Jessica & Justin’s Coral and Turquoise Beach Wedding in a (supposedly) haunted setting
Today I have a beach wedding in — just like the title of this post says — a famously haunted setting, the Hotel del Coronado. They also both love the beach and Halloween happens to be the bride’s favorite holiday so Halloween-y touches like tricks (she had a trick bouquet that split into three), treats (cupcakes and a candy bar) + Jack Skellington and Sally cake toppers made their way into their sweet celebration.
The lovely photos you see on this page are courtesy of the talents of San Francisco-based Danielle Vander Leun of D. Lillian Photography and here she is to fill us in on what else happened that day:
Jessica & Justin opted for a beach wedding and wanted to keep it as intimate as possible with only 40-50 guests. Because they share a mutual preference in all things haunted, it was a dream of theirs to have their wedding at the famous (and supposedly haunted) Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. Some highlights from the day that made this occasion especially unique in that the couple chose to do a “first look” and also wrote their own vows that they recited to each other in privacy, doing a segment of the ceremony. They also had a sparkler exit that had everyone screaming and laughing in unison that was fun to document.
Here’s their first look…
Aww, how sweet is this shot? Let’s meet the lovely couple. Pretty Jessica’s here to tell us more about the two of them:
Justin and I met seven years ago and I knew he was the one when he took me surfing in Santa Cruz for my first time on one of our early dates. I have always had a curious and adventurous personality and was so ecstatic that I had finally found someone who shared a passion with me for living and loving life. Throughout the years we have grown up beside each other and shared a ton firsts together such as skydiving, climbing Half Dome in Yosemite, raising a puppy, learning to waltz and traveling to cities and countries we only dreamed about going to as children. Those experiences have bonded us and reminds us to appreciate every moment life has to offer. We look forward to the next chapter in our lives and creating new memories.
Love how the coral and turquoise hues pop against the white sandy beach!
From this point on, Jessica will take you through the photos and behind-the-scene details of their beautiful beach celebration:
We didn’t really have a theme. The both of us love beaches and I have been obsessed with Hotel Del Coronado since I was a child. We wanted the beauty of the ocean and the historic hotel to take center stage and didn’t want to take away from their natural beauty. The colors throughout the wedding were various shades of coral with hints of turquoise. All of the bridesmaids chose their own dresses and the groomsmen had mismatching ties in shades of turquoise.
The ceremony site was simple with the ocean as the backdrop. Having a unique wedding was very important to us. We aren’t “traditional” and wanted our personalities to come through. We asked Justin’s mother to marry us and she became ordained specifically for the occasion. One of our close friend and groomsman played the song I walked down the aisle to, “Crash into Me” by Dave Matthews Band and he also preformed during our cocktail hour.
Inside the hotel, we kept it simple and elegant with low floral centerpieces and lots of candles.
My favorite holiday is Halloween, so to pay homage to that, our wedding cake topper was Jack and Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas. Our candy bar featured all of our favorite candies.
We had a signature cocktail we named the “Justica-rita” and because I love to kid and joke around, I had a trick bouquet I tossed that split into three. During our slide show presentation, we honored and our family and friends by making sure there were pictures of them not just us in the show. We wanted to show them how important they have been to our lives and in being such a support system for us.
Some advice from the handsome twosome (I particularly love that last line!):
Justin and I reminisce about our wedding day all the time. It really is such a wonderful and special moment to share with all your family friends. Our advice to any engaged couple when planning their wedding, is to not be afraid to step out of the box and do what represents you as a couple and not just what other people have always done because its what you’re “supposed to do” for a wedding. And don’t forget, if something doesn’t go as planned the day of, its OK, you will still have your best friend by your side through the whole thing.
Thank you so much Danielle for sending your beautiful photos of this sweet & cozy beach wedding my way, and congratulations Jessica and Justin! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Danielle Vander Leun of D. Lillian Photography
Venue: Hotel Del Coronado (Hillary Home, Catering Sales Manager)
Flowers: Lotus Flower Shop (Thomas Sydavong, Owner, designer)
Hair and makeup: Bridal Hair Divas (Paula Berry and Anthony Rios)
Wedding Planner: A.R. Affairs (Alexandra RoseLee)
Linens and chairs: Concepts Event Design
Place Cards: For My Sweet Pea, Stephania Panayotopoulos (she is a calligrapher and hand wrote all of them. She also does custom wedding favors)
Wedding Dress: Both were custom made by Lucy Baker
Menus and invitations: Wedding Paper Divas