Today we have this gorgeous real wedding sent over by Melissa of I Do… Weddings! She says:
Jennifer and Jeremy were married last spring at the Coronado Marriott. I absolutely adore this wedding for a few reasons. First, Jennifer and Jeremy had an unwavering vision during the entire process. They worked together and made decisions as a team…every step of the way. When you meet them in person, you can see how absolutely perfect they are for each other. Jeremy is also a DJ, so it was really important that the music fit both their younger friends as well as their family. They wanted a beautiful, meaningful day with both romantic and modern touches…and they got it! Since the wedding took place in March, we were very concerned about weather leading up to the day. But, the sun shone bright right as Jennifer walked down the aisle, and we had a stupendous view of the San Diego downtown skyline for sunset. Jennifer and Jeremy are third in a line of couples that I have had a pleasure to work with. Each time I am at an event for this group of friends, I feel very blessed to have such great clients!
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From the bride:
My husband and I wanted our wedding to highlight our beautiful city of San Diego, provide an indoor/outdoor aspect, and plenty of opportunity to customize the space. With most of our guests traveling from out of town, it was also a priority to us that they would be able to relax, enjoy themselves, and not have to worry about transportation to and from the venue. This proved to be a challenge because we knew we wanted the convenience of a hotel venue but didn’t want a ballroom wedding.
We also wanted to include as many personal touches as possible so that our wedding really represented us as a couple. On our 1-year anniversary, my husband gave me a silver key necklace from Tiffany as a token of his love, so we decided to bring a key element into our wedding; on my bouquet, his boutonniere, and hanging from the branches of the manzanita branches of our centerpieces.
When we first visited the Coronado Island Marriott, we fell in love with its panoramic view of the downtown skyline at the edge of the water, and when we discovered we could have a tented reception, we knew we had found the perfect locale for our wedding.
Since both my dad and my step-dad played important roles in my life, I wanted them each to have their own special moments at my wedding. As a result, my dad and I were able to cherish his walking me down the aisle and giving me away, and my step-dad become ordained to officiate and marry us. I was grateful to be able to honor each of them in unique ways without them having to share.
With an amazing view as our backdrop, it was important that we define the space and add small details without taking away from the skyline beauty. We envisioned our style to be clean and modern, yet romantic and springy, so decided on the color palette of white and silver with pops of bright pink and pear green. For the ceremony lawn, we used a simple silver arch with white draping to frame the area, yet blend in with the buildings in the background, and beautiful pops of pink in the petals lining the aisle and the pomanders that hung from the chairs.
The reception tent was draped in white fabric and little twinkly lights with 3 chandeliers to give it some elegance. We kept the tables crisp and clean with white linens and silver Chiavari chairs, but again wanted pops of color to come from our floral arrangements.
Before the ceremony, we served Italian Bellinis (to honor my heritage) and Costa Rican beer (from our favorite vacation together) to set the tone for the rest of the event and make sure our guests were in the celebratory spirit! We used my late grandfather’s bocce ball set as an activity at the cocktail hour and enfolded the napkins with wraps that said “mangia”, which means “eat” in Italian. Our tables were named after places that were meaningful to us as a couple, with a brief description as to how, so that our guests felt even closer to our relationship.
While I was very decisive and had a clear vision when it came to how I wanted my wedding to look, we were also very concerned with how our guests would feel in attendance at our event. As lovers of music, we decided to hire an amazing saxophonist to play alongside the DJ during cocktail and dinner hours. The guests loved the jazzy, upbeat feel as much as we did! We also brought in a photo booth with fun props, which turned out to be hilarious both that night and as we look back on all the crazy photos! We wanted everyone to let loose, dance, have a blast, and feel the love that we share, and I could not be more thrilled to have accomplished everything we imagined.
Above and beyond everything else, we felt overwhelmed with excitement and happiness to be surrounded by the love and smiles coming from the faces of so many of our favorite people surrounding us as we made this commitment to begin our lives together… An experience and memory that is truly priceless. Our wedding was absolutely a dream come true and the best day of our lives!
Bride’s Dress: Victoria Nicole via Here Comes the Bride
Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Bride’s Jewlery: Nadri
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Florals and Coordination: I Do…Weddings!
Invitations and Table Names: Hello Dahlia
Napkin wraps, escort cards, and signs: Paper Bloom Studio
Cake: Flour Power
DJ: Absolute Event DJs
Saxophonist: Jason Whitmore
Videographer and Photo Booth: XOXO Wedding Studio
Photographer: True Photography
Linens, Dance Floor, Lounge Furniture: Concepts Event Design
Chairs: Chiavari Chair Rentals
Topiaries: San Diego Interior Foliage
Altar: Arc De Belle
Tent: The All Star Group
Hair: Jamie Vernon
Make-up: Ashley Lowe
Ceremony and Reception Location: Coronado Marriott