Wedding Planning

Mai & Liam’s Elegant San Juan Capistrano, CA Wedding by Closer to Love Photography

This lovely wedding was hosted in one of the most charming towns in California, San Juan Capistrano. With the Spanish-style influence evident throughout their wedding’s venue, Mai and Liam’s wedding felt cheerful, laidback, and airy.  Speaking of style, this couple seems to have it in spades!

From Liam’s dapper suit and sweet vintage Porsche to Mai’s completely on-point selection for her bridesmaid dresses (they look seriously stunning), you will find gads of inspiration in this pretty affair. Thank you to Closer to Love Photography for sharing this special afternoon with us!

Photography: Closer to Love Photography   |   Venue: Serra Plaza   |   Coordinator: Liz Chan   |   Flowers: Oceanic Flowers   |   Catering: Seafood World   |   Cakes: Final Touch Bakery   |   Rentals: Green Apple Event Company   |   Officiant & DJ: Robert Hilo   |   Wedding Dress: Allure Romance, Jaclyn’s Bridal   |   Bridesmaids: BB Dakota   |   Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo   |   Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Jill   |   Men’s Attire: Zara   |   Transportation: Black and White Car Rental   |   Videography: Scott Nguyen Photography & Films

What was most important for you to include in your wedding – what was your biggest priority?For us, the 3 most important things to include in our wedding were good food, great music, and open bar! We wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves. We did not want our guests to leave our wedding with any complaints, so we made sure the ambiance was lively and fun.

What was your favorite detail?
Liam’s favorite detail was renting a vintage Porsche Speedster as our wedding car. We wanted something unique to add in our wedding, so instead of renting a limo, we opted for a classic Porsche. It was ideal for the style of our wedding and it tied everything together nicely.

What was your wedding theme or style? How did you choose your theme?
We wanted an intimate outdoor summer wedding and when we saw Serra Plaza, we fell in love right away. The Spanish-style courtyard was so romantic and rustic that it was the perfect backdrop for the theme of our wedding. We wanted a timeless and relaxed ambiance for our wedding, so we styled our wedding after we booked our venue.

Five words that describe the two of you and your wedding:
Intimate, joyous, charming, timeless, celebration

Your first dance song and why you chose it:

Adele’s cover of “Lovesong” by The Cure

There were several songs we had in mind for our first dance, but we had a hard time picking one. The week prior to our wedding, it seemed like “Lovesong” was being played everywhere we went, even though it wasn’t a current top hit at the time. We figured it was a sign and we love Adele’s soulful and romantic voice, so when we heard her cover of it, we knew it was perfect for our first dance.

What is your advice to couples who are planning weddings now?

Soak up all the love and happiness from your friends and family on your wedding day. It’s easy to let stress get the best of you, but have faith that your vendors and wedding party will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.