Flower-Filled La Jolla Wedding at Darlington House *

Flower-Filled La Jolla Wedding at Darlington House *

Lauren and Alex’s flower-filled La Jolla wedding at Darlington House is proof that weddings can break every tradition from the location to your color palette. Although the wedding was in February, the couple opted for bright tropical hues, and it turned out better than imagined. With the help of planner Plan Prep Party, the couple turned the historic home into a colorful wonderland thanks to the abundance of flowers arranged by Fox and Flora and their floral linens.

The two covered their wedding in a custom escalator logo–their last names combined are “escolater”–created by LovelyBones Paperie, and we can’t get over how unique it is. From corn hole to cocktail “graffiti” to a custom cake topper—it was everywhere. Talk about making your wedding your own!

We’re so glad that Junebug member Kami Olavarria was there to capture every personalized detail of their day from the simple yet sentimental bridal fashion to the ceremony featuring the couple’s furry friend.

The Couple:

Lauren and Alex

The Wedding:

Darlington House, La Jolla, California

Bridal Fashion Featuring Lace From Mom’s Mantilla

My veil was custom-made using the lace from my mom’s mantilla that she wore when she got married in the 70s. I updated it to have more length in the same mantilla-veil style. If I didn’t have my mom’s lace, I probably would have considered no veil, but I’m glad I had one, so it felt more “bridal.” I’ve never liked poofy dresses, and I even remember wearing a sleek ivory dress for communion. Once I found Sarah Seven, I knew it was for me. The dress’s construction felt like a work of art, and there was something elegant about how minimalistic it was that I loved.

Why The Darlington House

We were looking at places that had an outdoor area and didn’t feel like hosting in a ballroom. We chose Darlington House because it felt like we had a party in someone’s mansion backyard.

Wedding Advice From The Bride: Make a Wedding Email

Having a separate wedding email helped so that multiple people could have access to information. I also had a separate Instagram account I used to follow a million wedding accounts which helped me access the information when useful, but shut it off when feeling overwhelmed. I also dabbled in the subreddits “r/weddingplanning” and “r/weddingswap,” where strangers are very helpful!

Bright Tropical Colors For A Winter Wedding

I had thought I wanted a simple palette with some tropical elements since we were getting married in the “winter” in California. But the more I looked at simple palettes and bouquets, the more I felt they were repetitive and not me. Slowly I ventured into more bright bouquets with a mix of textures. They felt more “like me” even though it wasn’t necessarily “winter colors” for February. I’ve always been a big fan of coral—something about how it feels tropical and classy. My colors everywhere else in life are teal and mint. I wanted something I could bounce those colors off of here and there but not be overwhelmed because they can come off pretty strong. In the end, I ended up with summery colors and it felt right.

A Custom Wedding Logo

Our last names are Escobar and Slater and when combined it is “Escolaters,” so we ran with that. Mycalia at LovelyBones Paperie–who designed our save the dates–created an “escolater” logo for us and I got it printed everywhere. Corn hole covers and bean bags, cocktail “graffiti,” the cake topper, a wax seal for envelopes, a sticker on our favors, printed on our menus–it was a lot but felt like a special touch.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kami Olavarria
Event Planning – Plan Prep Party
Venue – Darlington House
Floral Design – Fox and Flora
Catering – Miho Catering
Cake – Sugar and Scribe
Officiant – Joyous Ceremonies by Father Mark Earl
DJ – Love Rockers
Cocktails & Bar – Snake Oil Cocktails
Videography – Audrey Alba Films
Invitation Design – LovelyBones Paperie
Makeup Artist – Lindsey Jones
Hair Styling – Elwynn and Cass
Wedding Dress – Sarah Seven
Bridal Accessories – Julie Harris Designs
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Jenny Yoo
Groom + Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Jewelry Unlimited NYC
Rentals – To Be Designed
Photobooth – Photo Glam Booth
Favors – The Cravory

Congratulations again to Lauren and Alex on their flower-filled La Jolla wedding at Darlington House! Big thank you to Junebug member Kami Olavarria for capturing the beauty of their day and sharing it with us. To see more of Kami’s work, check out her profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world.


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Boldly Boho La Jolla Wedding at Calumet Park *

Boldly Boho La Jolla Wedding at Calumet Park *

Lauren and Erik’s boldly boho La Jolla wedding is proof that backyard weddings can be drop-dead gorgeous! As a wedding planner herself, Lauren took charge of the planning and made sure that their friends and family got to enjoy their wedding day since the couple had already been married for five years.

With bold floral arrangements from Layered Vintage, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and a fashion-forward Rue de Seine gown, the day was a perfect combo of intimate and whimsical. And we can’t help but swoon over Lauren’s custom flower crown added to her Lack of Color hat, which perfectly matched the floral lace applique on her dress!

Keep scrolling to see a stunning beachside ceremony, adorable portraits with the couple’s son, and an impromptu photoshoot at a coffee shop–all beautifully captured by Gabriel Conover.

The Couple:

Lauren and Erik

The Wedding:

Calumet Park, La Jolla, California

Why A La Jolla Wedding

Originally I had planned to get married at a venue in Temecula, but God had a different plan.  We ended up downsizing the wedding. I’m so glad we did because making it intimate was so meaningful. We chose to have the ceremony on a cliff overlooking the ocean which I loved because the scenery was beautiful without being cheesy. Our reception was held at my brother’s house in Bird Rock, which I loved because it was really special to celebrate there, and it’s actually located across the street from where my sister in law grew up. Her parents still live there, so it just added to the whole romantic, nostalgic feel of the day.

The Bride’s Most Memorable Moment

The whole day was so memorable! We had waited five years after already being married to finally do this in front of our friends and family, so I just really appreciated every minute of the day. My girls were so excited for me to have my day finally. They made me an avocado toast bar in the morning, which was pretty epic. But I think the best, most powerful moment was realizing that I was still SO nervous (in the best way) to walk down the aisle! My hands were shaking, and I had the biggest butterflies. My heart just leapt with joy when I turned the corner and saw Erik at the end of the aisle. He’s not the type to cry, but he definitely used all his strength to hold it back, which I totally noticed, and it gave me the biggest cheesiest grin.

Boho West Coast Wedding Vibes

Ultimately, I wanted to create something intimate, nostalgic, and simply romantic. I have a very modern, boho, west coast kind of style because that’s where I grew up, and I wanted that to reflect in my design–from the deep-colored rugs and rattan furniture to the gorgeous organic style floral arrangements to the mixed bridesmaid dresses.  I wanted every detail not necessarily to match but flow.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Gabriel Conover
Event Planning – Bride (To Gather In Grace)
Venue – Calumet Park
Floral Design – Layered Vintage
Catering – Urbn Catering
DJ – Joe Diamond
Makeup Artist – Taylor Haupt
Hair Styling – Bethany Gonzalez
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine
Bridal Accessories – Lack of Color
Rentals – Folklore

Congratulations again to Lauren and Erik on their romantic boho La Jolla wedding! We’re so glad Gabriel Conover was there to capture every whimsical moment. If you’re feeling inspired to get creative with your bridal party fashion, check out our favorite mismatched bridesmaid dress color palettes!


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