August 26, 2017
Out of This World Love
Krystal, a venue manager at Shirley Acres Weddings & Events and lead blogger at 30 Something Newlyweds, met James, who works in business technology at Sysco Foods, when they were set up by a mutual friend. The proposal was family affair. James invited Krystal’s parents to come visit from Goshen, Indiana and popped the question while the four of them were at dinner.
On their first date they discovered they both had grandparents and other loved ones living in Southern California. When the opportunity to book a private estate in San Clemente, California came up, it was the natural choice. Even James’ 96 year-old grand mother was able to attend the ceremony. In fact, the couple had family and friends from far and wide in attendance. The theme of their wedding was “Woodward Fest” and the bright color-scheme and décor was anything but ordinary. Colorful poppies and roses of every color were strewn everywhere, bringing their casual outdoor setting to life.
The ceremony took a unique twist when Krystal surprised James by arranging for beloved Star Wars character, R2D2 to make a guest appearance. James thought the officiant had the rings but when it came time for the ring exchange he was handed an empty ring box. Just then, the music changed and to everyone’s delight, a “bow-tied” R2D2 rolled out presenting the ring perched atop a ring pillow! Krystal knew she didn’t want a traditional wedding gown. She tasked Houston designer, Natalie Harris of Renegade Bridal, with creating a custom, poppy-embroidered wedding gown with a little extra detail. Look closely Star Wars fans, you’ll note a subtle nod to Princess Leia’s cape. To acknowledge their guests who traveled from “a galaxy far, far away,” the couple created a multi-directional signpost showing all the states their guests hailed from and the miles they traveled.
“We made all of the vinyl stickers on my Cricut machine and then assembled the sign when we arrived in California. It was fun to see all the guests taking photos with it and pointing to where they had traveled from,” says Krystal. Another non-traditional idea they incorporated was the coloring book guestbook. Instead of signing in, guests were asked to choose stick-figures to color to represent themselves. And to keep their guests cool, boozy margarita-flavored popsicles and non alcoholic popsicles were served. The couple had planned an exciting honeymoon to Queenstown & Auckland, New Zealand but since their big day was the same day Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, they decided to head back to H-town to offer their help to the citywide clean-up efforts.
Camryn Clair Photography
Stay true to yourselves. It was important to us to have a wedding that reflected our personalities- which meant a colorful-casual affair. Pick a photographer whose personality makes you and your fiancé feel comfortable. The best photos come when you are able to act natural and show affection without reservation. Hire a fabulous DJ. Our DJ, Chris Berry with Sound Wave Productions made our reception a night to remember. He flawlessly transitioned from the oldies we love to Top 40 hits. He also asked questions beforehand- like “What is the average age of your wedding guest?” That really helped him know and understand our crowd. Pick your priorities and spend your budget accordingly. Photography was important to us-so we established our budget based on how much we had after our photography fees. Since photography was important to us, we also chose to allocate time before our ceremony for a first look at mission San Juan Capistrano.