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Crys & Gabe have a dog named Isis.  They hike.  They camp.  They live within walking distance of the beach.  They have the biggest hearts of almost anyone I’ve met.  They’re goofy, they’re fun, they’re sweet.

I was really nervous when we had our phone consultation.  I wanted them to like me SO MUCH.

I hadn’t ever been further west than Colorado before a week ago.

I hadn’t ever met Crystal  or Gabriel in person until the day Alumni Intern Jessica and I flew in to San Diego.

Within five minutes of meeting, Gabriel had already invited us to stay at their house for the duration of our stay.  Needless to say, they’re awesome.

This was my first official travel wedding.  And certainly won’t be the last.  The event coordinator said they’ve never had anyone come from as far as Atlanta before.  Bad-ass.

The bridesmaids gifts were these beautiful retro robes with burnished velvet designs.

The ceremony was decorated with crystals {haha}, curly willow branches, baby’s breath.  The bouquets were unbelievable.

A lot of the wedding was DIY, because Crystal’s hardcore like that.  Most of the decor came straight from their home.  It was a blending of a lot of traditions, new and old, with some vintage and desert feelings mixed in.  We even got to take home a potted succulent. {His name is Hank, and he’s sitting in my kitchen window.}

Instead of passing out slices of cake, Crystal & Gabriel called in Coolhaus, the gourmet ice cream sandwich truck.  That’s right.  Gourmet.  Ice.  Cream.  Sandwiches.  Add gourmet to anything dessert, and I’m there.  They had all kinds of awesome flavors, like Dirty Mint Chip, Nutella Toasted Almond, and Horchata, not to mention the awesome cookie flavors {like red velvet FOR THE WIN}.

People DANCED at this wedding, which made for some happy photographers.

We had a blast at this wedding.  Thank you, Crystal & Gabriel.

Hair: Kara O’Neil of Eden Hair Salon

Make-up: J.H. Artistry

Venue & Catering: Vista Valley Country Club

Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus

Decor : Aunt Rosalva Michel
Florist: Nina Kincaid
Dress: San Patrick Design from The Dresser
Succulents: Hernandez Greenhouses in San Marcos
Misc Decor & Favors: Hobo’s Vintage


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