Modern Beach Wedding Ideas at the Pacific Edge Hotel

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We’re back with more beach wedding inspiration from a recent event at the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA.  Today we’re taking a look at what an indoor beachfront wedding could look like if you want to bring the ocean inside for a little event inspiration.

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This shabby chic yet oh-so modern white table by The Tangled Vine makes for not only a great reception table but post-wedding brunch look too.  The casual and relaxed vibe works well for just about any of the events surrounding your destination I do!

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Table runners and minimalistic yet natural napkin treatments go a long way in creating decor that feels fresh and finished.

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If you’re on the hunt for more of an evening look, consider darker linens and even pops of metallic like what these gold vases bring into the space.

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But these centerpieces didn’t stop at the base of the vase – they even peppered live product throughout the tables!

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For more modern beach wedding ideas, check out the Pacific Edge Hotel for your big day!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Snapmotive

Event Vendors: Location: Pacific Edge Hotel, Staging + Paper Goods: Pacific Edge Hotel’s on-site events concierge, Melinda Parker, Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Florals: The Tangled Vine, Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio, Too Sweet (candy apple station)


Laguna Beach Wedding Ideas at the Pacific Edge Hotel

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Looking for some great summer wedding inspiration?  We are obsessed with today’s event – an industry event actually, not a real wedding but a real party!  Hosted by the relaxed yet chic Laguna Beach property, the Pacific Edge Hotel, today’s beach wedding ideas come from the locals down south who know how to produce a swanky oceanside I do in Southern California!

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The Tangled Vine decked out the oceanfront deck  with bright pops of pink and blue glass with a slightly vintage vibe.

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A creative idea for your family photos – a wall and shadowbox of photos of your parents, your courtship, or perhaps those you’ve lost along the way and couldn’t celebrate with you on your big day.

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When you get married overlooking the ocean, consider low or small ceremony decor to avoid taking away from the beautiful setting behind you.

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And of course match your cocktails to your color palette!

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For this dinner reception, one long table was set with a striped pattern linen and bold florals to really scream what a celebration this was!

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Notice the coral-like place card holders to keep the beach theme sprinkled throughout the event.

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And of course the food at the Pacific Edge Hotel is delish – and summertime perfect for a destination wedding in Southern California.

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And for the end of the evening?  Consider cookies that reflect the setting – in this case, surfboards!

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Stay tuned for more beach wedding ideas on the blog tomorrow from this fabulous fete!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Snapmotive

Event Vendors: Location: Pacific Edge Hotel, Staging + Paper Goods: Pacific Edge Hotel’s on-site events concierge, Melinda Parker, Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Florals: The Tangled Vine, Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio, Too Sweet (candy apple station)


Perfect Table Design for A Beach Wedding

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Today’s event isn’t a full wedding, but a close up look at what an amazing destination wedding reception table could be.  This party, produced and designed by the talented team at BROWNHOT Events took place in Malibu, CA overlooking the perfect Pacific Ocean.

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We asked Jeff Brown of BROWNHOT Events to share with us the inspiration behind this beach wedding table inspiration.  “The client wanted a “simple” chic summer dinner table that would emulate the seaside beach property in Malibu.”  So he brought the sea to the seaside dinner!

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“We brought “under the sea” atop the table – using elements that emulated creatures and objects and visuals found underwater – coral, pincushion protea as anemones, succulents as kelp/seaweed, and crisp white linen for the sandy underbottom.” 

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“Our salmon and mango palette paid homage to the great iconic Malibu sunset colors.”

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“It was a big hit with the lucky guests.  The environment evoked luxe indulgence, in extreme comfort.”

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We asked Jeff to share some of his insider expertise with those of you planning a beach wedding.  Here’s his great advice!  “Most definitely visit the site at nighttime – temperatures drop, lighting shifts, and the moist dew sets in – everywhere.  Plan accordingly.  Dance floors become slick, food can turn wilted, and guests can become chilly – even on the hottest summer night.  Choose a menu that holds up easily, and slip lightweight throws on chairbacks for added warmth.”

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Photography: Claire Barrett Photography

Event Vendors: Event Design + Production: BROWNHot Events, Florals: Sticks and Stones Design, Linens, Chairs, Cushion: Resource One Linens, Catering: Chef Cordelia


An Intimate Destination Wedding at Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma

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Mindy and Brian tied the knot at their destination wedding at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, CA.  With beautiful wine country as the backdrop to their nuptials, this darling couples and their nearest and dearest loved ones celebrated at an intimate event with lots of personal details and local touches.  Mindy shared with us a bit about their day.  “We knew we wanted our wedding to be small (close friends and family), fun, and stress-free. We kept saying that we wanted people to feel like they were on vacation. One night we sat down and started talking about places that we’d like to go to on vacation. We had always wanted to go to California’s wine country, but hadn’t been. We looked at each other and said “Napa?” We did some research and fell in love with Kenwood, CA. That’s how it started…”

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During the ceremony, the couple recited a few words of their own.  “The ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ books were our vow books. We each wrote our own vows and read them from the books during the ceremony.”

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My favorite moment of the day was the ceremony. We had written our own vows and hadn’t shared them with one another (or anyone for that matter). I think I was most excited to hear what Brian had written.  We had one of our good friends perform the ceremony. It was so special and so personal. It was perfect!”

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“For the guest book, we didn’t want something “typical” or something that we would put away and never look at again. I came across the idea of a dictionary guest book online. Brian (my husband) and I went to a small bookstore near campus (we both work at Clemson University) and found vintage dictionaries and thesauruses. I think we bought 4 (for a total of like $10). We put them out during the cocktail hour and asked guests to circle a word that reminded them of our day and to leave a note with their signature. We have the books out on a shelf in our living room and look at them from time to time.”  What a great idea!  Though that’s a lot of dictionary reading to find all your loved ones’ notes!

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For the décor, we wanted colors that were very simple and clean. We chose a neutral palette with light pink, blush, cream, and gold/silver metallic. Overall, we wanted to keep the feeling soft and romantic, which I think is reflected in the billowing peonies and the ruffled layered cake.”

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“The lavender details actually didn’t happen until we were in California. On Wednesday, two days before our wedding, we took a wine trolley tour with our friends and family. At the last vineyard, in one of the tasting rooms, there were piles of dried lavender. I made a comment about the lovely smell and the lady facilitating the tasting told me to take as much as I’d like. I took one bushel and thought about how to incorporate the lavender into our wedding. During our walk through at Kenwood Inn and Spa on Thursday, we decided that the lavender would be a nice addition to the place settings.”

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No matter how small this gathering may have been, clearly a party was created for all in attendance!

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Pink cotton candy and sparklers helped send the newlyweds and guests off with a bang!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Kenwood Inn and Spa, Ceremony/Reception Music: Taylor Brown, Hair/Makeup: The Powder Room, Wedding Coordination: Honey Darling Events, Flowers: The Monkey Flower Group, Event Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events, Cake/Favors: Sweet on Cake, Cotton Candy Favors: Pinky’s, Invitations: Sophia Invitations and Prints


Viceroy Palm Springs Destination Wedding

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Karie and Joe hosted their destination wedding at the swanky Viceroy Palm Springs in Southern California.  They opted for a November wedding date – the perfect time of year for the desert region when the weather is just right, and not too hot.  We asked the darling couple how they selected the location.  “We were looking for a modern, comfortable venue at which we would be the only wedding on site the day of our wedding. It was important for us to find a contemporary venue to match our personalities.  We were also looking for something different from recent friends’ weddings that we had attended (urban, beach, Mexico, golf club, etc.) We fell in love with the Viceroy Palm Springs the moment we entered the hotel. It is this old 50’s motor lodge in the desert, which has been completely updated and redecorated to reflect the modern, chic ambiance of its clientele. The Viceroy is adorned in black, white and lemon yellow décor.  Yellow being my favorite color and the chosen color for our wedding, I knew the Viceroy would be a perfect fit.”

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This couple started their destination wedding journey with a very special proposal!  “My husband Joe proposed to me at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA, over looking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  He had reserved a suite at the resort for the night.  Dozens of yellow and red roses, lit candles and champagne for toasting adorned the hotel suite. The next morning, Joe surprised me with a family brunch at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, CA. My parents, brothers, sisters and their spouses were there to celebrate with us.  Later that evening, the celebration continued as we flew to Kansas City, KS to visit Joe’s family.  It was one of the most wonderful, memorable times of our lives and the beginning of our lives together.”

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“The ring in the bride’s bouquet was my grandmother’s ring; she passed away a few years back.  Since my grandmother couldn’t be with us at the wedding, the ring represented my something old and made us feel as though she was there with us on our special day.  The colored jewels within the ring are the birthstones of each of my family members.”

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“During the unity celebration in our ceremony, we exchanged red, long stem roses instead of lighting a unity candle.  The red roses symbolized our love for each other.  Whenever things get tough, we’re supposed to give one another a red, long stem rose as an expression of our love for each other.”  Love this idea!!

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When it came time to design their day, not only were their favorite things incorporated but the style of the property was important too.  “We originally wanted yellow to be the main color for our wedding.   Although, since we were marrying in November and I was having a hard time conceptualizing yellow as our main color since it is traditionally a spring/summer color.  After toying with many color options, I stumbled upon a photo shoot online of a wedding styled in yellow, raspberry and navy blue.  I loved the color combination and thought it would be a great solution to my problem. It allowed us to incorporate the rich fall colors of navy & raspberry into our wedding and still use yellow accents to match the hotel’s color scheme.”  

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 “Once the colors were selected, I knew I wanted tablecloths with a design.  We settled on a navy blue runner with a white chain-link pattern.  The chain link pattern became the overall symbol for our wedding.  We incorporated the design into our invitations, programs, seating chart and wedding cake.”

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“We loved our square lemon yellow wedding cake with the chain link design.”

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And, like their his and hers chairs, the couple had a “thank you” sign to round out the night and snap a pic for a thanks to be sent later to their loved ones.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Hoffmann Photographer

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Viceroy Palm Springs, Wedding Coordinator: Joie De Vivre Weddings & Events, Makeup: Maja Janjic at MAC, Hair: Ashley, Band: New Sensations, Florist: Artisan Flora, Officiant: Bishop Brian Delvaux