Friday, May 21, 2010

This Weeks Beach Wedding Adventures...

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Fun and happy days this week with our brides and grooms who eloped with us, in fact, there were twelve couples who came from all walks of life and traveled from around the country to have their weddings on Coronado Beach with us. They came from places Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota and Texas. Kayden and Jeff came from Arizona to tie the knot and say "I do". Of course, many couples traveled from right here in California. Happy couples...Abby and Holger from Palm Springs (previously from Germany) came to San Diego to cool down... 98 in Palm Springs.. 70 in San Diego!  Jennifer and Ariel from down the street in Temecula.  We never get tired of saying that we were absolutely delighted to be part of their big day.  Here are just a few of pics we took over the week...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WOW..75 years together after Eloping with the Justice of the Peace!

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 Doris was 18 and Wendall Roberts was 21 when they eloped on May 18, 1935.  This is a story about a couple who have spent the last 75 years together happily married.  Wow! We really LOVE these stories!!

Doris and Wendall don't have a single photograph from the wedding, but they remember it like it was yesterday. 

Their secret, you ask?    Lots of work and lots of luck they say.  The met in grade school and fell in love at the school picnic.  You can read their entire story right here in the Kitsap Sun, from the tiny town of Bremerton Washington.  

And just in case you are wondering, that would make Doris 93 and Wendall 96. 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Jennifer+Troy=Seal'd with a Kiss

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jennifer and troy celebrated a coronado beach wedding
this week with us...

check out the spectator on the right in the water....
yes, that's a baby seal who stopped by to see what all the commotion was about--- 
he,  she it was too cute for words ~ Seal'd with a kiss!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What's new with us in San Diego, May 2010

Spring of this year has been exciting and busy for us, in addition to all of our really fun weddings....We bought a darling little house in San Diego, in the North Park neighborhood near Morley Field. It's a dream come true. The house is a 1912 Craftsman  Bungalow!  So adorable, and has been loved and cared for so much that we can just move in and call it home. It's a great thing, because all of our weekends are busy, no... VERY, VERY busy with weddings and elopements this time of the year--we are busy bees with no time for home repairs and remodeling, just unpacking.

Our son Ben graduated from college in Missouri with his Masters in Divinity while still in the reserves with the Navy.  He's ready to begin his work as a chaplain intern.  Ben is interviewing and is hoping for Houston or New Orleans. 

Jennifer Alphonsine, our daughter has just taken a new chef position in the San Juan Islands, Washington.  She relocated last month to the rural town of Friday Harbor and loves it so much.  Here is the update we just received from the Coho Restaurant where she is the executive head chef. 

Friday Harbor, WA Dining at Coho RestaurantFrom the Coho newsletter this month: We are so pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Chef, J. Alphonsine Haslet-Phillips.  Alphonsine began in March and has been slowly transitioning the menu to her fresh, lighter style of cooking.  "I wanted to work at a restaurant which had a philosophy that extended beyond the plate on the table, that cared about sourcing food for local, sustainably-grown seasonal ingredients," says Ali about her decision to accept the position. She developed her Italian and Mediterranean-inspired cooking style at several notable Seattle restaurants including Le Pichet, Dandelion, and Dinette. In her most recent position as Executive Chef at the West Seattle restaurant Circa, she expanded her philosophy of developing approachable and deeply flavorful meals that do not mask the individual ingredients.
Coho Restaurant's Chef - Friday Harbor, WA
We are very fortunate to have Alphonsine's expertise and deft hand leading Coho's kitchen. She loves being able to experiment with fresh, local ingredients that highlight the season; and every plate of food that goes out that door reflects her delicate touch and skill in spontaneous creativity.  We hope that you will come in for dinner and taste her cooking.

Anna Maria & Dave
Coho Restaurant's Owners
 120 Nichols Street Friday Harbor, Wa 98250 
  San Juan Island Washington State

Our youngest son, Anthony is keeping busy with his roofing business in Seattle where the rain is a blessing to his business.  He is also a new daddy with the newest member of his family, Ethan.   I managed to stop him long enough to pose for some pictures. Not easy! 

Monday, May 10, 2010

..and from the lovely state of massachusetts..via encinitas..dayna and jason

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When we think of Massachusetts,  we think of the Boston Red Sox,  Boston cream pies, or the state insect which happens to the ladybug, or the little chickadee, the state bird.  But tonight we thought about how cool it was that Dayna and Jason came to Coronado Beach to be married, to elope, to say "I do" ... just the two of them, on one of the most beautiful evenings we've ever seen.  They came all the way from Massachusetts via Encinitas.

Okay, we confess, there was just a tiny bit of  bragging on our part about how beautiful the Pacific Ocean is-- we might have even gone as far as to say that it was even more beautiful than her sister ocean,  the Atlantic.

In the end, we all agreed, there is nothing like California's beautiful beaches for destination weddings. The skies with their puffy clouds looked like a Maxfield Parrish painting. 

Dayna, you were absolutely adorable, wearing a vintage style eyelet dress, with a wreath of daisies in your hair.  Jason was even a great sport rolling up his pant legs to wade in the surf.   Thank you so much for sharing your celebration with us... you totally made our evening! We wish you the very best as you begin your new adventure as husband and wife.

christine and steve

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Spring is here...there's LOVE in the air!

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We always think of May as the beginning of our wedding season here in San Diego.  It's true, there are elopements all year long, but it seems that May is when we really spring into action. We know for sure that love is in the air!

All the way from Dallas, Texas.....Stefanie and Nathan came to the most beautiful beach around to be married, yes....  Coronado Beach with just a few close members of their family to have their elopement with us.  We wish them all the best and say Congrats!

Thank you Stefanie and Nathan for not only being so much fun to work with,  but sharing your celebration with us and choosing Elope San Diego for your destination beach wedding! 

christine and steve


coronado kisses :)
we love 'em!!!

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