Tiffany & Baron’s Casual & Chic Family-Themed Wedding in La Jolla
Happy Monday everyone! We’re kicking off the week with a lovely and intimate wedding in sunny La Jolla, CA. Tiffany & Baron wanted to honor what was most important to them — their love for one another and their respective families, as well as the family they were about to build themselves — so they centered their celebration around that idea. The day began with Tiffany getting ready in Baron’s childhood home, and photographer Sarah Layne (who you might remember via Sarah & Robert’s Eclectic Vintage DIY Wedding feature) is here to give us a behind-the-scenes account:
There were so many amazing things to photograph at Baron’s childhood home, between the lovely Tiffany, her knockout fashion choices, and tons of great home decor details. Baron’s mom, Carolyn, has his childhood room filled with tons of collectible baseball memorabilia, to honor his time as a professional baseball player.
It was about a million degrees on their wedding day, unusual for temperate La Jolla, but Tiffany & Baron were such troopers as we wandered a bit around the block in search of good spots to get some bride and groom photos. We stumbled upon the perfect vintage car which made for some of my favorite photos of the day.
The ceremony was held at the beautiful La Jolla United Methodis Church in Bird Rock and their casual and intimate-feeling reception was held at Lupi Restaurant and was marked with mouth-watering yummy food, great wine, and everyone enjoying a good time. There were also a bunch of cute details incorporated to give the restaurant a personal touch.
Tiffany paired her gorgeous ceremony dress with glittery gold platform stilettos and later on changed into a funky pair of pink & purple ankle boots to match her short & sassy reception dress.
The beautiful bride got ready for their wedding in the house Baron grew up in. Such a lovely& meaningful way to truly connect with the man she was to marry:
I asked Baron’s mother if I could get ready for the day at their home, which is the same house that Baron grew up in. Not only was it walking distance to the church and the reception, the house is a Victorian home that his Mother has lovingly kept up and accented with all the traditional Victorian touches. Getting ready in his childhood home made me feel especially close to Baron and held special meaning for us.
Beyond the significance that it held for us personally, preparing for our wedding at their house had spiritual significance to us as well. As I left his parents’ home and Baron’s father drove me to the church, to me it symbolized the sacred verses from Mark 10:6-9 6 “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. 7 That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore, what God has joined together, man must never separate.” I really wanted the day to be about God’s plan for family, love and most importantly Marriage, and it was. It felt as if God was giving me away at the altar.
The twosome had a scenic first look at Calumet Park overlooking the Pacific…
Love these shots <3
Let’s get to know them a little better. Here’s Tiffany again to tell us more about herself & Baron:
We live in Manhattan Beach, CA. Baron is from La Jolla, CA. He graduated from USC in 2006. Baron played for the USC Baseball Team and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006. I went with him when he played in the minor leagues and it was truly the best years. We lived in Virginia, Florida, and upstate New York. We traveled all over the east coast when he was playing in the minor leagues. When Baron was playing for the Auburn DoubleDAys in 2007 they won the New York Penn League Championship. Once baseball ended Baron and I moved back to Los Angeles where I began working for the Los Angeles Kings in 2008. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup this season and it has been a whirlwind of a summer so far!! I am from Valencia, CA about 45 minutes north of Los Angeles and we met in 2005 at USC.
I didn’t know mismatched bouquets could look this pretty together!
Tiffany describes their vision for their dream wedding and how the actual celebration played out:
Would you rather buy a car or have a wedding? Would you rather have a million Louis Vuitton purses or a wedding? We were all about being practical and spending the least amount of money possible but still including all those things a little girl dreamed of: a white dress, a big wedding party and one big celebration! Our theme was family. I imagined us all sitting around a family-style table, passing pasta and salads, with wine glasses clinking all night. We had a lot of family come in from Michigan and the east coast that we don’t see that often and we wanted to be able to enjoy everyone’s company. Instead of doing all the staged father/daughter dances, mother/son dances, we laughed, gave toasts, and ate together as a family. Baron grew up in La Jolla, steps away from the church that we got married in and another few steps away from an Italian restaurant our reception was held at. The Italian restaurant is located on a quaint little main street steps from the ocean where you could smell the August ocean air. It was the perfect place for us to break bread with all our friends and family.
The lovely bride shares a few things she learned along the way + some tips for you who are still planning your wedding!
No matter how much you plan if just seems like you never have enough time before the wedding. I felt like I had minute to minute mapped out and of course things always never go according to plan. So my advice for every bride is take your time be prepared for day of issues and go with the flow. Another piece of advice would be if you are planning to do a small reception prepare as much of the food you can ahead of time. The restaurant is a small quaint place with a family feel to it. It was not a banquet hall which meant every dish was cooked fresh in their small kitchen, while the food was amazing and everyone’s plate was came out hot…it took a lot of time to serve 130 people all at once. I did narrow down the menu to a few items but it would of been much easier to possibly do a banquet style meal. AND always keep the that wine flowing! CHEERS!
Huge thanks to Sarah for sharing her gorgeous images with us, and congratulations to Tiffany & Baron! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your special day.
Photographer: Sarah Layne Photography
Ceremony Venue: La Jolla United Methodist Church
Wedding hostess: Chelsea Carter (Contact La Jolla Methodist)
Officiant: Walter Dilg La (Jolla Methodist Church)
Walk down the Aisle song: The Adventure by Angels and Airwaves played by Pianist Ronel Wishnuff (La Jolla Methodist)
Event syling / flowers at reception / invitation design: Kea Bookman Brooks
Bridal Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Briana Maxson Floral Design
Reception Venue & Caterer: Lupi Restaurant
Hair: Kristin Henry
Makeup: Candace Ginn (friend)
Tile Favors: Tumbled Rose
Dress and Hair Piece: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini, Nordstrom
Bride’s Ring: Tiffany & Co.
Tuxedo for Groom: Men’s Wearhouse
Men’s Bridal Party Shoes: Converse
Tags: alternative wedding venues, first look, non-traditional weddings, short wedding dresses