Bride: Shandi Johnson

Groom: Michael Johnson

Wedding Date: September 9, 2012

Hair: Upscale Hair Gallery 

Makeup: Erin Svalstad 

Ceremony/Reception Location: Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA 

Photography: Pierre-Olivier Photography 

Wedding Planner: Oh So Chic 

The bride on her special day: 

“We tried to be strategic about the planning process and looked to lock in the ‘biggest’ items first. We translated big as being items that would be forever memorialized in photos. So that included the photographer, location and dress… and the wedding planner that would keep us sane while we searched for them! Challenges associated with the wedding included: 1) finding a venue that was the ‘perfect’ compromise between the theme of elegance that Michael was looking for while embracing the somewhat rustic California Spanish style that I loved and wanted to show friends and family traveling from afar, 2) selecting vendors that were artists in their own right, while remaining true to our basic vision and 3) accepting that there was only so much that I could actually plan for and there would still be some details on the big day that would catch me by surprise.

The Most Memorable Part of the Day

“So hard to pick just one! The most memorable part of the wedding day was more a feeling than an event. More specifically, it was the feeling of anticipation and elation that we most remember about the day, which were strongest: 1) at the beginning of the ceremony as we looked forward to declaring before our friends and family that we were dedicating our lives to each other and at the same time felt the gravity of what we were doing, and 2) at the end of the evening, when the wedding was officially a party and the feelings of love and happiness felt by everyone who was there to celebrate with us was virtually palpable.”

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