Silvia and Felipe needed a picturesque venue that would bridge together the heritage of their past and the present of their modern worlds. The ceremony pergola at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, California had a backdrop that mimicked a setting reminiscent of Peru. The layered rock waterfall, steep peaks of the pergola structure, and the greenery surrounding the location had subtle impressions to the steep ridges and greenery of Machu Picchu. We knew it was a match.
The setting at Coyote Hills GC was a blank canvas ready to be filled with visions of Spanish inspired wood-weathered furnishing, coupled with tableware that dripped with texture and subtle luxury.
Traditional Peruvian mantas (blankets) became an important element in our design. These mantas are saturated in beautiful colors and the craftsmanship is admirable. Most are dyed naturally using plant extracts, which allow the richest shades of red, purple, and warm yellow’s to absorb through these yarns before they are woven together. This became the foundation to our color palette.
Two lounge areas made up the main and secondary seating areas. We imagined that family and friends could gather in these common areas to share stories of Silvia and Felipe’s journey.
The main lounge featured red velvet chairs that were provided by Archive Rentals with gold satin pillows, pulling in fabrics true to the transitioning seasons. We kept the second lounge more romantic and luxe with a table suspended for two, draped with chiffon and paired with knit poufs for seating. The mood was perfectly intimate and the waterfall that echoed in the backdrop added to the ambiance.
For the tablescape, incorporating a wide range of mixed metals, black tapered candles and deep burgundy napkins with dark undertones from La Tavola Fine Linen was key.
The unexpected black candles created depth and perfectly accentuated the dark undertones of the napkins, which anchored the rest of the colors on the table, including the color-rich authentic manta draped over the table bench.
We wanted the reception table to be inviting. A mismatch of fine china, drinkware and rose gold flatware set the table in a seemingly perfect way. Elements such as blackberries and figs occupied the setting to highlight the season.
All the details were coming together and we were getting excited! To see how we continue to thread the vision, stay tuned for Chapter 3: Cake, Cocktails and Accoutrements .
Set design/styling - Seventh Bixel | Photography - Allison Maginn Photography | Furniture/Tabletop rentals - Archive Rentals | Florals - Bloomwell & Co. | Venue - Coyote Hills Golf Course | Dessert - Sweet and Saucy Shop | Invitation Suite - Daniella Manini | Calligraphy - KAKalligraphy | Linens - La Tavola | Chandelier Installation - Lauren Moyer