You Have to See This Fairytale-Inspired Wedding in Newport Beach, California

After all, doesn't every bride deserve to feel like a princess on her big day?

Updated 01/30/17

Photo by Caroline Tran

When you’re the lucky friend who introduced the bride and groom, you’d better get a role in the wedding! When Jaynee Silvers wed Karl Singer on March 12, 2016, they did even better: They made the bride’s cousin, who is Karl’s best friend and introduced the pair in May of 2009, the best man.

The bride had a vision of fairytale elegance in mind, and knew just the place to go when searching for a wedding venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California, the same place where Karl proposed on Jaynee’s birthday in 2014. “It will always hold such a special place in our hearts,” says the bride. The kept the theme regal, with tones of white, blush, and gold gracing the property’s iconic rotunda and beamed-ceiling ballroom. The photos, by Caroline Tran, will totally transport you to a fairytale world!

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

The elegant invitations included the couple’s monogram, an illustration of the stunning venue, and a delicate floral invitation liner, all accented with shimmering gold.

Jaynee’s cushion cut engagement ring has a beautiful halo, which she now pairs with two eternity bands for even more sparkle.

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

The morning of the wedding, the bride and her ‘maids got ready at the resort and sipped coffee out of the sweetest mugs before Jaynee slipped into her Monique Lhuillier gown. She chose sparkling Jimmy Choo sandals as her own version of Cinderella’s glass slippers.

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

The gown featured layers of lace, a full skirt, and a sweetheart bodice with a sheer, plunging back. Jaynee carried an all-white bouquet of roses and peonies, wrapped in lace and white tulle.

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

Karl played the part of Prince Charming in a midnight blue Lanvin tuxedo. “Our first look was so special,” says Jaynee. "We were able to see one another in private and really digest all of the excitement that was about to come!”

The bridesmaids sparkled in gold sequin gowns by Amsale. “I really wanted them to stand out,” says the bride. Each woman carried pale blush and white bouquets of ranunculus and roses. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with gold pocket squares to match the bridesmaids’ shimmering dresses.

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

The ceremony took place beneath Pelican Hill’s Italian rotunda, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The aisle was flanked with boxes full of white hydrangeas and roses, and the rotunda’s columns were draped with white fabric. A crystal chandelier hung over the couple, who were married in a Jewish ceremony. Says Jaynee, “We wrote our own vows, but instead of sharing them during the ceremony, we shared them with one another privately.”

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

A cathedral-length, lace-edged veil was the perfect complement to Jaynee’s princess-style ball gown. “Planning our wedding was exciting, but stressful,” she says. “I really wanted everything to be perfect!” Well, it looks like the weather (and a glowing sunset!) cooperated!

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

Inside the ballroom, escort cards were arranged on a table decorated with submerged white tulips and floating candles. The dance floor was decked out with the couple’s monogram, which Jaynee included everywhere she could. The chandelier overhead was draped with hydrangeas, roses, and sprays of delphinium.

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

Long dinner tables were topped with white linens, set with gold chivari chairs, and lit with taper candles in glass chandeliers—talk about romantic! Round tables featured elevated arrangements of blush and white hydrangeas and roses. “I loved choosing the menu,” says Jaynee, who opted for truffle risotto, Caprese salad, a blood orange sorbet intermezzo, and a choice between truffled filet or lemon butter dover sole.

To further drive home their fairytale vibe, the bride and groom had their chairs decorated with beautiful garlands of fresh white flowers.

Photo by Caroline Tran
Photo by Caroline Tran

“We nailed our first dance!” the bride remembers of their spin around the dance floor to Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” “We had it choreographed, and had been practicing for months.” They followed the dances up with the Hora, which really got the celebration started. The pair worked with their 11-piece band to hand-select every single song, ensuring a fantastic party.

Photo by Caroline Tran

A cascade of roses and ranunculus wrapped around the five-tiered wedding cake, decorated with gold bands. Alternating layers featured vanilla cake with strawberries and sweet dulce de leche.

Photo by Caroline Tran

Another favorite memory was a sweet surprise from Jaynee’s mother. “She took the stage with the band and sang a song she used to sing to me as a child,” says the bride.

Planning a happily ever after of your own? “Enjoy the process!” Jaynee advises. “Embrace your creativity, because this is the one day where you can really create your own fairytale.”

Venue, Catering & Cake: The Resort at Pelican Hill || Wedding Planner: Katie Webb of Intertwined Events || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Monique Lhuillier || Jewelry: Cartier; Rolex || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Beauty By Melina; Beauty-Full By Molly || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale, purchased at Bella Bridesmaids || Groom's Attire: Lanvin || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Flowers: Nisies Enchanted Florist || Invitations & Additional Paper Products: Copper Willow || Music: OC String Quartet || Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals || Videographer: Hoo Films || Photographer: Caroline Tran

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