Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Our Own Perfect San Diego Wedding

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gazebo-kissing-shotOur wedding was perfect! We were very blessed to have an outdoor wedding in sunny San Diego, California, where our son Thomas Robert Jones II married the lovely Chelsea Rebecca Wright last Saturday, July 18, 2009. I am excited to share all of the wonderful wedding details, which when brought to conclusion were so fabulous. Through this experience we learned a lot about wedding planning! This post is an overview of the entire event, although our wedding vendors were all so wonderful, we are delighted to present separate posts for each individual business.

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding

The wedding venue was a lovely private home north of San Diego, California. Tucked in to a peaceful valley in the small community of Poway, the back yard of a friend’s home has been designed to accommodate the perfect wedding ceremony and reception. A rock paved path bordered on both sides with colorful flowers, begins at their driveway and winds around the side of the gracious home through a beautiful arched trellis. There our guests were greeted by Chelsea’s Uncle Scott and future sister-in-law, Alyssa, and beckoned to sign the wedding guest book. The guest book table was adorned with several photos of the bride and groom. Gifts were left on a large table adorned with fuchsia kalanchoe plants and tulle. Proceeding a bit further down the path, wedding guests walked through the fabulous gazebo which sits on the north side of the yard. Following the winding path around the perimeter of the yard they were taken to the stone dance floor bordered by a waterfall and pond. The coy fish were happy to be a part of our wedding festivities and swam smoothly through the cool water. The grass area of this beautiful San Diego backyard is huge and makes the perfect outdoor reception location. It allowed us plenty of room to set up chairs for the wedding ceremony, as well as the tables for the reception. While it was still warm – about 85 degrees by then, as it had cooled down considerably – the breeze was soft. Our wedding guitarist Rob Szajkowski, seated in the gazebo, strummed a selection of beautiful hymns and classical pieces, thus lovely melodies filled the air as the guests arrived. The view from this yard is truly beyond spectacular, as it overlooks a golf course and other lovely Poway homes. We were blessed with the most perfect outdoor wedding venue imaginable and have much of it captured in photographs by our wonderful and amazing wedding photographer, Kate Jeppson of Jeppson Studios.

Tom & Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Alexis, our flower girl heading down the aisle

Tom & Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Alexis, our flower girl heading down the aisle

The wedding ceremony began at 5:30 p.m. The grandmothers were seated first, as tradition was followed. I came next and was seated by my son – the groom – which was a very tender moment for me. He then took his place up front to await his bride. Chelsea’s mother, Suzi Camp, was then seated by her son, Casey who was a groomsman for Tommy. Bridesmaids followed, dressed in lovely champagne beige dresses with bright bouquets of fuchsia roses. Tiffany Wright, Chelsea’s sister, followed by Tiffany Jones, Tommy’s sister, Casey Long, Kira Riches and Kindall Fernando, the maid of honor. Next came the flower girl – Tommy’s two year old niece, Alexis. She was not happy to be the center of attention, but made it successfully down the aisle with the assistance of her mother, Robin Toth.

As our bride entered the ceremony venue, coming from the south end of the house, she may not have noticed the rows of chairs covered in classic white chair covers, or the fuchsia organza sashes adorning each chair blowing softly in the breeze. She may not have noticed the carpet of fragrant pink, white and fuchsia rose petals covering the aisle upon which she walked. She may not have noticed the smiling warm faces of her friends and family which had gathered to share her wedding day, or even heard the guitarist as he played Pachelbel’s Canon in D.  The bride only had eyes for her groom – and how they sparkled. Chelsea was the most beautiful bride. I found out later that one of our 3 year old wedding guests had inquired of her father if Chelsea was Princess Aurora, from the Disney film Sleeping Beauty. She truly looked like a princess.

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding

The wedding ceremony was lovely. Performed by the Bishop of our church, a perfect blend of smiles and tears, laughter and joy, as well as beautiful and meaningful vows were exchanged. After the recessional, the newly pronounced husband and wife and their bridal party retired to the house while we geared up for the wedding reception. The first order of business was to move tables and surround them with the chairs which had been originally set up in rows for the wedding ceremony. A little confusing but it was accomplished within about 5 minutes. The disc jockey began to play Michael Bublé. Guests were invited to indulge in the appetizers as well as the wonderful chocolate fountain! Yum! Set up and provided by my wonderful husband Rick Muir. He is the owner and CEO of Sephra, the top manufacturer of chocolate fountains in the world. Yes, I am a lucky woman – chocolate is a big part of my life…

Our disc jockey staged an amazing Grand Entrance for the entire wedding party, bride and groom. He invited all of the guests to form two lines creating a large aisle leading up to the dance floor. Each couple of the wedding party was then announced and came up the aisle lined with clapping wedding guests. Music played. It was really fun to see all of our guests and bridal party having such a good time. The maid of honor, Kindall Fernando and best man, Cory Bookman, actually skipped up the aisle! The bride and groom were announced and entered while the DJ played “Its Not Unusual” by Tom Jones – get it?

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - catered by The French Gourmet

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - catered by The French Gourmet

The rest of the evening was absolutely perfect. Guests mingled and dined on amazing cuisine prepared by The French Gourmet of La Jolla. I cannot tell you what a wonderful feeling it is to pass by your caterers in the kitchen and see that they are creating cuisine for your wedding event which is not only going to be tasty – as it smelled delicious, but so beautiful. Everything was prepared fresh on site. While I was focused on last minute details throughout the afternoon, I would pass through the kitchen often and watch as amazing platters of fresh fruit, beautiful varieties of croissant sandwiches, the most amazing green bean salad parmentier (very French), and spinach salad with strawberry vinaigrette were being skillfully prepared by Edith and her fine staff from The French Gourmet…all exquisitely delicious. We had guests who, admittedly, stood at the buffet table for 10 minutes sampling the artichoke fondue – while their small children ran unattended. And they didn’t care! It was really delicious.

The weather in San Diego this time of year is warm – especially in Poway, so we made sure we had plenty of refreshing punch and water. We served the usual punch and citrus garnished water, but my favorite was the cucumber and mint water. Our catering manager, Edith, sliced cucumbers and fresh mint sprigs and added them to beautiful glass beverage dispensers filled with cold water and ice. It was delightfully refreshing.

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Wedding Cake by Edelweiss Bakery

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Wedding Cake by Edelweiss Bakery

The evening commenced with dancing. First the Father – Daughter dance was lovely, as Chelsea danced with her father Roger Wright. Then, the highlight of my evening was dancing with my son, while Il Divo sang one of my favorites, “Mama.” It was a very tender and emotional experience for me, as my son and I have always had a close loving relationship. It was nice for me to be able to share a few moments with him before he begins this beautiful new chapter of his life. He told me repeatedly, “It’s perfect, mom, everything is just perfect”.

As the afternoon turned to dusk, lamps which adorned the perimeter of the yard and candles on each of the tables were lit, and reception continued amidst the soft glowing lights.

The bride and groom cut the cake – a beautiful creation by Edelweiss Bakery, located in the Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego. Shortly thereafter it was time to for Tom and Chelsea to head off on their honeymoon. Guests lined the driveway and blew thousands of bubbles to send them off. They spent their honeymoon night at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, before heading off to Maui the following day.

Now after all is said and done, my son is a married man. I cannot imagine a more perfect or beautiful wedding. If we had it to do over again, I am happy to say – we wouldn’t change a thing. To all of you planning a wedding, enjoy every minute!

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Bridal Party Jumping for Joy!

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Bridal Party Jumping for Joy!

 

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Here's to Us!

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Here's to Us!

 

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Our Lovely Reception Venue

Tommy and Chelsea's San Diego Wedding - Our Lovely Reception Venue

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