Darlington House Wedding

2016MSW_webFeatured 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.”

FROM THE COUPLE

“Where do I even begin?!? Jen and Shane of Acqua Photo are simply A-MAZ-ING! Face it, not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera. Sometimes having your picture taken and all of the attention focused on you can be a bit awkward. But not with these two!! They both have this presence about them that makes you and your significant other feel absolutely comfortable and that is how they capture every picture perfect moment you can imagine. Honestly, good luck picking out which ones you want to print and hang up because they are THAT GOOD. Jen and Shane are creative geniuses that take what may appear to be ordinary places around you when you’re shooting and turn them into unique and extraordinary backdrops. Our engagement photos got rave compliments and we featured on popular wedding sites! At our wedding they mixed and mingled with our guests – which helped make them all feel comfortable and all of our friends and family keep saying how we have the sweetest photographers ever and just how nice and fun they were! This type of interaction is important for capturing those spur of the moment photos that you’ll treasure after. What’s great about Jen and Shane is that they’re authentic and genuine. They love what they do, they feel honored to be chosen by you as a vendor and that truly shows in the work they produce. It’s hard right now to find the type of authenticity that these two have in a world of people picking up a camera and suddenly say they can shoot weddings and engagements. They labor over your photos with nothing but love as they edit them and the end result is absolute magic in a picture.”

~ Richelle & Tom

WEDDING DETAILS

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