It was a stormy morning, full of dark clouds and rain, but the skies cleared just in time for Domonique and Jesse’s private beach ceremony at Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach. Friends for ten years, and four month pregnant at the time of their nuptials, the couple announced the sex of the baby to family and friends during their vows—how’s that for a memorable reveal?! After the ceremony, guests returned to the family home for the most epic charcuterie display of all time and a family-style dinner prepared by the bride herself—she’s a celebrity chef! We’re loving the gorgeous, white rose-centric florals and greenery by Cargo Creative and the simple, white and brass tablescape highlighting the amazing food by Stone Radish, the bride’s company. It’s al here in the images by THE DELAURAS who captured all the romance and joy of the day—and a couple of celeb besties to boot!
What made the wedding special and unique?
It poured rain, a rarity in Southern California, up to 5 minutes before the ceremony. It was the most stunning lighting. My husband and I have been friends for 10 years and were 4 months pregnant. I revealed the sex in my vows which was exciting for everyone.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I didn’t have much time to find a gown – we planned the wedding in six weeks! That didn’t stop me from trying on literally all the gowns I could – new and vintage. I got really discouraged as I wasn’t finding anything I liked. I ended up finding mine at a discount dress shop selling floor models and giving the proceeds to Parkinson’s research. You never know where you will find your dress!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
My best friend Shannon did the flowers, my step brother was our coordinator, my best friend Grant was the officiant, I did my wedding cake and my sous chef executed my menu (I’m a chef!), and the reception was at our family home.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing all of our friends and family, and my soon-to-be husband’s face.
Photography: THE DELAURAS // Floral: Cargo Creative // Bride’s Dress: Savannah Miller // Venue: Family Home in Three Arch Bay Laguna Beach CA // Catering/Cake: Dominique (the bride herself!) Stone Radish // Ceremony Guitarist: John Yerkovich // Rentals: Baker Party Rentals // Band/DJ: Andy Clockwise // Bride’s Shoes: Alexandre Birman // Bride’s Engagement Ring: Designed by Groom // Bride’s Wedding Band: XIV Karats