Tucson couple weds in San Diego by the sea. One of their first getaway spots.
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A1: When we began the wedding planning process we decided that we wanted our special day to be true to who we are as a couple; simple, laid-back, quirky, and fun. Our color palette reflected our mutual favorite colors of grey and teal with random pops of other colors from the table centerpieces. There was no denying that the most beautiful colors of the evening came from the gorgeous sunset over the ocean and the wildflowers that surrounded the venue. If it is one word that we as a couple have never used to describe ourselves it would be “traditional” but we did write and deliver our own vows, share a private “first look” moment, and had our parents involved in a sand pouring ceremony to symbolize the joining of our families.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A2: When it came to decor, we really didn’t have a plan. We knew we wanted to have our ceremony outside with the ocean behind us. Inside the venue we just knew we wanted tables, chairs, and a dance floor. Luckily our wedding planner, Amy June, took it upon herself to make up for our lack of vision! She kept the decor simple and beautiful and made all of the centerpieces herself. She put together succulents, flowers from her home garden, and old books all of which included “love” in their titles. Each table was elegant, quirky, and personal. We were so grateful for her DIY talents and the TLC she put into every detail of our day.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A3: We decided not to order flowers or hire a florist for our special day. Neither of us felt flowers would be that important to us but our wedding planner had other ideas. She showed up the day-of with hand-picked wildflowers from her own garden, small succulents, and the most perfect quaint bundle of tiny flowers to be held as a bouquet down the isle. Although the day would still have been lovely without flowers, the fact that Amy included them in the subtle ways she did helped make the day that much more perfect.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A4: We asked our Aunt Kate to officiate our wedding. That made our ceremony feel extremely personal and comfortable. We kept the ceremony short and sweet full of jokes and laughter. We also had our favorite foods included on our big day: a yummy taco bar with all the fixings and jumbo chocolate covered strawberries instead of a wedding cake. Instead of a DJ we made playlists of our favorite songs and let our friends and family take turns playing DJ on the dance floor. We also had a dear friend and musician play and sing acoustically as we walked down the isle to one another and for our first dance. Some of our favorite parts and moments of our wedding were the genuine, funny and sentimental toasts from our family and friends. The taco bar was delicious and fun and because of a mix up at the restaurant we received triple the amount of food than we expected. We ended up feeding the entire lifeguard staff working at the venue the next day with the leftovers from our wedding!After the ceremony, when the guests were starting their happy hour, we were able to take a few minutes to ourselves away from the party and just be with one another in our first special minutes of being wife and wife. We LOVED those few minutes of quiet. We also have to admit that we loved the few “mishaps” that took place that day like the fire alarm being pulled by our little cousin, or a half naked man walking through just as one of us was beginning to walk down the isle to the other. These moments made us laugh and smile and stay present with one another.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A5: I (Jennie) decided to wear a dress and to keep the dress a secret from my wife. I only looked in a few different stores before finding “the one.” The associate helping me asked me what I was looking for and my answer was “I want me in dress form.” She came back with 3 dresses and that was that. It was love at first sight. I ( Christina) wanted to wear a suit and I wanted to pick it our together. The most important parts of my outfit were my vest and my shoes. I chose those pieces before anything else. The day before our wedding we exchanged gifts to one another and Jennie had gotten me a pocket watch with a photo of my father and I inside. It was the most special gift I had ever been given. It completed my look perfectly. It also allowed my father to walk me down the isle even though he had passed away fifteen years earlier.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A6: I (Jennie) knew I was going to marry her the night of our first date. The proposals didn’t actually come until about a year later though. We each proposed to one another at separate times and each was just as surprised as the other. Christina got all of my coworkers, my boss, and some friends involved in the most elaborate and romantic plan and wrote out the most beautiful proposal to me. She showed up at my job with the ring of my dreams and asked me to marry her.Jennie was able to sneak away with my mom when she was visiting from California and together they picked out an engagement ring. That Thanksgiving, with all of my family watching, Jennie proposed and asked “will you marry me too?” She didn’t want me to miss out of being proposed to and my entire family was able to be a part of it too.
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A7: Definitely our “first look” moment. We were both so nervous and giddy, and excited. Our photographer Eder was able to capture all of those emotions in the photos he took and we are so thankful we have those memories captures because it was such a special part of our day. The feeling of seeing your soon to be spouse for the first time just before you say “I do” is one that can’t really be described.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A8: Even if you are having the smallest and simplest of weddings hire a wedding planner and photographer that you love and trust! The amount of help, stress relief, and life-long memories they provided and captured literally could not be measured. Stay true to yourselves as a couple. Remember this is YOUR day. Surround yourselves only with the people you want to share your day with. Sleep the night before. Eat the day of. Celebrate all days after.