Immaculata + Tom Hams Wedding: Wine, Romance, Family

I met Leslie in the fall of 2011 at a bridal event I was hosting. She was a good friend of our bride at the time, Michelle. Leslie was one of the sweetest brides I had the pleasure of helping this year. Leslie and Josh lived in Hawaii but were having their wedding in San Diego. Leslie traveled often to San Diego to plan the wedding and we always had a great time during our meet ups. Leslie and Josh are wine lovers, so we designed their wedding with wine as the focal point. This allowed for a rich color palette including hues of purple and burgundy which we incorporated into the attire, decor and, of course, drink!

On the day of the wedding Leslie and her entourage were prettied up by Leslie of Hair by Leslie Cole and Chandra of Makeup by Chanelle. Leslie looked radiant! The bridal party rode in style, arriving to the venue in an exquisite stretch limousine courtesy of Will Williams of A Leading Limo.  A Leading Limo has gorgeous limos, impeccable service, and are highly recommended by At Your Side Planning.

The venue,  Immaculata, is a breathtaking Catholic church on the campus of the University of San Diego. The ceremony included many sponsors who held key roles in the ceremony such as presenting the cord and veil as well as family members. A close friend filled the cathedral with the sound of the beautiful Ave Maria. Her best friend, Carla was her maid of honor. I loved how involved the children of the family were in the ceremony as well as the reception. There were coin bearers, ring bearers and even a bible bearer. Bob Hoffman Video and Photography captured every moment of the wedding.  The team was fantastic to work with; they were very focused, professional and on cue!

The guests traveled to Tom Hams Lighthouse for the dinner reception.  The room had a soft, romantic glow created by the centerpieces consisting of wine bottles with open bases which held an assortment of petite candles inside.

On each table was a mini chalkboard with the name of a wine handwritten delicately.

The seating chart was a large chalkboard with guests’ names handwritten and each escort card was held daintily with a wine cork. The guests signed an extra large wine bottle which the couple would enjoy a year later for their one year anniversary!

A very significant and touching moment in the evening was when the bride’s son took his role and said the blessing over the food for dinner. He was happy to have a part in the special day and did a terrific job.

The black and white photo booth  by Mobile Photobooth added a fun element of silliness to the emotional night and entertained the crowd all evening with an endless combination of fun and creative props and poses. Of course the men’s favorite prop was the paper mustache and the women loved the boas! The couple and guests alike will enjoy these moments in time captured by the photo booth to commemorate the exceptional day. What a great treat to walk away with!

CUPS created the enticing cupcake display with the cutest top tier brulee cake with beautiful vineyard vines wrapping around which the couple cut with a sword!

Thank you Leslie and Josh for allowing us to be part of your amazing day! We loved seeing you again Leslie at Carla’s wedding too. We wish you all the best in Hawaii and wherever else life leads you!

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