We all watched with bated breath as Desiree gave the final rose to Chris on season 9 of The Bachelorette. And today that TV-turned-real-life fairytale is coming full circle with a wedding that’s the stuff bridal dreams are made of. Chock-full of beautiful design moments by Sinclair & Moore and a custom-designed gown from Maggie Sottero, it’s a California winter wedding done oh-so-right, and all captured by Brandon Kidd and Perryfield Films. Pssst: scroll below for a Q&A with Des + your chance to win your own Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero creation!
SMP: CONGRATS ON YOUR WEDDING! TELL US ABOUT YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DAY.
DH: Thanks! We really wanted to make sure that our wedding day represented our personalities and would be a comfortable setting for all of our guests. Chris and I have similar taste so that made it easy to plan and decide on the details. The inspiration really stemmed from vintage details and natural elements. We wanted the wedding to be romantic and fun!
SMP: ANY WEDDING TRENDS YOU INCLUDED IN THE DESIGN?
DH: I would say that the style of bouquets and flowers that we chose are becoming a lot more popular with leafy greens and different textures, but overall we didn’t focus on the trends and went with what we liked the most to make sure that our day felt like us. Of the dresses??? Having worked with gowns for many years I knew that I wanted to create something unique and different from what I have seen but still with vintage elements. I just followed my heart in what I knew I would love to wear as a bride.
SMP: LOVE THE POP OF COLOR YOUR DONNA MORGAN BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES BROUGHT IN! HOW DID YOU SETTLE ON A PALETTE?
DH: Well, I actually went back and forth on the colors because I do love soft blushes and neutrals that are popular, but when it came down to the overall look of our wedding, a pop of color is more of our style. I liked the color of the bridesmaid dresses and so my florist and designer, Steve Moore, based everything else off of that. It really brought all of the details together.
SMP: AS A BRIDAL STYLIST AND DESIGNER, WHAT WAS IT LIKE DESIGNING YOUR OWN GOWN WITH MAGGIE SOTTERO?
DH: It was truly a dream come true to be able to work with such a wonderful company to bring my designs and ideas to life. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and am excited to now be able to share my designs with new brides! I hope you all love them as much as I do.
SMP: ANY DETAILS THAT MADE YOUR WEDDING OH-SO-YOU + CHRIS? ANY NODS TO THE BACHELORETTE?
DH: I feel that everything about the wedding was very us. From the fun dance party at the reception to the natural atmosphere of the chapel; the entire day was relaxed, romantic and everything we could have hoped for. The show definitely got a few nods in the best man and maid of honor speeches. There were some good laughs from a poem the best man wrote about the show.
SMP: ABSOLUTE FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE DAY?
DH: My favorite moment was definitely when I walked down the aisle and saw Chris for the first time that day. There’s so much joy and emotion in that moment that it’s hard to compare to anything else. Very special.
SMP: NOW THAT YOU AND CHRIS TIED THE KNOT, DOES IT FEEL LIKE YOUR EXPERIENCE AS THE BACHELORETTE HAS OFFICIALLY COME FULL CIRCLE?
DH: Oh yes! It seems like so long ago since Chris and I met on The Bachelorette but will forever be a part of our story that we are so grateful for. The circle is complete and now it’s on to the next chapter of our lives as a married couple!
SMP: ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW BRIDES?
DH: The best advice I can give is to not stress the small stuff…especially on your wedding day. Things don’t always go as smooth as you think they will but it always ends up being ok, and when you look back it will be the vows that meant the most, not the wrong shade of flowers or a late officiant. Also, try to take in every moment of your special day. It will go by fast and you’ll want to remember the 5 minutes alone with your new hubby or seeing the reception set up before guests get there. It’s your special day so enjoy every second!
Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Cinematography: Perryfield Films | Wedding Design + Floral Design: Sinclair & Moore Events | Event Planning + Coordination: Chic Celebrations | Production: Be Inspired PR | Wedding Dress: Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering:Redondo Beach Historic Library | Hair Stylist: Gold Comb Salon | Calligraphy: La Happy Design | Bride’s Jewelry: Desiree for KV BIjou | Bride’s Makeup Artist: Elyse Reneau | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry:Desiree for KV BIjou | Bridesmaids’ Makeup Artist: Allie Bengtsson | Coffee Bar: ONEHOPE Coffee | Desserts: Sweet and Saucy | Getting Ready Robe: Show me Your MuMu | Linens: La Tavola | Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals | Wedding Venue: Redondo Beach Historic Library | Wine + Champagne : ONEHOPE Wine | Hairpiece + Veil: Twigs And Honey