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Corey and Faven’s Floral and Cultural San Diego Marina Wedding

bride and groom with three kids

By Jordan Lemke

First impressions are often wrong. That’s the takeaway from Corey and Faven’s initial encounter. She was swept off her feet by a guy she assumed was a security guard—Corey is, after all, 6-foot-4 and a solid 300 pounds. But he waited until their second date to reveal his true profession, pointing to Qualcomm Stadium as they were driving by, saying that’s where he worked—as a defensive end for the then-San Diego Chargers. One daughter and many loving memories later, Corey popped the question. They sealed their future with a two-part wedding celebration at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, blending a traditional and an Ethiopian ceremony as a callout to Faven’s heritage.

bride with bridesmaid at ceremony site

Flaunt Those Florals

At the stunning main event, Corey and Faven were wed under a gorgeous arbor of pink, white, and lavender roses, a theme that continued into the touchdown of all ballroom reception.

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Pretty in Pink

“Everything was so beautiful: the design, the flowers, the smell. When I walked into that room, I teared up,” Faven says.

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A Cultural Affair

As a nod to Faven’s roots, the couple held a vibrant Ethiopian ceremony in addition to their traditional nuptials.

Ethiopian ceremony set up bride's hand with henna tattoo and cultural jewelry bride pours hot beverage Ethiopian ceremony cake with wedding topper bride and groom in cultural dress and capes

Their Talented Team:

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Bakery
Catering: Marriott Marquis San Diego MarinaPalm Grove Ethiopian Restaurant, 323-936-0878
Coordination: Tammy Conklin, 619-925-6123
Decor: Hire Elegance
Dress: Winnie Couture Bridal Salon
Entertainment: Encore Event Entertainment; DJ Sosa
Florals: Blush Botanicals
Groom’s Attire: Maceoo
Hair & Makeup: Janae Gandy, 619-840-1480; Ashley Renee
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Photography: Boyd Harris Weddings
Venue: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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