“A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other… maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.” – 500 Days of Summer (2009)
In Erin and Jock’s case, the timing was just perfect and they have fallen for each other forever. The two of them met in 2008 at The Resort at Pelican Hill when Erin joined the wedding team. Jock worked in pre-opening Sales for Pelican Hill, and they were at opposite ends of the pre-opening office. After a lot of small talk, mostly about fun restaurants in and around Orange County, soon enough they started to frequent these restaurants together. They kept things casual throughout their fun adventures together and soon enough, conversations began to expand and become more personal. Jock explains “We were having a ton of fun; however along the way I started to feel differently. I really liked this girl. I enjoyed everything about her.” Erin enjoyed her time with Jock, but was not quite sure if the timing was right for her. After a year of Jock courting and attempting to impress Erin, she gave him a shot. They spent the next four years continuing their restaurant adventures while expanding their palates, attending black tie parties, experiencing more of SoCal, hotel hopping on the weekends, and most of all, getting to know each other.
On May 16, 2015 they wed at Hotel Bel Air, which was one of Erin’s longtime dreams since she was only 15 years old after attending a Mother’s Day Brunch at Hotel Bel Air. Erin shared “I remember looking at my parents and telling them that very first day that “”one day, I would LOVE to get married here””. It was so magical to me from my very first visit 16 years ago, and on May 16th, 2015 my dreams came true.” Personal touches were a very important aspect of this couples wedding day, especially for Erin, who had worked in the wedding industry for years. Starting with the Save The Dates with a classic and formal photo of the two on the beach, all the way to the programs and menus that had a custom monogram the two had created together. “Oh Happy Day” and LAX-JFK were two subtle themes of the wedding day, seen on items such as Welcome Bags, cocktail napkins, and Jock’s shoes! Quotes from some of their all time favorite movies were seen throughout, as well as some of their favorite foods that reflected them as a couple. Some butler passed hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail reception included miniature Chicken Tacos paired with miniature Patron Margaritas, Sangria Infused Watermelon, Pigs N’ a Blanket, and Ahi Tuna Cones, the couples favorite Spago classic. Wolfgang Puck and his team created a phenomenal menu for this affair, which included items such as Campania Artichoke Tortelloni, Chilled Shrimp and Crab Louie Salad, Liquid Bon Bons, Sauteed Black Bass, and Mesquite Grilled Wagyu Flat Iron Steak. Guests were sure able to get a taste for Erin and Jock’s foodie favorites!
The decor was centered around understated elegance, which is a reflection of the couple’s personal style. Erin and Jock wanted it to be unforgettable, and that it was! There were peonies peonies peonies everywhere, Erin’s absolute favorite flower. In fact, peonies are the reason the two chose to get married in May as it is peak season for the fluffly and beautiful flowers. Erin’s favorite color combination has always been blue and white with touches of gold and blush. Nisie with Nisie’s Enchanted Florist did such an incredible job making Erin’s garden wedding come to life with florals housed in blue chinese vases. The inspiration behind this had two parts. Erin explains, “It is Quintessential French decor and reminded me of home- my Mom has had similar vases in our home ever since I could remember. It brought a sense of home, mixed with the overall ambiance of creating a french countryside garden wedding.” Erin and Jock have a classic and timeless style, yet Erin will always be a girly girl at the core. She was never seen without a bow in her hair as a little girl, and continues to love girly things such as chandeliers, pink, and all things pretty. Their ceremony structure was any girl’s dream to get married under. It was full of spring flowers in shades of pink, blush, ivory, with hints of green. Oh and once again… peonies! The two of them had always dreamt of an outdoor reception, but when it came time to get their dancing shoes on, the ballroom was the place to be! The couple shared their first dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne and danced the night away with their friends and family to performances by Ground Control and Adam Kruger.
Images by: Mike Colón
Other Players | Venue: Hotel Bel Air, Los Angeles | Planner: Alex Alexander with Alex Events, Inc. and George Nickels | Paper Goods: Just Robin Studios | Rentals (furniture): Revelry Event Design | Rentals (ceremony chairs, dance floor, chargers, and flatware): Steven Sun at Chiavari Chair Rentals | Rentals (hedging and potted plants): Jackson Shrub | Lighting: Amber Event Productions | Photographer: Mike Colón | Ceremony Music: Elan Artists | Reception Band: Ground Control | DJ: Adam Kruger with In the House Entertainment | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Shoes: Freya Rose | Jewelry (Wedding Band, Bride): Runsdorf Jewelry, New York, NY | Jewelry (Wedding Band, Groom): Marinelli Fine Jewelry, Dana Point, CA | Wedding Gift to Groom: Panerai Watch | Wedding Gift to Bride: Vintage Tiffany Brooch | Hair: Joyce Luck Style | Makeup: Tara Dowburd with Make-up Therapy | Suit and Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren Tuxedo