Carla called me three weeks before her wedding and she was just then starting to plan! I met Carla through a summer bride, Leslie. Carla was her maid of honor and it was a treat getting to know her! Carla was sweet, fun, and caring. Carla and Mark had been together for years and were inspired after Leslie’s wedding to plan their own. They had been engaged earlier in the year however never set the date. This wedding was going to be planned at high speed and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would meet Carla and Mark for lunch and we would brainstorm and create what would turn out to be the perfect wedding for them! The wedding was held at the spectacular and famous Hotel Del Coronado.
Three Ways Beautiful made the ladies even more gorgeous with their talented hair and makeup stylists. They were creative and one of the bridesmaids rocked the trendy “sock” updo made famous by Kim Kardashian. AS Photography captured the moments beautifully and were truly a pleasure to work with. Aaron with AS Photography had a calm, relaxing personality while capturing each moment with his own creativity flowing through! He had all the bridesmaids laughing in their pre-ceremony photos and provided all these amazing photos.
I worked with Maddy and her team at the Hotel Del and it was truly a pleasure the entire day. The service is fabulous and Maddy ensured the staff knew what to do to make this wedding extraordinary. What stood out the most were the moments approaching the ceremony when the Hotel Del staff ensured the walkway was clear and that tourists were not part of the wedding… and that the bride was truly in the moment and the center of everyone’s attention.
A good friend of the couple, Chaplain Feagle officiated. Chaplain Feagle made the ceremony fun, personal and lively. The couple lovingly created a wooden arch and it looked perfectly amazing against the bright blue and lively Pacific Ocean. The day was sunny and flawless for this wedding. Cocktail hour was also held on the lawn and the day was simply gorgeous. In keeping with the coastal theme, the couple set out a large surfboard and everyone had a blast signing it!
The guests entered the ballroom for dinner as the energetic mix of music spun by DJ Bryan Leon Guererro entertained from the start. Bryan was also Leslie’s DJ and a really great friend of many guests. Bryan knew exactly what to play for the crowd and had them dancing the night away.
A beautifully adorned shell and pearl cake was created by Amanda Owen, a friend of the groom’s family who had just moved to San Diego. The three tiered cake was colorful, delicately detailed with seashells, and went perfectly with their coastal wedding style. The first piece of cake was sliced with a sword Carla had specially made for Mark.
Carla, Mark, and their guests were surprised during the reception with some lively entertainment by their good friend’s son who wanted to give the gift of talent to the couple. He sang and danced to Michael Jackson, decked out with shades, a glove and a hat to match! The guests loved it and the bride and groom were all smiles watching his routine.
We got creative with the wedding favors and set up a photo corner that acted as the guestbook and favor area. When we talked about the favors, I recommend Polaroid cameras. Having guests take photos of each other then write a wish for the couple on the photo was a fun way to interact the guests, stay on theme, and create a unique guestbook for the couple to keep for years to come. Carla and Mark loved the idea and added to it by having a Hawaiian cut out board created as the prop! Two photos were taken and the guests got to take one home as their favor.
This lovely wedding was intimate and personal. Thank you to Carla and Mark for letting us share your beautiful day, we wish you all the happiness in the world!
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