Alison & Eric
By Kristen Castillo
Photography By Sara France Photography
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
March 22, 2008
The popular saying, “Birds of a feather flock together” perfectly fits Alison Faulkner and Eric Robertson. The love birds exchanged their “I Do’s” at the San Diego Latter-day Saints Temple in La Jolla on March 22, 2008.
The couple met three years ago at a vintage clothing store when a mutual friend introduced them. They were friends before they started dating. Then in November 2007, after six months of dating, Eric proposed. “I definitely wanted to have a wedding branded with our personalities,” says the bride who chose a theme of love birds with a vintage touch. “I really love whimsical themes like nature and love.”
Alison’s engagement ring, which is an antique from the 1940’s, inspired her to incorporate a vintage feel into the wedding. Her cousin Tracy Green designed her gown: an ivory three-quarter sleeve, vintage-inspired dress with a high waisted tulle skirt, a silk and satin top, a sweetheart neckline, scoop back and vintage gold buttons down the sleeves.
The groom wore a brown suit, ivory shirt and a brown and gold tie. “He was thrilled he didn’t have to wear a tux,” says Alison.
“All the colors were edible,” says Alison. “Plum, mustard and chocolate.”
Bridesmaids, make that “birdsmaids,” wore plum colored retro styled dresses with a 1940’s look.
The wedding invitations, which were designed by Alison’s friend Chris Crosby, featured a photo of the couple in a giant birds nest they created themselves with twigs from their backyard.
The bird theme extended throughout the wedding. The maid of honor was known as the “bird of honor”; guests received packets of bird seed to shower the bride and groom; little nests that read “Love Tweet Love” were filled with chocolate eggs and placed at every place setting; live love birds were on display in a vintage gold cage; centerpieces were gold birdcages filled with flowers, candles and branches; and the organic cake had a nest on top with two satin love birds.
The mid-morning ceremony was intimate, as are most Mormon weddings. About fifty guests were in the temple for the vows. After the ceremony, one-hundred family and friends enjoyed lunch at the bride’s parents’ home in Rancho Sante Fe. The bride and groom took photos at an orange grove down the street from her parents’ home. An evening reception for 300 guests followed at the Inn at Rancho Sante Fe.
“I wanted the reception to be a party, feeling of love, excitement and fun,” says Alison. “It was so much fun. I was spoiled in every single way!”
The reception was a blast with lots of dancing, including a special dance choreographed by the groom for the wedding party. A black and white picture booth added more reception fun. “Guests made a scrapbook of a photo and wrote a note,” says Alison.
The couple honeymooned at Walt Disney World in Florida. “The weather was great,” says Alison. “We wanted somewhere warm.”
The love birds make their nest in Salt Lake City.
Ceremony Location - San Diego LDS La Jolla
Reception - The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Wedding Coordinator - Amorology
Photography - Sara France Photography
Florist - Twigg Botancials
Linens - Classic Party Rentals
Ceremony Music - New Standard Jazz
Reception Entertainment - Vox DJ's
Cake - Michelle Coulon Dessertier
Invitations - Chris Crosby Graphic Design
Dress - Tracy Green
Men’s Formalwear - Conde Tuxedo Warehouse
Transportation - Simply Elegant Limousines
Gown Preservation - Margaret's Cleaners