There’s an Old Hollywood glamour to this wedding that is just impossible to resist, from the bride’s wavy half-up-half-down coif to the groom’s classic tux (with the addition of a playful polka dotted bow tie!). Photos by Josh Elliott.

The bride and her bridesmaids wore black and pink silk charmeuse pajamas by Oscar de la Renta while they got ready for the big day.

The bride’s nude patent leather pumps were an engagement gift from her mother. She also wore a sapphire and diamond bracelet that belongs to her grandmother – something borrowed and something blue. The groom wore his own something borrowed: a pair of vintage shoes that belong to his father.

Says the bride: “Matthew had three must-haves: a Catholic ceremony, an open bar, and a live band. Once those were taken care of, I added my love of bows, polka dots and monograms. We wanted our wedding to be both traditional and fun. So although Matthew wore a traditional black tux, his polka dot bow tie made it fun. And at cocktail hour, we had traditional monogramed cocktail napkins with fun polka dot straws.”

“One of my favorite moments was after we were pronounced husband and wife, I surprised Matthew with a bag pipe player to lead us out of the church. I will never forget his expression!”

The head table was adorned with a moss-covered monogram.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Newport Beach is where we first met and lived while we were engaged so it was both sentimental and convenient. I have always loved my Grandparents’ country club but Matthew was the one who originally suggested it for our reception venue. I am so glad he did!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  One of Matthew’s favorite moments was when we first walked into our reception with all our friends and family cheering for us.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Everyone says how quickly the day goes by, so one of Matthew’s friends suggested to have someone tell us what time it was each hour. It was a great reminder to really soak everything in and appreciate the day.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Hire vendors you trust! It will make the planning process and the “Big Day” so much more enjoyable.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  JoS. A. Bank ran a “Buy 1, Get 3 Free” sale, so we rallied Matthew’s brothers and they each bought a tux for about the same cost of a rental. And, unlike a rental, they were able to tailor them so they fit perfectly!

Photography: Josh Elliott / Venue, Catering, Cake: Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California / Event Planning: Sugar Branch Events / Ceremony venue: Our Lady Queen of Angels / Floral Design: Rogers Garden / Stationery:  MKM Design / Dress: Oscar De La Renta via Erin Cole / Shoes: Valentino via Neiman Marcus / Veil: Veiled Beauty / Pearl Earrings: Thomas Laine / Suit: JoS. A. Bank / Shirt, Tie: Brooks Brothers / Socks, Cufflinks: Ralph Lauren / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Music: N’Demand

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  • Black Tie Country Club Wedding in Newport Beach

    3 February 2014
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    1. kendal

      Where are the bridesmaids’ pajamas from?

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      • Kathryn

        Hi Kendal! The pajamas were by Oscar de la Renta. It doesn’t look like that style is available anymore, but if you do a search for “notch collar pajama sets” you’ll come up with some cute options.

    2. Christie

      Love this classic wedding. Gorgeous photos!

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    3. Lucy

      Very Newport Beach. Beautiful!!

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    4. Josh Gruetzmacher

      Beautiful wedding!

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    6. Lucy

      Love this style! If the bride is reading… how did you do the moss covered monograms? Did you buy or was it DIY? Thanks in advance!

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    7. NYC Wedding Photographer

      Love the details! The bows are too cute and the moss monogram is great!

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    8. Carla Smalling

      Your wedding was exquisite. Our daughter is being married in October in Vermont, and I would love to know the designer of the Mother of The Bride’s dress.. That teal/blue lace dress is exactly what I am looking for.. Thank you ….

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