette really natural.” The bride wore an airy, a-line wedding gown with lace appliques, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. “For my three bridesmaids, I had them chose a dress on their own,” she said. “It was important that our wedding party looked like individuals before looking like group (or an assembly line).” They each carried bouquets of roses, astilbes, and lots of greenery, including eucalyptus seeds, ivy vines, and clovers. “The ceremony took place on a brick patio with a beautiful fountain as the backdrop,” Erin said.  “I didn’t want an overly literal, color coordinated, conventional wedding. I wanted an effortless vibe that was both romantic and unique.” To beat the summer heat, guests were served sparkling watermelon hibiscus, and mint and cucumber basil flavored waters from beverage dispensers. Long reception tables were decorated with patterned runners, mercury glass centerpieces, and candles. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Try to be at peace with things you cannot fully control. Whether that be discussions around the guest list, issues with vendors, the weather, or just life events that do not ultimately revolve around your wedding (although you’d like to think they do). These things tend to create the most unnecessary stress,” she said. And after it was all said and done, it was time to honeymoon in throughout Africa, visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. How adventurous! See the full board here.

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