By Becca Jones
It’s what almost every girl dreams of: a fairy-tale wedding.
Candles, extravagant bouquets, banquet-style seating, maybe even a horse ride into the sunset with your prince. Okay, well, maybe the horse isn’t the most realistic…but a fairy-tale wedding is still in your reach, and this styled shoot is here to prove it!
The serene Cal-a-vie Health Spa raises the bar for brides-to-be. Hidden in the hills of Vista, just 40-miles north of San Diego, lies a 5-star hotel atop 500 private acres—perfect for your intimate “I dos.”
Weddings at Cal-a-vie are as exclusive as can be, with the entire resort reserved for your friends and family alike. Imported from Dijon, France, both the chapel and L’Orangerie reception hall feature vibrant stained glass, wooden ceilings and old-world chandeliers that will keep your guests talking for months. Natural candlelight in the 400-year-old French chapel maintains the romantic fairytale ambience.
The classic eggshell, cream and white hues featured in this shoot are the perfect inspiration for brides looking for a subdued color palette. On a day that is typically considered stressful, these colors are sure to bring you peace of mind.
Inspired by a French village, white and cream floral arrangements pop against worn wooden doors and pews from the 17th and 18th century. An elegant four-tier cake, crafted with white roses and hexagon fondant, stands out against antique European antiques. The details are unmatched at this sacred and secluded venue.
Surrounded by lavender fields and ripe vineyards, Cal-a-vie offers several great photo opportunities. Photographer Mallory Haren of Mallory Dawn Photography describes Cal-a-Vie as a beautiful and unique “hidden gem.” Let her photos do the talking.
Get the Look
Coordination: I Love You More Events
Dress: Rosa Clará, H Kles Bridal Couture
Florals: Plain Jane Posy
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Stacey
Jewelry: Olive Ave
Linens: Mrs. Freund & Co.
Models: KJ Weiss and Kurtis Hight
Photography: Mallory Dawn
Rentals: Archive Rentals, Sundrop Vintage
Shoes: Bella Belle (hers)
Suit: Friar Tux
Sweets: Peggy Liao Cake
Venue: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa