I met Marisa and James one day last June. I was immediately struck by the way James lit up when he talked about his fiance, and I remember tweeting about how I was so excited about their wedding incorporating multicultural traditions (James is half Filipino, Marisa has Jewish roots, and they planned to incorporate wedding customs from both cultures into their ceremony), and about how much I loved them already! I also was asked (for the first, but certainly not the last!) time if I use a headpiece during weddings a la Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner! (For the record, I don’t!)
I was thrilled a few days later when Marisa called me to tell me they’d decided to hire me! Over the next several months, we exchanged hundreds of phone calls and e-mails, I got to know them and their chihuahua Shorty, and because she wanted well-priced chair sashes, I met the girls of Classy Covers! I feel so lucky to have gotten to know such an incredible couple (boy, I’m lucky – like I’ve said before, my couples are like my kids… I love them all so much!). Marisa’s even told me that she’d love to start coordinating weddings herself because of her experience working with me (I’m hoping to have her help me out at some of my weddings this year!!!). 🙂
Marisa and James got married last October at the Sheraton Harbor Island on a breezy cool but perfectly lit day! Seriously days like this – a bit cloudy, but with filtered sunlight – are THE BEST for gorgeous wedding photographs, and of course Holly Sutor (of Sutography, and yes, we had a good laugh that Suter and Sutor were working together!) produced some beautiful ones!
First off, the details:
And our beautiful bride and handsome groom, and their super-fun wedding party (so much personality!):
The ceremony was non-denominational, but they incorporated elements from both Filipino and Jewish cultural traditions! What you don’t see here is that the groom was choked up as he saw his bride walking down the aisle. I was watching from behind-the-scenes with my intern Rachael, and both of us were getting teary too!
As for the beautiful ballroom reception… The photos speak for themselves! Pretty purple accents and elegant lines… I love receptions that suit their space and this one does perfectly!
These two families knew how to have a good time!!! Almost every guest was on the dance floor for most of the night, Cha-cha sliding and rocking out to Love Shack… All the speeches were excellent, too, and full of love. But hands-down the speech I will never forget was the groom’s father’s. “You’re flying out to Hawaii tomorrow,” he said. “Tomorrow night you’d best get to workin’ hard! We’re behind the curve on gettin’ grandchildren!”
I can’t speak directly to his request, of course, but I do know one thing: These two are so in love that it’s contagious!
Congratulations Marisa and James! Wishing you two a lifetime of love and happiness! And who knows? Maybe you’ll see more of Marisa as a part of my event team in the future!
Marisa+James’ Harbor Island San Diego 10*22*2011 Wedding Details: