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Tom Ham's Lighthouse Wedding: Carly and Alex, Part One


Tom Ham's Lighthouse Wedding: Carly and Alex, Part One

When I think about Carly and Alex, I think of all of the build up towards the mini events prior to their wedding day as well as the build up for the big day! See, when Carly and I first spoke over the phone, we had to make plans to meet a few weeks later as we were both going on international vacations the following week. I already knew these two loved to adventure and the build up to meet to talk all things wedding (and talk about our trips!) made me so very excited.

For their engagement session, I remember sitting in my car, texting with Carly about different outfit combinations, knowing that I would later ask them how adventurous they wanted to get. I said, "Tell me if at any point you want me to stop" as I climbed large rocks and stepped into the ocean with shoes on at Sunset Cliffs with Carly and Alex saying, "Keep going! We are good!" I knew they would be in!

A few weeks prior to their wedding day, Carly and I spoke on the phone, talking honeymoon plans and gushing over photos of her dress that she had just texted me. The build up was only growing for their wedding day!

We began the day with each Carly and Alex getting ready with loved ones - Carly's niece was simply the cutest when putting Carly's shoes on for her - and Alex, completely touched by Carly's wedding gift was completely enchanted with her as she walked down the isle at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.

As the ceremony ended, Tom Ham's Lighthouse transformed to what Carly and Alex envisioned to have for their reception was completed: overlooking the water and Downtown San Diego, gorgeous pieces from Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals, beautiful florals from Blue Bell Florals, and careful coordination from Details, Darling brought the space together!

As their guests headed to the reception, Carly and Alex smiled on as they headed to the place and time we had all most built up: their portraits at Sunset Cliffs!

Part Two of Carly and Alex's traditional Greek orthodox wedding and Tom Ham's Lighthouse wedding reception will include all of their dreamy cliff side, ocean facing portraits! Stay tuned! - Evelyn!

Photography: Evelyn Molina Photography | Ceremony Location: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Location: Tom Ham's Lighthouse | Event Coordination: Details, Darling | Floral Design: Blue Bell Florals | Furniture Rental: Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals | Cake: Cathy Leonard Cakes | Dress: Pronovias found at Elle Bridal Boutique | Hair & Make up: Vow Studio 101 | Wedding Videography:  Dis Moi Oui Films


Coronado Wedding: Annie and Frank, Part Two


Coronado Wedding: Annie and Frank, Part Two

Annie and Frank's wish for a sunny, fall wedding was granted: their San Diego destination wedding with their ceremony and reception held a block from the Coronado beachside, and as seen in Part 1, was magical. With the ceremony complete, portraits ensued followed by an amazing reception.

Frank was a ridiculously happy groom, and why wouldn't he be? He just married his best friend.

Lola is family too, so she absolutely needed to be included in portraits. These three are the cutest!

Annie's veil: she worked it! 

Back at the house, they prepared for their grand entrance into their reception with a stroll down the winding staircase.

With speeches from Annie's Dad, the Main of Honor, and Best Man, Annie and Frank were all smiles and laughs even when some shed tears.

The Father-Daughter dance had both Annie and her Father in ear to ear smiles on the dance floor.

Annie and Frank sweetly cut their wedding cake and as soon as they concluded the cutting with a kiss, the dance floor opened and no one held back their dance moves!

At the end of the night, Annie and Frank wished their guests and sweet Coronado a very good night.

Annie and Frank: you are meant for each other. You are both kind, calm, and as you each said in your vows, you allow each other to be their own individual. I wish you two (and Lola, your dog) an eternity of happiness. - Evelyn

A very special thanks to the all of the vendors that helped make this day so fantastic!

Venue: Coronado Private Home / Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Marisol / Planner: Creative Affairs Inc. / Florals: Cherry Blossom Floral Design / Rentals: Event Party Rentals / Hair & Make-Up: Rare Birds / Photo: Evelyn Molina Photography


Coronado Wedding: Annie and Frank, Part One


Coronado Wedding: Annie and Frank, Part One

Annie and Frank first crossed paths at work, and after a lucky seven years of dating, Frank popped the question by taking Annie on a scavenger hunt within their home. Based in Denver, they wanted to wed in a place with almost gaurenteed sunshine in the fall located a stone's throw away from the beach. Boom! The idea of a San Diego destination wedding was born, with a stunning private home in Coronado serving as the ideal place for their ceremony and reception. The groom's only request: beachside portraits. Frank asked, Frank received!

The day began with something I love: things that sparkle. Champagne, beautiful jewelry, and the prettiest headpiece that slipped perfectly into Annie's do.

As Annie was given her last touches of make up...

...her bridesmaids looked on in amazement and approval as she transformed into a bride.

The girls moved to Coronado's Hotel Marisol to dress, where Annie took a moment to herself to soak in the day and moment. I have to say it: Annie, you're stunning!

And so, putting on her wedding dress began, included the placement of an stunning broach, and her Grandmother's earrings, her something borrowed.

Back at the venue, Frank and his groomsmen were in full preparation mode.

These gentleman were not playing around! They were quick to get suited up and were ready for this wedding!

Creative Affairs Inc. transformed this Coronado private home into the ideal San Diego wedding and reception venue with beautiful florals from Cherry Blossom Floral Design and rentals from San Diego based Event Party Rentals.

With the venue ready, guests having arrived, and Annie and her bridesmaids on their way from Hotel Marisol, Frank patiently sat and awaited for the ceremony to begin.

Annie's parents beamed as they walked down the isle with Annie and Frank's dog, Lola, in hand, while Frank's Mom gave her son a strong hug before he head up to the alter.

Accompanied by her Father, Annie walked down the isle as Frank looked on as if the clouds had parted and a ray of sunshine was peering through.

With all of their friends and family, including Lola, in attendance, Annie and Frank wed.

Their vows were both emotional, with Frank right there to wipe Annie's tears... well as downright hilarious, with both of them cracking up in laughter!

With a first kiss to seal the deal, Annie and Frank were pronounced husband and wife!

Because the only appropriate thing to do after getting married is toast!

Stay tuned for Part II of Annie and Frank's Coronado Wedding!

Venue: Coronado Private Home / Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Marisol / Planner: Creative Affairs Inc. / Florals: Cherry Blossom Floral Design / Rentals: Event Party RentalsHair & Make-Up: Rare Birds / Photo: Evelyn Molina Photography