Wedding Planning

Jessica and Mike’s Elegant San Diego, CA Real Wedding by John Schnack Photography

This couple added elegant European details to their gorgeous California wedding.

This San Diego wedding is a sweet breath of fresh air. Jessica and Mike’s wedding was inspired by Mike’s proposal in Paris–lots of European touches and plenty of French simplicity. Thank you to John Schnack for sharing and to Jessica for her thoughts on the wedding!

Mike and I met through mutual friends and had been together for five years before he popped the question. We were vacationing in Europe, and one evening while we were walking along the Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower, I turned around, and he was down on one knee. We knew we wanted to be married outdoors, so decided to have our wedding the following spring in May. Although I’m originally from the Midwest and Mike grew up in Los Angeles, we wanted to have our wedding where we have made our home, in San Diego.

There is no shortage of amazing locations for weddings in San Diego, but when we saw The Crosby Club, we both knew it was just what we were looking for. Set on a golf course filled with trees and flowers, and surrounded by the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, it is truly a beautiful place. I wanted the wedding to have a romantic, French garden feel, in all black and ivory. The florals were a mix of peonies, garden roses, hydrangea and tulips, all in ivory and white, with candles everywhere. To help cut costs, I designed the invitations, wedding programs, menus, place cards and table numbers myself, and I also put together the candy table.

Although the day of the wedding was hectic and crazy up until the very moment we all lined up for the processional, I knew that everything had come together perfectly and that the day would be amazing in every way. For me, the most meaningful part of the day was walking down the aisle with my mother escorting me and seeing the look on Mike’s face as he saw me for the first time that day. After the ceremony, the party started! Our DJ did an amazing job and knew just what to do to keep the party going, and the dance floor was packed the whole night. We spent the evening celebrating with our closest family and friends, and it was a day neither of us will ever forget.


Photographer: John Schnack Photography

Venue: The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe

Dress: Alvina Valenta

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Event Planning: Rachel Leber of I Do… Weddings!

Flowers: Annette Gomez

DJ: Edge Entertainment

Linens: A Perfect Table

Video: Dove Weddings

Hair + Makeup: Char Hair and Makeup

Strings: Belo Som Trio

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