Melanie-ER Wedding-US Grant in San Diego, CA, US
Eder Photo beautifully captured Melanie-ER Wedding-US Grant in San Diego, CA, US.
Event Date: September 2, 2017
From Eder Photo: Melanie-ER Wedding-US Grant
Stunning wedding at the iconic San Diego hotel US Grant.
Q and A:
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
The Crystal Ballroom at the US Grant is already a beautiful space for a wedding ceremony so we just wanted to add a little bit to create a bright but romantic setting. We had rose petals down the aisle along the runner with sets of 3 different sized floating candle vases. Ali with Excellent Designs did a great job with the flower arrangements that flanked our altar space and along the mantle behind us.
We went for more a romantic feeling in the reception space in the Presidential ballroom. The room was mainly lit by the purple/lavender up lights outlining the room. Our lovely cake was the first thing that guests see as they enter the ballroom and sat down, they were treated to more pink and grey as well as candles. For our sweetheart table, we really just had more of the same – flowers and candles and a blinged out table-cloth!
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met at a mutual friend’s housewarming party (an Arnold Schwarzenegger themed party in fact) over a game of Sorry!, and he ended up becoming the officiant for our wedding! He proposed during our vacation in Maui. We drove to the top of Haleakala (the big volcano on the island), hiked up to the summit and he proposed to me at sunrise. It was perfect!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
There were so many great moments that it would be hard to pick just one. For the ceremony, we heard later on that our personalized vows were definite tear-jerkers for family and friends. Also, we pulled off our dip and kiss down the aisle pretty well! I was a bit nervous about it because my dress was so big!
In the reception, the best man’s (my new brother-in-law) speech was really creative and included a custom mashup of Drake songs. Finally, our last dance to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect was a perfect way to end the night – surrounded by all our loved ones celebrating an amazing day.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Start planning early and don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s your day so do it the way you want it, regardless of what others think. Not everything will go off exactly as planned but just remember to take a step back at least once during your ceremony and reception to just take it all in – there are so many things going on that it’s easy to get distracted and not appreciate the moment for what it is. It’s fun to recount and reminisce about your wedding day but nothing will ever beat truly living in that moment with the love of your life!
Melanie-ER Wedding-US Grant:
Venue: THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
Other: Excellent Designs
Photo Booth Equipment: Pixster Photo Booth
Hair Stylist: Men’s Wearhouse
Cinema and Video: The Wedding Entertainment Collective
Makeup Artist: Refind Beauty Inc.
Linens and Coverings: Concepts Event Design
Event Planner: One Fabulous Event
Bakery: Jenny Wenny Cakes
Photographer: Eder Photo – other examples of their work featured on AisleMemories – Chelsea and Mark Proposal at Point La Jolla in California, US
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