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Ben & Tawny in the Orla Gown

Tawny and Ben exchanged vows in San Diego on a few Tuscan-style acres, the estate is Italian-inspired with lots of greenery and stone, setting the theme for their ceremony.

Bride and groom under floral archway

What is a Grace woman to you?

Someone who feels beautiful just as themselves and embraces a natural, ethereal and romantic version do themselves.

Bride wearing the Orla gown

Which Grace dress did you choose and how did you know it was ‘The One’?

I chose the Orla gown because it was elegant, flattering and contoured my growing body perfectly (I was 6 months pregnant when I married my husband!)

Bride and Groom holding hands
Floral arrangement under archway
Wedding ceremony layout
Bride sitting down next to Groom

Tell us about your experience when you found your dress, did you buy your wedding dress online or in one of our showrooms?

Showroom in San Diego with a small army of consultants who helped me with sizing, fit and alterations.

Orla Gown

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Bride walking down the aisle with family member
Bride looking in the mirror and holding baby bump

Where did you get married? Tell us about the location & style of your wedding day.

I got married at my family’s home in San Diego as it sits on a few Tuscan-style acres. Their estate is Italian-inspired with lots of greenery and stone.

Table layout at wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony aisle and floral bouquets lining the chairs
Wooden stool with wedding bouquet

What did you do for your first date?

Grabbed tacos and went off roading. We’re a very adventurous couple who love outdoors and adventure.

Bride and groom holding hands overlooking mountains
Bespoke wedding invitation

Did you DIY anything?

Absolutely not.

Bride in Orla gown and veil
Bride holding floral bouquet

The funniest moment on the day was or something that surprised you?

Everything was a surprise on my wedding day! Because I was expecting our first son together in the middle of our engagement, I had 2 wedding planners and a roster of vendors who took a few inspiration pics and turned my vision into a real life dream in just 7 weeks.

Reception table layout
Dinner table layout for guest
Blue and teal floral printed wedding cake
Bride and groom golding hands

Any last advice or words of wisdom that you can share with future Grace brides...

It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy. Embrace the gratitude around the occasion and lean into every moment.

Vendors

WEDDING DRESS: ORLA GOWN
GROOM'S OUTFIT: FRIAR'S TUX
Photographer: PAIGE NELSON PHOTOGRAPHY
VIDEOGRAPHER: WILD OAK
Venue: PRIVATE RESIDENCE
CATERING: COASTAL CATERING
WEDDING PLANNER: FAWN EVENTS; CANDACE AND LAURA