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Real Wedding: Kelly & Michael

If you love vintage details, today’s wedding is right up your alley. Featured in the Spring/Summer issue, Kelly and Michael’s wedding is one of those that you won’t soon forget. Read their story and tell us what detail is your favorite. We love the antique postcards and furniture!

“A Pellegrino bottle, turquoise wedge heels with pink embroidered flowers and a reproduced map of Italy inspired Kelly Nicoletto and Michael Moore’s vintage-themed wedding. Nicoletto, a promising event stylist and assistant wedding coordinator for Crown Weddings, confesses she “loves using vintage props and antique items to make events uniquely personal.” A stylish party planner since the age of fourteen, Kelly set out to create a day to remember.”

Vintage Camera Wedding Photos

“Five years prior, the couple’s romance started with a chance meeting online. With Kelly living in Fresno and Michael in San Diego a long-distance relationship ensued; at the end of each visit Michael would ask if this was the time she was going to stay forever. A year later, Kelly decided to relocate, and with Michael’s recent acceptance into a San Francisco college, they knew that marriage was the next step before they started their adventure in a new city.”

Vintage Wedding Yellow Seafoam

“The simple yet sophisticated outdoor ceremony was held at the Prado in Balboa Park, where the couple recited vows, which Michael had lovingly penned, in front of thirty close friends and family. The groom, an aspiring writer, also wrote the wedding program, which referenced a vintage wedding detail: antique skeleton keys, used in both his text and as a design element. The keys were simply tied with yellow ribbon to the top of each program and Michael wrote, “In the paradox of marriage, two become one … a skeleton key it is otherwise: as two become one, now your same key will become a skeleton key of the soul, unlocking not two spirits distinctly, but one spirit undivided.” The bride held a whimsical bouquet filled with lush soft yellow and blush colored roses adorned with her mother’s antique cameo brooch, adding yet another sentimental vintage touch.”

San Diego Wedding Yellow Flowers

“The intimate alfresco dinner reception was graciously hosted by Thomas Bui, a prominent wedding planner, who opened up his beautiful Mission Hills home for the occasion. In the garden, guests were served a luxurious six-course Italian menu prepared by Chef Mia Saling of Red Letter Days Events, who incorporated Kelly’s Italian grandmother’s lasagna recipe as a tribute to the family. Suzanne Duffy expertly paired wines with each course and also created a signature cocktail called the “Lemon Fizz,” made with Prosecco, vodka and lemon sorbet. As they dined, guests were serenaded by an acoustic guitarist.”

Real Wedding Vintage Prado Balboa Park

“The bride’s eye for detail and design was evident at the reception where, in keeping with the vintage motif, she adorned an antique desk with a classic typewriter, her father’s vintage postcards from abroad and a handmade guest book welcoming guests to type or handwrite a message to the couple. She also bought a classic mirrored vanity and decorated it with vintage papers and an array of canary-colored flowers. Atop the vanity, on an old-fashioned cake plate, sat their vanilla chiffon wedding cake. A vintage map of Italy was used as a table runner and ran down the center of the main dining table, and silently reminded the couple of the Italian honeymoon they dream of taking one day.

The details continued to dazzle as each guest was given a prize-ribbon pin with affectionate nicknames that the bride had handcrafted herself. They also hired Randi Parrish-Bell, a silhouette artist, to draw each guest during the cocktail hour.

As the evening came to a close, each of the thirty guests stood up to share a personal story about the happy couple. Naturally, laughter, smiles and tears flowed. Kelly gushes, “It was a magical and emotional evening”—clearly, one that will always be remembered.” Story by Autumn Millhouse


Ceremony location: The Prado at Balboa Park, Reception location: private residence. Wedding coordinator: Susanne Duffy, Crown Weddings, Catering: Mia Saling & Rebecca Gaffney/Red Letter Days and Susanne Duffy. Flowers: Bride and Aileen Tran Florals. Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co, Gown: Jasmine Couture, Bridal and Veil, Jewelry: Anthropologie, Hair piece: Feather and Frills, Etsy, Hair and makeup: Marisa Ramirez/the LAB. Groom’s attire: J.Crew, Bridesmaids’ dresses: J.Crew, Officiant: Steven Cooper. Guitarist: Micheal Gonzales. Silhouette artist: Randy Parrish-Bell, Silverware and china: Classic Party Rentals, Rustic tables: Platinum Pro, Photography: Bethani Lynne Photography.


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