John and I had an amazing wedding weekend, full of love and beautiful memories. From the ceremony to the Donut Bar donuts, every little detail was perfect. Although we kept our wedding very small and intimate, most of our guests were in town from New Jersey and New York, so our wedding celebration was more of a weekend event instead of just the “big day”.
Some of our family started arriving as early as the Tuesday before the wedding, so John and I spend a fun-filled week visiting with family, finalizing wedding details, and packing up for our own stay in the hotel, The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay. Thursday and Friday is when the majority of our guests began to fly in, and the celebration started commencing immediately. It was so fun walking around the hotel seeing friends and family lounging by the pool, hanging out in cabanas, or even drinking the bottles of wine we’d left in the rooms in the courtyard!
Friday was John’s bachelor party and my bachelorette, so that made for a fun start to the weekend. We kicked off both of our evenings with dinner, followed by a night on the town with our friends. John had a blast with his guys, while I had the BEST night with my girls!
Saturday the bridal party was up early, despite the prior night’s shenanigans, for a late morning wedding rehearsal at the wedding venue, The Garty Pavilion at the San Diego Rowing Club. We had a great time running through our wedding ceremony with our day-of-coordinator from Holly Kalkin Weddings, and all indulged in a delicious brunch at Prep Kitchen once we were done. The rehearsal dinner was later that evening right on the Mission Bay Boardwalk at Draft, and John’s parents did a phenomenal job of putting on a heck of a party! Mexican themed from the decor to dessert churros, it was cute, romantic, and picturesque.
Sunday morning the girls in the bridal party were up bright and early for hair, done by my talented and rock star of an aunt, Melanie of Blu Salon, and make-up by the fabulous Lipstick and Lustre! We headed to the Garty Pavilion once we were all done-up for the first look!
The first look was so exciting and romantic, as John saw me dressed up in white for the first time. We shared the special moment alone (with Shelly there to capture it), and then proceeded to take amazing photos with our wedding party!
At 4:30pm, our guests were seated and ready for the ceremony to commence! John and his groomsmen stood up at the front with my aunt, who was amazing enough to officiate our ceremony for us (she’s a rockstar- hair AND officiating!). After our bridesmaids walked down the isle, my brother and I made our way down, and Daniel was so honored to give me away to John. My aunt did a spectacular job on the ceremony, it took everything I had to keep from weeping up there, but I did witness a bunch of our guests struggling to limit the water works.
Our perfect ceremony was followed by an equally dreamy cocktail hour and reception, both of which took place overlooking the stunning Sail Bay. Our appetizers and dinner, meticulously prepared for us by The Abbey, was delicious to say the least. We served both salmon and steak with seasonal veggies and garlic mashed potatoes – I don’t think there was any food left on anyone’s plates when the meal was done!
As we danced the night away to DJ Tempoe’s amazing song selection, surrounded by our closest family and friends, I couldn’t help but think back on how amazing the whole weekend had been, and how blessed we were to have such a fun and supportive group sharing in our love. As the night closed out to Imagine Dragon’s I’m on Top of the World, John’s smiling face directly across from me, totally surrounded by everyone dancing and singing around us, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “It doesn’t get any better than this, I’m truly on top of the world.”
A huge thank you and shout out to our amazing photographer Shelly Anderson. I’m sure you’ll be as amazed by the below photos as we were, she completely blew us away! I apologize for the photo-heavy post, but there were SO many good ones, I couldn’t resist. And hey, you gotta give a girl credit, I whittled this bunch down from a whopping 2,000+ images!
For those of you interested in downloading photos to print, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org for a password to the private portfolio.