“We were going for an urban city romantic vibe with lots of greenery”, Meghan (the bride) mused. So with Chad in tow and Tayler Ashley Photography snapping the day, the two sought out a venue with this exact style and Moniker Warehouse was all that and more for the west coast couple. The space in downtown San Diego carries washed chocolate brown wood floors, exposed brick walls, and it easily converted from a ceremony area to a spacious reception location. Holly Kalkin eased any fears the duo had with her planning expertise, incorporating dark recessed wood tables with tall candle centerpieces and boho florals and foliage from Wylde. M + C’s wedding day effortlessly mixes boho and romance and urban all in one, and we’re huge fans of the synergy.
How did you meet?
It all started two and a half years ago when Chad’s best friend was trying to flirt with me at a bar but stopped mid-sentence and said, “I have to introduce you to my best friend!” From the moment we met each other we had a strong connection. We spent the first year in a long distance relationship. A year later we moved to sunny southern California to start a new adventure together!
What is your proposal story?
We love exploring new places and going on adventures so every year on MLK weekend we go somewhere for my birthday since we have Monday off. This year we went to San Francisco and I couldn’t have been more excited! We spent the day taking in all the sights from walking on the beach by the Golden Gate Bridge to see the house where Full House was filmed. At sunset we headed up to Golden Gate Bridge National Park where Chad said, “he had the perfect place to watch the sunset.” We walked around taking in all the breathtaking sights where you could see all of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. It was such a clear day but pretty chilly and windy. Chad suggested we go to the car and warm up so he could grab his jacket. We then headed back out to watch the sun finishing setting.
As we walked along a very private trail we saw a person walking towards us and Chad suggested we take a picture. He asked the kind guy walking towards us if he’d take our picture. As I turned around Chad was pulling flowers out of his pocket and asked if I could hold them..the next thing I knew he was pulling a smooth black box out and dropping down to one knee. He said he couldn’t imagine life without me and that this strong magnificent bridge reminds him of our strong connection since day 1. He opened the box and I just burst into tears saying, “yes!!” Meanwhile, the man taking our pictures had pulled out his super fancy camera to capture the entire moment for us..when Chad handed him his phone he whispered he was going to propose. The most beautiful moment captured by a stranger. It was perfect.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
We really wanted to make it a celebration for everyone as most of our guests were traveling from Wisconsin or somewhere far away. We also didn’t want to feel stressed the day of or have any family memebere feeling stressed which Holly Kalkin was amazing! We also wanted photos that would last forever and we found Tayler!
What were your favorite parts of the day?
There were so many special parts of the day! My sister who was the maid of honor had given me a book in the morning filled with pictures and words from all the amazing ladies in my life! My Dad and I also surprised everyone with a funky fun dance.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Don’t let the small things stress you out because in the end what’s most important is your surrounded by those you love and starting a new adventure. I’d highly recommend having someone for the day of so you don’t feel stressed.
Photography: Tayler Ashley Photography | Ceremony Venue: Moniker Warehouse | Reception Venue: Moniker Warehouse | Event Planning: Holly Kalkin | Floral: Wylde | Videography: Isaiah Adona. | Rentals: Platinum Party Rentals | Hair: Shannon McConnell | Makeup: Amber Silva | Wedding Dress: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor | Catering: Pacific Pizza | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Submitted via: Matchology