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Lauren Tacoma & LT. Bryan Reed

October 8, 2016 | Ceremony: The Village Church, Rancho Santa Fe | Reception: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Lauren, in a Monique Lhuillier gown, and Bryan, in his U.S. Navy dinner dress uniform, after saying “I do.” 

Flower girl Natalie Reid wore an angelic crown by Larrissa Rehder of Inviting Occasion. 

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa catered the event and served blueberry mojitos and La Piñata beverages with pineapple, mezcal and lime. 

The couple’s design scheme included navy blue and white stripes with elegant pops of gold and pink. 

After exchanging vows at The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe, the party headed to Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa for dinner—braised beef short ribs and Mero sea bass—and a reception which featured a band, acoustic musician and DJ. Larrissa Rehder of Inviting Occasion decked out the scene with stunning pink florals. 

THE COUPLE It started—and ended—with wedding bells. Lt. Bryan Reed caught the eye of Lauren Tacoma while her high school best friend married his brother. The two were the only single members of the wedding parties, and after Bryan lovingly roasted his brother at the rehearsal dinner, Lauren was smitten. Four long-distance years later, the duo headed down the aisle themselves.

THE PARTY “The main thing Bryan and I kept repeating to ourselves was that we just wanted everyone to have fun,” says Lauren. The couple’s goal came true at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, where cotton-candy skies set the backdrop for a delectable feast, followed by lots of dancing: Lauren even wore Nike wedge high-tops to the reception. N’Demand band had everyone out of their seats and grooving, but, true to the wedding’s SoCal roots, the grand finale came with late-night In-N-Out burgers and fries.

THE HONEYMOON After being whisked away in a 1941 Packard Convertible, the newlyweds headed south for a Mexican vacation in Cabo San Lucas’ One & Only Palmilla.

Wedding Planner Merilee Hennings, EverAfter Events
Bride’s Gown Monique Lhuillier, Saks Fifth Avenue, South Coast Plaza
Bride’s Shoes Manolo Blahnik, Nordstrom, Fashion Valley
Bride’s Jewelry Earrings: Nadri; Reception Headwrap: Jennifer Behr; both at Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hair: Wendy McGill, JDM Salon, La Mesa; Makeup: Sara Stewart, Sara Mascara
Groom’s Suit U. S. Navy dinner dress uniform
Groom’s Watch Custom Bremont Navy C-2 Greyhound
Rings Hers: David S. Diamonds; His: David Yurman, Ben Bridge, San Diego
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Lacey, Parker styles, both by Joanna August, Bella Bridesmaids,
Newport Beach
Groomsmen’s Tuxes U.S. Navy and Marine dinner dress uniforms; Peak Lapel Tuxedos, The Black Tux, Santa Monica
Cake Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., San Diego