Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Erin & Tanner's Wedding. La Selva Beach

Ceremony and reception at Villa Viscaya, a private estate in La Selva Beach.

Erin and Tanner are from Minnesota. They were originally planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean but happened upon Villa Viscaya here in the Bay Area during their venue search and fell in love with the location. Being oceanfront and on U.S. soil was an added bonus! The incomparable Nicole Lisanne was handling all the arrangements so living in Minnesota wasn’t going to be an issue when it came to planning.

Fast forward to the wedding day who would have guessed it would rain all day? I was watching weather radar all week and driving over the “hill” had me growing more apprehensive. There was no chance this rain was going to let up in time for an outdoor ceremony. Contingency plans were on when we drove up to the estate. Amy Frugoli from Nicole Lisanne Weddings and Events and crew were busy rearranging the main room for the ceremony. Tanner and Erin were in good spirits all smiling and laughing - nothing fazed them. Erin even came prepared with galoshes and a matching umbrella. Awesome!

There were many wonderful details at this wedding. Tanner had originally wanted a miniature pineapple on his boutonniere but unfortunately there were none to be had so Rachael Myers of Sweet Tooth Confections created one to adorn their cake. All the linens were picked out months ago and chosen to match the ocean and autumn inspired color scheme. They had beautifully printed programs and menus, delicious food, yummy desserts, and a surprise Porsche cake.

The rain stopped long enough for a change of pace and we took advantage by going outside for some picture taking. Villa Viscaya is a remarkable estate set on a hill high above the Pacific, a perfect setting for an intimate wedding with 22 of your closest friends and family. We photographed on the lawn, in the halls, in the driveway, next to the fountain, at the massive front doors. This place is really nice! We even made it out to the nearby beach which was completely deserted.

What a great day!

Event Coordination: Nicole Lisanne Weddings and Events by Design
Floral Design: Precious and Blooming Floral Design
Catering: Thomas John Events
Cake: Sweet Tooth Confections
Decor: Classic Party Rentals