9/13/14 | Twin Oaks Garden Estate
Their Story: The Collins wedding took place in the late afternoon of Friday, September 13. Most couples would have shied away from a Friday the 13th but the number 13 holds significance for both bride and groom, so it seemed like a perfect fit. The sun was just beginning to hide behind the trees and cool off when the bride walked through the beautifully manicured gardens of Twin Oaks Garden Estate in San Marcos, just north of San Diego, down the grassy aisle and into a large circle formed by the wedding party and 200 friends and family members. The ceremony was performed by a close friend and the custom circle formation allowed everyone an expert view and a more intimate atmosphere.
The bride wore a classic trumpet dress by designer Paula Varcelona, picked up on a trip to New York City. The groom wore a bespoke suit by Brooklyn Tailors, a company owned by the bride’s brother and sister-in-law. The bridal party was outfitted in coordinating navy J.Crew dresses and the groomsmen all wore charcoal three-piece suits.
The estate was decorated in a rustic chic fashion, complete with hand-made touches including chalkboards, easels of snapshots, apothecary jars and picturesque floral arrangements enhancing the natural beauty. The bride’s father, a former pastry chef, even made the amazing Bavarian Cream cake with fresh strawberries. The hand-made cake topper read “Best Day Ever” across the top.
Immediately following the ceremony, the party enjoyed an extended cocktail hour complete with champagne, Moscow mules and top shelf scotch. Guests were then ushered to a large and exquisite tent for dinner. Immediately following dinner, the reception evolved into a an epic dance party, complete with a serenade of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” from Top Gun by her groom and groomsmen and the bride’s 83 year-old grandma tearing it up with the best of them. The evening ended with a grand sendoff of the couple with flower petals and bubbles as they hopped in a vintage roadster and drove off into the warm
Photography: First and Orange Photography
Flowers: Michael’s Flower Girl
Hair: Audra René Studio
Makeup: Elena T Beauty
Menswear: Brooklyn Tailors
Transportation: Haynes Chauffering
Dress: Paula Varsalona
Videography: Quixotic Weddings