Wedding blogger Amanda Halbrook knew Timothy Dawbarn was her type when she first laid eyes on him at a party, but it would take more than a year, and a James Bond theme party, for the pair to move beyond friendship. After a decade of dating and a move out west, Tim proposed to Amanda on a Romantic trip to Italy. What followed was a retro-glam affair filled with DIY elements, a hint of espionage, and some Bond-worthy martinis.
As thank-yous to her bridesmaid crew, Amanda assembled gift boxes of themed goodies: custom polka-dotted fabric envelope clutches (with their names printed inside), matching bracelets from the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, embroidered hankies that read “For your tears of joy,” pink nail polish, and MOR Neroli Clementine soaps.
Tim, in a Versace suit, and Amanda, wearing a Jorge Manuel gown, posed at the entrance to Casa Romantica, the historic oceanfront estate in San Clemente, where they wed. “At first, I thought there was no way I was going to get married at a place called Casa Romantica,” Amanda says, “but it felt so exotic, like a mid-century jetsetter spot where James Bond would come to play a card game.”
Of the four cocktails served, the tomato-vodka-basil–based Italian Summer— a nod to the site where Tim proposed—was the most popular (below left). The other drinks riffed on old-school rum-based recipes and were served in vintage barware Amanda collected especially for the wedding.
Amanda not only made the cocktail napkins, coasters, matchbooks, and menus—she and Tim also came up with the menu’s contents. “We didn’t have a theme, we just picked things that sounded good and that we like to eat—kale salad with watermelon and chickpeas, farmer’s market avocado-and-carrot salad, shrimp skewers, grilled broccolini—and all the vegetables were sourced from local farms,” Amanda says.
Photography: Max Wanger
Location: Casa Romantica
Event Coordination: Bash, Please
Catering: 24 Carrots Catering and Events
Flowers: Honey and Poppies
Stationery: Designed by the bride; printed by Diversified Images
Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Groom's Suit: Versace
Transportation: Beverly Hills Rent-a-Car
Photo Booth: Smilebooth
Small Cakes: Porto’s Bakery
Cocktails and Bartending: Pharmacie
Linens: La Tavola
Hair, Makeup, and Manicure: Fiore Beauty
Flower Girl Dress: Weddington Way
Coasters: Designed by the bride; printed by Mama’s Sauce
Cocktail Napkins and Matches: Designed by the bride; printed by ForYourParty.com
Dinner Napkins: Designed by the bride; printed by Spoonflower
Lucite Diamond Favors: Charming Creation Manufacturing
Tassels: Michael Levine in L.A.
Fringe and Balloon Installations: Geronimo Balloons