Lucia and Phil in Fullerton, CA

California, Real Weddings
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Photos: Christine Farah

Lucia and Phil initially wanted a destination wedding in Hawaii or Mexico, but ultimately decided to get married closer to home. Inspired by the many trips they'd taken together, the couple chose a travel theme, with a color scheme of ocean hues. The ceremony venue was an easy choice, since the bride grew up attending mass at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Santa Ana. "My father is a sculptor and has pieces on display there, too," Lucia says.

The reception was held in the courtyard at Villa del Sol. "We'd traveled to the Yucatan and loved the live music and dancing in the streets," says Lucia. "We wanted to recreate that atmosphere at our reception." Guests' names and table numbers were written on paper airplanes that were pinned to a world map. Tables were named after islands the couple had traveled to or hoped to visit. For dessert, guests enjoyed cakes from Sweet Gems.

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