We’ve been back from our wedding in Bali and honeymoon in Hong Kong for a couple weeks now. We had the best time with our family and close friends, and I can’t wait to share the details. We haven’t gotten any photos from our wedding photographer yet, but we do have a 4-minute highlights video from our videographer, so I’ll probably start with that and go from there. There’s a ton to share, so I’m sure there will be several posts anyway.
In the meantime, I want to share details and photos from our legal ceremony. A month before we left for Bali, Logan and I got legally married here in San Diego. It was only a 13-minute ceremony, but we decided to do it this way to avoid the logistics of having an international wedding recognized here in the U.S.
We kept the group small – just my parents, cousin (who is like my sister), and my aunt. Logan’s immediate family (parents and sister) wanted to be there too but couldn’t make it out to SD given that just a few weeks later, they’d be flying to Bali for our “real” wedding. We did record the ceremony, though, so they were able to feel like they were there.
We held the ceremony at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach, San Diego by the same pastor who did our pre-marital counseling. Because our faith is important to us, it was meaningful for us to become legally married in the church.
Originally, I didn’t plan on having my dad walk me down the aisle since it wasn’t a formal ceremony. But, at the last minute, I changed my mind and had my dad escort me. I’m so glad I did. We said traditional vows since we wanted to save our personal words for Bali.
Pastor Jim led us in a prayer at the end of the ceremony. It felt very intimate to pray on our marriage with this group of people of fellow Christians who mean so much to us. We were honored to have my parents be our witnesses and sign our marriage license.
Our first kiss as husband and wife.
Some snaps with a few of the most important people in our lives. It is not taken for granted that we are close with our families and that we have their complete support in joining our lives together.
Logan and I love to be outside, so we asked our photographer to take some post-ceremony photos of us at the beach.
It was a very simple, but meaningful day. In some ways, it felt a bit like a rehearsal for Bali. That might seem weird or wrong since this was actually when we became legally married, but that’s honestly how I felt.
I was reminded of three things: 1) We never know how we’ll feel about something until we are in that moment, 2) We are entitled to feel however we want about anything; our feelings are always valid, and 3) A wedding is just a day; it’s the marriage that counts.
All in all, it was a special day that we will hold close to our hearts forever. I love you so much, Logan Brown. I am so happy that you are my husband.
Next stop, Bali!
Venue: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pacific Beach, San Diego
Hair: Styled by Jordan
Make-up: Taylor Haupt
Flowers: purchased from Trader Joe’s, arranged by my mom
Photographer: Bria Peterson
My wedding band: Suri in white gold from East West Gem Co.
My dress: Lulus
My earrings: Lulus
My shoes: Lulus (similar, exact no longer available)
My mom’s two-piece set: Lulus
Logan’s wedding band: custom made by Lashbrook
Logan’s suit jacket: JcPenney (similar, exact no longer available)
Logan’s pants: Topman
Logan’s and my dad’s shirts and Logan’s tie: Asos
My dad’s tie: Amazon
My dad’s suit: Topman (no longer available)