Petal to the Meadow
As we all know that vintage chic look has been in for a while. While I never really liked DIY take on it, I have always loved subtle vintage details. From the uber cool furniture that Alexia and Luciano rented, to Alexia’s heirloom veil, and right down to the archival-quality photography, this wedding was just too gorgeous to pass up. PS – those donuts look delicious and I love the open-air lighted canopy. So romantic!
Alexia Cretikos and Luciano Alvear
Married in San Juan Capistrano, California on October 23, 2010
The day of the wedding was magic. “I put on my cathedral-length lace veil made in Paris—which my mom wore on her wedding day—and went to the church in my dad’s 1969 Roll’s Royce,” recalls Alexia. “I walked down the aisle with my father to Luciano; we were like kids full of excitement and happiness.” A beautiful ceremony followed at the same church where Alexia’s parents and grandparents were married.
During cocktails, a tango band performed and a lighted canopy set the stage for a romantic reception complete with a doughnut bar and cartons of milk. The décor was Spanish vineyard meets formal elegance. “Our parents threw rose petals around us during our first dance,” says Alexia. “The DJ was amazing and the dance floor didn’t stop. We had Latin music and did some traditional Greek dances.” All 200 guests gathered around the couple for the last song and afterwards they had a grand exit along a candlelit path by the lake. The favors were put together by ladies in the family: a crystal perfume bottle or a jar of homemade apricot brandy preserve that Alexia’s mom lovingly made.
Ceremony Location: St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA; Reception Location: Rancho Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA; Caterer: Ascent Events, Foothill Ranch, CA; Event Planner: Your Divine Wedding; Florist: Petal to the Meadow, Newport Beach, CA; Vintage Furniture: Found – Vintage Rentals, Fullerton, CA; Chairs: Elegant Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent, Garden Grove, CA; Lighting and Plates: Persiano Events & Rentals, Laguna Hills, CA; Musicians: Ruby Karen Project, Huntington Beach, CA; DJ: Fly By Night DJs, Huntington Beach, CA; Hair and Makeup: Design Visage, Newport Beach, CA; Wedding Gown: The White Dress, Corona Del Mar, CA; Photography: Studio EMP, Fullerton, CA
We wish you countless years of happiness Alexia and Luciano and a big thank you to Joel Eckman Maus of Studio EMP for letting us share these images with our viewers!