Wedding Planning Coordinator Events by Cori Orange County CA Dana Point Ocean Institute

Hard to believe it has been a year since this dashing couple said “I do!” Their special day was recently featured on the Borrowed & Blue blog, and we were reminded of all the heartfelt details we adored.  Held at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point CA, the couple wanted a beach-inspired celebration that reflected their fun-loving personalities.  The thought and effort that they put into crafting a memorable celebration for their closest friends and family was evident from the incredibly meaningful gifts chosen for their parents and bridal party, to the fun choice of gourmet doughnuts instead of traditional cake. Not to mention that crazy party bus they have found at StlRoadPony.com for the bachelors party. I still remember those doughnuts very fondly! Ashley Williams Photography did such a stunning job capturing everything from the big moments to the tiny details.

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Jessica explained it all best. Please enjoy some insights from the stunning bride…

“When beginning this crazy ride, we weren’t too specific with what we wanted, but had some broad strokes of a vision. We wanted to be close to the ocean, to keep things intimate, to have the boys in suits, the gals in black, but most of all we wanted to have a really fun party.

After hunting up and down the coast of Southern California, we discovered the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. The modern, sharp architecture up against the stunning Harbor meant we got to keep décor simple and really let the venue do the talking. As San Diego natives and Los Angeles locals, the beach is a definite constant. That being said, we did decide to stray away from a barefoot on the sand wedding, and instead used the ocean as inspiration for the day.

We kept our colors simple — blues, dark greenery, black and cream, and pulled from the elements of the beach and the venue to bring it all together. Beach stones, driftwood, candlelight, and a suspended whale skeleton above the head table brought it full circle. Instead of table numbers, our guests sat a tables named after various beaches from our lives. I walked down the aisle to Van Morrison with a bouquet wrapped in lace. The lace was a keepsake from a bouquet I caught at Sean’s cousin’s wedding, our first year of dating.

We also wanted to include ways to remember my older sister, Meagan, who passed away. A bridesmaid bouquet and stain-glass candleholder was placed on the first chair of the bride’s side. We wanted to make sure she had a good seat to the show. I also had a bracelet of hers broken up into (4) pins — 1 on my bouquet, and the other 3 given to amazing women in my life to wear in her honor.

We asked my Uncle Gary to officiate the ceremony (an idea we shamelessly stole from a cousin of mine), where we shared vows that we had written together. He told the story of how we met, read quotes from throughout history, and saved a quote dear to our hearts for last: “I want a marriage more beautiful than my wedding.” As an event producer, this was my mantra throughout the wedding planning process. As beautiful and fun as planning such a special day is, I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose sight of the purpose. I didn’t want planning our wedding to feel like work, and I didn’t want to get so caught up in making everything perfect that I was missing the big picture. So, when I spelled my new last name wrong on our Save the Dates, I sent them anyways. I shed some minor tears, but we decided to travel this whole journey to have a marriage, not just a wedding. If he could forgive me for the spelling typo, I figured I could and should get over it, too.

At the end of the day, our wedding was filled with romance and laughter, but most of all it felt sacred to who we are. We watched the sunset over the water, toasted our beautiful family and friends, and danced the night away. Our guests were happy and full — we couldn’t have imagined a better day.” -Jessica

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Meet the Team:

Event Planning & Design: Events by Cori

Photography: Ashley Williams Photography

Venue: Ocean Institute

Cinematographers: Honest Films

DJ: California DJ’s

Catering: The Sundried Tomato

Florist: My Flower Affair

Hair & Makeup: Vow Studio 101

Invitations & Caligraphy: Birch & Main Letterpress

Photo Booths: Optic Booth

Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

Hotel Accommodations: Laguna Cliffs Marriott

We were thrilled to partner with Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach for their Open House!

The Pacific Edge Hotel is authentic Laguna Beach. The hotel’s buildings create their own neighborhood on the sand amidst the town’s cosmopolitan flair. If you envision your celebration on the beach, you simply cannot get any closer.

They now feature five casual-chic surf cabanas and a private VIP Cabana Deck right on the beach. These cabanas and cabana deck area can be rented out for a VIP area with the luxuries of oceanfront living coupled with casual, carefree, beach vibe. Take in the breathtaking views of Laguna Beach, including Main Beach and Seal Rock, from the privacy of your own oceanfront property for the day. As the only restaurant in Laguna that is actually right on the sand, they put a little bit of luxury into a traditional beach wedding.

Cabanas are fully- furnished with a sitting area, private bathroom with shower with air-conditioning, stocked mini bar and refrigerator, flat screen TV, MP3 stereo, and deck lounge furniture, including day beds. These cabanas are ideal for the active social gathering that wants to be close to the lively scene at the Deck Restaurant, but set apart on their own private deck.

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Then there are the details. Hotel amenities like valet parking, VIP Bungalow Hosts, water sport activities that include surfing and paddle boarding and foodie-quality catering and drinks, will all combine to make your event a memorable one!

Contact us today at cori@eventsbycori.com or 949.322.1091. Events by Cori is the Preferred Vendor for Weddings & Special Events at the beautiful Pacific Edge Hotel.

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Photography: Daniel Han/Snapmotive 
Venue: Pacific Edge Hotel
Bakery: Plumeria Cake Studio
Florals: The Tangled Vine
Planning: Events by Cori

What a beautiful evening it turned out to be at the Balboa Inn on May 1st! We had such a wonderful time meeting all the newly engaged couples and seeing our favorite vendors again! Thank you to everyone who participated!BalboaInn_1 BalboaInn_2

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To RSVP you may call Pottery Barn Mission Viejo at 949-364-3164, call Events by Cori at 949-322-1091 or email Events by Cori at cori@eventsbycori.com

We look forward to meeting you!

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The Balboa Inn was built in 1929 & recently expanded with the addition of The Resort. This unique & historic property is in the heart of Balboa Newport immersed in beach charm & history. They offer luxurious amenities, lovely beach setting, panoramic ocean view ceremony site, ocean front banquet room, exquisite suites, fantastic menus & an elegant full bar; all available to be enjoyed at your special event.

Venue Location:
105 Main Street
Balboa, CA 92661
(949) 675-3412
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We are very excited to be hosting A Bridal Affair at the Balboa Inn Resort on May 1st to display this fantastic venue for our attendees. Please join us by registering here:
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We are so excited to announce that ONEHOPE Wine will be offering the first 25 guests a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival at the Bella Collina Bridal Affair next weekend!

Bella Collina Towne & Country Club in San Clemente
11-3pm
Complimentary entry & parking with registration to the event

Please contact Bari Hospodarec if you’d like more information about ONEHOPE Wine at: bariuncorked@gmail.com or 714.553.6530

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We are so excited to announce our Media Sponsor for the Bridal Affair
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Bella Collina Towne & Country Club:

California's Premier Luxury MagazineModern Luxury Bride Magazine

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We are so excited to announce that we’ve been chosen by The Knot as their 2015 Best of Weddings in Orange County! Thank you for all your support this year and we look forward to many more successful weddings in 2015!

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Phone: 949.322.1091 ● Email: cori@eventsbycori.com ● Web: Events by Cori

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