Laura and Tommy’s wedding was hosted at Tommy’s family estate in Hope Ranch. I love estate weddings—they provide so much intimacy and privacy for the couple and for guests. Tommy’s family estate is remarkable, with breathtaking ocean views, multiple courtyards and gardens with stunning landscaping, and gorgeous architectural design. It was an honor to be a part of their special day.
Most Touching Moment: The First Look. Tim Halberg (www.timhalberg.com) expertly captured the beauty of this moment.
Favorite Design Elements: The Bride’s Bouquet and the Centerpieces. Laura and Tommy did an incredible job designing their wedding to complement the beautiful estate. The amazing Rachel Louise did all of the bouquets, expertly incorporating succulents and natural seasonal additions to tie in the colors of the wedding party and the beautiful landscaping at the estate. Additionally, rather than having traditional centerpieces, Laura and Tommy planted succulents in beautiful pieces of pottery. This not only tied the natural landscaping of the estate in with the reception décor, but also provided wonderful lasting gifts for friends and family to take home. Favors were small potted succulents as well.
Ceremony: Rather than have a traditional ceremony layout, Laura and Tommy opted to have their guests sit in a half circle on a circular stone patio. The wedding party walked down a pathway towards the guests as classical acoustic guitar played. Bridesmaids wore mix-matched black dresses, complemented by the dark succulents and calla lilies in their bouquets.
Reception: After guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn, they were escorted into the reception area under a tent of lights, where guests enjoyed dinner, music, and dancing. Favorite Reception element? Dessert. Laura and Tommy had a doughnut bar. Yes, it was awesome. Laura’s mom and sister also baked cupcakes.
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my name is tyler speier. i plan and design weddings and events.