A Formal Beach Wedding in San Diego, California

A San Diego event designer and her singer beau put a new spin on the classic beach bash with a castaway-style winter ceremony and personalized details featuring silhouettes, chinoiserie bears, and quotes from Dr. Seuss.

Cortnie Purdy hails from San Diego—so it was natural that the wedding designer gravitated to its beaches—specifically Carlsbad, just north of the city—for her November 2011 nuptials to musician Donny Fausner. "I grew up in San Diego, and we met here, so I wanted to have our wedding on a local beach," says Cortnie. "I'm an event planner, and I loved the idea of a formal winter beach wedding with a ship-wrecked vibe rather than the typical casual, sunny one."

Photo: Jose Villa Photography

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