Modern Marie Antoinette

Simone & Matt were married at the Historic Mission in San Diego.  Simone wore a Monique Lhuillier dress from and Christian Louboutin shoes.  After the ceremony all the guests headed over to the Prado restaurant at Balboa Park for an outdoor cocktail hour with hors d’ourves and live jazz.  Before entering the ballroom the couple entertained the guests with giant Bride and Groom pinatas which were attacked by kids and grownups alike.  There was no formal sit down dinner.  Instead guests were welcome to use the sushi bar and the mini kobe burger and fries bar.  Big band jazz and vocals entertained.  Later in the evening the band packed up and a DJ took over while a separate room was opened up with a taco bar and a ‘Tostitoes’ bar.
The inspiration for the our wedding came after I found my dress. Simone told me It is a Monique Lhuillier gown, but i found it at the Neiman Marcus outlet! My mom works for Neiman Marcus, so I got an even better discount too. It was the first and only dress i tried on. It fit me perfectly. The dress inspired my “Marie Antoinette but modern” theme that I wanted for the wedding. I wanted it to just be like a candle lit party with gold accents and ostrich feathers, something I imagined Marie Antoinette would have done. I also wanted my guests to have fun, so I made the food interactive, I had the photobooth, and the little bride and groom pinatas for everyone to have fun with. The food was all matt and my favorites, especially the tosti locos which are a mexican snack. 
Thanks to John, Simone & Matt for sharing

Credit: John Partridge Photography


  1. Sara

    Balboa park is one of my fave places in the world. So beautiful! Plus the shoes and the dress! AWESOME!

  2. ashley

    i know the shoes are louboutin.. but does anyone know where she actually purchased them from? been looking everywhere for them!

  3. simone

    thank you all for you comments! i bought the shoes at neiman marcus and i had my veil made special. 🙂

  4. Elizabeth

    I am in love with this dress. I can’t find it or some similar to it anywhere. Does anyone know the know of this amazing Monique gown, or maybe what season it’s from?


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