When Kelle Collins, 30, walked into a bar in Santa Monica in early 2012, John “Jack” Montague IV, 30, knew that he had met someone special. After returning from a month-long trip to Asia, Jack asked Kelle out on their first date. And it wouldn’t be long till he proposed. Two coasts collided as Jack’s family flew from New York for the wedding. At Kelle’s hometown church in Carmel Valley, they were married by Father Nick, who lives just down the street from the bride’s parents. —Katelyn Montero
August 17, 2013
Finding the Perfect Dress
After receiving the dress that she ordered from a bridal store in the wrong material and wrong color, Kelle was dress-less with only three weeks left before the wedding. Luckily, she found an Ines Di Santo dress at M Bride in La Jolla and was able to get it altered in time. In fact, she even liked the final dress more than the original one.
Two of Kelle’s cousins sang Martina McBride and Train’s “Marry Me” and were accompanied by the band The Heroes as the bride and groom made their debut on the dance floor.
Both Kelle and Jack are big fans of golf, and being surrounded by the lush greens of the Santaluz Club was a great bonus. The couple incorporated golf tees as place card holders and used an emblem of two intertwined golf clubs on their guests’ cards.
A Sweet Surprise
Before the wedding, the priest had Kelle and Jack each write down five things they were looking forward to in their marriage, but they weren’t allowed to share them with one another before the ceremony. During the ceremony, the priest shared these with their friends and family.
Kelle and Jack chose their two favorite colors, pink and blue, to pop against the white reception tent.
Fun and Games
Kelle and Jack set up lawn games at the reception. “The guests that weren’t from California had never seen them before, and they loved being able to play,” Kelle says.
Kelle had 10 Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters in attendance. They surprise-serenaded her with one of Kappa’s oldest songs.
THEIR TALENTED TEAM
Coordination: Before I Do Events
Photography: Studio Castillero
Ceremony: St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church
Reception and Catering: Santaluz Club
Florals: Blush Botanicals
DJ: Mike Hogan
Band: The Heroes
Gown: Ines Di Santo
Cake: V.G. Donut & Bakery
Paper Elements: Danielle Leopold
Hair: Tiffany Monday
Makeup: Sheila Nellis
Rentals: Raphael’s Party Rentals
Dessert Bar and Wedding Gifts: Farra Miron
Videographer: Max and Molly Films
Linens: La Tavola
Transportation: Sundance Stage Lines