Destination I Do
Friday, October 28, 2011

Destination Wedding California: We Aren't in Kansas Anymore!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Gavin Wade Photographers

Trisha and Joe had a crystal clear vision for what they wanted their wedding to be like. The only problem was finding where to execute this dream scenario. The couple hails from Kansas and it was while perusing destination wedding photos that Trisha discovered Palos Verdes Estates, California. Between the panoramic views of the Pacific and the sight of the Los Angeles skyline, this couple was sold!

They narrowed down their venue options to two before they jet-set to California to make their final decision. The moment they stepped foot within La Venta Inn, they knew it was perfect. “It was such a sweet, quaint atmosphere,” says Trisha. “It was exactly what we were looking for!” A smaller venue was better able to create the enchanting, warm feel Trisha and Joe were after.

The planning process wasn’t all roses as the couple planned their wedding from over 1,600 miles away. “I’ll be completely honest, in the beginning it was difficult,” says Trisha. “I’m the type of person who likes to be in control, but I clearly couldn’t jump on a plane to fly to California to make decisions.” For the couple, their wedding coordinator through La Venta Inn was instrumental in pulling off their dream wedding.

Having complete confidence in their wedding coordinator, combined with the mounting RSVPs, kept the couple grounded and excited about saying “I do” on the west coast. “We felt blessed as the RSVPs began to arrive,” says Trisha. “We were pleasantly surprised with the number of people who were so willing and able to celebrate with us.”

One of the bride’s favorite resources was “Through Etsy, I was able to add unique, individual touches to my wedding without having to dedicate hours attempting to recreate it myself. I purchased my bouquet charm, garters, purse and flower girl gifts all on this same website.”

While paying close attention to detail with their ceremony and reception, Trish and Joe took it easy on their guests. They wanted to allow their guests plenty of time to enjoy California and all the local attractions and thus limited their number of planned wedding activities. This made the trip into a mini-vacation for all their guests.

The bride has some words of wisdom for other future destination wedding brides. “I strongly encourage you to decide what’s important when it comes to vendors,” says Trisha. “For us, it was photography and we felt blessed with Gavin Wade Photography’s one-of-a-kind services and passion for perfection. They were able to capture moments that I will forever cherish. Also, stay organized and true to what you like – don’t let others influence your decisions.”

Vendors: Photography: Gavin Wade Photographers
Venue: La Venta Inn
Gown Designer: Romona Keveza
Grooms Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank
Florist: Be Buds Florist
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing: Ann Taylor/Jos. A. Bank
Stationary: Lilah Paper

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