YMCA Beach Romance

The Couple

Analicia & Neeko’s wedding was a beautiful celebration filled with personal touches. The couple chose to tie the knot at Camp Surf in the beautiful town of Imperial Beach, California. The camp was dressed up in prettiness making it an incredible location for this amazing day. The venue was special to the couple because the mother of the bride worked at the camp for 20 years, the bride worked as a counselor and the bride’s parents live just across the street.


The Morning

The wedding day began at Pier South Resort for the ladies while the gentlemen prepared at the home of the bride’s parents.


The bride and her father were able to share a precious first look together prior to the couple’s first look at the family’s home! Then everyone enjoyed some family time before the festivities.


The Ceremony

Analicia arrived in style! She and her father entered the ceremony from a large vintage limo that kicked off the start of an amazing celebration.


The processional included family, friends, and the couple’s Officiant, Lauren, who has been Analicia’s best friend since kindergarten. The ceremony was intimate with the couple reading their own handwritten vows. The ceremony was stunning with the sun peeking through the clouds over the large lawn where the couple said their “I do’s”.


Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony, guests were ushered to the charming patio area adorned with romantic market lighting and a stunning view of the Pacific ocean. The belly bar tables were dressed with candles which complimented the patios romantic feel. The bar was curated from two wine barrels and a wooden door tabletop. A wheelbarrow filled with ice kept the drinks cold as guests poured their beverages into the cutest mason jars.  The cocktail hour included a great appetizer spread which included egg rolls that the guests loved! An outdoor fireplace helped to keep guests warm on the chilly, winter day.


The Design

Dinner was held inside the camp dining hall that was completely transformed for the wedding! It was styled with market lighting above as well as an array of floral and candles dressing the tables below.


The sweetheart table was adorned with a beautiful draped arch backdrop and lanterns arranged on the ground in front of the table.  A vintage rug was underneath the table and brought together the decorative floral, lanterns, and signage.



The guest tables were covered with greenery, bright floral in beautiful gold lanterns, and fresh fruit including persimmons and grapefruits.


The guestbook table was accented with a lovely vintage typewriter as well as signage created by one of the bridesmaids, Erika.  The seating chart was a door on which table assignments were hung among pictures of the couple – including pictures of them as children which were fun for guests to view.


The Dinner

Before guests left the patio were treated to an absolutely breathtaking sunset and the grand entrance kicked off the night to a fun start! The bridal party entered, creating a tunnel for the newlyweds to go through. Then, the couple snuck away as the bridal party rounded up all the guests to create a giant circle on the dance floor before the couple returned to do their first dance in the middle of all their friends and family.  It was perfectly choreographed!


After the first dance, guests enjoyed a full salad bar as well as, a hosted bar which included the signature drink “Something Blue,” a margarita with blue curaçao. During dinner, the couple greeted their tables while a slideshow played of childhood photos, couple photos and also, as a surprise –  photos of all of the guests! As dinner was wrapping up, the bride’s father and brother played their guitars as her father serenaded the couple. This was such a heartfelt and touching moment that had guests in tears. Following the performance, toasts were given by the Maid of Honor, Bridesmaid and Father Of The Bride. Toasts were concluded with a thank you from the groom which he delivered in FOUR different languages that guests spoke! Analicia danced with her father and Neeko danced with his mother to a song in Mandarin.  Then, the dance floor opened up for guests to enjoy!


The desserts for the reception were cupcakes and a cake made by the Maid of Honor’s aunt.  The florals on the cake were incredible and it was topped with a cute gold topper that said “yay”! There were also churros out on the patio being made to order which were a huge hit.



Analicia & Neeko LOVE coffee so they opted to give guests bags of coffee beans as favors which were displayed on a table by the fireplace with a cute sign that said “Love is Brewing”.


The couple’s grand exit began on the road leading out of the venue which was lined with guests on both sides to cheer the couple on as they hopped on a surrey bike. The surrey bike was decorated with floral and the classic just married sign on the back with tin cans jingling behind them as they drove off through the luminary-lit path into the night!


Thank you Analicia and Neeko for allowing us to come alongside for your incredible day!


Vendor Line Up:

Coordination: At Your Side Planning

Venue: YMCA Camp Surf

DJ: Dancing DJ Productions

Officiant: Lauren Collins

Photo: Mandi Lynn Photo

Florist: Tiny Victories

Caterer: Joseph Breedlove

Beauty: Roxy & Daniela- The Roxy Experience

Rentals: Platinum Event Rentals

Transportation: Vintage Limo


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