From the bride, Marissa:
The first night we met, Vince and I were just expecting to have a fun night out with friends and little did we know that God had a plan for us. After four years of dating and now one month of marriage, we are lucky to call each other a best friend, a teammate, and a soulmate. We are always there to lift each other up, challenge each other, and most of, have fun together!
First, we chose Paradise Point for our wedding venue because it meant so much to my mom and I as it represented the best family memories from our first trip to San Diego and joyous memories with my dad. Once we chose our venue, I had a Pintrest party nearly every night and I decided that we were looking towards an Italian family style, beachy, and a hint of whimsical theme. Vince and I wanted it to be a relaxed and intimate wedding so we had our ceremony in a cozy, outdoor location with tons of foliage and the reception was inside a ballroom facing Mission Bay. We wanted long, family style tables with garland and candles and we incorporated soft colors like blush, ivory, champagne, olive green, and gold for the florals and decor.
I wish that we had more time for DIY projects but we didn’t! Time just flew! We did create an advice board where guests could attach their sweet marriage advice for us. My good friend from Fern and Vine Floral Design created the signage for the ceremony entrance and for the ring bearer. One of my bridesmaids and I also had a blast crafting some of our own Photo Booth props by painting and bedazzling hand held props and writing fun phrases.
There were too many wonderful memories to count, but I have two special moments that stand out in my head! My first favorite moment was meeting Vince at the ceremony and holding his hand as we faced each other :) I felt like I was so excited and nervous and as soon as I held his hand all my nerves went away and it was pure bliss. My second favorite moment was after the wedding, we sat out on Mission Bay in beach chairs and relived every part of the day together! It was so nice to take some time time to soak it all in!
I think the most important advice is to be in the moment from the minute you wake up in the morning. I know everyone says this, but the day goes by so fast and it’s important live every moment as it comes. I strongly recommend hiring a wedding coordinator for the day of so that you can really relax the previous week and the day of knowing that someone else is monitoring the timeline, telling you where to go, and working with the vendors.
The processional song was “Sea Breezes” by Tyrone Wells and the recessional was “I’m on Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons. We went with less traditional songs that were more a reflection of us as couple :) Our first dance was “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles. My mom and I danced to “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood and it remixed into “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cindy Lauper — that was so fun! Vince and his mom danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts and that was super sweet.
I have to say, my favorite photo of the day was when Jason, our pastor, pronounced us husband and wife. The picture just radiates with so much joy and excitement and I smile every time I see it!
Venue: Paradise Point | Coordinator: Sweet Blossom Weddings | Photobooth: The Heartbooth | Florist: Franco’s Flowers | Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.
Entertainment: Tim Altbaum Productions | Hair/Make-up: Tiffany Monday | Gown Designer: Allure | Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
From the bride, Morgan:
Love at first sight doesn’t quite apply to us. We met while both being collegiate athletes. After me being persistent in pursuing him it took him a while to warm up to me. We dated for three and a half years before we got engaged. During that time we experienced highs and lows, the challenges we faced brought us closer together and for that we wouldn’t change a thing. God has been so faithful to us over the years, and were so grateful for this journey of life we have been able to embark on.
I don’t what you would call my style or where I got my inspiration from. I knew I wanted something sweet and romantic but with a unique twist. Robert was set on having blue suits for the men and I was set on the bridesmaid dresses I had found, so after we established that the rest fell into place. I would have to say overall we wanted it to have a traditional feel.
One special detail I was set on was having the tart bar at the reception. After the stress of figuring it all out I was so pleased with the end result! I wanted to have another kind of dessert besides wedding cake, I have a big sweet tooth! But I also didn’t want the candy bar or popcorn machine (My husband really wanted popcorn, luckily we had some made for the rehearsal dinner, comprise from before day 1:))
My favorite moment of the day was being up at the alter with my husband. I had so many emotions that were running through me the morning of, But once the doors of the church opened and my dad handed me off the rest was wonderful. I was lost in the moment with him and it truly felt like it was just us. It felt like the world had paused, and God was just showering us with blessings.
Advice: Do the least amount of DIY projects as possible! Trust me…I know what it is like to get lost in Pintrest! I did my best to keep my projects to a minimum and even so it felt like there still so much for me to do. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with tasks I couldn’t take on. I do have one other piece of advice…on the wedding night, when it is finally time to get some sleep, don’t forget your zzzquil! It was impossible to go to sleep, we just kept laughing and thinking about all the fun our reception was and how neat it was to see all our family!
Music was one of the hardest things for us to decide on! We love all kinds of music, which definitely did not help, but after a while it became so overwhelming! For the processional we had Divine Romance, by Phil Wickham and the Bridal entrance was Canon in D. We had two worship songs that were sung during the service they were 10,000 Reasons and Amazing Grace. Our recessional was Best of My Love, by the Emotions. And our first dance was Forever Like That, acoustic version by Ben Rector.
There were so many photos I loved! One of my favorites was when Robert and I saw each other for the first time. He had no idea what my dress or veil looked like. I love the picture where he is holding my veil and we’re laughing and smiling about how amazing it was to be all dressed up in that moment. My other favorite picture of he and I was taken right after the ceremony, we walked down the isle and headed right into the ready room. There was a picture taken of me hugging the matron of honor and Robert hugging the best man. It is the perfect picture to capture the emotion between the two of us, but more importantly it captured how amazing it was to share that moment with the people who are closest to us.
Ceremony Venue: First Pres Fresno | Reception Venue: The Downtown Club in Fresno, California | Catering: Clovis Catering | Florist: Simply Flowers