Andrew and Melissa’s boho-meets-industrial destination wedding was magical in its own right. But mix in the fact that they’re both US National Ice Hockey players, and we’ve slap shot this love story to the next level.
The two met six years ago while working at a summer hockey camp and, afterward, both had the opportunity to play professional hockey abroad—he in Norway and she in Switzerland. Since then, they’ve ventured to over 17 countries together. “Traveling became a huge part of our relationship and continues to inspire and help our relationship grow to this day,” Melissa says.
So, it was only appropriate that they pack their bags for their wedding, set in Liberty Station’s jaw-dropping all-white warehouse, Building 177. It was the perfect backdrop for their industrial-chic vibe, with plenty of bohemian flair.
And with only 100 guests, it was important the couple create a laid-back experience, complete with cozy lounge areas, photo booths, lawn games, comfort-food stations brimming with the staples—mac and cheese, flatbreads, and tacos—and a full bar of local San Diego craft beers to boot. As the newly minted Mrs. sums up the day, “I think we nailed it!” Little details tied together the couple’s boho-meets-industrial theme, such as incorporating desert flora and cacti in their arrangements and macramé and copper in the decor. Andrew called on their dog, Wrigley, to help with popping the question. “We had just moved, and I was unpacking downstairs and Andrew and Wrigley were unpacking upstairs,” Melissa recollects. “Andrew called me upstairs to help with something, and Wrigley had a sign around his neck asking if I would marry Andrew.”“The dance floor may or may not have become a Slip ’N Slide by the end of the night. Everyone looked like a hot mess! This has kind of become a tradition at my friends’ weddings, and ours did not disappoint. Sorry, Building 177…”
Their Talented Team
Bar: Barçon Cocktail Co.
Catering: Toast Catering
Coordination: Nicole George Event Planning & Design
Dress: a&bé bridal shop
Entertainment: VOX DJs
Florals: Blooms Design House
Hair & Makeup: Meagan Brown
Officiant: Socal Vows
Photography: Amy Lynn Photography
Rentals: Folklore; La Piñata Party Rentals
Signage: Happily Ever Etched
Sweets: VG Donuts & Bakery
Venue: Building 177