On the last evening of 2018, actress and filmmaker Bonnie Wright attended a New Years Eve party with her good friend Georgia Stockwell. The destination for the evening was the home of Andrew Lococo. "Unbeknownst to her, [Georgia] would introduce us and then marry us," shares Bonnie with Brides. The Harry Potter star and Go Gently author and Andrew's relationship grew over the years, and, eventually, the two decided they were ready to tie the knot. "Our engagement was actually more of a conversation together over a few months," explains Bonnie. "It felt very us! We officially decided in September 2021, then asked my parents, who are jewelry designers Wright & Teague, to make my engagement ring."
The pair decided to get married about six months later in a celebration amongst their closest circle at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, California. "We admire everything that The Ecology Center stands for," shares the bride. "We loved the idea of being surrounded by bountiful growing nourishing plants as we said ‘we do.’" The farm is actually owned by two good friends of the couple. In fact, many of their friends were integral to helping their wedding come to be, making "it feel so intimate and easy to organize," says Bonnie.
"Our vision was to make it both a celebration of love and community. We wanted it to be intimate [and] people to feel present and relaxed," describes Bonnie, who was very hands-on with the planning. "Visually, we wanted it to express the vibrant colors of California. It was important to reflect our love for the environment and use sustainable materials instead of any single-use packaging, lean into our creativity and make things ourselves, and source everything as locally and seasonally as possible."
Along with support of Abby and Caroline Events, Bonnie and Andrew tied the knot in front of 110 guests on March 19, 2022. Ahead, see all the details photographed by Jamie Street of St Chelle.
Andrew shared that his grooming prep consisted of starting the day with "a cold dip in the ocean with my soon-to-be wife." The groom looked sharp in head-to-toe Prada with a navy suit and brogue-style shoes.
Bonnie spent the morning getting ready with her wedding party. For her beauty look, "I wanted it to feel balanced, as our wedding was outside and our day started in full sun and transitioned into night," she shares. "It was so important to feel myself." To prep her skin for natural and dewy makeup, she kept to a regimen of products from brands like Osea, Marie Veronique, and Lesse. "I always opt for products that use natural and non-toxic ingredients that are organic where possible." The bride notes that she intended on having a pre-wedding facial, but planning and welcoming family arriving into town got in the way. "I feel like my beaming happiness on the day was the best facial I have ever had," she says.
A vintage hairpiece was the basis behind her hair design. "I liked the idea my hair could be clipped back into it, so it was clear of my face," Bonnie shares. "My hair is naturally so straight, so we added some texture which made it move in the wind beautifully."
The bride's romantic 100-year-old dress was truly an original and sustainable choice. "I knew I wanted to wear a vintage dress. There are so many beautiful dresses already out in the world full of character and story," explains Bonnie. "I luckily knew of a brilliant vintage bridal salon in Los Angeles called Happy Isles, who have great taste. It only took two visits to the salon and I found my dress. It was surreal at first actually making the official decision, but it felt so right and easy!"
Of course, purchasing a dress that has withstood a century requires some alterations. "The dress didn’t have the original underdress with it as it had likely perished—it being 100 years old! So when I was first trying it on, it was completely see-through. It was quite funny having to imagine the underdress we would end up making for it," recalls Bonnie. She finished off the look with a pair of Prada silver shoes that were already in her closet. The bride says they "felt perfect as the straps were shaped like branches and leaves."
Bonnie and Andrew came together before the ceremony to take portraits together and later maximize time with guests. Their photographer Jamie Street made to capture Bonnie's stunning engagement ring, designed by her parents. They also designed the rose gold wedding bands that the couple would exchange later in the day.
We made sure everything thing felt like it reflected us and not traditions or what we thought we should do.
The couple advises others planning a wedding to "take things slowly, check in with each other frequently. You are each other’s best support system," they share. "What made our day feel so free flowing and fun was down to our relaxed planning attitude. We made sure everything thing felt like it reflected us and not traditions or what we thought we should do."
Bonnie's good friends Dolly, Gillian, Maddy, and Georgia (who also officiated the ceremony) served as bridesmaids for the day. "My four bridesmaids all wore beautiful custom Maggie Marilyn outfits. It was so fun choosing the fabrics to complement our themes," shares the bride. "Dolly, Maddy and Gillian wore silk dresses and Georgia a two-piece suit." The wedding party carried sweet peas from the grounds of The Ecology Center to carry down the aisle, while Bonnie carried a bouquet with tones of pink, orange, and yellow. Hope Sword of Pigsty crafted all the blooms for the day. "It felt soft yet vibrant," she says of her arrangement.
Andrew's younger brothers Casey and Johnny joined him down the processional as groomsmen. They each wore suits of their own choosing. Andrew wore a boutonnière for the ceremony with florals similar to Bonnie's bouquet.
"The ceremony took place amongst rows of growing vegetables, so there was already a lot of color," shares Bonnie of the décor. "The main aisle in the garden is arched with this really cool wooden painted rainbow that everyone walked under to get to their seats. At the base of each rainbow arch, there were big bountiful floral pieces. We added a pop of color with a dusty pink carpet down the aisle. To mirror the rainbow arches, our main floral piece was an open colorful arch."
The bride recalls that as one of her favorite moments was "walking out into the ceremony under the rainbow arch with all our loved ones awaiting us—Andrew with his mom and me with my dad. The light was perfectly glowing and everything felt so calm." The wedding party, close family, and the groom walked down the aisle to the song "Siegel im spiegal" by Arvo Pärt, Angèle Dubeau, and La Pietá. Then, Bonnie entered with her father to "Peace Piece" by Bill Evans.
We wrote them like love letters to each other rather than traditional vows.
Bonnie and Andrew both wrote their own vows for the wedding ceremony. "We always knew we would as it felt more personable and an opportunity to really share our love for one another with all our family and friends," they share. "We wrote them like love letters to each other rather than traditional vows."
In addition to the vows, there was one other original composition for the ceremony. "We had an incredible live performance by my dear friend and bridesmaid Gillian Maguire, who wrote us a song that she performed in the middle of our ceremony," shares Bonnie.
After sealing their marriage with a kiss, the couple celebrated down the aisle to "You and Me" by Penny and the Quarters.
The couple was excited to head into cocktail hour as husband and wife, and to see the result of the rest of their pre-wedding prep. "I love planning. It reminds me a little of production for a film. There are so many moving parts with one big overall vision," notes Bonnie. "We really planned everything together as a couple. Always reminding each other to keep things light and fun."
Guests had a selection of two specialty cocktails named for the bride and groom: Wright Water, a contratto aperitivo with sparkling rose, soda, and a slice of orange, and Lococo Fire, which was composed of mezcal, ancho reyes rojo, contratto aperitivo, and bitters. Bonnie adds, "Our friends at Cooper Mountain Vineyard provided the wine that is all organic, biodynamic, and delicious."
The couple's friend Amanny Ahmad served as the chef for the celebration. "The menu was inspired by her Palestinian roots and the bounty of what was growing in California at the time," explains Bonnie. "Nearly all of the produce was grown at our venue The Ecology Center. It was a true farm-to-table meal! Everything was vegetarian and enjoyed as family-style share plates."
"The centerpiece to our reception was our dinner table—one long table under string lights alongside the old farmhouse. It was so important to us that all our family and friends would break bread at one table," shares Bonnie. "The florals and décor were perfect and just as we’d imagined—full of color and varying textures. My favorite piece on the table settings were our scalloped edge napkins in pink and yellow as they perfectly went with our color scheme."
The couple also did some DIY projects for the reception. "Where possible, we made things ourselves, used things we already had, and involved as many friends as we could in the creation of the day. As sustainably conscious people, we really didn’t fill the day with things and items we didn’t need, but we still made things look bountiful and generous," the bride shares. "I designed our bar and dinner menu. My brother Lewis did all the handwritten calligraphy signage for the name places. Andrew built four beautiful wooden daybed-style couches for the lounging areas. We still have them in our garden."
Bonnie and Andrew had their friend Nicola Collie of Picnic Baked Goods create two cakes for their celebration. "Our wedding cake was a three-tiered citrus olive oil cake with orange blossom soak and citrus curd between the layers and finished with salted vanilla and swiss merengue buttercream," says Bonnie. "I love chocolate, so we also had a flourless chocolate cake."
Another special memory for the couple? "Sitting down to dinner just as the sun was setting with all our friends and family who had travelled from all over to be with us." They share that creating the seating chart was actually one of the hardest parts of planning. "It took a few nights to finish it, but it was so worth the effort," says Bonnie. "Lots of people commented on how happy they were with where they sat and what great conversations they had."
After dinner, the party moved to the dance floor. Bonnie and Andrew took their first turn as husband and wife to "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison.
As the party went into full swing, Bonnie changed into a silver slip dress to take on the rest of the night. The couple share that their DJ Haute Mobile Disco had all the guests on the dance floor.
After the newlyweds cut the cake, their loved ones continued to celebrate with them into the night. "Even when it started to rain in the last 30 minutes of the night, people kept going," reflects Bonnie. "It was sad when our last song of the night played. We could have danced for hours more."
Venue The Ecology Center
Planner Abby and Caroline Events
Officiant Georgia Stockwell
Bridal Salon Happy Isles
Jewelry Wright & Teague
Hair: Cameron Rains
Makeup Amber Dreadon
Rehearsal Dinner Attire Ganni
Bridesmaids’ Attire Maggie Marilyn
Mother of the Bride Dress Alexander McQueen
Groom’s Attire Prada
Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands Wright & Teague
Floral Design Pigsty
Music Haute Mobile Disco
Catering Amanny Ahmad
Cake Picnic Baked Goods
Rentals Catalog Atelier; Town and Country
Accommodations Hotel Joaquin
Photography Jamie Street of St Chelle