Jesus and Claudia were married in the historic Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Founded in 1769, this mission was the first one on the west coast and claimed to be the birthplace of Christianity in California. The modern building is a replica of architects best estimation of the design of what the original church was many years ago.
Jesus and Claudia had a gorgeous wedding with a welcoming message from the pastor, scripture readings from the bible, and beautiful hymns from the musicians. I couldn't help thinking of all the beautiful ceremonies that have been performed at this historic church and the great legacy that Jesus and Claudia can claim as part of the history from this church.
Claudia is perfect for Jesus because he brings a calming confidence to her when she is anxious. Likewise, Jesus loves to display his love for Claudia in little ways like gifts for her during busy times. Claudia is best friends with Jesus and they are excited to grow their relationship now that they are married!
The sun streamed through the palm branches above, and the canopy fluttered in the soft breeze as RB and Shannon took each other by the hand and tenderly pledged to love and be loved for the rest of their lives. These two had eyes only for each other as they said their vows. Surrounded by the love and affirmation of their family and friends, RB and Shannon tied the knot on a picture perfect San Diego day at Marina Village.
I think every couple's day is unique and filled with a meaning that they themselves instill in their moments. When I reflect back on RB and Shannon's powerful ceremony, the word I think of is hope. It was shining in their eyes, woven into their vows, and evident through every hug given to family and friends that day. It was prayed over them, wrapped around them, and evident to absolutely everyone in attendance- they were boldly facing the future together, with so much hope in their hearts.
RB and Shannon, we were humbled to share such a tender day with you. Thank you for letting us see your love for each other, and letting us be there to capture it for you. We hope you'll look back on this video as the beautiful beginning to a very long, happy adventure together.
This wedding was so full of awesome that we had to give it THREE posts! I'm so happy to share my reception favorites today! I can't help but smile when I look through these- the night was full of dancing and laughter.
This.first.dance. Incredible. Totally choreographed, totally graceful, totally Jana and Mark.
I loved that they did a dessert bar! There were so many wonderful homemade goodies for the guests to choose from. They were hovering close to the table all night ;)
Bryan absolutely loved this part. Mark decided he was going to cut his cake with a sword.
Then set the stage for some payback from his new wife.
The toasts were full of tears and laughter.
And their guests sent them off to their honeymoon in style!
Jana and Mark- thank you so much for letting us tag along with you on this incredible day. You two are so full of life and love for each other. Marriage has been an amazing adventure for us, and we know it will be for you guys as well. Happy trails :)
Bryan and Crystal
We're back with part 2 of Jana and Mark's amazing wedding day! And buckle up, because you're about to get hit with a major dose of details.
The reception hall was pure perfection. Jana and Mark handcrafted every element of the table settings: the centerpieces, the menus, the favors (homemade vanilla extract!), and even the beautiful burlap and lace table runners.
Outside, the ceremony space was waiting for guests to arrive. Jana had her hand lettered chalkboard signs ready to guide everyone to the right place.
Jana and Mark loved everything about their venue when they found it. But the blacktop at the ceremony site wasn't exactly what Jana had pictured, so she came up with the most BRILLIANT solution: a custom chalk aisle! Some amazingly talented high school art students made a custom design just for the two of them. I think this was one of my favorite details of the day!
Soon, the music began to play, and it was time to get hitched!
These guys were cracking me up! I loved the idea for this sister picture- one bride, one expectant mom, and one sassy single gal ;)
We loved their shoe picture from their engagement session so much that we had to do a companion piece from the wedding!
So much amazingness. And it's not even over yet! I have one final round of awesomeness to share with you all on Tuesday. Get ready to see their fun reception.
Happy Thursday, everyone!
We drove into the parking lot and gasped as the San Diego skyline appeared beyond the hedge edging the pavement. Bryan turned off the car, and the only thing I heard when I got out of the car was the gravel crunching under my feet and the birds singing in a nearby tree. What a perfect location, what a perfectly beautiful, sunny, San Diego day to get married!
Jana and Mark chose the Soledad Club in Pacific Beach as their wedding venue, and it was gorgeous. As Mark proudly told the guests later that evening at the reception, Jana poured her heart and soul into every beautiful detail that made their DIY wedding absolutely perfect. Everywhere we turned, Jana had a special detail waiting to be discovered.
Mark made these adorable solar mason jars to light the patio after the sunset.
Jana hand lettered beautiful chalkboards throughout the venue to direct their guests.
I got to spend the morning with Jana as she had her hair and makeup done in her suite.
Her dress was beautiful. I loved the vintage feel!
Jana and Mark opted to do a first look. We set Mark up in a tucked away corner of Kate Sessions Park, then lead Jana to him.
We have so much more to share on Thursday! Details all OVER the place... and the most amazing aisle I've ever seen. I can't wait to share!