Our San Diego Legal Wedding Ceremony

by Darcie
Darcie and Logan legal ceremony San Diego

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.

Darcie and Logan Legal Ceremony St. Paul's San DiegoWe 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.

Darcie, Logan, and pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church San DiegoOriginally, 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. Darcie and John wedding at St. Paul's Church San DiegoWe said traditional vows since we wanted to save our personal words for Bali.

Darcie and Logan exchanging vows St. Paul's church San DiegoDarcie and Logan exchanging rings at St. Paul's church San DiegoPastor 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. Prayer at wedding of Darcie and Logan St. Paul's church San DiegoWe were honored to have my parents be our witnesses and sign our marriage license.

Darcie's dad signing marriage license St. Paul's Church San Diego

Our first kiss as husband and wife.

Darcie and Logan first kiss St. Paul's church San DiegoSome 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.Family photo St. Paul's Church San Diego

Family Photo at St. Paul's Church San DiegoLogan and I love to be outside, so we asked our photographer to take some post-ceremony photos of us at the beach. Darcie and Deb wedding photo at beach in San Diego Darcie and Deb wedding photo at beach in San DiegoDarcie and John wedding photo at beach in San DiegoLogan and Deb wedding photo at beach in San DiegoDarcie and Hilarie wedding photo at beach in San Diegofamily wedding photo at beach in San Diego  Darcie and Logan San Diego beach wedding photosDarcie and Logan San Diego beach wedding photosDarcie and Logan wedding photo at beach in San DiegoDarcie wedding photo at beach in San DiegoLogan wedding photo at beach in San DiegoDarcie and Logan wedding photo at beach in San Diego

Darcie and Logan wedding photo at beach in San DiegoDarcie and Logan San Diego weddingDarcie and Logan wedding photo at beach in San Diego

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 engagement ring: custom 4.7 carat pale canary crisscut moissanite solitaire in white gold from East West Gem Co. (similar, read about my non-traditional choice of wedding rings here)

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 shoes: Florsheim, purchased at Macy’s

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)

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