Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings, this modern, pink Darlington House Wedding knocked our socks off! Richelle and Tom’s fabulous Kate Spade wedding features a storyboard dessert backdrop, a chic pink, black & white color palette and a wedding dress that we wouldn’t be surprised to see on the runway. Here’s more from Martha Stuart about this fabulous day!
“Richelle Menezes (a legal assistant) and Thomas Regan (a lawyer) met in a fitting place—law school. Thanks to assigned seating, they landed next to each other in an early morning class. Richelle was awake enough to realize the cute guy to her side—and that he arrived promptly each day with a container of bacon. But seeing as neither of them are morning people, there wasn’t much chit chat. The following semester, Richelle and her friend needed another person to carpool with to score a good parking spot, so they decided to invite Tom. He lived downtown and didn’t need to drive, but was more than happy to have a free ride. So the girls picked him up on the way to school, usually stopping for coffee, and drove back in the afternoon—getting to know each other along the way.
That summer, the trio met up for a carpool reunion over lunch, and Richelle and Tom started dating shortly after. Two-and-a-half years later, they were living together, and two months after that they adopted Maximillion, a miniature Schnauzer. Between all the new phases in their relationship—not to mention awaiting bar results, Richelle even joked it’d be a while before they got engaged. But Tom surprised her on a walk in their San Diego neighborhood one night after work. “I was blabbering away like I normally do, when suddenly I felt Max stop and pull at the leash,” Richelle remembers. As she turned around she saw Tom down on one knee.
When it came time to become husband and wife in the eye of the law, the couple didn’t go far from home. On Saturday May 23, 2015, along with 132 guests, they tied the knot in La Jolla, California, at Mary Star of the Sea church and followed with a celebration at Darlington House. With a shared appreciation for details and craftsmanship, Richelle and Tom worked with their planner and event designer Heather Balliet of Amorology Weddings to customize their big day as a reflection of themselves. Visuals inspired by the bride’s collection of Kate Spade dresses (her mother taught her to buy good party dress if it’s on sale because you’ll never know when you’ll have a party) and a menu that incorporated the groom’s favorite morning snack made for a wedding that was 100 percent them.”
Venue: Darlington House La Jolla
Event Design + Coordination: Amorology
Floral Design: Twigg Botanicals
Cake: Hey There, Cupcake!
Sweets: Sweet Lydia’s
Backdrops: Backup Backdrops
DJ: Hit it Music
Hair + Makeup: Chelsa & Huani
Videography: Kavin Lindgren
Tabletop: Hostess Haven
Rentals: Farm Tables and More and Borrowed Blu
Paper Elements & Invitations: Peanut Press Creative