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Real Wedding: Alexandra & John

San Diego native Alexandra Cahill, 40, first chatted online with John McPeak, 41, in 2011. A few months later, her friend Rachel was getting married in Rye, New York, and John offered to fly from Houston to be her wedding date. A little more than a year later, John met Alexandra’s parents in San Diego during Christmastime. He got down on one knee in their living room and proposed in front of her parents. Approximately a year after the proposal, they married in front of 80 friends and family.

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Say Yes to the Dresses

Alexandra was conflicted when she fell in love with two different gowns. For the ceremony, she decided to wear a Jenny Packham dress (with sleeves and two sashes added), and a shorter Marchesa dress for the reception. Alexandra was able to dance in the tulle gown that John now refers to as her “happy dress.”

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I Do’s at The Del

The couple chose to say their vows at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, a place Alexandra knew from her childhood. However, she adds delightfully, it “was much more beautiful than I had remembered it.”

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Modern Music

The couple walked down the aisle to the Downton Abbey theme song, and had their first dance to Ellie Goulding’s cover of “Your Song.”

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Knot-ical Details

Every reception table was named after an old world explorer like Captain James Cook or Ferdinand Magellan. Attached to a knot, the cards included the explorer’s name, area he explored, and an illustration of his face.

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Beautiful Bouquet

Alexandra loved her bouquet of roses, jasmine, and ranunculus so much so that she keeps a framed picture of it on her nightstand.

Studying Dance

John and Alexandra went to a dance studio to learn the foxtrot for their first dance. “It was our first collaboration as a married couple,” the bride says. “We were so relieved we didn’t screw it up.” For the father-daughter dance, she chose Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Says the bride, “It was the perfect song for that evening.”

Getting Air

When Alexandra tossed her bouquet, it got caught on a high chandelier. Thankfully, planner Keli Christenson had brought an extra bouquet.

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GET THIS REAL WEDDING STYLE:

Coordination: Keli Christenson, Monarch Weddings
Photography: True Photography Weddings
Florals: Splendid Sentiments
DJ: Jonny at Mobile Music Plus
Cake: Flour Power
Paper Elements: Brightly Designed
Hair: Noriko Podue-Kerns
Makeup: Loli Romo
Rentals: APR Fine Linens; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Favors: La Reine des Macarons

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