Jeff and Patrycja’s elegant outdoor Casa Romantica wedding overlooking the ocean was awash with ivory, gold, dove grey details, accented by eucalyptus greens. In addition to elegant calligraphy signage, romantic blooms, homemade limencello and favors the couple also included a traditional Polish newly wed greeting elements in honor of Patrycia’s Polish heritage.
During a Polish wedding reception it is tradition that one set of parents holds a loaf of bread with salt. The bread symbolizes a wish that the couple may never know hunger. The salt is to remind the pair of the bitterness of life and learning to cope. The second set of parents hold two shot glasses. One shot glass holds water, the other vodka. The bride picks first, and the couple then takes the shot at the same time. Whoever gets the vodka wears the pants in the relationship…. Jeff got the vodka. 😀
Elegant Casa Romantica Wedding
My dress was classic and elegant, in form fitting satin. With our wedding being on the coast I wanted to keep everything natural so myself and all of my bridesmaids had loose curls, with natural makeup.
My bouquet was a variety of white flowers, roses, peonies and ranunculus with baby eucalyptus and other greenery.
Our bridesmaids wore floor length convertible dresses in dove grey chiffon. Their bouquets were very similar to mine same style, with more greens added.
I walked down to Elvis Presley’s Fools Rush In. We didn’t need to decorate the ceremony site, as it was overlooking the ocean and the palm trees behind us set up for a beautiful natural archway filled with beauty.
Love Story: I lived in Chicago at the time, and met Jeff while I was visiting a friend in Southern California. We spoke all day every day for months on end until he came up to visit me once, twice, and by the third time he had a one way ticket and helped me move down to California. We’ve been inseparable since.
Jeff wore a piece dark grey suit. He also wore an engraved pocket watch that he got from his brother Rob on his wedding day, Jeff was his best man. He was thrilled to incorporate it and us it on his own special day.
Wedding Planning Advice: ORGANIZATION IS KEY! I had what I called my “Wedding Bible” and kept all of my ideas, contacts, layout plans, invoices, and receipts in there. That was super helpful to be able to easily reference it. As time consuming as it is, don’t settle, do your research and look at all of the options.
Elegant Outdoor Casa Romantica Wedding Vendors:
Venue Casa Romantica – San Clemente // Photographer Heather Anderson Photography // Videographer Love Is Cinema // Catering + Day of Coordination Lisa Iva Lee // Dress Casablanca Bridal – Newport // Brides Hair Tori Johnson // Brides Make-up Vanity Belle // Bridesmaid Dresses Sorella Vita // Flowers Le Petit Jardin – Newport // Cake It’s All About The Cake – Dana Point // DJ / Music Epic Sound & Lighting – DJ TODD // Decor Bride and mother // Favors Homemade Lemincello // Stationery Swell Calligraphy // Shoes Badgley Mischka // Suits Jos A Bank