Real Wedding: Jenny & Tina
Jenny Woicicki & Tina Borngen
August 4, 2011
By Denise Oliveira
It was love at first sight. As soon as Jenny and Tina saw the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, they knew that’s where they wanted to get married. “I knew right when I walked in, that this was the place,” Jenny said. “It’s just such a beautiful setting!”
Jenny grew up in the Northern California wine country, and had always dreamed of a beach wedding. It was important to her to be outdoors, and near the water. A close friend of the couple is from Coronado, and told them about the Club; they would never have found it otherwise. “They didn’t even advertise. I know because I had searched everywhere.” Jenny said.
Both women love the ocean, and that was one of the things that inspired them to move to San Diego, where they met. Tina is originally from New York. The photo of them walking along the beach stands out as a favorite. “It just described us so well,” Jenny told us.
Tina and Jenny planned just about everything themselves. It was carefully thought through,
and that showed in the final result. They were aiming for a beach feel, without the clichés: no blue and white color schemes, and no sea shells all over. Jenny collected ideas from friends who had been to a lot of weddings, and mixed them in with her own inspiration. The ladies went with brown accents, and brown bridesmaids dresses – reminiscent of sand, and a good backdrop to throw in some bright colors, without being over the top.
Jenny loves flowers and wanted them as the centerpiece to everything else. They went with
seasonal lilies, orchids and roses in bright orange, yellow and pink. For an extra personal
touch, they placed rocks and three shells on each table for guests to write them messages,
with carefully selected brown Sharpies.
Tina wore a gorgeously tailored, custom-made suit. It perfectly matched Jenny’s dress,
which she originally found online and loved just as much when she actually tried it on for the
first time. Jenny accessorized with pearls, for a soft beach feel, and wore a watch given to
her grandmother by her grandfather on their wedding day. Tina sported white sunglasses for
a perfect finish to her look.
They were married by Tina’s best friend’s mother. “She did a great job keeping it quick and lighthearted,” Jenny said. “I loved the passages she chose, because they fit us so well.” Standing next to Jenny were her brother and sister, who are her best friends.
In retrospect, Jenny is grateful that she bought a wedding planner at the outset. They used
the parts that were useful, and ignored the rest. “It definitely helped us to stay organized, and reminded us of things we wouldn’t have known we needed to do,” Jenny said.
Her advice to future brides: Ask a lot of questions when choosing the cake, flowers, dress, and bridesmaid dresses. “And don’t get stressed. Just be thorough, and everything will work our perfectly.”
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About The Writer
Denise Oliveira is a journalist in love with love stories. She is the co-founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and believes that sharing personal stories is a powerful way to create and deepen relationships. She blogs for Huffington Post Weddings and can be reached via email (email@example.com), Twitter or Facebook.
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.