Southern California Wedding Inspiration – Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Hi there! Hopefully November is treating you well so far. I can’t believe the Holiday season is just around the corner?!

Now I probably have you thinking of stockings, snow, and decking the halls… but let’s forget those things for a moment and slink away to southern California. Allow your mind to wander towards mild temperatures, rolling hillsides, palm trees and sunshine galore! Pretty great, huh?

Well this week, I was approached by Fairmont to do a design for a Southern California style wedding. Of course, I immediately said yes!! I have loved doing Friday Floral posts in the past and incorporating ideas for weddings. Plus, who doesn’t love looking at/designing wedding décor? Fairmont has asked me to show you some of the gorgeous wedding venues, hotel accommodations, and pristine vistas they have to offer in the So-Cal region.

After perusing their website, I was drawn to the stunning architecture of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar location in the San Diego area. This luxury resort is nestled in the Del Mar area just north of San Diego. They offer beautiful accommodations and the amenities are enticing to say the least.

And now, I can’t wait to show you my ideas!

Photo credits left to right: Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Protea Bouquet, White Anemones, Protea, Scabosia Pods, Pink Garden Roses, Hedera, Place Setting, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Sashed Chair, Centerpieces, Seaglass Vases, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Vintage Plates, and Table Runner.


For the ceremony design, I’d love to see clean, polished furnishings that will allow the venue to be a focal point.

Next, a gorgeous array of unusual florals such as protea and scabosia can be mixed in with traditional, feminine florals like anemones, garden roses and assorted greenery. Oversized vases on tall white pedestals will provide height and drama.

Afterwards, I would have a cocktail hour inside one of the spectacular ballrooms and move onto the lawn for an outdoor evening reception.

A classic dance floor would be placed in front of the beautiful arch steps and surrounded by tables.

On the table tops, simple linen tablecloths would be accented by silver/grey table runners. Gold chairs sashed in a rich silk would encompass the tables. Centerpieces would have an array of florals in seaglass vases. A layered place setting with turquoise and gold accents would await the guests along with the evening’s menu.

Last, candles and string lights will provide ambiance as attendees enjoy the sunset over picturesque landscape and dance the night away.


That, my friends, is how I would do a Southern California wedding.

This was such a fun post and while design related, it was a welcomed change of pace.

I’ll see you back again soon!

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