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Three Weddings and One Happy Ending at the San Diego Botanic Garden

When Fiona opened Jared’s Christmas gift, a photo album with pictures of them throughout the years, she all but fainted when she saw the last photo—of her new engagement ring. “I blacked out and he got down on one knee,” she jokes. From that merry moment on, the planning for Fiona and Jared’s three weddings—yes, three!—began.

The couple hosted two weddings to accommodate each set of grandparents, who couldn’t travel far (one in Salt Lake City, another in Los Angeles), and a third for friends and family at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

As it turned out, there was no better couple to execute the three-pronged affair: Fiona organizes events for a living, which meant she could help coordinate and had plenty of contacts to curate an all-star vendor list.

For the conclusion of their trilogy, they implemented a few more bells and whistles to make it extra special—inviting 120 of their dearest friends and family, breaking out a totally new wedding dress, and opting for a first look that brought the groom to tears.

“I didn’t expect Jared to get so emotional to see me, since it was our third time getting married,” Fiona says. “But he did, and he made me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world.” Third time truly is the charm!

Couple walks together at the San Diego Botanic Garden The wedding stationery set folds out into a poster The backside of the wedding stationery poster includes all the necessary details The couple's rings are stacked on a mustard ring box atop green wedding vow booklets The couple poses at the San Diego Botanic Garden

“I’ve always heard that the first look is important because that’s one of the only quiet moments during your wedding day where it’s just you and your significant other. I’m so glad we did it.”

Simple flowers atop reception tables with light gray linens A craft paper booklet with initials sits atop a plate at the reception alongside a wedding favor of chopsticks The Mobile Groovin Bus photo booth sits next to the reception site A personalized topper of a cartoon version of the couple sits atop a white wedding cake

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The bride’s favorite part of the day? Her mom and brother walking her down the aisle.

The couple raises up their held hands as they leave the ceremony


$20,000 or less

Their Talented Team

Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden
Photography: Kambria Fischer Photography
Cake: VG Donut & Bakery
Catering: The Kebab Shop
Coordination: Personal friend
Dress: Solace London, Net-a-Porter
Entertainment: DJ Cutlos Supreme
Florals, Linens, Rentals: Catalog Atelier
Hair: Brooklyn Cardenas
Jewelry: Oscar de la Renta (earrings); Soko Jewelry (wrist cuff)
Makeup: Elizabeth Root
Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo
Paper: Hannah Rhodes Design
Rings: Marrow Fine (engagement ring); Melanie Casey (her band); Grounded (his band)

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