What could be more fitting for two La Jolla natives than a real wedding at the iconic La Valencia Hotel? All pink everything? Check! On the beach? Check! A no-brainer for this blush-loving bride and her surfer groom.
Briana and Derek met in their early teenage years and when she was 20, Derek finally asked her out. Having crushed on the professional big-wave surfer for years, of course she said yes! They continued to date for seven years before getting engaged – traveling the world together for Derek’s job, learning about and experiencing different cultures. Because travel has been such a big part of their lives, their real wedding included many elements that reflect their love of travel: guests signed a globe as their guest book, and favors (homemade chocolate chip cookies – Derek’s favorite!) were wrapped in map-print boxes. Escort cards hung on a world map, and in lieu of table numbers, tables were named for places they have traveled together.
The couple also included a few special elements to their wedding day to honor Briana’s late father. Her brother, who looks just like their dad, walked her down the aisle, and sewn onto the ring bearer pillow made by her great-aunt, was a photo of Briana’s father surfing. One of their signature drinks was also named after one of her father’s favorite surf spots in Mexico.
Another one of my favorite elements to Briana and Derek’s wedding was the bride’s stunning Anne Barge gown from Bliss Bride. Not only do I love the lace, the sweetheart neckline, and mermaid cut, but it’s also convertible! Briana turned it into a short reception dress, and loved it so much she hopes to wear it on their anniversaries in years to come. Gorgeous and brilliant bride!
GET THEIR REAL WEDDING LOOK:
1. Photography: BellaLuz Photography
2. Venue: La Valencia
3. Rentals: Concepts Event Design
4. Cake: La Valencia
5. Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Guitarist Conner Cecil
6. Reception Entertainment: The Legends Band, San Diego
7. Gown: Anne Barge from Bliss Bride
8. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
9. Invitations: Sweet Paper, La Jolla
10. Print Work: Box Creative Agency
11. Groom’s Suit: The Ascot Shop, La Jolla