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Allison & Justin

In Del Mar, a romantic garden wedding proves there’s no place like home.

The happy couple

Introduced at a mutual friend’s party, Allison Beal and Justin Burnett knew something was different on their first date. “We went to dinner in Venice and closed down the restaurant,” she recalls. “So then we went to a bar and closed that down too!” Exactly 365 days later, Justin proposed at Post Ranch Inn. “I’ve waited long enough,” he told her. “I can’t wait another day.” Cue the collective sigh.

“We thought about going to big venues, but they all felt too corporate,” recalls Allison of the early stages of wedding preparation. “I’d always wanted to get married at home, and sitting in the garden with my mom and Justin one day, it hit us: Let’s get married here!” Her mother didn’t miss a beat. In rolled the bulldozers, up went a retaining wall and trellises, a new patio was laid, and 85 white-iceberg rose bushes were planted. “I think she saw it as an excuse to finally redo the backyard,” teases Allison.

Kidding aside, organizing a wedding is no small task, especially when you’re developing a new business and launching your first collection—Allison is the founder and CEO of L.A.-based clothing company StyleSaint. “I wanted a classic, elegant garden party but with a touch of the bohemian,” she explains. Formal touches included vintage gold-rimmed Champagne coupes and custom French linens, while the bridesmaids brought the bohemian touches with flowers in their hair and flowing ivory dresses. And—file this one under resourceful—Allison snapped up 1940s chandeliers from a nearby home that was being demolished. “Everything was custom,” she adds, right down to the caterers’ linen aprons. “I couldn’t have polyester—I’m in textiles!” she says with a smile.

When the big day arrived, Allison and Justin’s 200 guests were ushered to the rose garden as a soloist sang. Post-ceremony, guests moved to the patio for cocktails before an alfresco dinner on the lawn. “We had three open bars,” she says, laughing. “Let’s just say it turned into a full-on dance party.”

So with her collection launched and the wedding over, Allison, and Justin, a composer of Hollywood film scores, looked forward to “two weeks of doing nothing” in Thailand. Turns out, the couple can’t relax. Instead, they spent the honeymoon island-hopping, beginning their life together on a decidedly adventurous note.


Venue Bride’s family home
Catering The Wild Thyme Company
Day-Of Coordinator Before I Do Events
Florist Sweet Marie Designs
Stationery Smitten on Paper
Cake VG’s Bakery
Bride’s Gown Carol Hannah
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Hair Drybar
Veil Veiled Beauty
Hair Jewelry Paris by Deborah Moreland
Makeup The Gilded Brush
Lighting San Diego Events Lighting Company
Ceremony Music Dawn Mitschele
Reception Music Jordan Music Entertainment
Party Rentals Classic Party Rentals
Valet Preferred Valet Parking
Photo Assistant Ryan Johnson Photography