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Seaside Style - Maximum Beauty for a Micro Wedding

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If your plans for a large, colorful Miami wedding came to a screeching halt, what would you do? *We all know the culprit. (Sigh.) The next best thing for couple Lily and Johnathan was a  seaside celebration held at the bride’s vacation home in San Clemente, California — and did they ever make it count! The ceremony decor was jaw-dropping with thousands of flowers set against the Pacific Coast. Among the other extra-special details of this small yet seriously-stunning celebration was the seven-course meal prepared and served en Plein air by Edorado Baldi, of E. Baldi Restaurant. Baldi, a friend of the family, agreed to travel from Beverly Hills with his team of ten to prepare the sumptuous wedding dinner in the open air kitchen. He regaled guests with a menu so fresh on his mind that each course was a delicious surprise!  There was absolutely no shortage of food, which was served on Lily’s favorite Richard Ginori Granduca dinner plates. “Gorham Chantilly sterling flatware and sterling Chantilly goblets were carefully transported from Texas which created a more personal setting at the table,” shares the bride. “Each place setting either dating from my great, great grandmothers silver to my mother’s. Django Foxtrot, a jazzy string quartet from Los Angeles, entertained us as the moon glistened on the ocean. Being in our family home and eating this candlelit dinner with our closest family and friends was absolutely surreal.” Surreal indeed, and a good reminder that sometimes a last-minute change in plan can be a blessing in disguise!

Once we started brain-storming with Nancy, who is senior event designer for Marks Garden, we narrowed in on the idea of having an intimate, English-inspired rose garden spilling out towards the pacific. 

- Lily Schnitzer, Bride

Gorham Chantilly sterling flatware and Chantilly goblets were carefully transported from Texas, which created a more personal setting at the table; each place setting either dating to my great, great grandmothers silver to my mother's.

- Lily Schnitzer, Bride


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