Sometimes finding the person you're meant to be with is as easy as finding the nose on your face. Kristian and Breegan met several years ago, and were immediately inseparable as best friends, attending events as each other's "plus one" and spending time riding bikes on the beach. That was until, as Breegan puts it, "Maturity snuck up on us! We tilted our heads, looked at each other, and realized that our love had grown beyond friendship."
After asking Breegan's father for her hand in marriage, Kristian proposed in March of 2013 during their daily sunset stroll. "I didn't think he'd be able to surprise me," says Breegan, who had helped him design her ring. "He's my best friend, and he knew me well enough to understand that designing the ring together was something I would cherish."
The couple spent six months planning their beachfront wedding, which took place at Breegan's parents' home. "We weren't interested in being traditional, but rather focused on specific details that were meaningful to us," says the bride. "Every element of our wedding involved family and a sense of love for each other and the ocean." On June 29th, 2013, they said "I Do" barefoot on Hermosa Beach, and then headed to the roof for a special surprise—the gender reveal of their baby!
The ring bearer carried the couple's wedding rings on a burlap pillow. "Kristian's not really into jewelry," says Breegan, "so one of the most special details of our wedding was actually his wedding band tattoo!"
Breegan, who was six months pregnant on her wedding day, chose a gorgeous beaded Ian Stuart design that flaunted all of her curves. "I wanted to highlight my growing belly instead of hiding it," she says. "It was a symbol of our love."
The bridesmaids and groomsmen wore individual yet coordinated outfits. The bridesmaids wore dresses in white, while the groomsmen wore gray pants, white shirts, and accessories ranging from bow ties to suspenders.
Breegan carried a bouquet of peonies, roses, and dahlias in pink, white, and peach.
The flower girl, Breegan's niece, carried a bucket of pink rose petals decorated with seashells.
Guests were encouraged to go barefoot for the ceremony in the sand.
One of Kristian's best friends performed the ceremony. "He spent time talking to each of us, both alone and together, before coming up with the perfect personalized ceremony," says the bride. "It really embodied our story."
"Kristian's closet is larger than mine," says Breegan. "It ended up being painstakingly difficult to narrow down what he would wear to match my gown!" A pink bow tie was the perfect foil to Breegan's peachy wedding dress.
Before the ceremony, the couple hosted a small private dinner. The bride's mother hand-painted signs for every guest's chair. After the ceremony, the couple's 200 guests gathered for late night hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and dancing.
The table was set with Breegan's mother's china collection, as well as low, lush arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, and peonies.
Touches of pink and white, as well as a scattering of seashells, popped against the neutral tablecloth.
Later in the evening, guests snacked on a mouthwatering spread of cheeses.
The pièce de résistance was the combination wedding cake and gender reveal cake. "My best friend is an amazing chef with her own bakery," says Breegan. "She was sworn to secrecy, and hid colored frosting inside the cake for a big surprise!" Sugar flowers matched the soft hue and gorgeous details of Breegan's dress.
"Everyone was asking, so cutting the cake to reveal that we were having a boy was an extra special moment," says Breegan. "It's so crazy to look at our son now, and to know that he was at the wedding with us. It is so special." The couple had a low-key honeymoon in Santa Barbara. "We're going to have a proper honeymoon in Ibiza on our first anniversary," the bride says.
Kristian and Breegan thought outside of the box when planning their wedding. "It was our first chance to introduce our values as a couple and a new family," says the bride, "so we made our own traditions and really made the day ours."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bride's Parents' Home || Wedding Planner: Nathaniel Neubauer of Contemporary Catering & Event Production || Bride's Wedding Dress: Ian Stuart || Jewelry: Jewelry by Nola Singer || Hair Piece: MegustasTuJoyitas || Hair: Dill Tronik || Makeup: Beauty by Heith || Groom's Attire: Ted Baker || Wedding Bands: Martin's Jewelry || Florist: Butterfly Floral & Event Design || Music: Mr. Choc, Alfred Hawkins || Catering: Contemporary Catering & Event Production || Cake: Jessica Jordan of Manhattan Beach Creamery || Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals || Photo Booth: Lucky Photo Booth || Cigar Roller: Old Oaks Cigar & Wine Co. || Photography: Callaway Gable