Romantic Autumn Wedding at Franciscan Gardens

"The wedding concept was inspired by Old Dutch Masters' paintings.  Since we both have a background in the arts, it felt right to tie the wedding into that aesthetic.  We wanted to bring a sense of unkempt elegance to the event.  We frequently found ourselves trying to find more quirky options that reflected a moody, fall vibe. Even though we both live in New York now, it was important to have the wedding in California where we met, and where a lot of our friends and family are still located.  San Juan Capistrano felt like a great city to bring in that sense of age and history that our oil painting theme also evoked. We wanted a place that didn't feel too formal but allowed us enough flexibility in our design.  We loved Franciscan Gardens from the first moment that we saw it.  The indoor/outdoor spaces were gorgeous and gave us a lush backdrop with all the foliage to keep it from feeling stuffy. The exposed brick inside the venue for Cocktail Hour felt appropriately New-York and modern while the outside felt like a whimsical garden party.  It's proximity to the San Juan Capistrano mission was also an added bonus! We could do photos at both locations easily." - Bride & Groom

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Photography: Peterson Design & Photography | Ceremony Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Reception Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Floral: Foxtail Florals | Stationery: Minted | Wedding Cake: Plumeria Cake Studio | Vintage Rentals: Sundrop Vintage | Hair: Flawless Faces | Day-of Coordination: Shannon Bicknell | Catering: 24 Carrots | DJ: Showcase DJ | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaid Dresses: JJs House | Headpiece: Lena Rom | Wedding Ring: | Earrings: Joanna Reed Bridal Accessories | Submitted via: Matchology