Step into a tropical oasis nestled in the heart of Oceanside, CA – the Botanica wedding venue awaits, with its lush foliage and tranquil ambiance setting the stage for an unforgettable celebration of love. Embracing the venue’s tropical allure, we embarked on a journey to craft a wedding design that was both chic and elegant, steering clear of clichés while embracing the essence of the tropics.

As the sun kissed the horizon, the day unfolded with anticipation and excitement. The bride and her favorite people gathered in a nearby Airbnb, their laughter and chatter filling the air as they prepared for the day ahead. Adorned in shades of light green and pink, each bridesmaid and the bride’s brother brought their unique flair to the ensemble, with textures adding a whimsical touch to their attire. Our bride was a vision of ethereal beauty in a romantic and gorgeous dress. Join us as we delve into the intimate moments and captivating details that shaped the beginning of this extraordinary journey!

The ceremony took place beside a serene water feature adorned with lily pads and lush greenery. Tropical-inspired chairs provided an elevated touch, while palm and pink floral accents added a pop of color in our arch and aisle accents. Against this natural backdrop, the bride and groom exchanged vows, enveloped in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings. One thing I love about this venue is that even though it was a hot September day, the flourishing greenery makes it feel warmer than it is, giving your guests a more enjoyable experience.

Following the heartfelt exchange of vows, guests transitioned seamlessly to cocktail hour, where laughter and joy filled the air. Meanwhile, the couple and their wedding party stole away for a moment to capture romantic portraits amidst the enchanting ambiance. I’m seriously in love with our groom’s dark green suit and the bride’s dress! The texture and design was beautifully captivating.

As guests mingled and savored the ambiance of cocktail hour, they were treated to a delightful array of tray-passed appetizers and cocktails. The atmosphere shimmered with pops of disco balls, adding a touch of glamour to the festivities. Among the highlights was an innovative after-the-tone audio guest book, allowing guests to leave heartfelt messages for the newlyweds to cherish. A “LOVE” sign illuminated the space, while beautiful signage guided guests through the celebration. A stylish lounge provided a cozy retreat for those seeking a moment of reprieve. And, not to be forgotten, custom monogrammed coconuts awaited guests, offering a refreshing libation to enjoy either on its own or with a splash of rum from the nearby bar.

As evening descended, guests were welcomed into a reception space aglow with twinkling lights, casting a magical ambiance over the celebration. A blend of farm tables and round draped tables created an inviting setting, while the same style of chairs from the ceremony lent an air of elegance and tropical charm. Each table was of natural beauty, adorned with flickering candles, lush greenery, and vibrant florals, creating a feast for the senses. Place settings were meticulously curated, featuring fringed charger plates, sleek black flatware, and sparkling crystal glassware. Custom menus adorned with each guest’s name added a personal touch, inviting them to partake in an evening of culinary delights and celebration.

Laughter, love, and happy tears filled the reception as guests shared heartfelt toasts and cherished moments. The party kicked off with light-up leis illuminating the dance floor, while everyone eagerly awaited the cutting of the stunning green wedding cake adorned with flowers. It was truly a celebration filled with unforgettable memories and delicious treats.


Planning & Design: Serene Events and Design | Venue: Botanica | Photographer: Madison Emily Hare Photography | Videography: Carly Films It | Florist: Blooms by Jenn | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Bespoken | Cake: Peggy Liao Cake | Cocontus: Windansea Coconuts | DJ: Pacific Entertainment | Officiant: Weddings Royale | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Love Letters: Love Light Letters | Seating Chart: Boho Babes | Stationery & Signage: Sunkissed Native

Botanica Wedding- A Tropical Oasis

May 2, 2024

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