The Wedding Inspired by the Shoe: Leilani and Darren
Already having a family, two daughters of my own and our son together, we immediately knew that all we wanted on our special day was to be surrounded by our loved ones, with our children by our sides. We knew that we wanted something intimate and simple. What we didn’t know, was that I would pick a date and plan a wedding in SIX short weeks. We decided we would do a small ceremony with our immediate family only, on the beach of San Clemente, CA. I wish I had a sentimental story about our ceremony site, but the honest truth is that the inspiration all began with the shoes, which most inspirations are based around right?? I found this amazing pair of barefoot sandals by Forever Soles and had to have them in the sand. After that was set, I wanted the rest to be and look effortless. Having the talented Beijos gal, Leah, as a soon to be sister in law, the rest came easy. She was there every step of the way to make my visions come to life. Our ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect, with our children as our entire bridal party. I definitely had the cutest bridal party ever.
A little Chit Chat with the bride:
Was your wedding day everything you had hoped for?
My wedding day was everything I had hoped for and more. We planned the wedding in six short weeks, it was intimate, organic and effortless.
What is the most amazing thing about your man?
The most amazing thing about my husband (I love that I get to say Husband now) is his heart. He is such a lover, the way he looks at me will always give me butterflies. He is a protector and a provider and loves nothing more that seeing his family smile.
Was it carefree and easy getting married or were there hurdles you had to face with organising everything?
We got married on the beach in San Clemente, CA. We wanted a simple and intimate ceremony, with our children by our side. We chose a laid back beachy feel, we used beach blankets and throw pillows for our guest to lounge on, while witnessing our vow exchange. The aisle was adorned with wild flowers and a heart shaped wreath was used as our backdrop centerpiece. Following our ceremony that evening we had a lively cocktail party at the home of my in-laws, with all of family and friends. We wanted a relaxed organic atmosphere and that was exactly what we had. Both venues were perfectly suited so fortunately we didn't face any hurdles, which was wonderful.
Any funny moments?
Well, at the time it wasn't funny but I get a good chuckle out of it now....moments before the ceremony began, I lost the rings. I thought I had pawned the responsibility off on my sister but I had accidently stuffed them into a bag that had been packed away in the car. Fortunately, my Mom found them just in the nick of time.
What was your aisle song?
I went with the traditional Bridal March as my aisle song, and I had a ceremony playlist for our guest to relax to while they waited for the ceremony to begin, including a few of my favorites Etta James and Nora Jones.
Has anything changed in your relationship with your husband now that you are a wife?
Since we already had a family, not too much has changed in our relationship but I feel an incredible amount of pride now that I am his wife and love that we carry the same last name. I feel like our "forever" has official begun.
How was your experience as a Forever Soles bride?
I was fortunate enough to find and fall in love with the Enchanted Barefoot Sandal, long before my wedding planning began. I wish I had a sentimental story about our ceremony site, but the honest truth is that the inspiration all began with the shoes, which most inspirations are based around, right?!? After finding the barefoot sandals, I knew I had to get married in the sand. My experience as a Forever Soles Bride was magical, they were the icing on the cake.
Credits:Photos by Nicole Priest Photography
Sign by Twinkle and Toast
Blankets by Gunn & Swain