Coast with the Most: Claire Mueller and Carson Riggan’s California Cool “I Do’s”

Claire Mueller & Carson Riggan
August 28, 2021

It was on their second date that Carson Riggan learned Claire Mueller was accident-prone—she spilled a drink all over someone’s leg. “My clumsiness persists today. This moment is something we reference often,” Claire laughs. In fact, due to said clumsiness, Claire had ankle surgery about a year into dating. But that’s when she figured out she wanted to marry Carson. “I couldn’t drive, and Carson would come pick me up every night after my business school class let out,” she says. “He would be blaring some ridiculous music to make me laugh after hobbling to the car on my crutches.” Two years after meeting, Carson surprised Claire with a rooftop proposal and dinner with friends and family.

Claire & Carson's I Do's

As for the wedding, it went off without a hitch—or any broken bones. They married on August 28, 2021, at the La Jolla Country Club in San Diego, the site of the couple’s first vacation with Claire’s family. “I love how La Jolla is laid-back and a little stuck in time. We wanted all of our friends and family to experience it,” she says. They treated their guests to three days of parties, a boat cruise, and a wedding night that ended in an epic dance party with not one, but two encores.

Take it Personal

Claire called on long-time best friend Katherine Jezek, a graphic designer by trade, to design about 30 pieces of personalized moments, from monogrammed towels for the boat cruise and custom flags for the putting green to custom-printed welcome boxes and koozies.

Claire & Carson's Stationary Design

The designer was called in early in the planning process to design the save-the-dates, and they worked together from there on out. “I like to think about weddings in the sense of a brand,” Katherine says. “Setting colors, design details, and a logo or monogram from day one helps to make sure everything is consistent throughout the entire weekend.” 

Guests: 250 

First Dance: “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac

Honeymoon: Big Island and Lanai, Hawaii


  • Ceremony/Reception Site

    La Jolla Country Club

  • Photographer

    John Cain Photography

  • Bridal Gown Designer (Gown & Veil)

    Peter Langner

  • Bridal Gown Designer (Bow)

    Lela Rose

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus

  • Hair

    Maitee Miles

  • Makeup

    Maitee Miles

  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Designer

    Fame & Partners

  • Flowers

    Kathleen Deery Design

  • Stationery

    Katherine Jezek Design

  • Cake

    Fab Cakes Design

  • Catering

    La Jolla Country Club

  • Music

    Everyday People

  • Music

    West Coast Music

  • Videographer

    Isabel Gonzalez

  • Wedding Rentals

    Kathleen Deery Design

  • Wedding Planner

    Easton Events

  • Wedding Designer

    Kathleen Deery Design

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