For sports-loving high school sweethearts Giselle and Joseph, nothing could sideline their relationship—not the challenges of school, not being in a long-distance relationship, and not even being on rival sports teams in college. With Giselle on the dance team at UC Davis and Joseph on the football team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, these two sports fans found themselves cheering on rival teams all throughout college. Fortunately, they approached their relationship with the same amount of spirit and enthusiasm, and finally got engaged in 2016, after nine years of dating.
For Giselle, an adjuster for Allstate Insurance, and Joseph, a high school physical education teacher, their 10-month engagement flew by. They opted for a Sunday morning wedding at Vizcaya, and when it came to the ceremony theme, Giselle and Joseph kept it classic. They chose an elegant black and white color palette accentuated with delicate gold details, like vintage lanterns on the reception tables and an engraved gold cake cutter. They continued their color scheme through the celebration, including their cake, which they both felt was important to have at the reception. “Most of the weddings we attend have dessert bars instead of cakes. We felt strongly about having a traditional tiered wedding cake and it was definitely a hit!” says Giselle. They even came up with the design for their one-of-a-kind vanilla and chocolate buttercream cake themselves, and paired it with homemade cookies made by the maid of honor’s boyfriend. “They were gone in 60 seconds, along with the cake!” says Giselle.
Though Giselle’s favorite part of the ceremony was officially tying the knot—“I only waited nine years!”—her favorite part of the reception was something she holds near and dear to her heart, literally. During the speeches, Giselle’s mom revealed the giant “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day card Joseph made for Giselle a decade earlier, while they were still in high school. “He couldn’t believe I saved it all these years!” says Giselle. For Joseph, he fondly remembers watching the best man’s speech. “You never know how speeches will go,” he says, “but it was funny and special.”
Giselle and Joseph loved having a morning wedding. Not only did they not have any time to be nervous, but it also gave them plenty of daylight to drive around town and take photos in the vintage car they rented for their grand exit. As they left the reception and posed in the car, guests waived DIY’d wands covered in ribbons and bells to send them off.
From the first look to the cake cutting and everything in between, their wedding celebration ended up being everything they wanted. Though they’d had nearly 10 years of memories together by the time they tied the knot, their autumn celebration takes the (beautiful!) cake for being the best day of her life. “I felt the happiest I’ve ever been,” says Giselle. “We both couldn’t stop smiling.”
— Suzie Dundas
Giselle & Joseph's Wedding Resources
Tamarandtalya, etsy (vintage earrings)
Charming Charlie (earrings and bracelet)
Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara
“Someone Like You” by Van Morrison
“Gigi” by Corey Cott from the musical Gigi.
Gigi is my nickname which is why we chose this song.
“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
We did a 4-tier cake; each tier was a combination of chocolate cake or vanilla cake with either chocolate buttercream, vanilla buttercream, chocolate fudge and chocolate ganache. You can see in the photos of our cake that it was very unique! Half vanilla buttercream and half chocolate buttercream with dripping chocolate ganache.
A mix of greenery, such as eucalyptus, and white roses and assorted white flowers.
Gold feather bottle openers
- We absolutely loved all of our vendors!
- A special moment was when my mom snuck out the poster my husband made for me asking me to be his valentine (and girlfriend) in 2008. We dated for nine years before we finally got married! My husband could not believe I saved the poster all those years!
The only thing we would change is to be more aware of the windy weather because we had a mirrored sign shatter during our ceremony! It ended up being funny! Other than that, our special day was perfect and a long time coming for our relationship.