Catalina Island Wedding at Wrigley Memorial featured on Inspired by This
This Catalina Island Wedding has my whole heart! Britt is the talented creative behind the killer letterpress company Swell Press Paper so, needless to say, her wedding was one I was looking forward to all year. I knew she’d have not only great paper goods throughout the celebration, but that her amazing sense of style would show up in every facet of the day. She & Brian tied the knot at Wrigley Memorial on beautiful Catalina Island — and their celebration was filled with fun, tropical details and lots of love.
Exuding artful style and grace, Britt was such a stunning bride. She wore an airy dress by Temperly London, paired with a custom bohemian headpiece by Honeyfer Jewelry. I loved her GIANT protea bouquet by Bloom. Brian was equally as stylish in his midnight blue suit and floral print tie. Their laid-back looks really set the perfect tone for the day — one that was filled with lots of energy and a playful lightheartedness.
The bride and groom getting ready “island style” was the perfect start to what turned out to be such a great day. Everywhere you went that morning, you’d run into someone attending or involved with the wedding. Catalina is a tiny island with a small town feel!
I loved her light + airy wedding dress by Temperley London.
Their ceremony up at the top of stunning Wrigley Memorial could not have been sweeter or more emotional. Britt surprised Brian by hiring a band to play the theme song from Jurassic Park during her processional, and that was the start of an amazing vow exchange. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as B & B read aloud their handwritten vows with a charming view of blue skies and the pacific ocean as their backdrop.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails with lucite stirrers and beers styled in custom koozies made by Britt. During cocktail hour, I snuck away with the newlyweds and we captured some incredible portraits around the island. This was easily my favorite memory from the day!
From Britt, Brian and I first stumbled upon the Wrigley Memorial a few short months after dating on our first trip (of many) to Catalina Island together. I say ‘stumbled’ because we had no idea it existed. But don’t let that fool you- it’s a massive, beautiful monument, kind of Babylon-esque, tucked away a mile or so in the interior of the island. A few years later, in a heist worthy of an Ocean’s 11 movie, Brian proposed at that very spot. We always said that if we had a wedding (we were on the fence, doing the ‘do we do it or do we elope’ dance) – it would be at the Wrigley Memorial.
We both love Catalina Island, and were so excited to share our weekend getaway spot with our family and friends- half of which were traveling from Atlanta. Getting to the island was no small feat for most (a plane, a cab, a ferry, a golf cart!?), but I think everyone would agree that it was totally worth it. If you’ve been to Catalina, you’re familiar with the island’s relaxed, ‘island time’y vibe. This is something we definitely wanted to embrace our wedding weekend while also keeping it very true to us- fun, romantic, and slightly non-traditional.
Britt says, My advice to brides planning now is to pick what is important to you early on. To us, it was drinks and dancing, so we made sure to make those a priority within our budget, and booked the best DJ early on. Paper goods were also of the utmost importance, because that is what I do for a living. Also, allot a good chunk of your budget for misc. costs- things will come up that even the best planners don’t anticipate.
And a very kind review from the happy newlyweds! Thank you Britt + Brian! I loved being a part of your Catalina Island Wedding!
I cannot say enough about Greg. Where do I even begin…. first off, his talent- His warm, clean, beautifully classic imagery is exactly what I wanted for my wedding. He captured every moment perfectly. Secondly, he has a great attitude and is so positive, yet calming and reassuring. If you’re a bride, I’d say skill is almost as important as overall demeanor. You want someone around you all day that has good energy, and that’s Greg. Thirdly (is that a word?), Greg knows what he’s doing as an artist but also logistically. He was incredibly helpful in helping me schedule out the day, making sure I get all the photos I wanted while keeping the overall flow of events and pace in mind. I highly recommend Greg, and have to many others.
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Photography: Greg Ross // Wedding Ceremony Venue: Wrigley Memorial // Wedding Reception Venue: The M Restaurant // Design + Paper Goods: Britt of Swell Press // Wedding Planning: An Event Two Be // Wedding Dress: Temperley London // Dress Store: Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta // Wedding Ring: Digby and Iona // Bridal Hair + Makeup: Suzie Moldavon // Floral Design: Bloom // Calligraphy: Nicole Miyuki // Catering: Zest // DJ: Matthew Rubino of The Flashdance