Trina and Jason met on OkCupid with a 96 percent match of their profiles. “We talked for a little over two weeks from ‘good morning’ to ‘goodnight’ and finally had our first date in Santa Monica,” shares Trina.
According to Jason, “Trina had always told me she wanted to see ‘blue’ water. I had been to the Caribbean islands before and knew exactly what she meant,” he says. When it came time to propose, Jason used this to plan the perfect proposal, “We planned a week-long cruise vacation in April of 2017. I used her excitement and anticipation of her first big trip as a convenient distraction to pull off a proposal.”
The couple only had a few things that they put as priority for their big day. “The first was that I had to be barefoot on the beach,” says Trina. “Second, we wanted to do something to honor my parents who had passed.”
Choosing a destination wedding, Trina and Jason had the challenge of planning an event six hours away. Thankfully they hired a planner to ease the process. Says the bride, “It was a bit stressful not being there to see the fabric and the colors in person or even taste the cake, but we just had to trust that they would make the day what we wanted. I had to let go of a lot of expectations and just look forward to a beautiful day with our closest friends and family.”
The beautiful and personal ceremony took place on the beach near sunset. “We asked Jason’s brother to get ordained so he could marry us, since he was such a crucial part of our dating history and knew us so well,” says Trina. “He was comical but heartfelt and made everyone simultaneously laugh and cry with inside jokes, quotes from The Lord of The Rings and sentiment.” They also left a chair reserved in the front, and instead of being walked down the aisle, Trina walked by herself and sat a special bouquet of flowers down for her parents.
Guests moved inside the Monterey Beach House where they were greeted with an open bar and three handpicked signature cocktails. Trina danced with Jason’s dad for the father/daughter dance. “We had a lot of kids present so we had a bonfire with s’mores and hired a helper to watch them for a bit so the adults could enjoy the party.”
The couple especially enjoyed having some alone time through the day and evening. “We hadn’t seen each other in two months prior to the wedding and wound up having such a short trip out to get married due to my new job, so we opted for a first look,” says Trina. “This was perfect, and I am so happy we did it that way.”
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“Tightrope” – The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
“93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz
“Eyes on You” by Chase Rice
We had a delicious Boston Cream cake with white chocolate frosting and a chocolate ganache drip for the groom and guests. The bride is gluten-free, so there were also 2 cupcakes for her (chocolate and vanilla) from a dedicated gluten-free local bakery.
White/Blue anemones, blue thistle flowers, oriental lilies
Favor bags were created by the stepmother of the groom, Laura Haag, containing a hangover kit.
I want to RAVE about our photographer, JB Wedding Photography. Justin was so wonderful and his price is for the entire day and comes with edited and touched up photos on a thumb drive as well as a website for friends and family to access. He helped us pose but wasn’t pushy; while the girls were getting ready he was great at holding a conversation and not being the stranger taking pictures. The best part of Justin’s service in my opinion were his Photoshop skills! The groom is a huge Star Wars fan so he created an image on the beach with a scene from the movies. We also were disappointed that Monterey county has a ban on fireworks and sparklers so Justin also created photos for us that have sparkler images added!
– Firstly, definitely hire a wedding planner if you do not have the capacity or time to manage everything yourself; it can be daunting. One of the best parts of having a planner, at least part of the day, in my opinion, was the ability for her to make time for Jason and me to just enjoy each other, eat our food, and still mingle with our friends and family that came to celebrate with us. We got to do our first look, and then sneak into the venue without anyone seeing, and sit and enjoy a glass of champagne and soak it all in before the event started. (Bride)
In order to stay in budget and also have all the amenities we wanted, we shorted our guest list to parents, siblings (and their respective partners/kids), and our closest friends. The total ended up being around 30 adults and 10 children.