The Tea Ceremony
Mike and Charlene began their wedding day with their bridal party at their gorgeous venue, La Jolla Shores Hotel. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and perfect for their celebration!
The couple dressed in traditional Chinese attire and shared a tea ceremony shared with their family members. This ceremony was important for the couple to show gratitude to their parents and was a special start to their day.
The wedding ceremony was held on the garden patio, which was adorned with an arch from Cedar and Pine and an abundance of greenery designed by Petals by Katie.
The couple wore traditional wedding attire for this ceremony and looked fabulous! Charlene and her father entered into the ceremony with the song “Can’t Help Falling in Love” from the movie, Crazy Rich Asians.
Wedding guests signed into the polaroid station book.
Charlene’s father gave her away to Mike, without any words spoken which was pretty unique. The ceremony included the couple’s love story, their own vows and a water baptism of their hands together.
Mike and Charlene took photos with all of their wedding guests and then spent some time alone together on the beach for sunset photos!
Reception & Dinner
The cocktail hour and dinner were on the Shores Patio which had an amazing backdrop of La Jolla beach. The wedding guests were able to enjoy a stunning California sunset.
Mike and Charlene displayed polaroid photos of each guest on a table seating chart. When guests found their photo, they found their seat!
Charlene changed into her second dress which was perfect for the couple’s first dance on the patio. It was a swing dance that was a surprise for all.
Fun & Unique Stuff
Extreme DJ played a special playlist created by the couple. Guests had such a great time dancing in the La Jolla Room.
The couple and especially the bride loves watermelon. They believe it is more challenging to cut a watermelon together than a cake and that symbolizes their readiness for life’s challenges.
The couple showed a slideshow of memories for the guests. The bride also had a surprise slideshow set up for the groom with messages from his family and friends that could not make the wedding event which was super special!
Greenery floral runners with succulents from Petals by Katie and gold decor dressed up the tables.
Adorable tea favors for the wedding guests were placed at the place settings.
The Send Off!
Guests had a blast all night celebrating this wonderful couple. The sparklers send off on the beach completed the night!
Thank you Mike and Charlene for allowing At Your Side Planning to coordinate your wedding day.
Coordination: At Your Side Planning
Music: Extreme DJ
Officiant: Pastor Mark Bray
Photo: Walter Wilson Studios
Videographer: John B. Productions, Inc.
Florist: Petals by Katie
Rentals: Cedar & Pine