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There Were 450 Guests at This Rancho Bernardo Inn Wedding

By Jenna Miller 

Even as they grew up about a mile away from one another in Chula Vista and both went to college in LA, it was a good ’ol dating app that ultimately brought Matt and Michelle together. After college graduation, they met on a Jewish dating app called JSwipe. “While our relationship moved slower at the beginning, we both quickly realized we were meant for each other and got engaged almost two years from the day we first matched,” Michelle says.

They booked the Rancho Bernardo Inn for their Jewish “I dos”—and for the venue’s ability to host their 450 guests. The traditional ceremony, inspired by Anthropologie, took place on the large lawn of the property, complete with a custom-built, wooden chuppah lined with fuchsia flowers. “The biggest pleasure was knowing we would be able to spend this day surrounded by the ones we loved the most,” Michelle says. When the ceremony came to an end, the doors of the ballroom opened up and guests were invited inside. And that’s when Michelle made over her gown into something more fitting of a party, repurposing her veil into a skirt. Unique details? Check!

And for more off-the-wall accents, the couple opted against a cake and instead for a “junk bar,” scattered with Lays chips, popcorn, cereal mix, chocolate, cookies, and much more.

Reflecting on her best day ever Michelle adds, “We would relive the ceremony in a heartbeat and, of course, the dancing!”

The bride and the groom pose at Rancho Bernardo InnCeremony site with a wooden tressle with bright fuchsia flowers Backs of the bride's parents and the bride with a long flowing veil Wooden fixture that reads "Please Find Your Seat" with shelves of table cards Reception table set with gold details and bright pink flowers Single dinner menu with lettered elements White paper cones of flower petals to throw at the bride and the groom The Bride and the groom exit the ceremony site amid tossed flowers petals



Their Talented Team

Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn
Photography: Paul Barnett Photography
Dress: The Dress Theory
Entertainment: Encore Event Entertainment
Florals: Isari Flower Studio + Event Design
Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting
Linens: La Tavola
Paper: Something Lettered Designs
Planner: Michelle Garibay, Michelle Garibay Events
Rentals: The Hostess HavenJake Duke Studios
Videography: Amari Productions

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