A Retro European Dinner Party Inspired Wedding At The Darlington House in La Jolla, CA

Today I am excited to share all the details from Aubrey and Brandon's wedding at the Darlington House in San Diego, CA. When I first talked to Aubrey, she told me that she wanted her wedding to feel like a European dinner party and wanted the theme to be 'Champagne.' That right there was my kind of bride! The kicker? She also wanted there to be a touch of a 70s disco party in there. I have to say, that combo was a first, but it was one of the many reasons I absolutely LOVED working with Aubrey and Brandon!

While this may have been a first, it truly embodied who Aubrey and Brandon were. As a couple, they loved to travel (and had taken many trips to Europe), appreciated good food and drink (aka. they were foodies!), loved spending time with family and had a weak spot for 60/70's music. I mean, their theme was spot on and creating a day that truly feels like our couples is exactly what we strive for.

When it came to pulling off Aubrey's aesthetic, she decided to keep the color pallet very neutral with lots of greens and whites, and then accented with hints of dusty blue and mustard. These colors truly embodied that elegant European vibe Aubrey loved and added a very subtle hint of retro.

On the wedding day, Aubrey looked absolutely breathtaking! Her long sleeve lace gown was perfect for a December wedding and was the perfect fit for her style and personality. And her bridesmaid's couldn't have complimented her any better than they did in their chic dusty blue dresses. And they, of course, started the day with an elegant champagne toast!


The wedding ceremony took place in the Darlington House's Egyptian Patio and Blooms Design House dressed it up by added a gorgeous floral arrangement to the iron gates and small arrangements with velvet ribbon down the aisle.

The entire wedding party looked incredibly chic standing above the fountain in their slightly mismatched dresses and classic black suits.

The ceremony itself was just perfect for Aubrey and Brandon. It had the right amount of fun, seriousness and readings, and Aubrey and Brandon were so excited to finally say 'I Do!'


After the ceremony ended, guests made their way to the Andeulsian Patio for the most amazing cheese and charcuterie board I have ever seen! And were guided to their seats by the most adorable vintage floral place card display. Each guest had their own personalized vase with an individual bloom. This perfectly set the tone for guest's to make their way to the reception space.

While guests were mixing and mingling at cocktail hour, Aubrey and Brandon were off taking adorable during sunset.


Once Aubrey and Brandon made it back from taking photos, we opened the doors to the reception space. The tented reception space perfectly embodied Aubrey and Brandon's vibe and was filled with wooden farm tables set with soft white runners, mismatched silver tea pots, pitchers and vessels filled with floral and glowing candle light. Each guest was then greeted with an elegant dinner menu, a gourmet Parisian macaroon favor, and elegant crystal glassware.

In order to pull in the 60's disco aesthetic, Aubrey hung a disco ball in the middle of the hanging floral installation and purchased a 'love shack' neon sign to go behind their head table. They call their house the 'love shack' and thought it would be the perfect sign to both include in their wedding and at their home afterwards.

While the decor played a big factor in the feel of the day, so did the food and beverage. Afterall, Aubrey and Brandon wanted it to feel like an intimate dinner party! During dinner, guests were given their choice of wine or champagne and indulged in a delicious plated meal by Coast Catering.

When it came time for dessert, Aubrey and Brandon didn't want cake. Instead, they opted for made to order leige waffles and mulled wine for guests. This was the perfect ending to their European dinner party inspired wedding.

The Team:

Venue: The Darlington House

Photographer: Jarrod J Photography

Catering: Coast Catering | Venissimo

Rentals: Platinum Event Rentals | Crown Rentals

Table Top Rentals: Hostess Haven

Floral: Blooms Design House

Beauty: Beauty By Stacey

DJ: DJ Matt Phipps

Photo booth: Indy Photo Booths

Hey There! My name is Ashley McHone and I am the owner of Always Flawless Productions. I started this little biz nearly 10 years ago and am here to share alllll my wedding planning knowledge with you! ;)

Here at Always Flawless, we are a team of planners who want you to have fun planning your wedding! We want this entire journey to be stress free and we want you to enjoy a flawless wedding day. Trust me when I say, we are here to make all of that happen.


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