Royal Family Inspired Wedding : The Prado Balboa Park

April 1, 2020

It is so exciting to finally share Taylor and Paul’s Royal Family inspired wedding!

Bridal Prep at the La Jolla Bed & Breakfast Inn

For her bridal preparation, Taylor chose the quaint Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla. This 15-room boutique BnB is conveniently located in the heart of the village of La Jolla. While it doesn’t have a formal “bridal suite” it’s the perfect location to get ready for your La Jolla wedding.

Taylor’s elegant Bella Belle “Willow” wedding flats perfectly complement entire look. Her delicate Lily of the Valley bouquet

Taylor’s hair and makeup team put her glam on in a wonderfully lighted room at the La Jolla Bed & Breakfast Inn. The final touch is her tiara.

bridesmaids watch bride get makeup applied in matching pajamas

Two of Taylor’s bridesmaids watch as she has the final touches of makeup applied.

Taylor’s diamond bracelet rests on her bottle of Coco Chanel perfume. At right, in keeping with her Royal Family inspired wedding theme, the wedding rings rest in a silver jewelry box lined with red velvet.

Taylor and her bridesmaids take a moment to show off their matching embroidered pajamas.

Choosing the Perfect Gown for a Royal Family Inspired Wedding

Taylor chose a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown for her wedding. The dress featured a long train similar to that worn by Princess Kate.

bride in monique lhuillier gown royal family inspired wedding

As she steps into the gown, Taylor’s mother helps her with the last few clasps on the back.

Taylor also wore a gorgeous diamond bracelet on her left wrist.

A dress as intricate as this one takes time to put on, so a little celebration is in order when it’s done!

Taylor’s diamond earrings, subtle tiara and gorgeous Lily of the Valley bouquet are the perfect punctuations marks for her Royal Family inspired look.

Groom Prep at the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

Paul chose to get ready at the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, just around the block from the BnB where Taylor got ready.

Paul’s bowtie and cufflinks sit ready on a marble chessboard. His suspenders are the perfect cap to his traditional tuxedo.

groom and groomsmen tuxedos

The groom and his groomsmen looking dapper as ever.

groom and groomsmen cheers grande colonial la jolla

Hailing from Kentucky, Paul was sure to pour himself a glass of bourbon and cheers his mates.

groom poses with vintage english taxi grande colonial hotel la jolla

One of the perks of getting ready at the Grande Colonial is access to the hotel’s vintage London cab! It’s the perfect way for a groom to meet his bride for their Royal Family themed wedding!

First Look at the Bed & Breakfast Inn La Jolla

Taylor and Paul’s first look takes place in the garden courtyard at the Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla. The courtyard provides a private, intimate area for a bride and groom to share their special moment.

As Taylor walks up to Paul, she reaches out a hand and he turns around. They are both so happy that Taylor is overcome with emotion.

bride groom walk garden courtyard bed breakfast inn la jolla

Shortly after their first look, Taylor and Paul take a lovely stroll through the gorgeous garden.

Paul and Taylor pose for a few wonderful portraits.

Royal Family Inspired Wedding Ceremony at La Jolla Presbyterian Church

Taylor and Paul’s ceremony was held at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, which is right next door to the Bed & Breakfast Inn. Prior to the ceremony, Taylor gathered in the bridal suite with her bridesmaids, parents, ring bearers and flower girls.

bride talks with flower girl before royal family inspired wedding

Taylor kneels to have a wonderful chat with one of her cute flower girls.

 bride and mother adjust veil royal family inspired wedding

Shortly before the ceremony, Taylor’s mother adjusts her veil to make sure it lays just right.

bride lowers veil over face before  royal family inspired wedding

As the veil drops over her face, Taylor is focus personified.

bride and father wait outside church before  royal family inspired wedding

Before the doors open, Taylor takes a deep breath as she waits with her father for the ceremony to start.

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Taylor and her father are all smiles as they walk down the aisle.

Borrowing from Prince William and Princess Kate’s ceremony, two children carry Taylor’s veil behind her as she process for her Royal Family inspired wedding.

bride and groom altar decorated with ficus trees royal family inspired wedding

In another detail, Taylor’s florist added potted ficus trees throughout the church.

bride smiles at groom as she reads vows during royal family inspired wedding

Taylor smiles as she reads her vows to Paul.

bride and groom kiss at altar

Paul and Taylor seal the deal with a long kiss!

bride groom walk down aisle after royal family inspired wedding ceremony

The newlyweds are all smiles as they recess down the aisle. The red runner is another Royal Family inspired wedding detail.

bride and groom pose with children in wedding party for royal family inspired wedding

Taylor and Paul pose for a group photo with the youngest members of their bridal party. The girl on the left just doesn’t want to be part of the party!

After Taylor and Paul exit out of the church, they hop into a vintage Rolls Royce getaway car and head to The Prado!

bride and groom wave to crowd from rolls royce

Taylor and Paul wave goodbye to their guests from the comfort of their vintage Rolls Royce getaway car.

Bride and Groom Portraits in Balboa Park

Shortly after exiting the car, Taylor and Paul settle into the evening’s wonderful light.

bride and groom dance while street musician performs balboa park

As we headed to Alcazar Gardens for portraits, a street musician pulled them aside and played a song just for them.

Taylor’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown on full display.

We couldn’t have timed the light better!

bride portrait in monique lhuillier gown at alcazar gardens balboa park

Taylor soaks in the joy of the day in Alcazar Gardens.

groom in tuxedo portrait at sunset in alcazar gardens

The dapper Paul as the light fades.

Royal Family Inspired Wedding Reception at The Prado Balboa Park

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The Prado’s Fountain Courtyard is host to Taylor and Paul’s gorgeous cocktail hour.

pears with table cards attached for royal family inspired wedding at the prado

The seating chart consisted of a table with a gorgeous floral centerpiece, and escort cards were tied to pears.

Taylor and Paul’s decor consisted of an eight-tiered wedding cake, gold flatware, chiavari chairs and white flowers in hurricane vases.

bride and groom grand entrance prado grand ballroom royal family inspired wedding

Paul and Taylor are radiant as they make their grand entrance.

bride groom first dance grand ballroom the prado royal family inspired wedding

Taylor and Paul take center stage in the Prado’s Grand Ballroom for their first dance.

bride and groom toast father during speech royal family inspired wedding

As Taylor’s father wraps his amazing toast, she and Paul raise a glass of champagne in appreciation.

bride in monique lhuillier gown spins during father daughter dance royal family inspired wedding

Taylor spins with her dad during their father-daughter dance.

bride groom kiss toast the prado grand ballroom wedding

Near the end of dinner, Paul gave a gracious speech and capped it with a kiss for his bride.

bride groom cake cutting prado balboa park royal family inspired wedding

Taylor and Paul carve into their decadent wedding cake to end the evening.

I was fortunate to photograph Taylor and Paul’s entire wedding experience! Check out these galleries of all the events!

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