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Real Wedding: Jessica & Brad

Jessica and Brad’s wedding at the US Grant is full of grand details and features some of our favorite things like creative escort cards, peacock feathers, and a bridal suite! Jessica used some of our favorite San Diego vendors and the outcome was absolutely stunning. Read on to find out why they chose the US Grant and her favorite part of the day.

From the bride:

“Walking through the doors of The US Grant you simply can’t ignore the breathtaking ambiance!  We knew that every single guest would be absolutely captivated just as we were on our first stay.”
“Following the cocktail hour, our reception was held in the grand Celestial Ballroom.  We absolutely fell in love with the vibe of this room for the strong history and presence of music of what once was a speakeasy.  Since we both love music, we decided to use this idea for our escort and table cards.  We both picked our favorite bands and enlisted the help of the talented Nichole Rocero of Nic.Roc.Designs.  We collaborated on the idea of making escort cards that looked liked concert tickets with the band name and logo.  We loved that she was able to drop in the “chandelier” look that The US Grant uses in the background.  We also took our table cards to the next level by naming each table a different band name with the actual record logo.  She was able to incorporate the rich colors of blue and purple along with decorative Swarovski crystals.  The amazing duo, Brittany and Alex of Blush Botanicals were able to capture the glamour of the ballroom with simply stated florals.  They used magnificent sandblasted Manzanita branches with touches of peacock feathers and Swarovski dangling crystals.  The room absolutely gleamed with the combination of blue and purple uplighting along with the soft light from our decorative frosted votives.  The room was only a perfect backdrop for a night of love, fun and laughter!”

“Our ceremony was held in the pristine and almost angelic Crystal Ballroom.  We did not want to disturb the beautiful décor by overwhelming it with floral arrangements.  For months, Brad and I worked diligently on making sure that every detail came through to exemplify both of our personalities.  We thought it would be a great idea to frame the returned rsvp cards and have that as one of our focal points when guests walked through.  We filled tall glass cylinders with wine corks that we had collected along with tall ivory pillar candles.  The look of the candles and wine corks reminded  me of something you would see in a small church in Italy.  We came up with this unique idea of giving decorative cherub angels an antique finish then submerging them in a vase filled with water.  The look was simply romantic as they both were topped with halos made of twigs along with gold and ivory candles floating atop.  Adding clear and amber frosted votives only made the room more exquisite. At the end of the ceremony we had a sword arch. Brad is an Officer in the Marine Corps and we wanted to make sure to bring in a traditional military element. Everything turned out perfectly thanks to Krystel Tien of Couture Events and her team.”

“The best part of our evening was inviting our wedding party along with friends and family to enjoy The Presidential Bi-Level Suite afterwards!  We truly were so overwhelmed by the beauty and décor of our room.  The balcony overlooking Downtown San Diego was simply exquisite!  Krystel and her wonderful team brought much of the wedding décor along with candles to the room.  This was the perfect ending to an unforgettable night!”

Coordinator: Couture Events, Venue: US Grant, Florist: Blush Botanicals, Photography: Deann B Photography, Paper Products: Nic. Roc. Designs, DJ & Pianist: Music As You Like It


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