San Diego Rooftop Wedding: Steven and James
May 6, 2016
Both Steven and James (Steve and Jimmy) attended and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, although their time never overlapped in college. After completing flight school, Steve started his first operational tour of duty in the Navy in Atsugi, Japan as an F/A-18 pilot. Immediately following graduation, Jimmy also took orders to Japan in the city of Yokosuka, working as a Surface Warfare Officer. Yokosuka and Atsugi are relatively close in proximity, and Steve and Jimmy met there in the summer of 2012.
In early 2013, both Steve and Jimmy were transferred back to the States, Steve to Ridgecrest, California, and Jimmy to Jacksonville, Florida. After doing the long-distance thing for about a year and a half, Jimmy was able to convince the Navy to allow him to take orders in Ridgecrest as well. For the first time since they started dating four years prior, Steve and Jimmy were finally able to enjoy a normal relationship.
Jimmy and Steve wanted a ceremony venue that was simple and intimate, yet one that also had a beautiful view. Their apartment building had a beautiful roof deck that looks out on San Diego Bay, the downtown skyscape and the airport. During the ceremony, landing jets flew right by their heads as they took their vows, making for some incredible pictures. The weather was perfect. The forecast called for a chance of rain, but it never materialized, and instead they enjoyed blue skies and a lovely breeze.
The wedding was incredibly small with a guest list of just 14. Steve’s cousin Lacey attended with her fiancé and officiated the wedding. They wrote their own wedding script and selected several readings from film and poetry. Each reading was delivered by one of their siblings. Steve’s sister read the poem, “Most Like an Arch this Marriage,” and everyone teared up.