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Real Wedding: Kristen & Patrick

Sparks flew when a co-worker set up USD grad Kristen Mikus with New York native Patrick Schlicht on a blind-date. Both worked as pharmaceutical sales reps when they first met. “I was nervous,” Kristen admitted, “so I canceled the first date. A few weeks later I ran into one of Patrick’s co-workers in an office. Our friend talked to Patrick and told him to ask me out again… and the rest is history!”

Patrick proposed by taking Kristen and their dog Sammy to the beach in Del Mar. “He had a baseball with a ring hidden inside of it. He told me to look at what Sammy had found on the beach, and when he opened the baseball, there was the ring. It was one of the best days of my life,” gushes the bride.

The couple wed at the beautiful Saint Elizabeth Seton Church in Carlsbad.

After trying on more than 100 dresses, the bride chose a trés jolie gown from Chez Bride Moderne in La Jolla. The VaLena Valentina stunner, made of dupioni silk, featured a sweetheart neckline with pleated bodice and flare skirt. Kristen chose a Melissa Sweet petal veil, which was cathedral-length and bordered by hundreds of organza petals.

The maid of honor, Whitney Zolna, and her bridesmaids looked lovely in their deep purple, Melissa Sweet silk floor-length dresses, also with sweetheart necklines. Each dress had a small train and was gathered with a bow.

When asked how he felt seeing Kristen walk down the aisle, Patrick divulged passionately, “It was truly the most amazing experience of my life. She looked liked an angel, and her smile made me realize why I was marrying her. I felt myself tearing up, and my knees were actually swaying back and forth. I was nervous, but it was the best moment.”

A beautiful reception at the Park Hyatt Aviara featured a “Fall Elegance” theme. The couple chose the Park Hyatt for its “breathtaking setting, fabulous food, and five-star level service.”

Deep jewel tones of royal purple and gold with accents of green and burgundy, along with a “leaf” motif carried through the program and invitations, converged to create a fall-elegance feel. The dance floor, gold with a leaf design, was illuminated with purple lighting to further enhance the ambience.

The head table served as the focal point of the room with Empress Lace eggplant linen that sparkled. Large purple orchids adorned birch branches and were all submerged in mounds of purple and green hydrangea cascading down the table. Gold-rimmed chargers, gold Godiva favors, and place cards in gold frames added more panache to the setting. Arrangements of curly willow held decorative stings of jewels and miniature candles giving a glowing and floating effect. Each tabletop centerpiece had a simple gold vase that held green hydrangea, cymbidium purple orchids, maroon carnations, and accents of orange spray roses.

Guests dined on an elegant buffet of lobster bisque, filet, sea bass, stuffed chicken, and a trio of stuffed potatoes; a risotto station featured fall mushroom-and-squash risotto. Their red velvet wedding cake had accents of pearls. In addition to the regal cake, guests enjoyed red velvet cupcakes.

The newlyweds first danced to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. Patrick recalls, “My other favorite part of the wedding was our first dance. We had actually taken a few lessons, but we totally messed up the steps and decided to just enjoy ourselves. I think we both laughed about it and chalked it up as an experience.”

Kristen adds, “I loved dancing the night away, with my new husband, family, and friends, to the fabulous music of the Tijuana Dogs. They had everyone on the dance floor!”

After their gorgeous wedding, the couple escaped to Thailand for the honeymoon—an adventurous start to their new life together.

—Natalie Neece

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