After meeting at UC Santa Barbara, Kristin and Scott spent their days on the beach, hanging with their friends, and graduating together. Those easy breezy days of college was the foundation for their relationship and after they earned their undergrad degrees, they overcame new challenges. Scott went off to medical school at USC and Kristin took a job in San Diego, so their relationship became long distance but it only strengthened their bond.
Their summer interfaith wedding in San Diego was a beautiful and purpley affair on the grounds of the beautiful La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla.
Mazel tov, Kristin and Scott!
Photographer: Karen Ard Photography
Chair Rentals: ChiavariChairRentals.com
DJ: Entertainment At Large
Event Planner: First Comes Love Weddings and Events
Reception Venue: La Valencia Hotel – Kimberley Winninger
Floral Designer: Nancy Stevens Wedding Flowers
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
These two lovebirds come in the form of Badgers. University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers! Sandy and Chris met in college and they continued dating through grad school, getting PhDs in physiology/neuroscience from UW-Madison in 2008. These smart cookies moved to San Diego to pursue their post-doctoral projects at UCSD and the Salk Institute. In 2009, after 8.5 years of dating, Chris proposed and obviously Sandy said “yes” or these two cuties wouldn’t be featured on today’s blog!
We love that Chris and Sandy incorporated special people from their lives into the wedding ceremony. Chris’s fraternity brother became certified as a deputy marriage commissioner for a day (this is allowed in California to perform civil marriages). They also included a pre-wedding ceremony ketubah signing together with the kiddushin lead by Sandy’s father.
Personal touches were all over Chris and Sandy’s wedding and that just makes us kvell. They home-built their own huppah out of bamboo pole, to symbolize building a home and a life together. They also used a family wedding tallit for the canopy. Also, since Chris and Sandy are foodies who love preparing elaborate meals, eating and drinking, they custom designed the entire wedding menu to reflect their favorite flavors. They even served fried cheese curds and Hook’s aged cheddar as appetizers as a tip of the hat to their Wisconsin roots. Instead of table numbers, they used names of favorite vineyards in Santa Barbara County, placed on top of pomegranates to fit their color scheme and seasonality. They created a table display of family wedding photos from great grandparents, grandparents and parents. Sandy and Chris’s hobbies and family heritages were clearly included in the wedding details, which is why we’re so excited to feature their wedding.
Mazel tov, Sandy and Chris!
Wedding Venue – La Valencia La Jolla
Photographer – Melissa McClure Photography
Florist – Fancy That Florals Designs
Hair and Makeup – DK Hair Salon
Entertainment – Carl from DJ by the C
Don’t let your maid of honor commit grand theft bouquet.
Chances are, you’ll need your hands free during your wedding ceremony, what with all the circling and drinking and kissing. There’s a lot to accomplish under that chuppah and you’ve got to chop-chop; there are hors d’œuvres and an open bar that your guests are ready to inhale and there’s no time to juggle a bouquet and all the wedding ceremony props. Your maid of honor is there to support you when you need a touch-up on the lips, an assistant on the toilet, or a smile when you’re stressed. She’s also there to do the fluffety-fluff of your dress under the chuppah and hold your bouquet while you’re taking care of ceremony business. And a good maid of honor, whether it’s your best friend, sister, or faaaaabulous ex-boyfriend will also give your bouquet back!
In all the excitement of the glass and the kiss, don’t forget to take your bouquet and march down the aisle with your new husband. Your bouquet is your trophy that indicates wedding victory! It screams “just married!” (high decibel squeals and all) and makes for some fantastic photos. You paid a lot of money for that bundle of beautiful blooms and once the reception starts, you won’t be holding on to it much. So as you take your first steps as a Mrs., carry your bouquet with you and smile: you’re married!