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Wedding White: Creating a Neutral Palette

Kristin Najarian wanted a “white” October reception when she married Quintan Cockerell. Not a big fan of color and loving neutrals, she asked for an all-white wonderland for her reception, held at the Terranea Resort (where Quintan proposed) on the ocean at Rancho Palos Verde, California.

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What she got was timeless wedding white — both classic and contemporary and definitely timeless. Platinum Weddings by Kerrie filled the reception with flowers galore and sleek, white contemporary furniture bathed in pale pink lighting to complement the bridesmaid dresses.

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wedding white
To tie the knot in front of their 150 guests, the couple was married in a very traditional Catholic ceremony at St. John Fisher Parish, Kristin’s childhood church which recently had been rebuilt. And by the same priest who had married the bride’s parents 29 years ago!

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wedding white

The reception was filled with white hydrangeas and orchids, the bride’s favorite, and set the mood for her special theme. Hydrangea centerpieces atop tall crystal and gold vases created an almost “snowball” effect in the room.

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Rembrandt, the evening’s entertainment, played Cinema for the newly-married couple’s first dance. It was the song Quintan played for her when he proposed.
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Of course, the wedding cake had to be simple, sleek and all white. Decorated with only a few white flowers, the squared shaped vanilla dessert was modern yet classic.

To surprise her groom, Kristin celebrated Quintan’s southern roots with a chocolate peanut butter groom cake (not pictured), complete with a chocolate Labrador retriever with a duck in his mouth! Quintan is a duck hunter from Texas, so this was a huge hit.

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To enhance the wintery effect, white damask linens were offset by crystal rimmed charger plates to hold white china. Crystal glasses and silver service added sparkle. Guests each received a mini-cupcake embossed with a “C” on top!

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A contemporary centerpiece highlighted Kristen’s favorite white flowers washed in pink hues for the place card table. Hung from white bark, this arrangement paid homage to the surroundings of the Terranea Resort.

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Contemporary white patio furniture, again bathed in pale pink, provided a cozy area for guests to chat, enjoy drinks and catch up.

Three Ways to Design with White From Kerrie Underhill

  • When designing an entire wedding around the color white, texture is your friend. Incorporating different textures (through florals, linens, furniture, etc) will serve to create visual interest where color usually does.
  • Working with shades of white (yes, there are shades!) is pretty much a given, as very few flowers come in true white — so this will help to add a bit of dimension while still having an overall white feel.
  • The non-décor elements will carry a little more weight with an all-white wedding, so give consideration to entertainment, culinary elements, and guest experience.

The Team
Coordinator:
Platinum Weddings by Kerrie – Kerrie Underhill
Ceremony Site and Music:
St. John Fisher Catholic Church – Jeanne Murphy
Reception Site and Catering:
Terranea Resort – Gina Knight
Photographer:
Jasmine Star Photography – Jasmine
Reception Entertainment:
Rembrandt – Doug Waitman
Florist:
Nisie’s Enchanted Florist – Nisie Vorchard
Bakery:
Vanilla Bake Shop – Yuko Ebina
Linens/Chairs:
Wildflower Linens – Marisol Marteja
Rental Furniture:
Hire Elegance – Stuart Simble
Chargers:
Classic Party Rentals – Elicia Magana
Chiavari Chairs/Dance Floor:
Chiavari Chair Rentals – Steven Sun
Lighting:
LSM Entertainment – Jason
Invitations:
Paper Plane Paperie – Emily Irwin
Transportation:
California Coastal Limousine – Chuck
Bridal Salon:
Monique Lhullier
Tuxedos:
Men’s Warehouse

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Carol McKibben has 35 years of experience in publishing, advertising /marketing /PR, writing /editing, education and as a business owner. She was President and co-founder of McKibben Communications from 1991until it was sold in 2001;and was Vice President/Publisher for a decade for Miramar Communications where she ran Special Events magazine and The Special Event. In 2008, Carol began a career in freelance writing and editing under the McKibben Consulting umbrella and is the published author of three books. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism, a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Publishers’ Certificate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Journalism.

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