Real San Diego Wedding {Coronado Cays Yacht Club}

Erica & Juan were married midsummer at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club. This was one of my first events where the wedding colors gray, yellow, and white presented themselves, I remember thinking it was SO modern and risky! I loved it! The year of this wedding, purple & green were all the rage, so I was definitely glad to meet a bride who wanted something new.

Erica and Juan are freelance dance instructors and wanted a celebration that was all about bringing everyone together to do just that… dance!

With a conservative budget and many priorities- one of them being able to help fly family members into San Diego from ALL over the world, so that they could take part in the day, Erica & Juan had to be very selective with every detail of their day. That meant there was a lot of DIY (do-it-yourself) efforts for items such as invitations, programs, escort cards, table name signs, etc., and it also meant that basics, such as flowers, cake, and the bar selection, were pared down to only what was necessary to create an event which was both welcoming and enjoyable for all the guests.

We maximized the budget by selecting delicate posey-style bouquets for the wedding party, the ceremony florals which lined the isle, served double duty by being transferred to the reception tables during cocktail hour. Also, our cake was of a simple design and all one flavor. Depending on the bakery, intricate designs, multiple flavors, or additional tiers can drive costs up. When your focus is the budget, don’t be swayed by what you think is the “typical” or “expected” cake, bouquet, or decor- make the decisions that suit your priorities regardless of what you see in the magazines or blogs. Our last budget control strategy was to use the linens provided by the venue (white napkins & table cloths) to pull together a simple, waterside, romantic look.

Sometimes, conservative budgets make you feel limited and as though you have to bypass the “pretty” things that make your wedding memorable… but as you can see in the following photos captured by AS Photography, there was nothing missing from this celebration, it was all dancing, good times, and laughs. Exactly what they wanted.





Flowers: Rae Florae | Cake: Shirley the Cake Lady | Photography: AS Photography | Venue: Coronado Cays Yacht Club | Officiant, DJ, and Bridesmaid dresses were provided by family friends.

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