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Wedding Reception and 25th Anniversary: Scott & Peter

Derek Chad Photography

January 23, 2016

Scott and Peter were legally married just days before their wedding reception and 25th anniversary together. They chose to have their reception at their most meaningful place of all – their home in San Diego, CA.

A little bit of rain didn’t keep them away from an incredible evening with their closest friends and family.
Pete and Scott met on Black’s Beach in San Diego 25 years ago this past January. Pete was in town from Los Angeles with a friend and Scott just happened to go to the beach that day (spur of the moment) to get away and relax.
Derek Chad Photography
A little over a year before the event, they had just returned from Scott’s company’s annual meeting of its partners. It was Scott’s first year as a partner, and he had to present his life story in five minutes to all of the attendees as part of a company tradition. Of course, part of his presentation was talking about Pete and their life together. When Scott returned home, he was tired from the events, but Pete suggested they watch the sunset. They arrived at the bluff overlooking Blacks Beach and Pete suddenly got down on one knee and asked Scott to marry him.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Initially, the couple looked at a variety of wedding venues, but quickly settled on a site at the Cabrillo National Monument because of the beautiful views to downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. The downside was the being a National Park the number of attendees was severely restricted. They held a small service on the date of their 25th anniversary, and a reception several nights later.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
After screening other venues, Scott and Peter concluded that holding the reception at their home would allow them to invite the most guests yet still control overall costs. They packed 140 people into an unconventional space – it was packed, but everyone had a great time.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Scott and Peter wanted their reception to be very personal, so they took the time to make sure each element was thought through. Their favorite memory of the celebration was the personalized toasts delivered to them by their friends. A unique touch resulted from Peter’s fondness of toucans and Scott’s fascination with the birds. A pair occupied an honored position on their cake. Such personal details made every moment a special memory of their union and commitment to each other.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
This special couple’s advice to others is to “start planning early and remember this is a once in a lifetime event for you. Make it yours and enjoy the moment. The memories will last the rest of your life. For same sex couples, I have heard lots of comments about not trying to copy straight weddings. While there were some things we did that were traditional, we did them because they were important to us. Make your wedding your own and do what feels right to you. Enjoy yourselves, it is your day!”

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Derek Chad Photography // Caterer: Culinary Concepts // Cocktails: Snake Oil // Cake: Sweet Cheeks // DJ: DJ Dougie // Rentals: Abbey Rents and PEP Creative // Florist: Urban Garden Floral Invitations: Stacy Himmel

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