Allie told Sara to meet her, and their [then] three-year-old daughter Rylee, down at one of their favorite beaches. Allie had Rylee walk Sara down the beach to her, then said the most special speech, got down on one knee, and popped the question while the sun was setting. 

The three of them celebrated afterward at the beach with some champagne [juice for Rylee, of course!]

Our most stressful part of wedding planning was the fact that we were doing our ceremony at a public beach that we couldn’t reserve. There were a lot of unknowns about how it would actually turn out; if people were going to be able to find parking, if the musician was going to be able to find power for his amp/ the mic for our officiant. If the tides that we had checked months ahead were actually going to be low enough. 

There were times during planning were things did get a little heated. Our best advice is to make sure you both voice your hopes and dreams about your special day. Remember that the day celebrates both of you! When you start disagreeing or arguing about certain things and its not fun at the moment, just take a break and walk away from it. It’s not going anywhere and not worth the fight! It should be a fun process, so enjoy it all! 

We didn’t really have a theme in mind; we just knew we wanted it super casual, laid back, romantic vibes. It felt just like a big party with all of our favorite people. 

We made our own succulent centerpieces. Sara’s Dad made the wood boxes that the succulents went into, and he also made our donut wall for our dessert table. He also made these amazing candle holders out of old wine barrels for the centerpieces. A good friend made some of the most beautiful equality signs out of old wood, and a rainbow “Mrs. & Mrs.” sign and a picture collage wall out of an old window.

Everything couldn’t have gone, or been, more perfect, really. 

We married in a little cove on the beach, and the tides we had predicted were perfect! I think walking out to the beach and seeing all of our friends and family standing on the beach together, looking back at us smiling, was by far one of our favorite memories from the day. 

You could just feel all the love and support from everyone there.


Photographer Kevin Voegtlin

Bridal Boutique Moondance BridalThe White Dress
Catering Salt Creek Grille
Ceremony Venue Dana Point Beach
DJ Tyler Borchard
Event planner & Stylist Michelle Searles
Florist Moody Blooms
Gown Designer Emmy Mae
H&MU Chanell Voegtlin, Hope Garton
Live Music Dream Brother
Officiant Kristine Blagof
Reception Venue Salt Creek Grille
Rings Zales
Stationery Lauren Earl