The fabulous Debbie and Luca were married this fall at the Scripps Forum, and the day was incredible. I liked these two instantly. It was completely evident from our first meeting during those torrential storms earlier this year, that they are passionate about food, wine and most importantly each other! I love how Luca’s creative side and Debbie’s analytical side meshed together incredibly well for a beautiful day. Throughout the process, we were able to stay true to the vision they shared with me from our rainy first meeting.

As the day grew closer, we learned that the groom’s father would be unable to travel the distance to the wedding. Luckily, technology was on our side! The entire wedding was Skyped. Yes, Skyped. The Father of the Groom was able to view the entire ceremony, and congratulate the newlyweds. I carried the laptop around to show him details of the day, and dad was “sat” down on the DJ table for guests to come up, chat and offer well wishes. One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing Luca’s father pop a bottle of champagne. Also, when the DJ Jay Brannan acknowledged the parents and asked them to rise at the reception, dad did as well. Finally, a friend of the bride’s family sang during the ceremony and the couple recessed to a Star Wars song.

Many of the guests flew from overseas, so I was thrilled that we got an incredible sunset. Uplighting the palm trees was a perfect choice, as many guests lingered outside–they don’t have a beach where Luca’s family is from:)
Debbie and Luca, it was an honor and a pleasure! I loved your approach to the planning process, and I am so pleased looking back at Melissa’s incredible photos documenting the day!
Florals: Jennifer Cole
Hair and Make-up: Susie Beyer