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Garden Wedding: Marcy & Emily

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It was a beautiful day in San Diego’s Balboa Park on June 2, 2012, when Marcy & Emily got married with 63 of their favorite people in tow to witness it. The ceremony was held in a butterfly garden tucked down in an alcove full of natural beauty, and the reception took place in the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Before the ceremony, the brides did a “first look” since neither of them knew what the other would be wearing. “Seeing Marcy in her wedding dress for the first time was incredible. It’s a moment I’ll never forget,” Emily said.

The brides worked closely with their officiant to design a garden wedding ceremony that felt truly personal, including a hand-fasting ceremony where they literally ‘tied the knot.’

“The idea of community is very important to us and therefore we chose to have a beautiful marriage certificate designed – a hybrid between a Quaker marriage certificate and a ketubah – that everyone at the ceremony signed,” Emily explained. They also insisted on taking a group photo that included every single one of their 63 guests! They loved every moment of their reception. They were allowed to use the photo booth in the museum, and they asked everyone to include a photo strip in the guestbook. “We will have crazy pictures from all of our friends and family to remember forever,” Emily said. The brides also lucked out because the exhibit on display that weekend was an upbeat display about Jazz music that just happened to match their wedding colors perfectly.

Marcy and Emily took dance lessons in the months before the wedding and had choreographed their first dance to ‘Brighter Than Sunshine,’ by Aqualung. They pulled it off flawlessly and blew everyone away. The brides mingled and danced the night away until it was time to go. “It’s true what everyone says, it’s gone in a flash, but our wedding day was filled with so many moments that I will never forget,” Emily said.

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Photographer:  Cakes & Kisses  // Reception Venue: Balboa Park // Caterer: Behind the Scenes Catering and Events // Other: Champion Ballroom Academy // Dress Store: Here Comes the Bride // Second Shooter: Katie Gardner Photography // Etsy Designer: Lo Boheme Bridal Accessories // Veils and headpieces: Love The Bride // Dress Store: Mon Amie Bridal Salon // Ceremony Location: Museum of Photographic Arts // Floral Designer: Ria Del Rosario // DJ: Scratch Weddings // Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. // Officiant: Unitarian Universalist

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.

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