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San Diego Seaside Wedding: Scott & John

Derek Chad Photography

September 26, 2015

Scott and John met online, when John messaged Scott on a slow day at work. They chatted throughout the day and planned to meet for drinks that evening. John discovered a conflicting event so the meeting was moved to Monday, September 17, 2012, at Hillcrest Brewing Company in San Diego, California. The two hit it off, John kissed Scott goodnight and their loved bloomed from there.

Scott asked John to marry him during the dessert course of John’s birthday dinner. They were on a surprise trip to Palm Springs for a long weekend. When the waiter brought dessert there was a jewelry box, clearly not a ring, on the plate next to the cake. John grabbed for it thinking it was another birthday gift, but Scott stopped him, got down on one knee and told John he wanted to spend the rest of his life with him. Through many tears, and despite the fact that Scott not only captured, but posted a puffy-eyed, not-so-flattering photo of the moment on Facebook, John said yes!
Derek Chad Photography

The engagement lasted a little over two years as Scott and John looked for the perfect place to live together, and the even more perfect place to say I Do.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
The grooms chose Scripps Seaside Forum based on a friend’s suggestion. The site perfectly satisfied their desire to get married next to the ocean. The long engagement allowed them to choose their big contracts initially, then spread the rest of the planning out over several months. A week-of coordinator brought all of the little details together. Of course, the last week was somewhat of a blur, and there were hiccups like tuxes on back order eight days before the wedding, but at the end of the day, everything worked out beautifully.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

John shared his mother-son dance with his aunt, as he lost his mother to cancer in 1998. She chose the perfect song, making it one of the most special moments of the day. Scott also kept his family close and used his grandfather’s World War II dress sword to cut the cake. And a delight for both was the Best Woman’s rap!

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Scott and John recommend that couples plan for a handful of guests not to show up without ever letting you know. Also, make time for yourself, alone or with your partner on the day of, as it will be a blur and you need to enjoy yourselves as much as others will.
Derek Chad Photography

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Photographer: Derek Chad Photography // Event Planner:  Ann’s Plans // Caterer: Buckboard Catering // DJ: Dancing DJ Productions // Reception Venue:  Scripps Seaside Forum //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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