To simply say that pair planned one heck of a party would be the understatement of the century. Because not only did their wedding include a dance down the aisle, but it also featured a flash mob. With Jana Williams Photography behind the lens and Love & You Video filming every Found Vintage Rentals vignette, we’ve got it all waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!
From The Bride…The most important part of our wedding was creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that focused on bringing two cultures together. For us, it was all about showcasing us as a couple and really paying attention to all the details. We wanted our guest to walk away with a truly unique experience that is now forever imprinted in their hearts and memories. Besides all the personalized details the most important part of the planning process was perfecting the day of timeline; I wanted to ensure the energy was at an all-time high throughout the whole night. With that said, we surprised our guests all night through various ways: a dance down the aisle, flash mob, and incorporating traditions that were exciting for both cultures to experience. Our guests were so curious to participate in all the Jewish and Danish traditions that we included in the wedding; from starting the wedding reception with the Hava Nagila to the Danish Waltz before the clock stroke twelve.
When I first started the wedding process, I was obsessed with finding the best of the best in terms of location and venue. My husband is from Denmark and I from New York; so finding the perfect location was job in itself. Being from two different parts of the world, we knew it was going to be destination wedding. Our first pick was Tuscany, we even went there to scout locations with our families. I had my heart set on Castello di Casole but the weekend we needed wasn’t available; all the other locations we scouted were beautiful but not at the same level. After I received the news, I was on a mission to find a luxe Mediterranean inspired resort state side which brought me to The Grand Del Mar, which is nestled in a canyon preserve in sunny San Diego. The Grand Del Mar exceeded everyone’s expectations; and the dedicated staff really put a magical touch to all our events that we hosted on property. From a Mexican theme pool party to a travel themed rehearsal dinner – the hotel has several event spaces so each event felt unique and intimate.
In terms of picking out the color theme and décor; the most important thing was to compliment the beauty of the location. I didn’t want anything to feel like it wasn’t meant to be. The wedding style was natural, chic, and romantic. I hired a florist that was a botanist by trade; she really was able to create an effortless look with lush greenery accented by a beige/pink tone flowers. The reception had a very romantic feel to it with a lot of candles; the whole room felt warm and inviting. One of my favorite details was the escort card structure we built; our florist created a hanging garden with ribbons and names cards. Guest loved it and interacted with the structure all night; from finding their names to taking pictures under it as it glowed through the night. Another fun detail, we hired a Photo Bus- which was a one of a kind vintage Photo Booth built right into 1960’s VW Buses and it was a big hit among the guests. People had so much fun using it with the props. All the pictures were then put in a book with notes from everyone.
My advice for future brides is the wedding should highlight you as a couple; your guest should walk into the room and feel like they are part of your life. Don’t get caught up on what “you’re supposed to do” – do what you want to do and to be honest you will enjoy the whole planning process even more. The day of the wedding, don’t get caught up in the small things focus on the making memories with your husband and guests!
Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Cinematography: Love & You Video | Event Planning: Details Details | Floral Design: Art With Nature | Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Hair: Carmen Tafoya | DJ: DJ Gar Gar | Band: West Coast Music | Officiant: Cantor Kathy Robbins | Venue: Fairmont Grand Del Mar | Chair Rentals: Abbey Party Rents | Childcare Services: Marion's Childcare | Draping + Lighting: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals | Goblets: Dish Wish | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: The Photo Bus | Tables: Farm Tables And More