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San Diego Polynesian Wedding: Jay & Andy

Amy Millard Design + Photography

October 12, 2014

Volleyball brought Jay and Andy together. Each played on recreational teams that traveled to tournaments across the US. Slated for the same tournament in Baltimore, their eyes locked and the rest was history. After a year and a half of dating long-distance, Andy had to leave the Naval Academy in Annapolis for a new assignment. Jay was willing to relocate and the two moved together to San Diego.

One month later, Jay planned a surprise get away to Santa Barbara, and on their first night there he took Andy for a walk along the beach. It was evening, a full moon was out, and the stars were bright. On the beach, Jay got down on one knee, took Andy’s ring out of his pocket and told him he wanted to spend the rest of his life with him. Of course, Andy said yes!
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Jay and Andy started planning their wedding in early 2014, knowing that they would move soon from San Diego to Hawaii. They planned a Polynesian-themed celebration at Bali Hai on Shelter Island in San Diego. A beautiful of downtown and authentic Polynesian cuisine both strongly influenced the choice of venue.
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
The planning process was a mutual effort, with Jay spearheading design and Andy taking the lead on budget management. The partnership was effective and overall everything came together easily and painlessly.
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Each woman who attended the wedding received a fresh lei, place around her neck on arrival, an idea attributed to Andy who worked with a florist in Hawaii who flew the leis in the day before the wedding. Guests were greeted and entertained by Polynesian performers, and everyone enjoyed fresh tropical cocktails.
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
The day ended with an intimate sunset chartered cruise for the couple’s sixty closest family and friends. The two-hour cruise circled San Diego Harbor. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful and relaxing sail.
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Amy Millard Design + Photography
Jay and Andy recommend that other couples planning their own weddings acknowledge their strengths as a couple as well as individuals. They emphasize communication and mutual investment in the planning experience.  By all means, divide and conquer the responsibilities!  Above all else, have fun, and remember why you are getting married in the first place.

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Photographer:  Amy Millard Design + Photography // Caterer: Bali Hai // Reception Venue: Bali Hai Restaurant  // Floral Designer:  Cindy’s Lei Shoppe // Floral Designer: Everbloom Flowers // Musicians: Hookupu-O-Hawaii  // Bakery: Pop Culture Desserts //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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