Not what they had originally planned,
but still an intimate & romantic wedding
Originally, Karla & Christian had planned to have their wedding in France, June 2021, but thanks to COVID, they had to postpone it. Obviously Karla was devastated since she was like most women who have dreamed of their weddings since they were little girls. Eventually she faced the reality that it was out of her control. So instead of just dwelling on all the things that went wrong, they decided to focus on their love and have a small civil ceremony with the people closest to their hearts and to keep their excitement alive for a church service/reception in France next summer (2022).
Christian’s sister is a survivor from the 2016 Brussels airport terrorist attack. From that accident, she lost both her legs below the knee at the young age of 17 and has not been able to stand up since then.
It was an incredible moment they experienced at their ceremony. She had worked so, so hard to wear an exoskeleton which allowed her to stand at their wedding and walk towards Karla with it while she got ready for the wedding as well as standing along side the family in most of the pictures. Karla thinks that made her cry more than the actual wedding!
Venue: La Valencia Hotel
Photographer: Lisa Riley Photography
Coordinator/ Florist: Elements of Style
Bridal Gown: Jana Ann Couture
Jewelry: Robbins Brothers; Tiffany & Co.
Bridal Beauty: HMH Beauty
Cake/ Dessert: Dulcet
Dog Wedding Cake: House of Fur Baby
Best Dogs: Penny & Simba
Penny’s Floral Wreath: Florencia Florals
Third time was charming for this micro-wedding at an intimate Spanish style casita.
Allison & Aaron found their venue when COVID caused them to go a different direction. Like many couples over the past year they rolled with it and came up with a plan B. But then again they had last minute cancellations due to COVID in February and had to try again. With a wedding date of April 10th they needed to find another venue and FAST. Allison searched airbnb and found a very cute Spanish casita named Villa Francesca. She reached out to see if the owner would allow a wedding. Luck would have it that they were just starting out trying to market the home as a wedding venue, but due to COVID had to pumped the breaks on promoting the space.
They got back to her so fast and said, “it was funny she had asked and yes, yes she could get married there!” She was so enthusiastic when they spoke, it gave them hope that they would still have the wedding of their dreams. Having downsized from 100 people Allison wanted to make their now 26 person wedding feel extra special, so they decided to splurge on the details and believes it was so worth it. With the help of her incredible wedding planner they were able to get married and created the most beautiful space. People are still telling them how beautiful their wedding was and how much fun they had.
Venue: Villa Francesca
Photographer: Laurie Ashley Photography
Coordinator: Always Flawless Productions
Florist: Moonlight Floral
Linens: La Tavola
Bridal Gown: Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory
Menswear: Friar Tux
Jewelry: The Diamond Daughters
Bridal Beauty: KC Witkamp
Catering: Coast Catering
Cake/ Dessert: Heritage Desserts
Invitations: Lonely Bones Paperie
Entertainment: Moses Lin
Videography: Leave of Timbre
Officiant: SoCal Wedding Officiant
Cozy Winter Wonderland Microwedding
Lindsey and Christian were set to be married March 21, 2020 after 2 years of planning their dream wedding. The flowers were ordered, the food count was in, and family & friends were getting ready to get on flights to come celebrate as they were to say “I do”. Then the whole world stopped. COVID put a sudden halt to the day we had been imagining for so long.
After two venue changes, and with the unknown of when large gatherings would be allowed again, they decided to proceed with a micro wedding in Lake Tahoe. They had 25 of their closest family members there as they exchanged their vows. It was an intimate, cozy winter wonderland, and although not what they had originally pictured for themselves, it ended up being more than they could have ever imagined.
COVID has been exceptionally difficult for California wedding vendors, but we have so many incredible vendors in San Diego that have been there for their couples trying to have a wedding during these difficult times. A perfect example is Savanna the make-up and hairstylist, Joe Cardillo and Iron & Fern all stuck with the bride throughout her 2 prior venue cancellations due to COVID restrictions that happened in the beginning. These vendors also decided to travel to the third venue for a micro wedding. The bride is also the niece of Prema from pbStyle Photography who was there for the couple and found it to be one of the most emotional weddings to edit in her career.
Venue & catering: The Chateau at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, NV
Photographer: pbSTYLE Photography
Florist: Wilderland Studio
Bridal Gown: Martina Liana Bridal Designs from The White Flower
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Jewelry: Honey Jewelry
Bridal Beauty: A Toast to Beauty
Cake: Happy Tiers
Entertainment: Joe Cardillo
Videography: Iron & Fern Film CO
Officiant: Justin Pena
Calligrapher / water color artist: Lavender and Sea
Fourth Time is a Charm!
Hannah and Nick had to reschedule their wedding 3 different times at 3 different venues, before finally being able to have their wedding. It was an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. Canceling their original plan for May 9th was definitely the hardest part since they had been planning their ‘perfect’ wedding for over a year and a half. Their original venue, didn’t supply anything but the room, so they had to personally hire all vendors and thought they had pulled together the perfect team for their wedding.
Planning a wedding under the best of circumstances can be stressful, then add in COVID and it definitely makes everything more stressful. Since there was no end to the shelter-in-place in the foreseeable future and it was completely out of their control, Hannah and Nick made the decision to cancel their original wedding date four weeks before the wedding. There were so many mixed emotions, they were thankful their family & and friends were healthy, but also so sad and disappointed after planning every detail for two years.
Then they moved their date to December 6, 2020 at the same venue reasoning that in seven months things should be getting back to normal. In August the venue informed them that they were not allowing any receptions due to COVID restrictions. So, they were forced to start the venue search all over again! They found an alternate venue, but had to settle on December 4th. Three weeks prior to their third wedding date the new venue cancelled the event due to additional restrictions being put on their business. Hannah and Nick were devastated once again.
They did not to give up and started yet another venue search! Their closest friends and family had already made accommodations for December 4th so they were determined to make it happen then. They were fortunate to find the San Diego Mission Bay Resort. They were available on December 4th and helped them plan their dream wedding in just three weeks! They feel eternally grateful to the San Diego Mission Bay Resort and everyone who made their wedding better than their original plans!
Their original guest count was 180 and they had to narrow it down to 60, with 55 guests actually at their wedding. Besides a much smaller guest list, due to the pandemic their were other things that they had to adjust for.
At the venue, everything had to be fully outdoors due to COVID restrictions. Guests had to wear masks during the ceremony and any time they were out of their seat at both ceremony and reception. There was no dancing or mingling allowed. All ceremony seats were spaced 6 feet apart. They had to group tables by family/household for the reception, ceremony, and rehearsal dinner. They had to create three different seating charts for all of those events. And of course, they had individual hand sanitizers at each seat as well.
Hannah’s advice for any brides planning or rescheduling their wedding during this time is to be patient, flexible, and grateful for the little things. It’s so easy to focus on things that may go wrong or may not go as planned, but a wedding is all about your love and commitment to each other–that’s all that ultimately matters. Be patient with venues, vendors, and guests since everyone’s situation is different. Be willing to make changes and adapt away from your ideal plans. Enjoy your time being engaged because that only happens once in your life and it’s a very special time! Even if hiccups or disasters happen along your wedding planning journey, you and your spouse will become stronger by getting through those tough times.
Venue: San Diego Mission Bay Resort
Photographer & Videographer: BE Studios
Coordinator: Holly Kalkin Weddings
Florist: Camellia Wedding Flowers
Bridal Gown: Stella York from The Bustle
Menswear: Ralph Lauren from Neiman Marcus
Jewelry: David & Sons Fine Jewelers
Bridal Beauty: Hair Art by Lily
Cake/ Dessert: Babycakes
Entertainment: Party People San Diego