The Secret Garden: Kori + Charlie's Wedding in San Diego

This beautiful real wedding was held at the Sculpture Garden in Balboa Park. Kori and Charlie knew it was the perfect setting for their Wes Anderson-inspired, more specifically The Grand Budapest Hotel-inspired, big day with its lush greenery, amazing architecture, and 100-year old California Tower in the background. “We wanted some things quirky, a bit dark, whimsical, yet satirical, and of course, romantic,” says Kori.

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The lovely moments were captured by Creative Bliss Photography.

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For the ceremony, the couple wanted to keep it traditional even though they weren’t in a church, and so they brought in antique pews so their guests felt close and intimate in the outside setting.

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Enticing Tables built an incredible custom iron gate as the focal point for everyone to walk through as though the entire wedding party was being transported into another time and place. The gate was also adorned with stunning florals from Annette Gomez that helped softened the setting and pulled the eye down the aisle.

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The reception was held in the adjoining Sculpture Court where candle light, mixed metallic and ornate table linens from La Tavola kept the venue intimate. Kori and Charlie decided to not include flowers at their wedding, instead they desired a romantic glow which came from nearly 40 candles of all shapes and sizes on every table.

The evening of sweet memories was topped off with a trio of chic black and floral cakes from Stevi at Hey there, Cupcake!

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In the background the soundtrack from The Grand Budapest Hotel kept the guests in the atmosphere of magical realism – and magical it was! “In the end, we both started this wedding planning process off by wanting our guests to walk away saying, ‘that was so Kori and Charlie’ and Without a shadow of a doubt we know that is true due to the attention to detail and care from our team that was headed up by the one and only Thomas Bui at Thomas Bui Lifestyle. There aren’t enough ways for Charlie and I to express our gratitude for the dream day we were given,” says the bride.

Credits:

Event Design and Coordination: Thomas Bui Lifestyle // Photography: Creative Bliss Photography // Floral Design: Annette Gomez // Custom Garden Gate: Enticing Table // Cake: Hey there, Cupcake! // Paper Design: Whimsique // Rentals: Concept Event Design, Found Rentals, Archinve Rentals, and Classic Party Rental // Linen: La Tavola

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