We’re absolutely smitten with Stephanie and Mark’s gorgeous wedding at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. T From the insanely-photogenic bridal party in shades of periwinkle to Stephanie’s detailed Rosa Clara gown and simple, long veil, all the details of the day fell perfectly in line with the bride’s vision of “effortless glamour.” We know you’ll love the way the incredible Jen Wojcik Photography captured the lovely day.
What made the wedding special and unique?
When planning my wedding I wanted more of a feeling than a specific look and thanks to Jen all the love and happiness of that day was captured beautifully. I wanted our family and friends to feel like they were at an extension of our homes. Less of an event and more of a natural gathering to share the happiness and excitement of this next chapter in our lives. Mark and I felt and heard from many people that it was the most intimate wedding they had been to and our love and all the love in the room was truly the showcase. That is what I feel made my day special and unique. That said, the look I was after was an effortless glamour, so nothing that looked too contrived. I instantly gravitated towards colors I associate with an olive grove somewhere in the Mediterranean, so muted greens, greys and ivory. The grounds at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe are gorgeous and provided the perfect balance of relaxed and refined glamour that I wanted. My friend Catherine is part owner of the Temecula Olive Oil Company and she gave me a tour of her gorgeous olive grove for inspiration and generously gave me olive branches for the ceremony arrangements.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
My dress was part of the Rosa Clara 2016 collection. Dress name is Saboya. It was my second time trying on wedding dresses and it turned into a family affair. My entire immediate family was there for moral support. I actually didn’t pull the dress for myself, but the beading caught my eye and my stylist suggested I try it on. I tried on several lovely dresses and felt bridal, but not myself. I was running late for my second appointment of the day, so I wanted to rush out and almost didn’t try on my dress at all, but with some gentle coaxing from my stylist (and me being undressed anyway) I thought, why not. As soon as she pulled it past my waist I got chills and when I saw myself in the mirror I instantly teared up. I thought that “say yes to the dress” feeling was an urban legend, but it was very real! It was everything I never knew I always wanted, and most importantly it felt like me. When I walked out of the dressing room it left my previously noncommittal family speechless and feeling like I found the one. I looked over and saw my dad tearing up and I knew I was finished looking. The girls at The White Dress in Corona Del Mar were so sweet and very helpful.
The heels I wore were Casadei. They were so elegant and surprisingly comfortable. The reception dress was a Theia gown (and a late night impulse purchase I made online). One that I am so happy I made because it was lighter than my ceremony dress and I was able to dance and run around all night and still feel every bit as glam.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
Since my dress had so much detail I didn’t want to wear much jewelry. The only piece of jewelry I wore was a Tiffany’s bracelet Mark gave me for our one year anniversary. It meant a lot to me to wear it on our wedding day because it reminded me of how far we’ve come.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The most memorable part of the day for me was during the ceremony. Standing up front holding Mark’s hands, I felt so much love around me and felt so present. I remember looking at him thinking he looked incredibly handsome and the light and trees behind him made it all seem very dream-like. I felt we were exactly where we needed to be at that moment.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Mark and I met back in 2007 when we were both 17. Our eyes met from across the room and we spent a better part of an hour sneaking glances at each other. I finally walked over to him and we exchanged contact information. I went home that day and found a MySpace message from none other than Mark Knutson! Fast forward to 2014, Mark just finished an internship in Amsterdam, so we took advantage of him being in Europe and I met him there and we flew down to Santorini. We had gone through a tough transition year, so taking this trip was really special for both of us. I like to say it was a proposal hidden in plain sight because we were both very much on vacation mode. Mark had surprised me with a massage and while I was in the room he was setting up a private dinner on the terrace with a chef he brought in. After gently rushing me to get ready using photos at sunset as an excuse for me to hurry, I quickly fixed myself up. He took my hand as we walked out onto the terrace where there were rose petals and candles on the ground and a stunning white table set up with great looking food. We walked past it to where he had the camera set up. I was looking at the camera ready for a picture when I looked over and saw him down on his knee. He proposed and opened a purple box (months earlier we had briefly run into a jewelry store to kill time before a dinner reservation) I instantly burst into tears and said “yes!” I jumped on him and was brought back to earth by the sound of hundreds of people clapping and cheering. No one we knew, but we had quite the audience with people in hotels and apartments watching the the sunset, and our perfect proposal.The man is a thinker and had a photographer capture everything! I was truly blown away.
Photography: Jen Wojcik Photography // Coordinator: Storybook Weddings and Events // Videographer: Adam McCain Films // Florals: Poison Ivy Design // Dress: Saboya from the Rosa Clara 2016 Collection, from The White Dress // Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe