This couple wanted a kitsch retro wedding, very whimsical and special, and they chose the Madonna Inn, located in San Luis Obispo, California, as their wedding venue. Perfectly pink, kitsch and retro, it was also the ideal location for Chelsea and Tim’s whimsical celebration.
The couple wanted to create a weekend space where everyone could stay, hang out by the pool, dine at the restaurants and mingle with each other and get to share in the bizarre experience of staying in one of the 110 unique rooms. Guests who had never met would invite each other to check out the crazy rock shower, their shag-carpeted spiral staircase or the glitter wallpaper in their room; instant ice breaker.
The bride wore a dress made from vintage lace by Saldana Vintage with vintage hair pins and rings. They opted not to have a bridal party, and that was the biggest money saver. The guys looked at all of what goes into a traditional wedding and boiled it down to what actually felt meaningful/memorable to them, so they also eschewed bachelor/bachelorette parties, a wedding registry, being walked down the aisle and a ton of other things they felt didn’t suit them. The Madonna Inn provided all the food and the cake: a carrot cake, a German chocolate one and a pink champagne one. As the venue really didn’t need much in the way of extra decor, the bride, her sister and her mother-in-law collected vintage vases and candlesticks and created the simple flower arrangements. As the bride works in design, she also created all their stationery herself including using a wax seal as this was Tim’s only request!