Kendall Bullock almost missed the moment Travis Wear chose to propose to her in August 2015. “I thought it was any other Thursday night and was stuck at work,” she remembers. “I almost didn’t get off in time to make our dinner reservation!” But she made it to dinner in Laguna, California, and after their meal she and her high school sweetheart headed down to Crescent Bay’s beach. “Before I knew it, Travis was on one knee, with a photographer there to capture everything.”
The pair grew up in California and didn’t want to stray too far from the place they call home for their July 23, 2016, wedding. They decided on a Catholic ceremony at Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Newport Beach, followed by a reception at the Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine. “In high school, we’d go to Shady Canyon before dances to take pictures on the lawn,” says Kendall. That same lawn was the spot they chose for their alfresco celebration, bringing the pair’s love story full-circle. They turned to the club’s estatelike styling for inspiration, enhancing the simple elegance with neutral hues and a hint of shine. Planner Brooke Keegan helped them maximize the style—and their budget—with details like a boxwood hedge surrounding the band’s stage and a dove gray monogrammed dance floor. Photographed by The Grovers, this SoCal wedding is the perfect balance of elegant and relaxed. Best of all, it's full of fab inspiration!
Travis and Kendall’s invitation suite was totally classic, with a soft gray-and-white color palette and the pair’s sleek monogram at the top.
Kendall loved shopping for her wedding dress. “You never know what you’ll like until you take the dress off the hanger, so try everything on!” she advises. She chose a drop-waisted Vera Wang ball gown, which she paired with crystal-covered Christian Louboutin pumps and a bejeweled belt. An all-white bouquet of English garden roses and tea roses was the perfect complement to Kendall’s dress, which also featured tulle petals for a contemporary ballerina vibe.
Travis’s sleek tuxedo was rented from The Black Tux.
The bridesmaids wore dove gray tulle dresses by Amsale, with draped sleeves and soft wavy hairstyles. The flowing ribbons on their bouquets were even a perfect match for their dresses! Travis’s groomsmen wore tuxedos to match the groom. “It really embodied the traditional yet sharp look we were going for,” Kendall says.
Inside the church, two cement urns flanked the altar. They were filled with white roses, hydrangeas, and tulips, as well as soft greenery. The couple wrote their own vows and included a blessing of the hands instead of a unity candle.
At the golf club, cocktails were served in a relaxed lounge setting. Mirrors sparkled on either side of the driftwood-colored bar, where guests chose between the K-Bizz Fizz (sparkling wine, St. Germain, fresh mint, and berries) and the Wear Am I (Jack Daniels and Coke).
“Choosing our band was the easiest decision by far,” says Kendall of the JB Project from West Coast Music.
Strands of café lights hung over the dance floor and the open-air reception. A mix of round and rectangular tables were topped in dove gray linens and surrounded by cross-back chairs. All-white flowers filled silver compote bowls, and pillar candles sat on glass candlesticks. Silver silk napkins and silver chargers added tone-on-tone texture to the tablescape.
Centerpieces combined lisianthus, dahlias, hydrangeas, and roses.
“We wanted the dance floor to be the centerpiece,” says Kendall. “I had a vision of something that would scream ‘Get up and dance!’ and the white and gray checkered floor, finished with our monogram, was just the thing.”
At the head table, Kendall and Travis’s chairs were draped with garlands of seeded eucalyptus, roses, and hydrangeas. The four-tiered wedding cake also featured the modern monogram, finished with clusters of white roses and dahlias. Beneath the sleek white finish were layers of chocolate cake with salted caramel, chocolate ganache, and toffee bits.
After the ceremony, Kendall swapped her heels for a pair of dove gray Nikes—just the thing for the couple’s choreographed first dance. “Our band was incredible and arranged the mash-up for our first dance based on a recording we sent them,” Kendall explains. The dance was to “At Last” by Etta James, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye, and “The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley, including the iconic Dirty Dancing lift as the pair’s final move!
Another surprise for Travis and Kendall’s guests was a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band and Song Girls. The bride was a Song Girl in college, so she joined in for part of the performance!
At the end of the night, the newlyweds made an expert exit through a tunnel of sparklers, then headed to Cabo for their honeymoon. “We caught a 150-pound marlin while we were deep-sea fishing!” Kendall reveals of their honeymoon adventures.
“Enjoy every second of your engagement, because it will be over before you know it,” says the bride. “Pick your battles, and focus on each other and why you’re getting married instead of the little details. And I HIGHLY recommend hiring a wedding planner. That experience, expertise, and wisdom will be invaluable!”
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Queen of Angels Church || Reception Venue & Catering: Shady Canyon Golf Club || Wedding Planner: Brooke Keegan Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Vera Wang || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Hair: Tera of Kacee Geoffrey || Makeup: Mirror Mirror Beauty || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Flowers: Nissie's Enchanted Florist || Invitations: Jen Simpson Design || Music: JB Project; DJ Jon Brown || Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop || Rentals: Signature Party Rentals; The Tent Merchant; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental || Lighting & Production: AK Johnston Group || Favors: Chunk N'Chip || Videographer: Artisan Productions || Photographer: The Grovers