Photographer: We Heart Photography | Coordinator: CBS Lifestylist | Venue: The Lodge at Torrey Pines | Florist: Franco’s Flowers | Photobooth: The Heartbooth
From the groom, Samuel:
Our love story is one to be remembered for God wrote it before we were even born. We met at Saint Martins University in 2011where we established a friendship and our love story began. We remained in touch through mutual friends until we reconnected in the fall of 2013 following two separate but similar vacations to Italy. Aubrey was the first to reach out to “talk about our trip”;because we found out that we had gelato at the same place in Milan, so I asked her out on a date. Our first date was memorable, but the most memorable date was our second date, two days after our first. After spending the evening at dinner and on campus at Saint Martin’s, I was walking Aubrey back to her dorm when she stopped to show me her new yellow bike. She got on her bike and began to ride it around. As she followed the path around a tree, I heard the words “That’s your wife.” It was God; sharing part of His grand plan with me. Little did I know that our love story was still in its infancy, and that God still had plans for us to grow and flourish separately before completely bringing us together. We finally ended up dating in the summer and getting engaged exactly one year after God said “That’s your wife”. Then, two years to the day after our very first date, we got married on September 12, 2015. Our wedding was the best day of our lives on many levels. It was the day we made a covenant with God to be husband and wife until death does us part. It was also a confirmation of God’s presence in our lives. The most special part of our love story is the way Christ was so present the whole way. When I kissed Aubrey to make her my wife, it brought to life what God told me two years ago and had planned since before we were born. Experiencing God’s promise has strengthened both of our faith; it helped us trust God with our whole lives. Aubrey and I have a firm belief that God called us together to do what we could not do as individuals. As we live our life, we continue to live our love story everyday as we serve an active, present God. While we may not always get answers as simple as “That’s your wife,” we can rest in the confidence that God is our supporter, encourager, and ever-present help. The love and presence of Christ in our marriage is the perfect example of how Aubrey and I are to be as spouses.
From the bride, Brittany:
We met when I was 15 and Jordan was 16. We were high school sweethearts and each other’s first love. After seven years of dating he proposed on the Love Lock Bridge in Paris on the trip of a lifetime. Now eight years later we are almost two months into our marriage and we could not feel more blessed to go through life as best friends and soulmates!
My vision for our wedding day was timeless romance. We had a stunning ocean view as our backdrop and we didn’t want the colors or details from our wedding to over power that view. We wanted all the details to be soft, whimsical, and elegant but still have some flare! We chose blush and ivory as our colors and then incorporated dripping crystals and metallic silver accents to get some flare.
Special Touches: We incorporated something special from Jordan’s maternal great grandmother into my bouquet and his boutonniere. We pinned her broche onto the handle of my bouquet and a pearl charm from one of her necklaces on Jordan’s boutonniere. We didn’t have a lot of time for DIY projects but the ones we did were the escort cards & display, the meal indicator cards and card box.
Favorite Moment: Definitely the first touch! I was feeling so many different emotions (anxious, nervous, excitement) during the getting ready process that morning. Then the moment I held Jordan’s hand I became completely calm and more excited than ever to marry him.
Advice: It is never too early to start planning! I had friends who said they went crazy the month leading up to their weddings because there are so many last minute things you don’t realize you need to do. I was ahead of the game throughout my wedding planning process so I didn’t have that chaotic month before the wedding. It was nice to relax, spend time with friends and family, and take in every moment of the events leading up to the wedding! Also, the best advice we took from family and friends was not to leave for our honeymoon the morning after the wedding. You do not realize how exhausted you are going to be after the wedding. It was so special to have that day after the wedding to just relax and talk to each other about every moment of our special day. We even started opening some of our presents before we left for our honeymoon the following day!
Musical Choices: Processional of WP: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri | Processional of Bride: Marry Me by Train | Recessional: I’m Yours by Jason Mraz | First Dance: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran | Father/Daughter: My Little Girl by Tim McGraw | Mother/Son: My Wish by Rascal Flatts
My favorite photo from that day is the one where you see me walking down the aisle towards Jordan and you see his reaction when he sees me for the first time. That photo gives me butterflies. I love it. We did a first touch instead of a first look before the ceremony so we would have that special moment of seeing each other for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. To have that moment captured is amazing!