This Rustic SoCal Wedding Defines Perfection

Photo: Courtesy of Jose Villa Photography/100 Layer Cake.
When someone from the event-design world gets married, we pour ourselves a fancy cocktail and prepare to have a little swooning session while going through every image and detail. Of course, when the photos are by Jose Villa and the wedding is Cortnie's — she's the talented planner and stylist behind The Venue Report and an admired name around our office — well, you just know it’s going to be a stunner.

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The wedding took place on a beach in San Diego, but wasn’t your typical sunny, California affair. In fact, Cortnie even hoped for a foggy, overcast day to create a unique and ethereal feel. With a huge storm warning on its way, she got what she wanted: The shipwrecked vibe — a washed-ashore, nautical, almost ghostly feel — came to life with the help of good friend and coordinator Carolyn Chen of The Special Day.