A Retro Wedding with a Contemporary Twist: Reyna & Michael

September 6, 2011

Reyna & Michael’s intimate wedding had a 1950’s and 60’s vibe but with a contemporary and romantic twist. “Our general inspiration was our favorite era, mid-century and everything that comes with it: Themusic, the films, the design and architecture, but in a subtle way,” the bride told me. “Also, the addition of the birds idea was Michael’s because he knows how much I love them.”

The couple were very keen to make sure that all their favourite things were included in the day. “It is amazing how much you can learn from your partner’s taste and personality, when you make this a fun labor of love project,” Reyna continued. “Our biggest challenge was having to make it all come together all the way to the wedding from Canada, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!”

The outside ceremony took place Shelter Island Shoreline Park, San Diego and the bride walked down the aisle to ‘Moon River’ by Henry Mancini. Then followed by a laid-back reception at JRDN Restaurant at Tower 23 Hotel. “My mother-in-law made the table runners for us, and my mother made my fresh-flower bouquet and boutonnieres,” the bride continued. “Everything that involved ink and paper and was designed by us. I made a second bouquet with vintage flower pins and our cake topper was inspired by a picture we took together on 6th Avenue in Downtown Manhattan.

Thank you to Reyna & Michael and their photographer Kira for sharing this beautiful wedding with us today.

Photography Credit: Kira Sjoberg Photography
Photography Assistant: Jenna Kageyama
Ceremony Venue: Shelter Island Shoreline Park, San Diego
Reception Venue: JRDN Restaurant at Tower 23 Hotel
Bride’s Dress: Custom Made
Bride’s Shoes: Lola Ramona
Bride’s Headpiece: DIY
Bride’s Gloves: A Brides Eye View on Etsy
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BCBG

Bridesmaid’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Cake: Monica Martinez
Car: 1958 Ford Fairlane