Chic Weddings/Cultural Weddings

Cool Industrial San Diego Gallery Wedding (With Tacos!)

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Cynthia and I are kindred spirits. When she contacted me to photograph her taco filled San Diego wedding last Fall I had my bags packed and ready. The day featured sparkling gowns, hip neon signs, a romantic dress, succulents, tacos – everything modern, hip, pretty and cool packed into one tiny space.

Set in an industrial shipping container gallery venue (didn’t we just say this would become a thing?!) the space was both design-forward and funky. While meticulously and artfully designed, the area lent laid-back party vibes. One shipping container hosted a photobooth and cocktail tables inside, another shipping container set up the DJ booth (pumping out killer latin music all night) and a third hosted the head table.

The tacos were out of this world. Cynthia coming from a Mexican family, they knew they needed a proper taqueria set up. They grilled carne asada, roasted pork and pineapple, pressed fresh tortillas, elote and made all my wedding food dreams come true. Let’s not forget the micheladas (beer cocktail plus chili salt) the essential San Diegan backyard buzz.

The wedding was lively, the style was so fresh and the vibes totally laid-back and fashionable, basically my own personal dream wedding (including their eco-friendly serveware!) So much so, that I can proudly say Cynthia & Clint inspired our own upcoming Baja taqueria wedding, we owe you one Cyn!

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Our Love Story

We met at a perfect time in our lives. Once we were actually introduced to each other, through a mutual friend (and not just staring at each other from across the bar) we were inseparable.

Never having a fight or a break-up, this relationship is one of ease and true love. So much alike yet so different, we continuously balance each other out. We always have each other’s back and motivate each other to be the best us.

Clint so graciously shared his family-filled, hockey proposal with us last month in our real BM reader feature, read their engagement story here.

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The Wedding Style

We wanted a simple wedding but something that was our style where everyone would have a good time. When we saw our venue for the first time we knew it was the place. Such a cool and different space, with a bit of Mexican and artsy flair. We wanted the wedding to be “classy meets urban” feel, and it defiantly was.

As soon as we visited the venue, we knew we wanted to get married there. The entrance way is an art gallery filled with art from local artists from Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. One of the art displays had a taco stand with astronauts. It was out of the ordinary and it went with our color scheme perfectly, all white and gold. As you enter the back of the venue there is a large area with shipping containers used as different spaces. It had the urban feel, and the cool thing about this venue is it had its own character. The owner gave us free range to get creative and make our idea come to life.

While guests arrived they were given champagne glasses and entered to classical music as they walked through the art gallery. As they entered the rear of the venue the music changed to a more upbeat tropical house to go with our theme. We couldn’t have picked a better location for our wedding.

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The Ceremony

Our vows were probably our favorite special moment of the wedding. They were very emotional, we wrote them ourselves, and it was nice to share them in front of all our friends and family.

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The Flowers

We chose simple flowers all white and green greenery.

We used tuberose flowers because those were Clinton’s mom’s favorite flowers. She passed away when he was 18 years old and we wanted a way for her to be with us. The flower has a beautiful distinct smell.

His boutonniere was made with the flower as well so he had his mom with him all night.

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The Food

Cynthia comes from a Mexican family, so we knew we wanted Mexican food to bring our families together.

So, we chose to serve tacos from Tako Bar SD. They specialized in gourmet Tijuana style tacos. We had everything from adobada, carne asada, chicken as well as vegan tacos combined with Spanish rice and beans and handmade tortillas. Everything was delicious and all of our guests loved the food.

Our cake was simple all white with a gold topper accent and wrapped Eucalyptus leaves to match our décor. All plates were recycled and napkins eco-friendly.

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The Photography & Videography

We chose the perfect photographer for the style of our wedding, Claire Eliza. We wanted our photographer to capture the moment and be part of the ambiance. We did not want the traditional pictures of posing and Claire’s style matched exactly what we’re looking for. We couldn’t be more grateful for the moments that she captured.

Cynthia works a creative agency in La Jolla, CG Creative Studios, and they generously offered to produce the wedding video. We are forever grateful for this gift and for Gaetano Martinez who went above and beyond on filming and editing the video.

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Advice for Other Couples

Breathe. Everything can get a bit overwhelming. Expect everyone to want to take a picture with you but make time for yourselves. Kiss each other frequently and remember everyone is there to celebrate your love. Don’t let the little things get to you.

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The Honeymoon

We decided to go to Northshore Oahu, Hawaii. We left two days after the wedding and stayed at the Turtle Bay resort. We did all kinds of activities including hikes and a helicopter ride.

We definitely recommend to any couple to take a honeymoon right after your wedding you’ll need it to destress and have a special time together.

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