From the Bride, Stephanie: Daniel and I spent 5 wonderful years dating before we became husband and wife. We grew closer together and in our relationship with the Lord through so many situations. I can truly and honestly say I have found my best friend and love of my life.
For the decor, I knew I wanted everything to be very soft & sophisticated. I chose blush, ivory and gold to be our wedding colors. The blush color felt effortlessly romantic, bringing just enough color to the subtle neutrals of the wedding decor. For the ceremony, I wanted it to be very intimate and personal. Our pastor did such a great job and we could feel God’s presence and all of the love and support that was surrounding us.
It was important to me to have details that would stand out to our guests so I took a lot of time to create & design a space I felt really matched our personalities. Creating all of the details was my favorite part of the planning process, I had so much fun! Having the seating chart in a large gold frame created a focal point around our guest book table & the hot pink flip-flops were SO fun, every single pair was taken and being used on the dance floor. All of the signs around the reception added the extra touch and I felt like it brought everything together nicely. My absolute favorite detail was the photobooth. The guests loved it and it turned out so cute. The blush sequin backdrop added just enough sparkle & the garland and props really provided a fun atmosphere for guests to enjoy.
Favorite moment: Hands down, no questions asked, our first dance. We had just walked back down the aisle as husband and wife and we were SO happy and had so much energy. It felt like our hearts were beating out of our chests. We were so excited to see all of our loved ones and celebrate with them! After we made our grand entrance, we went straight to the dance floor to start our first dance. I felt like it was just the two of us alone in that moment until Daniel lifted me up (insert: Dirty Dancing) and we heard all of our friends & family gasp! They were so surprised and everyone was so excited. I want to live in that moment forever! Planning a wedding is hard work and SO much time and effort go into it all of the details.
My best advice would be to let all of your plans and worries go on the day of your wedding. You have worked so hard and spent so much time that everything that can be done has already been done. Everyone always told me how fast the day would go by, but I can not believe how fast it truly went. Let your plans & worries go so you can soak up and enjoy every single last second of your special day, it truly is the best day of your life. I wish I could re-live it over and over again!
Daniel and I both agree that one of the best parts of our ceremony was when our Pastor told us to turn around and look at every single person who was sitting at our ceremony. Seeing all of our favorite people in one spot & how far most people had traveled to witness our marriage was truly overwhelming. Happiness overload. I highly recommend it!
Be appreciative- I can’t explain how much love, support and encouragement I felt not only on our wedding day, but leading up to it as well. Our wedding party/parents/in-laws were unreal, always wanting to help and hear about every detail. They were the best support systems for Daniel and I. We can’t explain how thankful we are for each and every one of them and how much love we have for them.
Processional songs: Family: “Canon in D Major” by Pachelbel Orchestra, Bridal Party: Angel- Jack Johnson, Bride/Father: Beautiful- Phil Wickham Communion: Always Forever- Phil Wickham | Recessional: You’re the best thing- Ray LaMontagne | First dance: Hey Pretty Girl- Kip Moore
Photography: We Heart Photography | Venue: The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe | Photobooth: The Heart Booth | Florist: Phyllis Hillier | Cake: Sweet Lydia’s Entertainment: Wayne Foster Band | Market Lighting: Raphaels | Hair/Make-up: Lucinda Teufel | Gown Designer: Wtoo (Watters) | Men’s Formalwear: The Clotherie Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: Michael Tiernan | Videographer: Bubba Durket
From Jessica, the bride:
Darrel and I met in collage where he was studying to become an athletic trainer and I was playing on the softball team. After numerous visits to the schools athletic training facility in my dirt and sweat covered uniform, we both recognized that there was something unique and special about the other. It wasn’t long after that we stared dating, fell in love, and started the adventure of a lifetime together.
My inspiration for our wedding came from Anthropologie, with a little less boho and a little more chic. Our wedding embraced the natural beauty of the venue with an added punch of color and sparkle. I wanted the design to look eclectic yet cohesive. One of my favorite touches to the wedding was having our ring bearer nephews walk doing the aisle with a teddy bear and baseball glove. The teddy bear signifying our love for animals, and the baseball glove signifying my background of playing softball and Darrel’s playing baseball.
Darrel and I chose to wait until the ceremony to see each other, however, it was important to us that we would be able to pray together prior to that moment. Therefore, we set up a prayer where we could hold hands and speak to each other on either sides of a door. It was such a special and calming moment for me to have my soon-to-be husband lead us in prayer as we embarked on this exciting lifelong journey together.
I always envisioned myself walking down the aisle to a soft, acoustic song with meaningful lyrics. Divine Romance by Phil Wickham came on while Darrel and I were driving together and we knew right away that it was the perfect processional song choice for our wedding. Our recessional song was Sweetest Thing by U2, a favorite band of Darrel’s. Our first dance song was the easiest wedding decision that we had to make, Everything by Michael Bublé. This has been ‘our’ song since the day we first started dating and has stuck with us ever since.
Coordinator: Rachel with Bliss Events | Venue: Rancho Valencia | Florist: Blush Botanicals | Cake: Sweet Lydias
Entertainment: Still Listening Productions | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals | Hair/Make-up: Audre Rene