Wedding Reception at the Hilton Waterfront Huntington Beach

Yesterday’s stunning Roman Holiday style wedding (classic movie that I highly suggest watching) got me thinking about how to include friends and family that are unable to attend your destination wedding.

You never need a reason to host an elegant evening with good food, wine, and friends or family. What better reason than to celebrate your nuptials once you return home from your destination wedding.

I adore the idea that today’s couple did just that – a small intimate wedding followed by a fancy reception on their one year anniversary. I’ll let the bride tell you all about it below!

Remarks from the bride: “I married my husband, Eric, at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula on November 16th, 2013. As a wedding planner, I chose to have a small and intimate wedding with family and closest friends, so Eric and I could enjoy their presence as much as we could.

“It was an incredible night, and everything I imagined it would be!  Because we kept it so small, we decided to hold a wedding reception at the Hilton Waterfront Huntington Beach to celebrate our first anniversary with all of our loved ones, so those who did not share our wedding day with us could enjoy this special moment with us.

“We started the beautiful Sunday with a cocktail hour where I wore my wedding dress again for those who weren’t able to see the gown at the wedding. Then, we had brunch and held a wine box ceremony with our guests. Eric and I opened the box, read the sweet notes we had written to the other, and enjoyed the bottle of wine. We also wrote new letters and placed them with a new bottle of wine to open on our next anniversary, hopefully surrounded by our wonderful loved ones yet again.

“After the brunch, we continued to celebrate our special day with close friends and family in our 9th floor suite overlooking the ocean with an incredible sunset that night.  Being able to share in our love and excitement after a year of wedded bliss with the ones who matter most to each of us was amazing. Not very many brides get to relive their wedding day, and it was a day I will always cherish and remember.”

Black and white photo of bride getting her make up done Bride putting her a rhinestone bridal sash on while wearing a sweetheart neckline gown Cream colored pointy toe bridal flats
Heart with initials sewn into a wedding dress Brie and groom standing outside Hilton Waterfront Huntington Beach resort
pink and peach bridal bouquet with succulents boutonniere with pink flower, hypercum berries and succulence
Wedding reception table with a framed sign for the bride and grooms hashtag Couples wedding hashtag framed

Escort cards lined up in a brown wooden box with white hydrageas flowers lining the table behind
A framed sign offering wedding guests a cell phone charger
A framed sign asking wedding guests to sign Jenga blocks Well wishing notes to the bride and groom in a glass vase
A mimosa bar at a wedding reception A framed sign for building your own mimosa at a wedding reception
ruffled sheer material tied around the bride and groom's chairs
lazer cut paper for wedding reception table numbers Wedding reception at Hilton Waterfront Huntington Beach resort
Wedding reception place setting with clear plates and beige napkins folded into a bow
A fact card about the bride and groom stuck into a fork place settingwedding reception escort card folded into a tent shape with pink roses and white hydrangeas for floral centerpieces
gold wedding cake with "love grows here" cake topper
A framed sign asking wedding guests to take photos cocktail table draped with gold table close and surrounded by pink and white floral arrangements          Bride and groom doing a wine ceremony at wedding reception
Bride reading note from the groom Groom reading a note from the bride
Black and white photo of bride and groom kissing in front of window at Hilton Waterfront Huntington Beach resort

Vendor List

Coordination: Simply Sweet Weddings & Events and Kelsey Events 
Stationery: Simply Sweet Weddings & Events
Photography: Brian Leahy Photography
Venue: The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
Flowers: Studio Ooh La La by Doily Design Haus
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Audio Visual: Elevated Pulse Productions
Hair And Make Up: Design Visage
Entertainment: Kevin Miso

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