Seaaira + Rett | Enzoani Wedding from Karen L. Barnes Photography

What is a bride and groom to do if they love the whimsical appeal of elopement, but still wish to honor the love and supporting presence of family and loved ones on their big day? For Seaaira + Rett, that meant hosting an intimate wedding outdoors, full of personal details and classic, rustic and romantic style. I love that!  And I am such a fan of  how this couple created a relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere by serving champagne at the ceremony or giving “guests some freedom” deciding on big family style tables and a seat yourself approach for the reception…of course, cupcakes and a gorgeous lace Enzoani gown can’t hurt either. Enjoy!

Seaaira + Rett | July 7, 2012 | Wiens Family Cellars, Temecula, CA

The Ceremony
We wanted our entire wedding to be classic, rustic, and romantic. Like a modern bride, I got most of my inspiration from Pinterest.  I wanted our wedding to look like a classic Anthroplogie ad.  We wanted to get married outside and wanted the ceremony to be intimate.  We were big on the guests being greeted with champagne, as I think sometimes wedding ceremonies can be awkward.  While the champagne was a nice touch, the ceremony was anything but awkward.  We were blessed to have our mutual friend Annalisa, who introduced us, to marry us.  She did an amazing job and made the ceremony sweet, personal and funny.  Other than the fact that it was 90 degrees, it was a perfect ceremony. 

The Reception
For the reception, we tried to add as many little details as possible to make our wedding personal.  Rett, a creative director, designed all of our prints, including our invitations, menu, and program.  We decided to do big family style tables and seat yourself, to decrease our stress level, and allow our guests some freedom.  I was big on having a plethora of followers.  We decided to go with all white flowers for a clean, classic look.  I wanted burlap and succulents, a la Anthrolopogie.  We were big on playing music we loved so we gave our DJ a huge list of must plays, including Jimmy Eat World, Counting Crows, and Postal Service.  One of the best parts of our reception was the food.  Wedding food is usually tolerable, but the chef at Wiens is incredible. I still dream about his salmon and the smoked polenta.  Also, between the first and second course there was a sorbet served, made by Ice Ice Baby.  It was the most delectable orange sorbet we have ever had.  Of course, we ended the dinner with cupcakes, which were amazing.  We are looking forward to eating a strawberry and a coconut cupcake on our one-year anniversary. 

Seaaira’s Dress Search
I knew I wanted lace. I originally started out looking at Allure dresses, but when I tried them on, they were missing that wow factor.  My friend told me about Enzoani, and suggested I try on the Dakota.  I tried on the Dakota, loved it, but it was hard to move in.  I knew I wanted to be comfortable on my wedding day and I felt like I would have trouble sitting down in the dress.  I then went on my own and tried on the Diana and I loved it.  I looked for it used online, but had no success.  I then went with two of my girlfriends to Pebbles Bridal in LA, and first tried on the Dakota.  The girls insisted that the Dakota was the dress.  I wanted to show them the Diana, even though they insisted the Dakota was the dress for me.  When I walked out in the Diana dress, they took back everything they said about the Dakota.  My friend who never cries, actually cried, which of course made me cry.   

How Seaaira Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Sexy, Bridal

Why Seaaira Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I love, love, love my dress, and I have never felt as beautiful as I did on my wedding day.  Unfortunately, I will never get to wear it again, but that doesn’t mean someone else shouldn’t be able to.  I hope some other girl buys this dress and feels as beautiful as I did on their wedding day.

Wedding Dress: Enzoani ‘Diana’ | Photography: Karen L. Barnes | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Wiens Family Cellars | Event Planning: Wiens Family Cellars | Floral Design: Internation Flowers, Los Angeles Flower District | Cupcakes: Les Crumbs