“But Without Love, I Have Nothing” || A Catholic Wedding in Indian Wells, Ca.

Weddings are about people.  Ok, maybe that’s obvious.  But this central and most-important aspect is far too often overshadowed.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s an intimate elopement with a dozen people or a grand occasion 50 times larger; the details can sometimes cause even the most well-intentioned couples to lose sight of the real reason for the celebration.

Our latest wedding was like a royal wedding of its own.  Despite its size, the event showed how focus on people can be preserved even in the midst of hundreds of other details.

It was quickly apparent that Elise and Chris had been making wedding decisions consciously with each of their guests in mind.  These two provided one of the best examples we’ve ever seen of a couple using their wedding to express their love for the people in their lives.  Elise and Chris are that kind of couple who treat everyone around them with such warmth and attention that they make even their photographers feel like lifelong friends.  It’s no wonder they have such a vibrant collection of loved ones!

They did make a few decisions that eventually helped them protect their primary focus.  They found great vendors they could trust with their vision, and used their ability to connect with people to communicate that vision.  The Renaissance Indian Wells always provides an elegant backdrop and excellent service.  Their wedding planner, Rachel from Plan It San Diego, was amazing! She was always kind, organized, and an absolute pleasure to work with.  The decor provided by Luna at Arrangements Floral and Party Design were exquisite, and the live band, Rembrandt, absolutely rocked the reception.  We were humbled to be added to that list.  Because of choices like these, they were able to let go of the details on the wedding day and enjoy the people they were most excited to spend time with.

But before sharing a vision, you’ve got to think through how wedding details can highlight your unique identity as a couple and enhance the experience of your guests.  What ceremony traditions do you find personally meaningful?  How do the details reflect your personality together?  How will the events you highlight during the reception express love for your guests?  Use your personal values like a filter for wedding decisions.  By thinking about event details in this way, you will not only realize a unique and fully-developed wedding, but at the same time, you will maintain the focus where it should be—on your relationship and the other significant relationships in your lives.

Whether or not they intentionally took all of these things into account, Elise and Chris perfectly exemplified one of our core values and made their wedding a celebration of people and relationships.  After the flowers have wilted and the music has died down, what remains will be their bond together, and the relationships that have helped make them who they are and will continue to support them for years to come.

With so much to think about, it would be easy to lose sight of that.  But Elise and Chris never did.  All day long, they beamed with gratitude and grace, and their compassionate demeanor only multiplied as they fed off of each other, and the smiles of friends and family.  We couldn’t have been more impressed by that, or more thrilled to have been even a small part of their big day.

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Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Planner: Plan It San Diego

Rehearsal Dinner: Indian Wells Country Club

Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Renaissance Indian Wells

Floral and Event Design: Arrangements Floral and Party Design

Band: Rembrandt

Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals & Arrangements Floral and Party Design

Transportation: Cardiff Transportation  &  TRYPPS – Limobus  949.903.2133

Cake: Renaissance Indian Wells

Videographer: Taylor Films