From Danielle, the bride…
About Danielle & Peter
Peter and I met through my brother-in-law. Peter kind of tricked me into going on a date with him (he said it was more of a “business lunch meeting”). I didn’t know what to think when I arrived realizing it was a very real date! But as we sat down for lunch the conversation just started to flow, I was completely myself with him and we had everything in common. It was the easiest date I had ever been on. Before I knew it we had been to five different restaurants and had a nine hour first date! Two days later Peter asked me to meet him for a quick cup of coffee where he told me he was going to marry me. Yes, on our second date he told me very matter of factly that he was going to marry me! We’ve been inseparable ever since.
Fast forward three years, 2 different states and lots of traveling came our wedding day! I can still perfectly remember getting in the car with Tanya from Tenth & Grace driving to the Sunset Cliffs headed to see my future husband for our “First Look”. I had procrastinated and was transferring my scribbled vows that I had written on a hotel notepad to my vow book on the drive over (come to find out, Peter was doing the exact same thing on his drive too!). I will never forget seeing Peter standing out on the cliff waiting for me. I was more nervous than I expected to be but the very moment I embraced Peter was my happiest moment ever. I felt complete stillness, like that moment had been waiting for me for my whole life. It was the most love I have ever felt.
The Sunset Cliffs couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for us. Peter and I are both beach lovers – there is no place we feel more peaceful at than near the waves. The inspiration for the wedding was to create a whimsical yet bohemian vibe. Both of those styles really reflect who we are as a couple, carefree and laid-back yet playful. But more than anything I wanted to keep it very intimate. My dream was to have our wedding feel like everyone’s best day ever, not a huge fancy production but truly a day of beauty and love. With 38 of our closest family and friends, my Dad marrying us wearing my Grandmother’s vintage turquoise ring, I truly have never felt so much pure joy around me. I couldn’t stop laughing and smiling!
When I first told Peter I wanted a pink couch he thought I was crazy! But he totally let me run with my design ideas and paired with the natural elements of the other lounge pieces and the cliff itself, the pink couch ended up being one of my favorite details! Our ceremony arch + flowers were an absolutely dream. My brother-in-law made the arch stand and my florist outdid herself with adding lots of greenery and boho goodness!
The macrame hanging we used has been in every home Peter and I have lived in together, it’s a piece that will go everywhere with us. I wanted to work with the windy cliff instead of fighting it so I kept everything very flowy, which complemented the natural look I was going for. Everyone looked stunning! My bridesmaids in mixed dresses and the men in killer blue suits – all the little details came together so perfectly (I could cry at how amazing my planner + vendors were). Although it was a very calm and intimate day, it was still a major party – just like we wanted! It was truly the wedding of our dreams.