The Couple: Lindsey & Jarrett

Wedding Date: October 3, 2015

Photography by Briggs Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met in 2010 at the opening day San Diego Padres baseball game through mutual friends and sports were a big part of our relationship from the beginning! I was attending San Diego State University and my husband was working at a bar downtown. There was an instant connection, which could not be lost. We moved from San Diego to Salt Lake and then to Fullerton, CA still infatuated with each other.

For me the proposal was the best part! My husband understood my love, and at times obsession, with Paris, France. We were traveling to France for a friend’s wedding and Paris was a mandatory stop. It was late a night after the river cruise that we were sitting by the Eiffel Tower watching the light show. As we were walking back to the hotel he informed me that he has something for me and my immediately reaction was chocolate! It was at that time he got down on one knee and pulled out his grandmother’s wedding ring. I was in complete and utter shock when he asked me to marry him that according to him I did not immediately say yes! Although in my mind I did!!! I was a special moment shared by simply the two of us and I wouldn’t have changed anything!

The wedding planning started as soon as we arrived back home and didn’t stop until the day of! All of our friends and family were such a big help in this planning process, looking at text after text of wedding planning! Couldn’t have done it without all of them!

What was the most amazing part of your day? Honestly, I don’t think we can pick one single part of the wedding as the most amazing part! The whole day was amazing! The day went absolutely perfect and that was in big part to ALL the family, friends, and the community who made it happen. Another note is to remain flexible! Everything may not go exactly as planned, but that is okay! All that matters is that the two of you get to unite as one and start your journey as a married couple!

What else would you like to share about your big day? The original plan was to have the wedding at the family’s Ranch in Mokelumne Hill, CA. Although three weeks before the wedding the Ranch was lost in the Butte Fire, along with materials and decorations for the wedding (don’t worry not the dress!!!). We were all heartbroken and lost on what was the next step for the wedding. Immediately after we heard of loosing the Ranch family friend’s the Valentines called my mother and offered up their Ranch (Whiskey Slide Ranch), saying we will make this happen.

We were so lucky to have them there as support and open up their home to us. The community came together immediately providing support and assistance in making our day perfect! My husband and I decided that we still wanted to have a small ceremony at the Ranch the day before the wedding with the family and friends there for the rehearsal. It was so special to be able to have a part of our ceremony done at its original location and meant so much to everyone.

Ceremony and Reception Site: Whiskey Slide Ranch

Ceremony Musicians: Elite Entertainment Professional DJ Service

Officiant: The bride’s younger brother, Brian

Photographer: Briggs Photography

Videographer: Damian Duran & Melissa

Caterer: An Affair to Remember and a family friend

Cake/Desserts: Lila and Sage

Flowers: Blooms & Things Florist

Favors: Blackberry Jam made by the bride’s mother

Bridal Attire: Miosa Bride

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff

Hair: Jessica Vinciguerra and Andrea Meyers

Make-up: Heather Coss and Shannon Chavez-Ochoa

Invitations: Save-the-Dates by Briggs Photography; Invitations created by the Bride’s Aunt Jodie and prepared by Costco.

Signage: DIY by the Bride’s sister.

DJ/Entertainment/Band: Elite Entertainment Professional DJ Service

Photo Booth: Briggs Photography

Lighting: Elite Entertainment Professional DJ Service and other DIY

Décor, Linen, Furniture and other Rentals: Giuffra’s Party Rental

Honeymoon Location: We started in New York and drove to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame. We then drove back to New York to spend a couple of days enjoying all it has to offer. Next we went to Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame to then travel to Vancouver, Canada for some home Vancouver Canucks games. Once we arrived back home we enjoyed a day in San Jose to finish the Honeymoon with another Canucks hockey game. There was definitely a weekend of baseball with the San Francisco Giants, too. Both teams require equal representation!

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out that we missed in the above questions? We purchased most of the decorations through Etsy and they all turned out amazing! Even after we lost our decorations in the fire the venders (Let’s Tie The Knot & BobbleGram Inc. working with Jennifer Thomas) were amazing in getting our products to us as quickly as possible!!! The personalized sports cake toppers arrived the night before the wedding and we couldn’t be more thankful for the rush!

First Dance Song: “Come Away With Me” Norah Jones

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Enjoy the process!!!! It is so much easier said than done when you are planning, although the only thing that really matters is that you two are married! Also, have fun!! Make the wedding unique to you two! Try not to get caught up in what is hot right now in weddings and stick to what makes you two happy!

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Honestly, no! Even through all of the loss and heartbreak we had an absolutely PERFECT wedding!

Photos courtesy of Briggs Photography.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

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