Wedding Finery in Pink and Black: La Valencia Wedding, La Jolla, CA

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The La Valencia hotel and resort in La Jolla, CA, is known as the “Pink Lady” — for obvious reasons, as you’ll see in these wedding photos from Jackie Wonders. Against a backdrop of spotless peachy-pink stone, this bride and groom take their cue from the site from the very beginning: invitations are sleek black on pure white, trimmed with narrow black ribbon. We see the dress with an overhead light above it, hanging ready in a pink-toned corridor. We see bridesmaids’ dresses in a row — in variegated designs. Some are straight black; some are pale peach; some have a print of both colors. Simple black heels with a pouf of chiffon on each become the unifying element of the ladies’ attire. Men are in simple black tie — always a classic look no matter what the season.

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Bouquets, too, carry on the pink theme with palest pink roses interspersed among the white and cream. A garden ceremony is accented by bright white chairs and beribboned and bejeweled tree branches; the reception hall is resplendent with more pink-toned miniature “tree” centerpieces, draped in jewels, and tiny bouquets of more roses among gold-trimmed candleholders and glassware, while guest “placecards” are held by rounds of pink with cream or silver trim. Even the cakes carry out the well-planned (and delicious) combination: white and pale pink frosted bridal cake and cupcakes, and a whip of creamy frosting on devil’s food groom’s cupcakes. Posed before the hotel’s front sign, the bridal party has a few giggles for the camera…and the celebration is a success, crowned in the trademark colors of a landmark.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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