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John & Lianne’s Navy Inspired Wedding

John and Lianne’s wedding was genuinely bigger than themselves. The groom’s best man, a Navy diver like him, received orders to deploy nine months before the big day—he would miss it. “When we found out, we knew we had to do a tribute,” Lianne says. The groomsmen donned their Navy whites and the bridesmaids stunned in navy blue; a hand-blown glass diver served as the cake topper. But perhaps the subtlest touch was sincerest of all: The yellow ribbon around the groomsmen’s wrists during the ceremony and the yellow rose presented to the best man’s wife. They’re time-honored symbols in the US military, made famous in the 1949 song “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.” As Lianne explains, “The ribbon represents a soldier who is far away, and their family wishing for their safe return.”

Couple in vineyard


First Look

Couple in vineyard

Couple embracing


Couple after ceremony

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Countless Memories

“I’ve had countless people tell me it was the best ceremony they’ve been to. When I asked them why, they said, ‘Because it felt very personal.’”

Table settings

Couple entering reception

Wedding cake

Couple at winery

Their Talented Team:

Cake and Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Catering: Once Upon a Wedding
Coordination: Sandy Caso, Mount Palomar Winery
Dress: Ines Di Santo, M Bride
Entertainment: The Class
Florals: Sweet Petals Floral Design Studio
Hair and Makeup: Rachelle Hali 
Jewelry: Blue Nile
Officiant: Jared Criscuolo
Photography: Photo by Chana and Don
Venue: Mount Palomar Winery
Videography: Ryan Green Films

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