Rustic Outdoor California Wedding: Connie & Amber
Connie proposed to Amber after planning for close to three months. She booked an amazing hotel room for New Year’s Eve 2013 and made reservations at an equally amazing seafood restaurant right on the water in San Diego just in time for the sun to set. She coordinated with the owner to have a gorgeous flower arrangement and special menus waiting. Mixed in with the entrees for the evening, the owner printed lyrics to their song, “Starlight by Muse” directly on the menu. Connie slipped the ring to the owner and a cavalcade of restaurant employees delivered the very special dessert – two flavors of crème brulee and an open ring box in place of the third. Amber was beyond shocked and immediately started to cry. Connie proposed, Amber said yes and an entire patio of restaurant patrons broke out into cheers.
Both Amber and Connie wanted an outdoor wedding. Amber wanted a more rustic theme and Connie wanted a hybrid rustic/shabby chic look. Neither wanted a common, indoor and stuffy ballroom or hall wedding. They wanted to be near the water with tons of lights when the sun went down. Both loved mason jars, wooden crates, burlap, wood wine barrels, old doors, lanterns, baby’s breath and beautiful mountain vistas.
Planning for over a year and a half led to some stress, and a few arguments. It also gave them time to make sure they had everything they wanted. The last four months flew by. Green Mountain Ranch in Lytle Creek, California provided great planners and coordinators who helped with every detail from start to finish. Connie and Amber’s parents also helped through the whole process in many ways.
Among the most special details was a memorial table with photos of loved ones who had passed away, allowing them to be with the couple in some way. Connie’s dance with her mom and dad was particularly meaningful because her father is ill and no one was sure he would make the trip to the wedding.
Both brides loved all of the details of the day. The décor turned out amazing and was their vision come to life. It was better than they expected. They also loved that their guests had so much fun, dancing and laughing non-stop all night.
Amber’s favorite memory of the day was walking down the aisle to Connie and seeing her face as she watched her walk. Coincidentally, Connie’s favorite memory, by far, was watching Amber walk down the aisle to her!
Asked to share their advice for other couples, Connie and Amber said, “I think we would both just tell everybody to take your time planning. It goes by so very quickly. Try to enjoy it. Doesn’t happen often but try. Also, make sure that you both sit down and talk about what is important to you as a couple. Don’t stress about stuff that is for other people. It is YOUR wedding. It’s about the two of you. My last piece of advice would be to accept that the planning process isn’t going to be a fairytale and that you are going to disagree on stuff but compromise. It is important that you keep each other in the loop about what is important to you both for your special day.“
“As far as advice for same sex couples, be you,” the couple said.
“We all know and believe that we should be able to love who we choose to love. This is your wedding. One of the most important days of your lives. Try your hardest to push out any negativity that you are getting because of how you are living your life. Not everybody is going to like it or agree with it. Just make sure that you have people at your wedding who love you and support your relationship with each other. That’s all that matters.”