Anyone who has been to summer camp or acted as a counselor knows that the bonds that are forged during this time are special. Jenn & Paul met years ago while volunteering as counselors at Camp Ronald McDonald, which provides a camp for kids with cancer and their families. The connections that they created then have turned into a beautiful marriage today. These memories are such a huge part of their lives that, even now years later, they still continue to return. This love, plus their outgoing, playful personalities, were evident in every aspect of their wedding.
We had been head-over-heels excited for this wedding ever since their sweet engagement session at Liberty Station, and it did not disappoint. The whimsy and joy of a camp event resonated throughout the day. From a cotton candy machine to the throw-back jams on the dance floor, many of these themes were subtly woven throughout their elegant ceremony and reception at The Villa San Juan Capistrano.
Jenn is extremely crafty, so many of the DIY elements of this reception were handmade by the bride herself, but you would never know it by looking at them. In addition, Jenn’s aunt made the beautiful long veil edged with elegant lace trim, and Paul helped Jenn to hand pour the candles that were given as guest favors. The stationery was beautifully rendered by Ink & Knot and echoed the simple elegance of the event.
During the ceremony, another reference to camp traditions was made in the exchanging of the intertwined nautical “Monkey’s Fist” knots. This symbolizes the lifeline connection to a friend for attendees at Camp Ronald McDonald. Made from a single piece of rope, carefully entwined around a marble, it represents the beauty of long, never-ending friendships.
The emotional attachment all the guests had to the couple was evident and apparent all day. In addition to their families, many of Jenn & Paul’s camp mentors and friends attended the event. There were happy tears, lots of laughs, and fun in every moment.
Wedding Photography : Clove & Kin | Ceremony Location : The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Reception Location : The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Event Coordinator : The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Floral Design : McCool Flowers | Cake : Sweet & Saucy Shop | Dress : The Bustle | Hair : W Salon | DJ : Divel Entertainment | Wedding Videography : Amari Productions | Rentals : Signature Party Rentals | Transportation : Lake Forest Limousines | Stationery : Ink & Knot | Officiant : OC Wedding Officiant |