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Erin & Matthew’s Jewel-Toned Garden Ceremony

bride in deep v-neck dress and groom in light-colored tux

Jewelry designer Erin Fader and real estate developer Matthew McDaniel met in line late one Taco Tuesday at El Pueblo restaurant in Cardiff, where they both live. They exchanged numbers that day—in fact, he’s still listed as “Mr. Taco” in Erin’s phone! Matthew proposed during a sunset paddleboarding session on Catalina Island, and they tied the knot in a spring wedding at Brigantine Del Mar, where even their dog Ruby walked down the aisle in a flower crown during their outdoor garden ceremony.

handwritten place cards on table with flowers and greenery

large bouquet of dark and light purple flowers with greenery

“My bouquet was a stunning mix of florals by creative genius The Dainty Lion,” Erin says. “I gave her my gemstone colors, and she did the rest. I felt like I was carrying ‘the secret garden!’”

vases, candles and flowers lining walkway

blush colored heels with rhinestones

Erin’s Badgley Mischka heels, with their subdued flair, were the perfect complement to the sleek silhouette of her gown from The Dress Theory.

white short-sleeve dress with diamond cutout in back

“I wanted a simple but elegant gown that I could ‘dress up’ with my jewelry,” Erin says of her 1920s-inspired dress. “It had this insane diamond cutout and I was so excited to design the perfect ‘backlace’ to drape down my back.”

centerpiece with gemstones and vase of purple pink and white flowers

“I’m a gemologist and love gemstones and crystals; I wanted them everywhere for the wedding!” Erin says she decorated with pyrite not only for its beauty, but also for its ability to bring good luck and fortune.

Their Talented Team:

Coordination: Adore Wedding Design
Photography: Amazonas Photography 
Ceremony and Reception: Brigantine Del Mar 
The Dainty Lion
Dress: The Dress Theory 
Shoes: Badgley Mischka 
Accessories: Erin Fader Jewelry 
Cake/Dessert: Amelia Dolsey, Milly’s Fine Cakes
Hair: Nancy Ngouy 
Makeup: Ann DeNicolo 

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