I just want to eat Elizabeth Messina’s gorgeous photos, and Jillian and Rick’s wedding is no exception. Classic elegance with a touch of modern design, including lovely paper elements from the bride’s own letterpress collection, Gigi Press. Jillian was kind enough to share some details about the day:

We really wanted our wedding celebration to be special not only for us but also for our guests. It was a treat to see our guests really enjoying themselves, starting by being greeted with champagne with fresh springs of lavender when they arrived at the ceremony, to when the doors of the reception opened up to the fabulous band, continuing through dinner and afterward when the men enjoyed fresh rolled cigars, and finally at the end of the night when In-N-Out cheeseburgers came out of the kitchen.

I have a letterpress stationery collection of my own, Gigi Press, but when it came to my own invitations I knew I needed another set of eyes, so I collaborated with Passing Notes on my wedding invitation suite. My goal was to letterpress everything imaginable: welcome notes for guests, CD covers, menus, seating cards, cigar labels…you name it! The table numbers were etched in walnut, as were many coordinating signs. Invitations, seating cards and menus were hand calligraphed with guests names by Grace Connell.

Jillian chose different dresses for each of her bridesmaids based on their body type and personal style. The dress designers include: Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Robert Rodriguez, and Kay Unger.

Says Jillian: It rained on our wedding day…the cocktail reception was completely rained out. I was a total stress case the day before, and Elizabeth [Messina] helped remind me that it’s not about the rain ruining the day…it’s all about you and the love of your life. Now, every time it rains, I think of the day we got married, and it’s a beautiful memory.

Floral design was by Square Root Designs. They did an amazing job – we were married between two pepperberry trees adorned with hydrangeas, succulents, and roses. My bouquet consisted of white baby ranunculus and lily of the valley. And my favorite touch was our chair treatments, a garland of fresh rosemary.

You’ve gotta love Jillian’s advice to other brides: Always keep things in perspective…keep your eyes on the prize…your groom!

Photography: Elizabeth Messina

Venue: Montage in Laguna Beach, California

Planning: Kelly Michelle Weddings

Bride’s dress / shoes: Monique Lhuillier / Manolo Blahnik

Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein

Flower girl dress: Flora & Henri

Stationery: Gigi Press in collaboration with Passing Notes

Calligraphy: Grace Connell

Flowers: Square Root Design

Cake / cake topper: Montage / Fancy Flours

Thanks so much to Jillian for sharing so many details about her wedding, and of course to my friend Elizabeth Messina for sending over these beautiful photos.

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  1. Kelly Sauer


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  2. Mouse

    OH MY GOD, THE VEIL! THE VEIL! Seriously, though, THE VEIL!

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  3. A Bicycle Built For Two

    Simply perfect. While I sometimes tire of mason jars and bunting classic elegance never gets old.

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  4. Alexis

    where is the lovely flower girl dress from?

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  5. sarah

    Two of my favourite things…Elizabeth Messina (Kiss The Groom) and Snippet and Ink *swoon*…the veil is divine!

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  6. elizabeth

    thank you kathryn for such a wonderful post & to all who took the time to write a comment…so much sweetness….xoxo

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  7. Jessica Robinson

    JUST gorgeous!! LOVE this wedding! the images are amazing and I love the flowers! succulents are so wonderful, adding lots of detail!

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  8. Naomi

    Gorgeous!I’ve told Elizabeth countless times how special her work is; this is lovely!

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  9. forget.me.knot.weddings

    simply perfection..every time Elizabeth is behind the camera i love every photo! gorgeous wedding!

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  10. Molly

    I love the signs that say “we wish you sweet dreams.” What did the couple do with these?

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    • Jillian

      Letterpress door hangers :-)

      Guests were greeted with the “welcome…we wish you sweet dreams”. The other side said, “still dreaming…privacy please”.

      So glad you liked :-) xoxo

  11. Maggie @ Black and White {Side by Side}

    oh my!!! the bridesmaid gowns are amazing!!!

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  12. Alicia@CharityWedding

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love that veil shot!

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  13. Sarah

    The long bridesmaids dresses are TO DIE FOR. Stunning. So beautiful!

    PS @Mouse, you’re hilarious!

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  14. erin @ chatty brides

    Consider my breath officially taken away. Elizabeth Messina, you are so inspiring!

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  15. Ellie

    Love the letterpress, love the stationary, love the ceremony spot and LOVE her attitude! It’s so sweet that every time it rains she thinks of their wedding day :)

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  16. D

    breathtaking, really!

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  17. Erin

    WOW!! Gorgeous – i love this wedding – beautiful inspiration, thanks so much for sharing your day!

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  18. jacin

    loving everything about this!

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  19. Julie

    My husband and I were privileged to be invited to this wedding! It was amazing, and I loved seeing the pictures of it. Hearing the story of the day from the lovely bride was fun too. Not only was the wedding beautiful, but the couple are beautiful souls as well! It was a memorable day for you, Jillian, but you also made it memorable for us, your guests!

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  20. lydia {ever ours}

    absolutely breath-takingly gorgeous.

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  21. ARTiculateART

    Sweet pictures! I love how the bride adds a personal touch to everything, just like the different bridesmaid dresses (making it so special for each one of them)! A really elegant wedding!

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  22. borrowed blue old new

    omg, love the long veil!

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  23. Rachel – theWeddingVine

    The image on the beach all wrapped up in the veil looks incredible!

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  24. Amy

    Beautiful wedding – absolutely love the details!! Can you tell me who did the laser-cut wood table numbers?

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  25. Perth Wedding Photos

    I love the photography, it’s very well done. Also the wooden cards are a nice touch.

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  26. Liz

    This is crazy, I feel like I’m looking at images of my own wedding…. I got married last weekend and not only did I wear the same dress and shoes, but it POURED all day! I was a complete stress case about the weather too, but now I wouldn’t change it for the world, because the rain was part of what made the day what it was. Beautiful photos!

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  27. Engagement Invitations

    Cute invites! Are they made from real wood block?

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  28. GiantInvitations

    That’s a threatening weather! The pictures came out great though. :)

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  29. Perth Wedding Hire

    I Love this Wedding!!
    The colours.
    The dress. I love that you can wear it as 2 separate outfits too. The hair (The colours of the dress and hair! So beautiful!)
    And the flowers. Somehow they seem muted and fit so well with the food. The cheese table looks like Bacchus should be perched at one end!


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  30. Perth Hummer Limo

    That flower girl is a doll! Beeeeaaaautiful wedding. Thanks for sharing.

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