California Love ~Hillary + Connor

We are head over heels in love with the sweetest proposal we’ve ever seen. We met up with Hillary to get the scoop on how Connor was able to hide all these details from her!! See what she had to say and feast on these gorgeous captures by Sara Klepacki. And of course our team is pumped for their LA wedding at 440 Seaton!
What is the significance of the location where Connor took you? 
Connor loved Palos Verdes Cove and came here growing up.
Describe the day? The black dress and shoes? 
“A week ago Connor asked if we could get breakfast in Palos Verdes with some good friends who were visiting California from out of town. Halfway along the hour long journey from southern Orange County, we received a text from our friends that they were running a bit late so Connor suggested that we walk along the cliffs until they were ready to eat. Completely oblivious as to what was about to take place, I agreed but complained about my feet (in heels) as we journeyed down the steep cliff edging the Pacific. As we were walking I noticed what looked like a small sign. When we neared I heard the notes of the song we first danced to years back on our first date. The sign read “Put on your old black dress and grab your dancing shoes”. There hanging on the sign was my favorite black dress and a pair of vans (my favorite kicks). Before I could say a word, I heard my name and turned to see my best friend, Holly Beth, from Charleston who I hadn’t seen in a year, headed down the hill towards us. I knew at that point what was happening and could barely breathe. Holly held up a towel while I changed into my dress. As I sat down, Connor began putting my shoes on. In the first shoe, I felt something in the toe. Connor pulled out the box, opened it and slid my grandmothers ring on my finger. The next thing I know we are dancing and I see my sisters headed down the hill towards us as well as more than 40 of our closest friends cheering from the top of the cliff. After many hugs and tears from my sisters we walked up to the top of the cliff to a perfectly set table.”
Who was in on the surprise? 
“I think everyone I know was in on the surprise. I found out Connor has been planning everything since he asked for my grandmothers ring back at the beginning of March. All of my family and friends were there and had helped out in making the day what it was!”
What was your favorite part of the day? 
“My favorite part of the day was eating with all my family and friends after the proposal. The long community setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean atop the most beautiful cliff. It was the most beautiful and awe-inspiring moment to be able to look around and feel so undeservingly loved and supported. I have the most incredible family and friends and most of all the Lord for creating it all to begin with.”
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Jessica + Jonathan | Private Estate


Being a San Diego native, Jessica was excited to see someone with a towel depicting the California flag also enjoying her apartment’s pool. “Are you from California?” Jessica asked. “No, but that towel is,” replied Jonathan. Of course this led to multiple conversations since they lived in the same complex that eventually led to an exchange of phone numbers. After a surprise beachside proposal, the pair agreed Jessica’s parents’ estate in Burleson, TX was the perfect place for their October wedding. Going for a timeless look, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed in black with pops of deep berry hues in the bouquets and boutonnieres. The bride was perfection in her lace dress from De Ma Fille, Chanel shoes, and delicate updo. Her elegant veil completed her look and was passed down from her sister. Holding an arrangement made of dahlia, hellebore, garden roses and hydrangea, Jessica met her groom in front of a pair of beautiful oaks. The two said their “I Do’s” and there was not a dry eye to be found.

From the twinkling lights above the dance floor to the gold chargers and romantic flowers, guests were immediately drawn to the reception space. Personal touches from the bride and groom could be seen everywhere – in the photo wrapped tree and the Star Wars themed cigar bar. After feasting on gourmet burgers and grilled cheese, family and friends could either head to the dance floor or hit up the photo booth.

Their elegant naked cake featured three flavors: Italian creme, strawberry, and chocolate. This made it impossible to chose and left many loved ones going back for seconds. Rather than a traditional send off, Jonathan and Jessica opted for a midnight toast and continued to dance the night away. One could not ask for a sweeter couple!

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