Timeless Romance Meets Urban Elegance at the Guild Hotel

Real Wedding
Charmaine and Andrew brought an ethereal ambiance to their wedding in downtown San Diego.
Written by
Emily Sweet

Charmaine and Andrew Walker knew that their love story encapsulated a contemporary take on timeless romance — something that seeped into the details and design of their big day. The couple opted for a daring wedding-day coordinated by Ryan Stith of House of Love Planning that brought a sleek modernity into an ethereal setting effortlessly, set at the Guild Hotel in San Diego, where an expansive skyline served as a dramatic backdrop. An urban haven emerged in the Guild’s courtyard, where thousands of white florals formed a celestial walkway to the altar, which was framed by grandiose greenery and trees from the Guild’s property. Charmaine was a picturesque bride in her Monique Lhuillier gown, paired with a notably minimalist bouquet. The bridal party opted for whimsical monochrome bouquets featuring baby’s breath posies, a perfect compliment to Charmaine’s pale-pink Sabrina Garden roses which added a subtle infusion of romance to her look. Fashion choices were sleek across the bridal party, with the men embracing modernity in crisp black tuxedos and bowties and bridesmaids adorned in pale grey-blue tones with one-shoulder necklines. Carrie McGuire captured shots of the day with a refined eye, showcasing the interception of fairytale and late-night glamour with a hint of the couple’s fun-loving attitude. The reception transformed the Guild’s ballroom into a continuation of the airy, ethereal courtyard ceremony, featuring ghost chairs and floating florals that melded indoor and outdoor elements. Flickering candlelight provided a soft glow, and a nostalgic neon sign featuring “The Walkers” added an art-deco-inspired contrast to the sweetheart table which was swathed in baby’s breath. Florals took cue from the bridal party and wove in hues of pink with creams and other white neutrals featured across the ballroom space. For Charmaine and Andrew, their wedding day brought a unique vision to life, where the couple was able to blend classic, grandiose romance with a unique 21st-century style set in San Diego’s metropolis.

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