It’s a crisp and golden autumn afternoon at the enchanting Prado Ballroom in Balboa Park, one of San Diego’s most beautiful treasures. The theme, to go with the season, is “Falling in Love”. Hues of cranberry and tangerine embellish the golden ballroom. Beautiful, breathtaking, and romantic, the wedding of Ceni and Steve was truly a pleasure.
We started planning and designing Ceni’s wedding earlier in the year. We created an autumn color palette of tangerine, cranberry and green with to go with the whimsical theme of “Falling in Love”. Since orange was the color of the year for 2012 and went perfectly with her fall wedding date, Ceni was thrilled to include the color.
Before we knew it the day was upon us and the bridal party was getting ready. As always, Al Torrico and his assistant Sandy of Torrico Photography were fantastic. They had the bridal party laughing and relaxed while getting beautified. Al’s calm demeanor and joking personality is always what a nervous bride loves. The backdrop of downtown San Diego was an amazing site for getting ready photos of the bridal party.
Ceni and Steve were married at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown San Diego before their reception at the exquisite Prado ballroom. The cathedral was brought to life with the beautiful sounds of cantor Michael Ruhl and harpist Masalo Stewart of Goldenruhl Music Productions.
Laura of Sweet Ribbon embellished the church with gorgeous manzanita trees adorned with delicate orange and red roses and tulips with green hydrangeas and lavished the space with candles. Laura is such a sweet and giving lady and we highly recommend her!
The ceremony was special on many levels. Family and friends took the role of holding the important items which included the pillows (for kneeling) and the coins. There are thirteen coins to symbolize Jesus and his 12 disciples. The groom gives these coins to his bride as a promise to provide for his family, and the bride in turn promises to trust him. The couple also lit a unity candle to symbolize becoming one and leaving their separate lives behind. Mariachi Real surprised the guests at the exit of the ceremony, waiting outside to play the moment the doors of the church opened! The Mariachis are one of the best in town and always have the guests enjoying their incredible lively music.
After the ceremony, the guests headed to the spectacular Prado ballroom for a fun filled cocktail hour with delectable hors d’oeuvres and continued to enjoy the sounds of Mariachi Real. For the ceremony, guests entered the majestic ballroom which had a romantic glow of amber lighting, tall gorgeous centerpieces, personalized decor and an magnificent stage with a DJ and band ready to get the party started!
San Diego Candy Buffet provided a delicious chocolate fountain station with goodies throughout the night for all. The guests loved dipping treats in the irresistible chocolate fountain! Flour Power designed a spectacular four tiered cake which had a splendid design of chocolate swirls and a burgundy ribbon. Sweet Ribbons provided the beautiful golden cake stand and surrounded the cake with romantic candles. The favors were bronze classic keys on a keychain and candles delicately placed at each guest setting.
Ceni and Steve entered into their first dance as a couple to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis Presley and it was such an amorous moment. One exceptional moment in the night occurred when Ceni’s daughter, Leslie, was compelled to give a toast to the happy couple. It was impromptu and touching.
Jukebox Productions did marvelous job at entertaining the guests with an impressive band and a very hip DJ with a immense plasma screen at the back of the stage. John with Jukebox Productions was a fantastic emcee and had the crowd cracking up. The guests had a blast dancing the night away to the delightful music mix of DJ and band!
Ceni and Steve had huge smiles on their face the entire reception and kept commenting on how perfect everything was. Thank you Ceni and Steve for allowing us to create the most immaculate wedding day! It was a blast and we wish you the best in life and all you do.