Most couples think of San Diego as a sunny destination to exchange wedding vows. But sometimes, Mother Nature likes to surprise us. Traveling from Texas during Covid-19, Frances and Matt married in a San Diego elopement amid the pouring autumn rains. Understated, romantic, and dreamy are the three words that describe this San Diego micro wedding best.
To start their wedding weekend off, the couple met with their photographer, Joni of Joni Bilderback Photography. Planning around the scattered showers, these three embarked on a little journey to the Oceanside pier. Ducking for cover when they had to, Joni could still get some beautiful shots with the pacific ocean as their backdrop. There’s nothing like California, am I right?
San Diego Elopement Details
The first half of November in Southern California was in a less restrictive Covid-19 tier, so the couple and their guests enjoyed an indoor micro wedding ceremony and cocktail reception, regardless of the inclement weather. Even though elopements are generally shorter affairs, the day’s meaning is still just as paramount if it were a full-blown San Diego wedding. Matt and Frances contacted Sisti & Co. a month before their date to plan everything. Cordiano Winery was the perfect backdrop for an elopement, and Sisti & Co. was able to put together a simple but beautiful San Diego elopement package. If you’re looking for more wedding inspiration, check out this springtime wedding at Cordiano Winery.
Fall Inspired Color Palette
Frances’s color palette started with a classic, creamy parchment that moved into blush and merlot. Together with antique blue, we added a hint of fall with a sun-dried terracotta. Luckily, the overcast and rainy weather really muted the ceremony area and made the atmosphere cozy and dreamy, yet still refined. Though most brides don’t look forward to a rainy wedding day, it really makes candlelight even more beautiful.
San Diego Wedding Florals
Cocktail tables adorned with pretty fall blooms helped give a cohesive look to this San Diego micro wedding.
One of my favorite parts of planning this elopement was the surprises that Matt had in store for Frances. He really wanted Frances to walk down the aisle to a lovely string quartet, and it was perfect. At the end of the evening, a limo escorted them away- another surprise for the Bride and a memorable way to end the day.