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All the DIY Details at This La Valencia Hotel Wedding

By Carly Shihadeh 

They say fate brings lovers together. And for Jeanette and Steven, that fate came in the form of a Facebook hacker—five years after their first date. You see, the duo met in college and after one date decided to call it quits.

Five years later, both a little more mature, Steven had to send his contacts a mass message to explain his Facebook account was hacked. The only person to respond? Jeanette!

Second time’s the charm because, after agreeing to meet up, Jeanette and Steven say they instantly fell in love. “Funny how much someone can change in five years,” Jeanette says.

As for their “I dos,” they booked La Valencia Hotel for its colonial Spanish structure and unbeatable location. The bride’s mom put plenty of personal touches on the big day, from creating the flower arrangement for the seating chart to fashioning the table cards to a stunning bird cage.

Those details combined with the emotional moments made for her best day ever, she says. “My favorite part was walking down the aisle and watching my husband about to cry.” Fate brings lovers together, indeed!

Steven and Jeannette Downward facing view on the ceremony site with palm trees and the ocean in the background Bride with jewelry and lace details on gown Dark grey stationery with white text Groom and groomsmen lined up for the ceremony The bride stands with a long lace train Ceremony site at the La Valencia Hotel with pink walls in the background Welcome sign with table numbers Three-tiered pink wedding cake with simple details Reception table with white tablecloth and chairs Bridal party gift with handmade sushi card Tabletop florals of reds and pinks at the reception Handmade birdcage with florals Couple walks the patio at the La Valencia Hotel

The bride’s single piece of advice? Accept Murphy’s Law that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Just be in the moment.

Their Talented Team

Venue: La Valencia Hotel
Cake: Fab Cakes
Catering: La Valencia Hotel
Coordination: Nahid’s Global Events
Dress: GALA by Galia Lahav
Entertainment: G Sharp Entertainment
Florals: Organic Elements
Hair and Makeup: Style Bees
Photography: Sara France
Rentals: Concepts Event Designs

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