Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Davis and Sara: A La Jolla Beach Wedding, Part 2

Hello from New York! I am having an amazing time here. Yesterday we spent a large portion of the day at The Renegade Craft Fair- it was amazing! I will be sharing some photos once I return. I grew up dreaming of performing on Broadway and now that is reality for some of my friends and it is incredible to see them in their element!

Enough about New York, lets get back to La Jolla. Today we have Davis and Sara's fun reception at The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, photos by the wonderful Jason of Garret Photography.

Escort cards:

The Museum is such a wonderful event space. Here is the bride and groom during the cocktail hour, under a cool statue of canoes:

Instead of giving each guest a favor, the bride and groom gave donations to nonprofit organizations. I came up with the idea of choosing multiple organizations so that guests could have some say. They selected three: American Heart Association, World Wildlife Fund and Doctors Without Borders. Guests could choose which organization they wanted their donation to go to and put the round paper from their placesetting into the box of their choice. Guests loved it and it was so meaningful. 

The food, catered by the wonderful Giuseppe Fine Catering, was out of the park. Absolutely delicious! Davis and Sara are vegetarians, so we did all vegetarian appetizers in their honor. 
For dinner, we had stations set up with small plates and it was a huge hit. 
The cake not only looked incredible, but it was the best tasting cake I think I have ever had. Way to go Sweet Cheeks! The picture of the slice does not do it justice- banana peanut butter with chocolate ganache. Yum. We also served gelato along side the cake as a nod to Sara's Italian heritage. 

The topper was made out of fondant to match their monogram from the invitation.

One of the greatest things about the museum is that there are exhibits in the reception area. They change periodically- so you never know what you are going to get when the wedding rolls around. Lucky for us, one of the current exhibits was a cool chalk drawing of a gazebo. The perfect spot to put the cake. It made a lovely backdrop and was so unique. 
The Save-the-Date and invitation:

A view into the reception from outside:
Most of the guests were from out of town, so we hired a school bus to charter them around from the weekend. It was an inexpensive and fun alternative to a charter shuttle. 

A few more shots:
Sara and Davis, I had a blast getting to know you two over the past year. Thank you for entrusting your wedding day to me- it was amazing! Thank you for wanting a day filled with personal touches- I know that all of your guests thought it was a great reflection of your personalities and your relationship together. I wish you two the best- many more happy travels, beach walks and Radiohead concerts. 
Our stellar vendor team:
*Venues: Torrey Pines State Beach
                Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla (they also provided the bar)
*Catering: Giuseppe Fine Catering (One of my new favorites!)
*Photography: Garret Photography, Jason
*Florist: Whimsey Florals 
*Video: Firefly Films 
*DJ: Peyton with La Jolla DJs 
*Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals (ceremony) & Raphaels (reception)
*Papergoods: PinkStar Design 


Anonymous said...

Hey Courtney! Good stuff! Quick question... can you tell us the font name that was used for the names on the escort cards? We've been looking for that font but can't find it. Thanks!

-Heidi & Edward

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Loving it all! The cake is too cute...and delicious looking!