Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Candice & Jared : Clarke Estate Wedding

Candice & Jared were married this past summer at the lovely Clarke Estate in Santa Fe Springs. We met midway through their planning and I was thrilled to jump on board to coordinate their details and timeline. I was also lucky enough to help develop their floral and decor scheme, designed to recreate the unmatched ambiance of an intimate backyard wedding. My design meetings with Candice were always full of all sorts of fun oxymorons... timeless but contemporary, feminine but bold, ornate but unfussy, vintage but modern. { Ahhh... a bride that speaks my language!} Candice & Jared poured their hearts into the details which resulted in a wedding that was truly "them"... unique and personal.
Some of my favorite wedding peeps were on board that day including the uber creative Flower Allie {who honestly just blew the socks off this wedding!}, the awesome catering staff of East Side Mario's, and the ever fabulous Jordana Hazel of Hazelnut Photography, whom I am extremely grateful to for these ridiculously rockin photos! I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do :)
Lace and pearls... a quintessential duo {and personal fave!}
Candice and her faithful entourage spent the week of the wedding painting marriage metaphors on wooden picket signs that her dad made. They said things like "tying the knot", "gettin' hitched", "going to the chapel", or my favorite {pictured above} "taking the plunge"!
In lieu of bouquets, Bridesmaids carried silver clutches with a single flower adorned on them. Rather than having a guestbook, they had fabric squares for guests to sign, which they later will make into an heirloom quilt.
The shutters were random/awesome finds at a garage sale and the skeleton keys, that were used in the floral arrangements that lined the aisle, were loaned to them by a personal friend who happened to have a fine collection of all things vintage. Score!
The centerpiece arrangements included vintage bottles from Candice's and my own personal collection. Candice called me one day to tell me she found an interesting looking caged fruit bowl that she wanted to use. {yes she's super eclectically creative like that!} When we brought the thingamajig to our floral meeting we had so much fun playing with it and we all just knew it would come out to be something kinda wonderful! Flower Allie created a few designs using a variety of succulents and creamy puffy flowers... {another favorite duo!}
As a side note... The Clarke Estate is such a gem of a venue! If you are engaged and looking for an private, outdoor wedding venue that neighbors both LA & OC, you really should check it out! { And then you really should hire an awesome coordinator to spice it up! ;) he he }
Using panels of lace fabric and long strands of pearls, I created this backdrop for the cake table and the couple's "cabana". Candice collected these perfect purple vases and jars that we used to dress up their sweetheart table. I just adore the way it all turned out!
Candice & Jared ~ Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for being your sweet wonderful selves, and for allowing me the opportunity to be part of your day. You guys inspire me ♥

Venue: Clarke Estate, Santa Fe Springs
Coordinator: V3 Weddings & Events
Florist: Flower Allie
Photographer: Hazelnut Photography
Caterer: East Side Marios
Cake: Patsy's Bakery
Invitations: Matinae Design Studios
DJ: Mixterious Force


  1. Love the color scheme. Another great event for you!

  2. This may be my fave wedding you've done so far. Love all the details. Great job Vanessa!

  3. Sharon! Long time no talk! Thanks so much for the blog love! Hope all is well :)

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, V! I hope you had a blessed day.


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