Angelique Fratella, 28, and Ryan McAllister, 30, met during high school in Los Alamitos, California, but the adolescent crush only blossomed into one date. Years later, the two reconnected on Facebook. They met for drinks, dancing, and catching up on life since high school, and began dating. In August 2011, the couple was picnicking at sunset in Solana Beach when Ryan claimed there were dolphins in the water. Angelique stood up to look for the alleged dolphins and when she did, Ryan knelt to propose. The couple, along with 170 guests, celebrated their nuptials during a sunset cruise on the San Diego Bay. —Julie Mashburn
California Spirit Yacht
Photography by Scott Sporleder, August 25, 2012
SPICING IT UP
The couple surprised guests when during their first dance to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” they broke into a choreographed salsa dance to “Mambo Italiano.”
Simple and beautiful white roses made up the bride’s bouquet.
A NEW TWIST
The boutonnieres worn by the groomsmen were unique and fit in perfectly with the “tying the knot” theme. The bride’s cousin, Laura White, made all of them.
BLUE AND TAN
“I love navy blue, white stripes, and anything nautical,” explains the bride. To create a more casual feel, the wedding colors also included tan.
Each table had the name of places Angelique and Ryan have traveled together along with a few that showed off their exciting honeymoon destinations.
RED CARPET WAlK
When guests arrived at the yacht, they were greeted with champagne and a photographer who took photos in front of a buoy that said, “Angelique and Ryan Tied the Knot, August 2012.” The guests received the photos along with a thank you card from the couple.
TYING THE KNOT
Adding to the nautical theme, the couple tied a love knot during the ceremony, the groomsmen wore rope knot boutonnieres, and the centerpieces and table name holders were rope knots.
BRING ON THE CUTE
The bride’s two young nephews served as ring bearers and walked the aisle with a personalized buoy.
CRUISING AROUND THE WORLD
For the honeymoon, the couple traveled to Madrid and Barcelona, and took a cruise to St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Naples, and Capri.
GET THEIR STYLE
- Photography: Scott Sporleder Photography
- Ceremony and reception: California Spirit Yacht
- Florals: Blanca Floral + Garden
- Catering: Flagship Cruises and Events
- DJ: George James Entertains
- Gown: Martina Liana, The White Flower Bridal Boutique
- Shoes: Caparros macys.com
- Hair and makeup: Heidi Galdos, friend; Virginia Lawrence, friend
- Rentals: San Diego Party Rentals, Inc.
- Officiant: Kenneth Day