Go Inside Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Zach Ertz & Soccer Star Julie Johnston's Wedding

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Julie Johnston and Zach Ertz met in 2012 while attending a Stanford Cardinals baseball game. (Julie was studying at Santa Clara University at the time, while Zach was studying at Stanford.) The setting was fitting for the athletic pair, who both went on to pursue careers in professional sports. "He took me back to that stadium in February 2016 to ask me to marry him," Julie says of the proposal. Naturally, she said "yes."

While planning her wedding to the Philadelphia Eagles tight end, Julie (who plays for the United States Soccer Federation and National Women's Soccer League) was keen on throwing a celebration to remember. With the help of the couple's team of experts (including planner Kelsey Events), her vision was achieved. On the beautiful spring day of March 26, 2017, Julie and Zach wed in Santa Barbara, California, at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. The two tied the knot in front of a number of attendees, including members of their athletic teams, and, of course, their other friends and family members. Following the seaside ceremony (the venue sits on the Pacific Ocean), everyone headed to the reception tent, where they were met with a mix of classic and personalized details. "It was the perfect spot for our families and Zach always wanted a beach wedding," the bride says. "And Bacara is beautiful!"

Before their nuptials, Julie and Zach hosted a laid-back welcome party on the beach. Post-wedding, they celebrated into the night with an after-party featuring a DJ, pizza, and some of the couple's favorite candies. Not long after their big day was complete, the couple jetted off to Hawaii for their honeymoon. The bride also turned in her "Johnston" soccer uniforms for ones displaying her new last name, "Ertz."

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The Bridesmaids

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For her wedding dress, Julie chose a form-fitting lace gown by Katie May. Her bouquet was designed by Flowers by Cina, and featured roses and eucalyptus.

The bride dressed her bridesmaids in matching pink dresses—they carried floral arrangements that complemented hers.

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The Groomsmen

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Ertz stepped out in J. Hilburn menswear. He coordinated with his groomsmen, including fellow Philadelphia Eagle Trey Burton (second left).

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The couple's flower girl and ring bearer didn't put on typical attire. Instead, they donned kid-sized versions of the athletes' sports jerseys.

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The Ceremony

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Lanterns and white petals lined Julie and Zach's aisle. A flower-adorned ceremony structure stood above the altar, and the space was also decorated with arrangements including hydrangea, roses, and eucalyptus.

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The Reception

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The wedding's neutral color palette continued into the reception, which was held under a tent. White and green were incorporated into everything from the linens to the natural accents. To set the décor apart, unique light fixtures were adorned with foliage and strung above the seating area. "Being able to celebrate with all friends and family was the most memorable part of the day for me," Julie says.

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The Place Settings

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TPD Design House created Julie and Zach's stationery, including their simple menus, which sat on see-through plates. White buds spruced up the place settings.

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The Wedding Cake

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Lush flowers covered the bride and groom's white wedding cake, which boasted five towering tiers.

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Sporty Sips

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The sports references didn't end with the kids' jerseys. Celebrants sipped from creative cappuccinos with soccer balls, footballs, and the couple's names artfully displayed in the froth.

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Fun for All

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Like all good parties, everyone danced the night away. Overhead, a custom canopy of Edison bulbs (a love of Julie's), blooms, and greenery glowed. That detail was Julie's favorite of the night. "The installation was so beautiful and special. Everyone loved it!" she says.

Following the festivities, the newlyweds exited to a bubble send-off.

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Photography, BrittRene Photography

Location, Ritz-Carlton Bacara

Event Planning, Kelsey Events

Flowers, Flowers by Cina

Videography, Jake Becker

Officiant, Kyle Hoerner

Stationery, TPD Design House

Music, VIPs Entertainment

Rentals, Bella Vistas Designs;Classic Party Rentals; Found Vintage Rentals; La Tavola

Bride's gown, Katie May

Hair and makeup, Flawless Faces Beauty

Groom's attire, J. Hilburn

Lighting, Bella Vista Design

Photo booth, 805 Party Pix

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