Event Spotlight: Carley & Joe’s Elegant Affair

Perfect for everything from milestone birthday bashes to empowering business conferences, Flora is a stunning venue in the heart of downtown San Diego. In this month’s event spotlight, we showcase Carley & Joe’s big day.

Save the date

Carley and Joe’s wedding was modern and elegant with a splash of boho charm. To beautifully tie together the different styles, the couple went for a sophisticated black and white traditional theme that was enhanced by added greenery and pampas grass accents.

The black, white and green color scheme was further carried into the day by the wedding party’s attire. The bride wore a sophisticated, classic gown with a jaw-dropping cape. This lace BHLDN cape added a huge amount of drama, so Carley decided to forego a veil. For a modern twist, the bridesmaids all wore white with different silhouettes. The groomsmen all wore classic black suits and Joe had the wedding date, 2/22/2020, embroidered into his jacket pocket, making sure to keep this special day close to his heart.

Carley and Joe on their wedding day

Before the ceremony, there was a touching first look shared between the bride and her father. It was nothing short of emotional, and there were happy tears from everyone involved. To make the first look between the couple extra special, they chose to save the first time they would lay eyes on each other for when they walked down the aisle.

The main event

Flora was kept simple and sophisticated for the ceremony with a lovely, organic floral floor installation surrounding the couple. This created a breathtaking altar space that allowed Carley and Joe to shine during their vows.

Carley and Joe's wedding ceremony at Flora

The ceremony was an emotional affair, and the couple made sure to make all of their loved ones feel involved in this beautiful day. The officiants had known Carley since she was a child and were pastors at the couple’s church. They had friends perform live music for the bridal entrance. And once the entire wedding party of 22 had made their way down the aisle, it was Carley’s turn. Having saved the important first look for this moment, Joe cried the moment that he saw her.

They further shared the ceremony with their close friends and family by having their first Communion as husband and wife as attendees provided live worship songs. This fun and heartfelt atmosphere was then carried on to the reception.

Decorations during the ceremony

The Party

For the reception, the floor installation was moved in front of the sweetheart table and multi-colored up-lights were placed around the room to get the party started.

Carley and Joe at Flora

Guests were treated to an elaborate charcuterie board during their cocktail hour. For dinner, they were offered a delicious spread of tacos with multiple agua frescas. The meal was capped off by cookies, donuts, and a multi-tiered cake for dessert.

The night was kicked off by touching speeches from the bride’s parents, the best man, and the maid of honor. More memorable moments emerged as the guests hit the dance floor, including a first dance, a father-daughter dance, a mother-son dance, and finally culminating in a thoughtful last dance. During the last dance, the bride’s father sang I Loved Her First as the couple celebrated the end of their wedding.

Carley and Joe

On their way out, guests were given small air plants in a stone vase to commemorate the unforgettable day they had just shared with Carley and Joe.

This elegant, fun, and timeless wedding was simply gorgeous and filled with sentimental touches from start to finish. We’re thrilled to have been part of such a fabulous celebration and can’t wait to share your special day with you as well! Contact us to find out more about how we can bring your dream event to life.

All of the stunning details

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of these amazing vendors:

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Venue: Flora @florathevenue

Coordination: Pink Bubbly Events https://www.pinkbubblyevents.com/


Photography: Lindsey Marie Photo @lindsmariephoto

Florals: Wallflower Inspiration https://www.wallflowerinspiration.com/ @wallflower_inspiration

Caterer: Jose’s Taquizas https://www.josestaquizas.com/ @josestaquizas

Charcuterie & Desserts: @mijanneahlberg

DJ: Complete Wedding + Events https://completewedo.com/san-diego/ @completeeventssd

Guitar: @josiahmusic @amberlopezmusic

Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktail Co.@snakeoilcocktail

Hair: Brooke Crase https://www.instagram.com/brookecrase/ @brookecrase

& Heidi Kay

Makeup: Jessica Tyransky Hair & Makeup @jt_hairandmakeup

Dress: Grace Loves Lace @grace_loves_lace BHLDN @bhldn

Bride’s Accessories: Child of Wild @child_of_wild

Tables & Chairs:  Flora @florathevenue

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