Client: Christina & Joshua
Event Date: November 11, 2012
Tell us a story: This client’s photos were stunning, so we emailed her to see if she’d want to be featured on our site. She was totally gracious and said: “Thank you again for having such a cool place for us to celebrate our engagement! We can’t wait to have another excuse to throw a party at Marina Village. Next time one of my girlfriends needs a location, I’m sending her your way for sure!”
Christina also sent us a link to her photographer’s blog post, which is fantastic, and this is definitely one of those parties we wished we could have gone to.
Any particular moment from your event that you want to share? I think the first slow dance my fiance & I shared was my favorite part. In Middle Eastern culture, you dont slow dance until the middle of the evening after dinner, everything before that is traditional arabic music. The moment our song started playing (David Gray – This Year’s Love) I burst into tears…which made my fiance laugh hysterically because up until this point I hadnt shed a single tear..not during the proposal..or telling our families..or any other moment of our engagement..but for some reason all of my emotion came pouring out during our dance. It was actually insanely embarassing, haha! Especially because I think the photographer captured it. but I think that’s when it actually hit me…”holy crap, we’re getting married!”
Besides that, I think we just loved that the entire event was a DIY project, and that made it so much more special than just hiring someone to do it all for us.So many people in my family were involved in making the night work. We spent months preparing and for that, we were utterly obsessed with the turn out.
What made you decide on Marina Village? I have always been obsessed with the fall season(my fiance proposed to me in an apple orchard during the fall), and because we don’t get so much of that amazing foliage in San Diego like they do on the New England coast (where my fiance is from) I wanted to go all out on a gorgeous, elegant, fall-themed engagement. Since we were right in the middle of November, it worked out perfectly. I had been to Marina Village for a wedding once before and fell in love with the Bayview room. I loved the huge bay windows & the floor to ceiling wood. It lays out the perfect environment for something rustic. I knew I wanted to incorporate unique centerpieces with the wood pieces, and the walls enhanced the idea so much more.
Marina Village also really appealed to us because we were able to bring in our own caterer which was a big factor for us. My uncle is a caterer (who makes the most amazing food!) and Marina Village is flexible in that you can bring in whomever you want. This was a huge selling point for us. Also the price point for renting the room for the night was incredibly reasonable, especially for being oceanfront like that. When you have to bring in everything to the room yourself, the expenses add up quickly, and it was awesome that we could afford such a beautiful room to hold it all in.
Flowers & Party Planning: Sandy Konja (my cousin)
Catering: Sahara Resturaunt, also known as Joe’s Catering. (He is my uncle & caters all of our events!)
Bar: We hired our friends that work at Craft & Commerce in Downtown San Diego. They created the craft cocktail menu for us, and prepared all of the fresh ingredients. The bar was a huge hit!
Coffee Station: Coffee Couture (amazing espresso caterers, they also have a coffee shop downtown)
Linens: we bought the fabric ourselves and then my mom and dad cut and sewed all of them for us! Pretty awesome! It was also used to drape behind our cake and to wrap our wooden chairs.
Dress: made in Turkey but was found through Hermz LA in Los Angeles (designer is Tarik Eldiz).
Groom’s suit: designed by Ben Sherman, shoes by Ferragamo
Chandelier/Couch/Chairs: Pow Wow Rentals
Uplighting: Excellent Designs
Centerpieces: All of the wood was cut from our yard, sawed, laquered & cleaned up by my fiance & my father. (That is some serious work!!)
The gifts we gave out were Plum Jam that my grandma made from scratch. We bought the fabric, made the tags, and wrapped them in twine for each guest.
Dessert Bar/Cake: made by me & my mother.
Photography: True Photography
Entertainment: DJ Basil
Lanterns & Ceiling/Wall Draping: Party Planning by Sandy