A Museum Setting Gave This Classic C.A. Wedding An Interesting Twist

Gina Caruso moved to San Diego with a bunch of college friends, and a few weeks later met a guy who also had a handful of buddies in the area. So the two groups started hanging out, and that’s how she met Craig Moore. Not long after, on September 18, 2010, the two went on their first date. Just shy of three years to the day, on September 7, 2013, they tied the knot (and celebrated their original anniversary on their honeymoon in the Maldives).
The big day took place at the San Diego Museum of Art, in Balboa Park, where they checked off everything on their venue wish list: outdoor and indoor spaces, the ability to have a band play the reception, and no early curfew. Working with Heather Balliet and the team at Amorology to design and plan the wedding, the fete took on a “Work of Heart” theme that played on Gina’s art education major, the nature of the location, and the couple’s love of color. Folding in details that were color-blocked and watercolored, with whimsical and bohemian touches, and lots of texture, the soiree was a memorable, one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
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Mini canvasses were painted with the basic details of the wedding, asking guests to save the date for the celebration. It was paired with a little easel and a petite paintbrush with a paper flag wrapped around it with further information. Packed into small boxes lined with patterned paper and sealed with custom address labels, the nontraditional stationery by The Invitation Factory gave guests a feeling of the upcoming art museum wedding.
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Amber Moon at Pitbulls and Posies dreamt up this custom suite (and the rest of the wedding’s paperie) which included a wooden cutout of a paint brush and an ikat pattern in the color palette of mint green, coral, teal, and gold. The interactive response card asked guests if they would be there to help the couple paint the town, and prompted them to color in their answers.

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“One of our best decisions for the wedding day was doing a first look,” Gina said. “This was beyond special for us and the suspense was killer! It was so amazing to get those special photos of the emotions that we were both feeling, and it gave us more time for more photos!”
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“I was in absolute awe when I saw my bouquet,” Gina said. “It was one of my favorite details of the entire wedding.” The loosely-structured clutch was composed of garden roses, astilbe, poppies, roses, andromeda, and dahlias, and made by Twigg Botanicals.
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Each of the three bridesmaids carried a slightly different bouquet. This one consisted of different colored roses, andromeda, wheat, and protea. Another girl held an arrangement of protea, roses, and purple astrantia. The final attendant carried a bouquet of lilac-hued dahlias, a variety of pink roses, and Andromeda.
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Craig sported a gray suit accessorized with a bow tie from the Tie Bar, Happy Socks, and Ferragamo shoes. His blushing bride selected the “Eternity” dress by Reem Acra, glittery Jimmy Choo wedges, a Renee Pawele veil and sash, and jewelry that was her “something old” and “something borrowed.”
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Groomsmen wore gray suits and bow ties, and bridesmaids dazzled in Donna Morgan dresses in an understated mint hue.

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An ombre aisle of rose petals anchored the ceremony in the sculpture garden, which was officiated by Derek Rice and customized to perfectly suit the couple.
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Craig’s sister read an excerpt from Captain Coreeli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, and the bride and groom exchanged vows they wrote themselves a few weeks prior. Standing in front of a canvas painting with the song title to one of their favorite songs, “So Happy Together” by The Turtles, it was a highly emotional and poignant service.
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An added bonus to the gradient of rose petals from the ceremony? The couple had fun tossing them up in the air for a few photos as newly-minted husband and wife.
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“You’re A Gem, You Color Our World” was cut out of plexiglass and hung on a wall in the middle of the seating display.
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As for the actual escort “cards”? Slices of agate festooned with gold sticker letters and table numbers were used to help guide guests to their seats. The collaborative installation, crafted by Pitbulls and Posies and Amorology, was lit up and served as a conversation piece well beyond the big day.
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Flowers: Twigg Botanicals; Videography: 618 Studios; Officiant: Derek Rice; Calligraphy: Wendy Ware; Reception Music: The Heroes; Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals; Classic Party Rentals; Hair and Makeup: Swell Beauty; Transportation: Palomar Limousine; [getaway car] Lance Haynes (858-560-5737).

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