Allie and Daniel were married on a gorgeous January day at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula. Their photographer, Christine Skari Photography captured the special moments of their day. The bride and groom were living in Japan while planning a wedding in Southern California. Allie’s Mom, Kristine played an integral part in the planning. Allie’s gown from Pebbles Bridal in Woodland Hills was made by Stella York and the bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo Annabelel dresses in cameo pink from Nordstrom. Daniel proudly wore his Marine Corps Dress Blues and his groomsmen wore Vera Wang Tuxes from Men’s Warehouse.
How did you meet?
We met in North Carolina while Daniel was finishing up training for the Marine Corps, and I was teaching 8th grade math with Teach for America. We had our first date at Texas Roadhouse, and the rest is history!
How long did you plan the wedding after the proposal?
We started planning the wedding immediately after the proposal. We got engaged in May and began planning right away.
The top 3 most fun things about the planning of the wedding.
1. Our venue! Mount Palomar was an easy choice for us. The winery is beautiful and reasonable in price when compared to other venues. They did such a great job helping us plan our wedding from overseas, and made sure everything ran smoothly on our wedding day.
2. Wedding dress shopping! Once I decided what type of dress I wanted, it was so fun to get to try on dresses and find the perfect gown. My dress even came in early enough for me to do alterations before moving to Japan.
3. Selecting music for our ceremony and reception wasn’t easy, but it was fun. This was something we didn’t think would be hard, but it was harder than I thought. We had a lot of fun choosing all the music and personalizing our ceremony with fun songs.
What fun/unique feature of your wedding made you the proudest?
Since Daniel is in the Marine Corps, we wanted to incorporate some Marine Corps traditions into our wedding. When we were introduced at our reception, we walked through an arch of 8 Marines holding up swords. It was special for us and cool for our non-military friends to see. We also cut our wedding cake with Daniel’s Marine Corps sword. That was fun!
If you had it to do over, what would you change, add or do differently?
The only thing we would do differently is have a videographer. We were so happy with the way our photos turned out, but ended up being a little bit sad that we didn’t have video of the day. It was a big expense which is why we ultimately didn’t hire a videographer, but if I could do it again, I’d splurge in that area. The rest of our wedding was absolutely perfect. I would not change a thing!
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