Erin + Adam | Carolina Herrera Real Wedding From Laura and Donny Pedrino

We adore this California wedding!  It’s full of understated elegance and beautiful detail (like amazing florals and a perfectly charming wedding cake).  But what really catches our eye is the couple’s absolute joy.  It radiates in every photo and makes us smile every time we take a look.

Erin + Adam | October 17, 2015 | Santa Monica, California

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony took place under a grove of Sycamore trees just outside of the mansion. Our 5 groomsmen wore black tuxedos with gold accents, and the 5 bridesmaids each chose their own unique long gown in the palette of gold and blush. The groom wore a dark navy tuxedo.  The ceremony featured a beautiful piano and cello recording of “A Thousand Years” by the Piano Guys, and the bride walked out to a violin quartet of “Pachebel’s Canon”. A family friend and minister performed the ceremony.The overall palette of the ceremony was blush, gold and ivory with black accents, and the florals, bouquets, and programs reflected these themes.

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The Reception
The reception took place in the formal dining room of the Victorian, which extended onto a large porch covered in white drapes and white lights. Guests enjoyed steak, fresh salmon and agnolotti, followed by a dessert of vanilla cake with coconut frosting. The bride and groom cut the custom-designed cake under a sycamore tree draped with lights, toasted champagne, and then headed up with their guests up the stairs to dance the night away!

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Erin’s Wedding Dress Search
I tried on about 7 or 8 dresses. It was my very first day trying on dresses, and I had only planned to go to look at different shapes. Initially, I had envisioned myself in a more traditional A-line, but the bridal consultant pulled this gorgeous Carolina Herrera fit-and-flare style. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one – it was incredibly flattering, giving me a defined waistline and adding all the feminine detail of the lace and tulle. I loved it! I decided that minute that it was time to stop looking and called my mom to tell her the news. She told me if I love it, go for it – so I did!

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How She Felt in Her Carolina Herrera Gown
Glamorous, radiant, and beautiful


Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I loved the dress and the style and can’t wait for someone else to enjoy a designer dress at a lower cost. Also, both my mother and I each have our own unique tastes and big personalities – I can only imagine that my future daughter will one day be similar and want to pick her own dress!

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Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera Alexis | Photography – Laura and Donny Pedrino  |  Venue – The Victorian | Event Planning:  Samantha Hall Events  | Floral Design: Flowers by Dana | Cake: Susiecakes