Stephanie + Tim: Beach Wedding at San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Gathering together with your loved ones to celebrate the marriage of two beautiful people seems like a distant memory. Clinking champagne glasses with guests, sharing a slice of cake, and showing off all your best moves on the dance floor without having to be 6 feet apart…those were the days.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to a coastal wedding celebration that was one for the books. Stephanie and Tim wed on the beach at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort last summer. The breezy outdoor wedding started on the sand right before the sun dipped into the water.

ceremony floral arrangements_darcy oliver design
Ceremony Floral Arrangements by Darcy Oliver Design

The cocktail hour and reception were held under a large Banyan tree, and market lighting twinkled over 120 guests. The coastal decor was a subtle, yet sophisticated, blush and seafoam green palette. The salt air and warm, summer night made for a seasonably perfect wedding celebration!

Lantern Floral Arrangement by Darcy Oliver Design

Hydrangeas, blush garden roses, blue thistles, eucalyptus, and succulents spilled from the beach inpired lanterns that flanked the ceremony aisle and dressed the tables at dinner. This coastal inspired design was a unique way to display the floral arrangements, and I tied in the same flowers in a festoon that hung from the billowing ceremony arch.

Seafoam Green & Blush Color Palette
Sweetheart Table_Darcy Oliver Design
Sweetheart Table by Darcy Oliver Design

The bridal bouquet had more of a freshly picked and airy design, tying in the blue thistles which also had a special meaning giving a nod to their Celtic heritage. A beautiful moment played out during an Irish handfasting ceremony before they became Mr. & Mrs. where their hands were bound together as a commitment to one another.

Irish Handfasting Ceremony on the Beach
Bridal Party Bouquets by Darcy Oliver Design
Bridal Party Bouquets by Darcy Oliver Design

The bridesmaids’ bouquets complemented the bride’s bouquet with a mixture of hydrangeas, garden roses, eucalyptus, and succulents. Their seafoam dresses blended in perfectly with the water and the eucalyptus and succulents in the floral arrangements.

The bride’s lace wedding gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses were Morilee, and I loved how they all wore a different shade of Seafoam Green in a different styled dress. This added visual texture to their photos, and is reminiscent of the varying shades of the sea.

Bridal Gown by Morilee & Bridal Bouquet by Darcy Oliver Design
Bridal Gown by Morilee & Bridal Bouquet by Darcy Oliver Design

Their beautiful wedding cake by BabyCakes had a different cake and filling for each layer, and I tied in the beautiful fresh flowers on each level. Instead of having a groom’s cake, the bride and groom opted for a little surprise guest hanging out on the backside of the cake!

Wedding Cake by BabyCakes & Floral Design by Darcy Oliver Design
Wedding Cake by BabyCakes & Floral Design by Darcy Oliver Design
LEGO wedding cake
LEGO Surprise Guest!

The dining tables circled around the dance floor, and I highly recommend SGM Events, especially Bernard the DJ, for their professionalism and getting everyone up and dancing!

Dining Tables with Fruitwood Chiavari Chairs
Dining Tables with Fruitwood Chiavari Chairs circled around the dance floor.
Sunset Dancing at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort
Sunset Dancing at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Resolusean Photography did a beautiful job capturing the tender and candid moments, as well as ensuring all the pivotal moments were captured too. After the ceremony was over, it was time to relax. Sean Capshaw had fun with the bridal party treating them to ice cream on the sand! When in Rome!

seaworld fireworks at san diego mission bay resort
Resolusean Photography took advantage of the fireworks over the bay, thanks SeaWorld!

There isn’t anything more romantic than candlelight, but a sparkler send-off at the end of the night made everyone leave with butterflies in their bellies.

Sparkler Send Off at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort

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