Danielle Erwin, 27, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, just moved to Huntington Beach, CA from Chicago, IL.
David Barnett, 27, Senior Research Analyst at Jones Lang and LaSalle Commercial Real Estate Firm. Just moved to Huntington Beach, CA from Chicago IL.
We both grew up in North County, San Diego and went to high school together. David and I met as Freshman, where we briefly dated for 2 months (aka held hands at lunch) and then David dumped Danielle. We reconnected in college when David worked with one of Danielle’s best friends and they ran into each other at a party and the
sparks were flying.
I always had the impression that David was really attractive and cool. He always did his own thing, and followed his own compass, and did not stick to the status quo which I thought made him even more intelligent and appealing.
The morning after our first time hanging out stands out for me. I always thought she was beautiful. But from that morning text when I was ironing my shirt, I knew she was a straight shooter and a super friendly and kind person.
I, Danielle, knew I loved him after one long night staying up all night talking about everything from life ambitions, music, family values, politics, etc. and I saw the amount of depth to David that made me realize I loved him. We didn’t need to share everything exactly to have great conversation and understanding which made it all
David Says- I don’t think there was a specific instance of where I knew I was in love with Danielle. My initial feelings morphed into something more after all the memories we have accumulated, from our awesome vacations with friends to alone time playing games. I knew she was special because she was willing to go to all my weird concerts.
David and I were home for the holidays and he asked if my family and I wanted to come over to his parent’s house for a little holiday happy hour. David said he would swing by and get me, while the rest of the family was out “holiday shopping for me” so I couldn’t go with them. By the time David came to get me I was feeling low because none of my friends or family were around to hangout, which was unusual since I was visiting from Chicago and did not get to see them ever.
David ended up saying we needed to pick up his brother down by the beach. Instead, on a cliff he covered with roses, he bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him. His brother ended up being there taking pictures and filming with a drone. After David asked me to marry him, we went back to his parent’s house for “happy hour” where all our friends and family were waiting with a surprise engagement party and celebration. Before the wedding it was the best night of my life!
Our wedding was at a winery so it was already lush grounds and a rustic setting. I wanted to offset the natural rustic architecture with classic romance and elegance so the rustic wasn’t too overdone.
Burgundy Bridesmaids Dresses, Navy Suits with Grey Jackets. Flowers were a lot of greenery with white and blush floral tones. I think I said “lush” to my florist every other sentence ha!
My florist & coordinator was truly one of the best parts of my wedding planning! She had the best attitude and loved what she did. Her big thing is that you don’t have to break the bank to have the wedding décor or your dreams. The reception room was stunning on its own, but bare bones on the ceiling. We had this vision of a rounded chandelier over the dance floor covered in greenery and flowers. She transformed the indoor space so beautifully, but the chandelier she ended up getting was a focal point for all of our photos in the reception and could not be more beautiful! All the while, she did this for a reasonable price and was very meticulous with our budget, which meant a lot to me!
The day leading up to the ceremony had been stressful for both of us, andattempting to wrangle our large wedding party for photos was not an easy feat either. Once David and I made our grand entrance and had our first dance, we sat at our sweetheart table and had a chance to look out at everyone we loved in one room. We both looked at each other and the room filled with so much joy and took a moment to take it all in and how fortunate we felt. We knew it was going to go by so fast so we were happy to have that moment together. After that, we danced the rest
of the night like no one was watching!
We hand-picked readings and had a family member give his own speech during the ceremony so it really reflected who David and I are and what we want our marriage to mean. That, coupled with toasts from our parents and friends, made everyone at the wedding more emotional than I was expecting! Everyone was bawling! We heard so many times that everyone got a sense of the love between not just David and I, but our two families, and the joy was palpable. I planned the wedding décor down to a T, but knowing that was infused in the wedding is what made the day so special. Getting to curate that ceremony so it reflected the marriage as well as our wedding day was my favorite part.
Ceremony Site: Ponte Winery, Temecula, CA
Reception Site: Ponte Winery, Temecula, CA
Stationery: Unica Forma!
Photographer: Pauline Conway Photography
Videographer: JLyter Cinema (Jenna Lyter)
Consultant: Bella Florina (Vorie Edelmann)
Flowers: Bella Florina (Vorie Edelmann)
Gown: Bought from White Flower Bridal Boutique. Gown is Martina Liana Bridal Design
Hair: Blush by M. Marie
Make-Up: Blush by M. Marie
Veil: Unsure- borrowed from a family friend
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Engagement & Wedding Rings: Famulare Jewelers
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulu’s
Menswear: Black Tux
Catering: Ponte Winery In-House Catering
Cake: Made by our Aunt
Desserts: Made by our Aunt
Music/DJ: DJ Leeds
We planned our wedding remotely from Chicago—it can be done! haha. We also did our wedding party untraditional. Danielle had one bridesman who was with her throughout the day, but we have a lot of overlap in our friendships so we wanted to stand guy/girl instead of the traditional men on one side and women on the other. Between siblings, family friends, and having been together for so long it made it more about the entire group rather than guys versus girls. I was worrying about the numbers and aesthetic of it all and then we just sat and picked people who meant the most to us personally and as a couple and it worked out perfectly!