We are LOVING this super cute and fun San Diego couple and their big day!
Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker October 02, 2019

Cute and Cheerful Handmade San Diego Wedding

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“Lindsay & JR were such a cheerful, cute couple. We adored Lindsay’s elegant white dress with a flowing train. Her bouquet of bold succulents and JR’s floral styled suit were a perfect match with the lush gardens of San Diego and vibrant backdrop of the Spanish Art Village as their charming reception space. With its colorful painted tiles and charming bright buildings, it was a perfect match to their energetic personalities. We especially loved the themes they used to personalize the day, including their photo/location table numbering, their very San Diego taco bar, and the joyful dancing under sparkly lights. So excited to share these uber colorful uber silly and uber awesome moments from this happy day.” –Let’s Frolic Together

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

We got engaged right before we moved abroad to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), so we ended up planning our entire wedding abroad. We had chosen our ceremony site online (it was adjacent to our reception, so we didn’t realize it was in airport flight path until after it was booked). The day of the wedding we decided to have our guests do the wave each time a plane flew by. There we were, under an arch of beautiful flowers, with our two best friends marrying us, in front of our closest family and friends after being abroad for over 10 months. A loud plane interrupts our ceremony and we all do the wave, erupt in laughter before continuing our vows. It was an unforgettable moment and in retrospect really represented us because we love traveling so much. The grooms favorite moment was when our family gathered around on the dance floor as both of our siblings did speeches. I won’t tell you who’s speech he enjoyed more!

What did you DIY for your wedding?

We wanted to have as many personal touches for our wedding as possible. We recorded a stop motion Save the Date with printed clipart and a story of of how coffee (bride) met bagel (groom), as we met on the dating app “Coffee Meets Bagel”.

A lot of video chats took place with family, friends and vendors as we were planning from abroad. My sister is a graphic designer so we worked together creating our wedding invitations, program, menus, seating chart and table numbers. We added various personal touches, our programs had a “coffee vs. bagel” quiz on it and our table numbers had pictures of all the different places we have traveled to.

We printed out photos to honor our parents weddings and in memory of our loved ones. We provided a game table displaying the bride’s dad’s collection for people to enjoy. We planted succulents in planters shaped in letters L + J as a focal point for our gift table and brought our own cake plates to give our desserts display an eclectic feel. As for my dress, I worked with a local designer, picking out the lace and fabric for the dress. I felt extremely lucky to be part of creating the aesthetic and design of my wedding dress. Finally, we made giant cut outs of our heads for the photo booth; how else can you be in multiple places at once!

Did you have a something old, new, borrowed or blue?

I did, and somehow it came together without any planning. I wore a few pieces of jewelry that my mom had worn at her wedding; my something old. Of course the something new was my wedding dress and shoes. My friend who was a huge part of my wedding dress shopping and design lent me her veil; my something borrowed. And finally my sapphire engagement ring was my something blue.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Every step of the process check in with yourself and make sure your wedding truly represents you: the bride and groom. It’s easy for your voice and perspective to get lost in all of the details and decisions. Also, don’t feel pressured to do “what you’re supposed to do”, we emitted a lot of traditional things for our wedding as we really wanted our day to be focused on celebrating with our friends and family. One regret we did have was not getting a videographer, since the day goes by so fast it would have been fun to re-live it all again with a video. Finally, if you can have an additional get together before or after, we had a pizza dinner the night before and it was such a blast being able to catch up with family and friends before the big day. -Lindsay, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Let's Frolic Together // Ceremony Venue: San Diego Courtyard // Reception Venue: Spanish Village Art Center // Wedding Coordinator: Love Marks the Spot // Florist: Petals by Katie // Invitations: Carrie Doung // DJ: DJ Leeds // Rentals: San Diego Party Rentals // Catering: San Diego Taco Company // Mobile Bar Service: On The Rox Mobile Bar // Photobooth: Treasured Photo Booth // Cake: Belwood Bakery // Cake Pops: San Diego Cake Pop Shop // Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth // Bride's Attire: Akou Fashion // Hair: Jenna Larae // Make-up: The Bridal Artist Agency // Bridesmaid Gifts: Portland Leather Goods // Save the Date Video: YouTube // Beer: Dead Oak Brewing Co. // Personalized Cooler Chair for Groomsmen's Gifts: RC Personalized Gifts