Around The Globe: A Beautiful Travel-Inspired Wedding At The Historic Darlington House In La Jolla
Meaghan and Matt met during their freshman year of college at the University of California San Diego. The two began dating sophomore year and have been together ever since! After eight years and a six-month travel excursion together, Matt proposed to Meaghan on top of a mountain in Iceland, and La Jolla's gorgeous and historic Darlington House was the perfect location for their travel-inspired wedding.
From the bride:
"We knew we wanted our wedding to be where our story began, in San Diego, and for it to be outdoors, but didn’t want to have the typical beach wedding. Instead, I had a romantic, garden vision with big, soft white florals, greens, and a slightly rustic theme. Darlington House was the perfect setting with its multiple courtyards, Mediterranean architecture, and intimate atmosphere. (Fun fact: we actually almost eloped in Europe right after getting engaged, so this historic home was very appropriate!) Once we knew the venue, my dress was a piece of cake - a gorgeous Inbal Dror gown in nude with ivory floral lace overlay that perfectly fit a garden wedding. Since the space offered a lot already, we kept to neutrals. It was important to have interesting table settings to bring the theme all together and uniquely represent us. Here we were able to incorporate blush tones, gold, and gray. Archive Rentals was THE BEST for this - they have amazing inventory, creative staff, and their customer service is top notch. Perfectly complementing the furniture/table settings/goblets was our florist’s execution of high/low centerpieces amongst the rectangular and round tables. The ceremony arch where we 'tied the knot' was positively lush and romantic.
College sweethearts, we share a love of food, travel, and our close family/friends - all things we wanted to highlight on our big day. Since travel is such a big part of our lives (we just relocated to London), we made sure it was tied into the details - for example, the guests’ place cards were luggage tags. Instead of numbers, I made table signs that represented some of our favorite places visited together. We love to adventure, so the idea of marriage being a journey was a theme throughout the day.
We were so excited to finally get married and, since we never get to have all our bi-coastal family and friends in one place together, really just wanted it to be a happy and fun occasion. I can genuinely say it was one of the best days of our lives and that there was a ton of love and joy at our wedding - icing on the cake was how beautiful it came out and how great our vendors were. (It was so much fun, in fact, that Matt keeps asking if we can do it again every year. Since marriage is all about compromise, it’s on the books for our 10 year anniversary - we already told our photographers to pencil us in!)"