As a sophomore at Baylor University, Philip was on the lookout for a date to his first fraternity formal and he had no idea just how lucky he was when his frat brother (and future best man!) introduced him to Jenny. "In the weeks after the formal, I couldn't stop thinking about her!" Philip says. Little did he know, Jenny was about to depart for a semester abroad in London. But their budding romance couldn't be stopped, and late night and early morning phone calls took the place of more "normal" dating. In November of 2011, Philip hopped a plane to London to spend Thanksgiving with Jenny, and he told her he loved her for the first time by the fountains in Trafalgar Square. Just over three years later, after the pair graduated and spent a year living in Dallas beginning their careers, Philip decided it was time to propose. With Jenny's father's blessing, he brought her to Pepperdine University in Malibu and, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by roses and candles, Philip got down on one knee.
Though they live in Texas, the college sweethearts knew California was the perfect place to get married. "My parents got married at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, and have been married for 25 years, so we couldn't imagine having our wedding anywhere else," Jenny explains. They got to work planning an elegant ivory and pastel blue celebration for 200 guests on September 6, 2015. You've got to see their stunning, formal event, photographed by Ryan Phillips, for yourself!
The invitation suite combined traditional and playful elements, with a gorgeous gilded monogram set against the sweetest polka dots.
Jenny's classic engagement ring is nearly as beautiful as the bride herself.
She knew she wanted a wedding dress with sleeves, but Jenny had a hard time finding the gown of her dreams. Instead, she made her own! "I chose a long-sleeved lace top from Monique Lhuillier, then worked with Michael Faircloth in Dallas to create the ivory satin skirt," says Jenny. We'd say the custom route was absolutely the perfect choice: How gorgeous is that bow at the back of the skirt? (And it meant she could change into a mini skirt when the dancing really started!)
To complement her classic look, Jenny carried a bouquet of white, ivory, and blush garden roses and white ranunculus, tied with ivory ribbon.
Philip and his groomsmen looked the part in a Calvin Klein tuxedo. Jenny knew she wanted her bridesmaids in matching pale blue gowns, and loved the strapless Watters gowns her 'maids found at BHLDN.
The outdoor ceremony felt like an enchanted garden, with lush arrangements of roses and hydrangeas flanking the aisle. The couple exchanged traditional vows in front of an arch of greenery, hydrangeas, garden roses, and lisianthus.
Get ready to swoon at Philip's totally sweet gesture: "He wrote me three letters to read on our wedding day," says Jenny. "One when I woke up, a second while I was getting ready, and a third for just before I walked down the aisle."
The pair may be from Texas but they definitely took advantage of their venue's stunning California scenery when posing for portraits!
Inside the club, tables were topped with ivory linens and ice blue napkins, contrasted perfectly by the gold chiavari chairs and cut crystal vases. Tall centerpieces overflowed with hydrangeas, ivory and blush roses, and lisianthus. The head table was topped with low pale blue boxes that were filled with blush and ivory blooms, as well as a few café au lait dahlias for contrast.
It took a five-tier cake to feed all 200 guests, and no one could resist the strawberries and cream filling! Swiss dots and fresh roses and stephanotis were a classic touch — and matched the polka dots on the invitation liner.
Jenny created the candy bar, which featured some of the pair's favorite sweets alongside a display of macarons and cupcakes topped with fondant rings and bow ties.
After dinner, the bride and groom hit the dance floor for a first dance to "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli. "We took dance lessons, and Philip was nervous about it all day," says Jenny. "But we totally rocked it! We didn't mess up once."
Planning a wedding from afar was tough, but it all came together beautifully. The bride's best advice? "Don't get too stressed about all the planning. Take it in, because you'll only do this once!"
Venue & Catering: Sherwood Country Club || Wedding Planner: Deanna Nash Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier; Michael Faircloth Designs || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: Yana Beauty Studio || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters, from BHLDN || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Florist: Lotus & Lily || Invitations: Sugar Paper || Ceremony Music: Bel Canto String Quartet || Reception Music: Rembrandt Band || Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop || Videographer: Robert Michael Films || Photographer: Ryan Phillips Photography
Want more destination wedding inspiration? Then watch another couple tie the knot away from home in the video below.