Winery Wedding Celebrates with Family, Culture, and the Perfect Finish Line!

This lovely Orfila Winery wedding is the perfect blend of love, culture, great food and fun for our Wedding Crush Wednesday feature! Originally from Evian, France, Kevin met Mariesa in 2013 while living in New York City. Kevin proposed on the beach in Hawaii in 2015 after competing in his first Ironman World Championship. As a nod to how much triathlon is part of their life, the couple made their grand entrance into the reception by breaking through finisher tape!! The couple also very much wanted to incorporate and honor elements of both Kevin's French heritage and Mariesa's Filipino heritage throughout the wedding - they did so with both French and Filipino decor, language, traditions and delicious food from both cultures throughout the day.  And we have to note that Kevin wore one of our favorite looks for the groom; a very French, very gorgeous, blue suit...which to us is a tour de style!

30 some years ago, 5217 miles separated Mariesa and Kevin at birth. And somehow all those thousands of miles of separation matter not, because on balmy New York City summer night in July 2013 the world brought them together. As destiny would have it, the very 5217 miles match the same numbers as this international couple's wedding day, 052017!  Team Portmann is now embarking with Kevin as a first year pro competing in triathlon living in Oceanside, with his Sherpa Mariesa by his side. Go team Portmann! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Orfila Vineyard & Winery
Wedding Photographer: Shadowcatcher Imagery
Wedding Video: Pixels & Motion Studios
Event Florist for Decor / Bouquets: JLH Blooms
Wedding DJ: Music Phreek
Caterer: Terra Catering
Croquembouche - Traditional French Wedding Cake: The French Gourmet
Bridal Hair Styling: SoCal Hair & Makeup
Bridal Gown: Kleinfield Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mishka
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This Week's Wedding Crush Wednesday Says a Fashion-Forward "I Do"

This week's Wedding Crush Wednesday features Alex and Ljubov Ovtsinnikovas from Russia/Estonia! These two said their vows in Centennial Park on Coronado with some of the best views of San Diego! While we already think these two are gorgeous, we love their winter ensembles too. With the coastal breeze and cool San Diego nights a night on the waterfronts can get a little chilly.  Ljubov's cropped jacket, and bright red  bouquet combined with Alex's stunning royal blue suit [very European!] makes the couple pop from their backgrounds. The Ovtsinnikovas' statement pieces are show-stoppingly perfect and showcase their style, their attitude and their love. Südamlikud õnnesoovid pulmapäevaks! (Congratulations from the heart on your wedding)!

Something Blue: a beautiful Cinderella wedding styled shoot in one of our favorite wedding hues

When wedding photographer J. Michelle Photography sent us this beautiful and romantic blue toned styled wedding shoot (featuring real life couple Bri and Kevin) we could see that they understand that every girl dreams of being a princess on their magical day. J. Michelle and the team at Fairy Godmother (a wedding planning and event company) wanted to bring the essence of that universal dream to life. Pulling inspiration from the beloved story of 'Cinderella', they mixed regal elements with humble trinkets in many shades of blue [Cinderella's signature color don't you know!] to create a realistic fairytale styled shoot. Well all we can say is "Bippity Bobbity Boo we love this shoot in blue!" Nice job of making magic!

Vendor Credits:

Photography:  J. Michelle Photography 

Makeup Artist:  Cassie Mulligan- Freelance Makeup Artist

Bakery:  De Coeur Bake Shop

Apparel:  Enchanted Bridal Boutique

Event Planning:  Fairy Godmother A Wedding & Event Company

Men's Fashions:  Fino's Menswear And Tuxedo

Linens and Coverings:  Make It Happen Events

Floral Designer:  Make It Happen Events

Chanel Chairs: Walker Lewis

Invitation Designer:  Matinae Design Studio

Make Up:  Jana Maes 

Bakery:  The Cookie Monger

Sewing Items: Sew Elegant 

Location: Private Residence, California