Minted Real Weddings: olivia & brandon in monterey, california

The Couple

High school sweethearts Olivia Richards and Brandon Marshall tied the knot during an alfresco garden ceremony in Monterey, Calif., located about two hours south of their San Francisco home. For their bright and colorful celebration, the couple was inspired by their venue's Spanish-style architecture and chose a letterpressed wedding invitation ("Handmade Ornate Frame" by Katharine Watson) that features an intricate patterned design reminiscent of Spanish tilework. Here, Olivia shares their wedding story.

Their Story

bride and groom smiling at their wedding

How They Met

Brandon and I are high school sweethearts, we met through mutual friends during high school and began dating over 10 years ago.

The Proposal

Brandon proposed on Christmas morning in our apartment. After we opened the gifts we got for each other, he surprised me by proposing!

Wedding Venue

I found Memory Garden on a wedding-venue website and thought it was really cute and had a ton of potential, but the photos of other weddings I found didn’t really show a lot of the venue, so I wasn’t sure. I decided we should just go down to Monterey and check out the property in person. As soon as we got there, I fell in love with it and knew it was the one! I love its Spanish style architecture and garden vibes.

Wedding mood

The overall wedding aesthetic was bright, colorful, Spanish, and boho garden.

Color palette

I love lots of colors and flowers, so I pulled inspiration and our color palette from things I love. Our colors were dark and light blue, oranges, yellows, pinks, peach, and gold.

Custom jacket

My best friend surprised me at my bridal shower and told me she was hiring a local calligrapher, The Bright Line Studio, to do custom calligraphy on a denim jacket for me. I was so excited! I chose white denim as a fun alternative to a classic denim jacket—it felt more "bridal." And we had "Mrs. Marshall" lettered on the back. I wore the jacket for our grand entrance and most of the reception.

Wedding Venue
Minted Real Weddings: Olivia & Brandon
Minted Real Wedding: Olivia & Brandon

The Invitation

After looking at almost every single invitation online, I kept coming back to the blue, letterpress one ("Handmade Ornate Frame" by Katharine Watson) that really matched the aesthetic of our venue and was so unique!

Mix-and-match stationery

Rather than choosing an entire invitation suite that was all the same style, I chose different Details ("Pastoral" by Up Up Creative) and RSVP ("Bad Dancing" by Amy Payne) cards that complemented the invitation and our overall wedding colors. The blue, blush pink, and golden brown all tied in with our wedding colors and overall feel. I love the look of mix-and-matching cards together, rather than having the same design. I also changed the fonts on some of the cards so they looked more cohesive.

The ceremony

Our ceremony took place in a garden and I got to include some of my own potted plants from my garden in our wedding design which was so fun and sentimental. I love cacti and plants, so leading up to the wedding we got different cool plants from the nursery to incorporate into the ceremony space as well as the reception table arrangements.

Wedding advice

Hire a wedding planner. This is definitely the number one thing I always suggest to my couples, you will never regret hiring one! Another tip I would suggest is choose things you love. Throughout the entire planning process, I always chose things that I loved and felt very “us” rather than just choosing things that I thought every wedding should have.

Minted Real Wedding: Olivia & Brandon
Minted Real Weddings: Olivia & Brandon

Get the Look

Handmade Ornate Frame Letterpress Wedding Invitations
Letterpress Wedding Invitations

byKatharine Watson

Portland, ME

Handmade Ornate Frame Letterpress Rsvp Cards
Letterpress Rsvp Cards

byKatharine Watson

Portland, ME

Handmade Ornate Frame Letterpress Directions Cards
Letterpress Directions Cards

byKatharine Watson

Portland, ME

Handmade Ornate Frame Letterpress Thank You Cards
Letterpress Thank You Cards

byKatharine Watson

Portland, ME

Bad Dancing Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitations

byamy payne

olympia, WA

Bad Dancing Rsvp Cards
Rsvp Cards

byAmy Payne

Olympia, WA

Bad Dancing Directions Cards
Directions Cards

byAmy Payne

Olympia, WA

Bad Dancing Thank You Cards
Thank You Cards

byAmy Payne

Olympia, WA

Pastoral Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitations

byUp Up Creative

Rochester, NY

Pastoral Rsvp Cards
Rsvp Cards

byUp Up Creative

Rochester, NY

Pastoral Directions Cards
Directions Cards

byUp Up Creative

Rochester, NY

Pastoral Thank You Cards

byUp Up Creative

Brooklyn, NY

Refined Letterpress Save the Date Cards
Letterpress Save the Date Cards

bySarah Brown

Saint Joseph, MI

Garden Stroll Seating Charts
Seating Charts

byCreo Study

Mumbai, MH

Upper Block Table Numbers
Table Numbers

byLea Velasquez

honolulu, HI

Al Fresco Foil-Pressed Place Cards
Foil-Pressed Place Cards


Wicklow, IE

Wedding Details


Photography: The Poffs
Venue: Memory Garden, Monterey, CA
Planner: Bari Elexa Events
Florals: Freckled Floral
Stationery: Minted
Wedding dress: BHLDN
Jacket calligraphy: The Bright Line Studio
Makeup: Emma Peterson
Engagement ring: Trumpet & Horn
Wedding band: Gem Breakfast
Ring box: The Mrs Box
Bridesmaid dresses: Lulus
Ribbon: Party Crush Studio
Ties: Dazi
Catering: Classic Catering
Cakes: Sammy Cakes
DJ: Dart Collective
Linens: La Tavola
Rentals: Chic Event Rentals
Terracotta tiles: Tierra y Fuego

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