The beaches of San Diego happen to be one of my favorite little spots on the planet. But viewed through the lens of Captured by Aimee, this Del Mar shoreline is taken to a whole new level of fabulous I didn’t even know existed. And it’s just the backdrop for a laid back, ultra-cool wedding like today’s feature. A gorgeous lace dress and ballet slippers, succulents and sand, love and late night popcorn – these are just a few of the many great combinations you’re about to cozy on up to. See more of the day right here!
From the Bride… Josh and I met in Pacific Beach on tax day in April of all days. My sister and I needed a night to catch up and wanted to play some pool so she took me to a pool hall where Josh and his buddies ended up at the table next to us. Josh grew up playing pool in New York with his dad so needless to say he got my attention and we played and pumped the old juxebox in the corner and talked life and politics. Josh is one of those people you can’t help but be either pulled towards or disengaged from. We instantly had a connection morally and we constantly had way too much fun together to ignore. The first year we were dating was a blur of fun and crazy milestones that tested our strength as people and made us stronger as friends and companions. Josh is truly my best friend, and I feel like he gives so much to my life I would never find in anyone else.
For our wedding I wanted everything earthy and natural. I feel like Josh and I are total beach bums at heart but we definitely wanted to keep to a clean, fresh and nature-minded theme that was as comfortable as it was classy. We both surf and so the beach was definitely high on our list for locations. We wanted to find something we could get about 100 people into without leaving our coast, but we figured the location would be far out of our budget. In the end, the Powerhouse was way less than we thought and it allowed me to do exactly what I wanted; have an incredible view where I could hear the waves while we said our vows, be inspired, pick all of my vendors and not be locked into any hotel contract or resort package. It was perfect. Friends said they saw a pod of dolphins jumping in the water behind us during our ceremony.
My dress was from a shop in Escondido, California called Bridals by Susanti. I never contemplated my wedding dress as a girl growing up but I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect dress to wear that day. It helped to know that Josh trusted and appreciated my style and would like it too. The floral arrangements were beyond my high expectations and Nicole Appelman did such an amazing job displaying my vision so perfectly. Succulents, seed pods, garden roses, peonies, and air flowers made up the bouquet. I was so impressed when I saw it. The different sized glass bottles and mason jars bought at random shops lined the aisle and hung from the trellis with big peonies, succulents and chamomile. The chuppah was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. It was so beautiful and I loved the light curtains that made it feel like a beautiful little room for Josh and I. The escort table was centered with two beautiful vintage windows with guests names written in white. We had touches of wood and moss and lots of lacey candles to bring the natural, vintage feel together. Table names were handmade photos of places Josh and I have both lived throughout our life. Everywhere from New York to Maui. Seating place cards were handmade from colored paper, rubber stamps, corks, wire and a lot of love. Because we were doing several traditional Jewish things in our ceremony, we also created a cheat-sheet for our guests to follow along with the different aspects of our day.
There are so many good memories from that day but some of my favorites were my son walking in with the “Here comes the bride” sign, my Dad’s speech which blew my mind, the beautiful Spanish guitar played by Dennis Bergstrom and the kick everyone got out of the mini Ben and Jerry’s and popcorn we had after dinner. I owe so much to my close friends and family who spent hours helping me cut circles and punch holes and print photos. I have the best people in my life and it’s just getting better! What a crazy, amazing day!
Wedding Photography: Captured by Aimee / Photo Assistant: Rachel McCauley / Venue: The Del Mar Powerhouse / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Makeup: Betsy Faust / Hair: Kelcy with Revolution Salon and Boutique / Floral Design, Chuppah and curtains: Nicole Appelman / Invitations: Vanessa Ottenbreit / Window Calligraphy: Nicole Appelman / Wedding Cake + Dessert: Renee Hirsh with The French Gourmet / Flamenco Guitar: Dennis Bergstrom / Traditional Ceremony peices: Hatikvah Fine Judaica / Challah Bread: Charlies Best Bread