Austin Jacobson and Adam Perry had a special date with destiny at a private beach club in Santa Monica. She had recently moved back to Los Angeles from New York and was spending time with her twin brother and his girlfriend. Adam was there with friends for the annual Oktoberfest party. He introduced himself, they chatted for a few minutes, and Adam was quick to ask for Austin's phone number before she got up to leave. That exchange led to a first date and, as their love blossomed, a proposal at the same exact table overlooking the beach where they first met.
Naturally, a locale with such significance provided the perfect setting for their nuptials. “Nothing too fancy, but nothing too casual,” is how Austin describes the aesthetic the couple desired for their wedding. To achieve this middle ground, the bride was drawn to a timeless, all-white wedding color palette.
For the beachside service, the aisle entrance was decorated with modern and classic lanterns arranged at the foot of silver urns overflowing with pearl blooms. A path of petals led to an airy canopy on the sand draped with sheer ivory fabric, and adorned with vanilla floral tiebacks and a crystal chandelier.
The blithesome bride donned a romantic, strapless Alençon lace gown and clutched a bouquet of alabaster roses. She accessorized with a diamond tennis bracelet and pavé stud earrings. Her dashing groom was attired in a classic tuxedo. Officiated by her uncle, the non-denominational ceremony was “short and sweet,” just how Austin and Adam envisioned. The couple shared emotional personal declarations during the service. “It was so beyond special hearing the vows that we had written to each other, and finally becoming husband and wife,” muses Austin. “Our facial expressions walking up the aisle after making it official said it all.”
The festivities continued in a nearby tent for the cocktail hour and reception. Guests found their place cards on a freestanding clapboard wall, where they could also pick up a pair of baby blue flip-flops. Adding to the inviting atmosphere, the interior was filled with honey lighting. Sparkling crystal chandeliers were suspended overhead. In the center of the space, a glossy dance floor faced a raised stage embellished with vanilla roses and hydrangeas. A variety of low floral designs in silver mercury-glass vessels, highlighted by votive candles, decorated tables clad in pearl linens. Each china place setting was accented with a blooming rose and flatware bearing a tropical pineapple motif. Symbolizing their union, the bride and groom’s chairs were joined by an arch of white blossoms and verdure at the head table.
In addition to a DJ, a 1980s cover band, appropriately dressed in the fashion of the era, was also part of the entertainment for the evening. “Everyone – old and young – was dancing and singing along,” recalls the bride of the fun entertainment. After sampling the fare at various food stations, friends and family were treated to slices of funfetti cake – the couple’s absolute favorite – from the three-layer ivory confection and a selection of sweets for dessert. But to properly fuel the after-party revelry in California style, an In-N-Out Burger food truck served burgers and passed French fries.
“We thought through all of the details to make it feel like us,” concludes the bride of the best day of their lives.