Lauren + Peter :: California Wedding & Elegant Garden Party

We’ve got the most beautiful wedding to show you today and it couldn’t be more perfectly tailored to this gorgeous spring weather! While it may have actually been shot in July (and in sunny CA), we still feel it’s fitting because Californian’s have spring weather all year round don’t they?  ;)  Speaking of CA, our uber-talented SanFran photographer, Michael, was there to capture the whole day and he did such an incredible job. Lauren and Peter described their vision to us as a casually elegant, and very personal garden wedding. It was going to take place at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, which she described to be like a Spanish Mission with lots of unbelievably gorgeous gardens. We immediately thought – garden party! You know, the exquisite outdoor parties thrown by prestigious europeans at Buckingham Palace and the Palais de l’Elysée. Need we say more? AMAZING. Here are a few tips when planning your own Garden Party Wedding:

1. Garden Party ≠ Casual. Just because you’ve decided to throw an outdoor wedding, doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be casual! You better believe the garden parties thrown at the Palais de l’Elysée are formal. Lauren didn’t forgo the gorgeous long wedding dress just because she was going to be outside – she chose a beautifully beaded gown that worked perfectly with their exquisite outdoor surroundings & decor.

2. Choose colors that complement the gardens. L + P chose to use hydrangeas in the bouquets and centerpieces that worked beautifully with the many hydrangeas in the gardens at the venue. They also used a lot of royal blues (bridesmaids dresses, tablecloths, etc.), which made the perfect palette for all of the purples, pinks and greens of the flowers to lie next to.

3. Don’t skimp on the dinner! Have the formal, 3 course, plated meal you always dreamed of – just under a few crisp, white umbrellas for shade! Mixing the beauty of the outdoors with the beauty of some exquisite stemware and delicate china is the perfect way push your outdoor wedding from a rustic picnic to the elegant garden party you envisioned.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.  Thrilled to have you as part of our OLAS family L+P!

Photographer: Michael; Ceremony/Reception: Allied Arts Guild; Florist: Apis Floral; Cake: Jen’s Cakes; Caterer: Cafe Primavera; DJ: Elite Entertainment; Harpist: Michelle Sell; Dress: Casablanca; Shoes: Dessy; Hair: Christina Hair Artistry; Favor Tags: My Own Labels; Graham Cracker Cookies: Miette


  1. I LOVE the vivid colors in this wedding, and the hydrangeas in the arrangements on the tables – so different and elegant. Michael did an amazing job with the couples portraits, too – beautiful!

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