Alison Faulkner didn't need to look further than her finger to find inspiration for her March 2008 nuptials to Eric Robertson. Her two-toned, 1940s-era diamond engagement ring, featuring a central gem surrounded by 10 small stones in a flower shape, prompted an equally one-of-a-kind affair. "I love vintage glam and anything over-the-top," says the bride. To tie in their passion for the outdoors, the Salt Lake City–based couple also chose an appropriately romantic lovebird motif.
The bridal party's attire clearly set a retro tone: Alison wore a tea-length gown with gold buttons and a tulle headpiece, and her "birdsmaids," as she calls them, donned plum pencil dresses with cap sleeves and flirty kick pleats. The guys sported chocolate brown suits and mustard ties. A small crowd of 50 watched Alison and Eric exchange vows in an intimate Mormon ceremony at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple, in La Jolla, and then celebrated at a lunch at Alison's parents' nearby home.
Later that night, 275 additional guests joined the couple for a tented reception on the croquet lawn at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. After sipping strawberry lemonade and snacking on brie and papaya quesadillas, guests entered the tent, where they dined on fresh field greens with orange blossom vinaigrette and roasted chicken. But they didn't stay in their chairs for long. "We had Eat, Love, Boogie' printed on the invitations, so our guests knew they'd be expected to dance," says Alison. To get the crowd excited—and keep energy levels high throughout the evening—the couple planned some surprise entertainment: a piano performance by Eric (a musician, he shared the song he'd written and played for his bride when he'd proposed), and a choreographed dance routine by the entire bridal party. And at the end of the night, the couple left, eager to start setting up their own newly-wed nest.
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