You can be with someone for years and feel like you have mastered everything in your relationship, but marriage opens a whole new element of love and emotion within a relationship that you never knew could be possible.
Bride Bailey Peña
Over the past decade of their relationship, Bailey and Martin Peña graduated both high school and college, navigated a long-distance relationship, moved in together, spent weekends at in Indio Valley at Coachella and welcomed two cats and a dog into their family. After over ten years together, it only felt natural for them to officially wed at Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego alongside loved ones in a timeless ceremony. The bride and groom highlighted love and fun as two focal points of their nuptials, two characteristics they said have defined their relationship and were essential to the ambiance of their special day. Bride Bailey said they opted for a minimalistic yet whimsical feel with décor and design choices, and the mission-style backdrop of Junipero Serra Museum offered serenity and elegance around every corner. In a unique twist, the couple exchanged vows privately before the ceremony with a wall between them, making Bailey's walk down the aisle a magical first-look moment. Her show-stopping strapless gown featured a dramatic silhouette with a cascading skirt. Later, for the reception, Bailey changed into a modern and glamorous second look. The ceremony featured a unique backdrop of geometric signage with “The Peñas” written in LED lights – a seamless modern addition to the historic feel of the venue. The reception moved the party outside, where guests were greeted with a chic setup for dinner and dancing. Tablescapes were centered around white with notable accents of burnt orange in the water goblets and cutlery. Florals were on full display during the reception with a 7-foot floating floral arch adorning the bride and groom’s seats. When it came to florals, the duo was focused on a white palette but left many of the choices up to Rachel of the Sweetest Blooms to feature local, seasonal flowers. Uniquely, the wedding also featured an extensive playlist designed to feature songs with personal meaning and connections to the crowd – perfect for Bailey and Martin, who share an affinity for festivals. For Bailey’s walk down the aisle, “Can’t Help but Falling in Love” set a romantic tone and was later reprised for the couple’s last dance of the evening. Captured by Sierra Dawn, there were countless standout moments from the night that brought love and fun together in the ways the couple initially envisioned.