A Magical day at the franciscan gardens venue in San Juan capistrano

My heart has been tied to fairytale magic having grown up in a Disney loving home. While fairytales aren't our reality, we can create a wedding day that gives you that fairy dust feeling! I've been dreaming up ways to create the look and feel I wanted for my "princess at heart" clients. When I saw that Lovely Steph Creations was designing an Alice in the Whimsical Garden weddings styled shoot, I knew it was meant-to-be! It took place at The Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA. Luckily I had the freedom and space to work with the couple and bride to create images I was imagining, unlike in real life when you're telling someone else's love story. Both areaway to tell a story are amazing in their own ways, and equally dreamy!

Several real life vendors participated to create an authentic scene. I'll link their IG below.


While THE dress is at the top of your minds it cake! Cakes by Bina was on point with her wonderland cake and cookies. Perfectly accompanied by Little Sweets by Sarah's cupcakes and macarons. Doesn't it make you want to plan a tea party? Yum. The theme was complete with decor and vintage furniture.

Oh So Pretty Vintage & Rustic Bane Events

Cakes By Bina & Violette's Flowers

Lovely Steph Creations, Cakes by Bina & Little Sweets by Sarah

oh the flowers

The first thing you notice when you walk into the patio at Franciscan Gardens is the beautiful florals. Whimsical arches, tables, arrangements, bouquets, hanging accents, the works. The tablescape had all the right touches with vintage decor, table settings, and floating tea cups and flower stems. Let's not forget the chandelier.

Petals and Pricklys

“A dream is not reality, but who’s to say which is which?”

custom wedding dress and lace boots

The White Queen bride had a corset top ball gown with detached sleeves, and tall lace boots. The Alice bride had an off-shoulder corset top, mid length dress with short lace boots. Both brides reported that the boots and dresses were quite comfortable and they moved around, spun, danced, and sat down! Not an easy feat, I'll tell ya! The groom wore a red velvet tux and top hat from Friar Tux.

Hand Made By Yamileth Gown

House of Elliot Lace Boots

House of Elliot Lace Boots

Hand Made By Yamileth Gown

Vintage Details

Teapots, mirror signage, invitation suite, calligraphy, and whimsical decor. It's all about the details!

participating vendors on instagram

Concept & Design @Lovely.Steph.Creations

Venue @franciscangardens

Florals: Ceremony, Bouquets + Boutennier @Petalsandpricklys

Florals: Ceremony + Signage @yourstrulydesign_

Florals: Reception, Sweetheart, + Dessert Tables @violettesflowers

Florals: White Queen Backdrop @luckywildfree

Wedding Gowns @handmadebyyamileth

Groom Tux @friartux

Bridal Jewelry + Accessories @ederajewelry

Bridal Lace Boots @houseofelliotlaceboots

Calligraphy: Invitation + Scrolls @calligraphybymichellet

Bridal Makeup @beautybydannie

Bridal Hair @haleyreedmakeup

Vintage Furniture + Accents @ohsoprettyvintage

Furniture Rentals @rusticurbanevents

Chiavari Chairs @chiavarichairs4rent

Dessert: Cake + Sugar Cookies @cakesbybina

Dessert: Cupcakes + Macarons @littlesweetsbysarah

Mirror Signage @Lovely.Steph.Creations

White Queen Bride @aliaxbee 

Alice Bride @just_some_blonde

Mad Hatter Groom @johnny.barrettsd


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