When my husband, Shaun, and I met, he was living in San Diego while I was in San Francisco. Shaun made a trip up to San Francisco two months after we were introduced, where we met in person at a restaurant called Betelnut in San Francisco. We chatted over delicious Malaysian food and Sapporos, and it felt like we had known each other for years.
We dated for several months before discussing our future together, which is when we both agreed it would be fun and romantic to have an outdoor “destination” wedding. We liked the idea of having our guests travel so that we could have the opportunity to spend more time with them. We chose San Diego because it held a special place in our hearts, and the weather is known to be incredible.
After visiting ten venues in the San Diego area in one weekend, we both fell in love with L’Auberge Del Mar, a boutique hotel in Del Mar, California. We booked it right away. We chose L’Auberge Del Mar because it gave us a magical view with an open space and three different areas to celebrate in, which was perfect since we knew we didn’t want to have our entire wedding indoors.
Congrats, Sogal and shaun!
sogal and shaun's Do's & Don'ts:
DO Keep an open mind when trying on gowns. When it comes down to selecting your dress, be sure it doesn't feel like a costume choose the dress that feels right for you, no one else.
Do Ask your hair & makeup artist (assuming one person will do both) about a discount if you were to book two trials before booking your first trial. Oftentimes you may like the artist and his/her style but may not be happy with the look they gave you the first time around.
DO Make sure to love your photographer and do a lot of research before picking one as they will be responsible for all of your tangible wedding memories!
do Use a wedding website for guests to access the details of your wedding. It's less expensive than adding an extra piece of paper to your invitations and never gets lost! Plus, wedsites are fun to put together.
DO Take engagement photos with your wedding day photographer. At the very least, ask for a quick 30-minute session. Establishing a relationship with your photographer before your wedding will make a difference in the outcome of your wedding images.
Do Use Pinterest to organize your vision and share with relevant vendors.
Do Invest in a videographer. Even if they're not the #1 videographer you will want to see live footage of your big day at some point in your life. It doesn't have to be the most expensive one.
Don't be shy telling your photographer what you want, like and dislike.
Don't underestimate Google docs! It's actually a powerful wedding planning tool! One doc - multiple tabs per vendor works like a charm.
Don't ask too many friends and family for advice - you will get confused with too many opinions!
don't Try not to attach yourself to the wedding timeline and be flexible when things don't go as planned. You don't want to look back on your wedding day and remember a frustrated or upset moment because chances are 100% of the wedding day will not go as planned or how you envision it.
Don't drink too much the night before. Get as much sleep as you can before the big day, even if you have the butterflies! You'll want to look and feel fresh on your big day.
Photography: Melanie Duerkopp Photography, Location: L’Auberge Del Mar, Ca, boutique hotel in Del Mar, California. Floral Design: Ziba Salamat Wedding Dress:Vera Wang, Groom's Attire:Ralph Lauren,
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