MICHELLE + NATE | Intimate Backyard Fiesta Wedding | San Diego, CA

What an incredible day I spent with Michelle + Nate and their families! Each moment was authentic and every detail was chosen with love, and the loving energy of the day really resonated beyond that evening. I was invited to My favorite details were the Mariachi band that provided the music for the celebration and the handmade, colorful flowers and paper decorations that adorned their backyard. It was an honor to be a part of their wedding day.

From the bride: The wedding took place in our home – a safe and comforting space for the both of us. We love taking care of our many succulents both indoors and outdoors in our courtyard. Living in San Diego, where the weather is beautiful, we use our courtyard, where the wedding ceremony and part of the reception took place, as a second living room and dining room. We've also enjoyed creating what we hope is a whimsical and inviting indoor space with touches of mid-century modern design and meaningful objects. For these reasons, we loved the idea of a wedding at home, because it felt like an extension of our hearts and our hands. We kept the wedding small because we wanted the celebration to feel intimate – for each guest to feel included and loved.

Their Love Story: We met at a wedding in April 2015. Nate's brother married my high school best friend. Although we lived on opposite sides of the country (him in San Diego and me in New York), we couldn't stop talking. We saw each other every two or three weeks after my first visit to San Diego, sometimes in New York, sometimes in San Diego, and sometimes internationally, tagging a date onto work trips in Stockholm and Milan. We were having a drink by the beach in San Diego during one of my early visits when I told Nate I was willing to leave New York for us to be together. Less than a year later we moved my books and my cookware from Brooklyn to San Diego. A few months after I moved, Nate proposed to me on the beach by our house.

Wedding Date: 2/4/2017

Venue: Our courtyard, San Diego, CA

Event Planner: Willow Weddings https://www.facebook.com/willowweddingsnyc/

Florist: WildFlora https://wildfloradesign.com/

Catering: A MIHO Experience http://www.amihoexperience.com/

Cake Designer: Eat Your Cake Too http://www.eatyourcaketoo.net/

DJ/Band/Music: Mariachi Divinas https://www.facebook.com/MariachiDivinas/?hc_ref=SEARCH

Bride's Dress Designer: Sarah Seven http://www.sarahseven.com/

Bride's Shoe Designer: Christian Louboutin http://us.christianlouboutin.com/us_en/

Groom's Suit Designer: Peter Millar (Suit) https://www.petermillar.com/ Ermenegildo Zegna (Tie) https://www.zegna.com/cl-en/home.html

Makeup Artist: A Toast To Beauty http://www.atoasttobeauty.com/

Hair Stylist: A Toast To Beauty http://www.atoasttobeauty.com/

Rings: Jangmi http://www.jangmidiamonds.com/our-story

Programs: JPStationery https://www.etsy.com/shop/JPstationery

Waiters: Common Sense Events http://www.cseventservices.com/services.html
Bar: Snake Oil Cocktail http://snakeoilcocktail.com/services/beverage-catering/
Tables: Rustic Events https://www.rusticevents.com/