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A Destination Wedding with Classic California Style at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Lauren Megerdichian

From high school sweethearts to husband and wife - this couple's love story is something out of a Nicholas Sparks novel! He was her first ever boyfriend and 11 years later he proposed. Thanks to I Do Details Weddings & Events, their wedding was just as perfect as their love story. Filled with blush blooms from Honeycomb Affair and a flower girl that is TOO CUTE for words - all captured flawlessly by Tenth & Grace! Keep on reading to hear their romantic story told through the bride's beautiful words.

Tell us the story of how you met and got engaged!

From the bride... Jake and I met back in high school - he was my very first boyfriend! We remained friends but it was always something more, and we were always going back to each other. This went on for 11 years! We began officially dating again in 2016 and got engaged just a year later. Jake proposed to me on top of Daou mountain in Paso Robles, California. And as Jake says, "I knew in my heart that all these roads were leading me back to you. I have loved you since I met you, and I always knew you would become my wife."

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?

Jake did not want to see me until I was walking down the aisle, but I really wanted our vow reading to be intimate. Instead of a first look, we decided to read our vows back to back right before the ceremony! It was such a raw, emotional moment that we got to share together, and not being able to see each other made me even more excited to walk down the aisle.

Tell us about the location and style you chose and why.

I really wanted an intimate wedding but due to the size of our families, it wasn’t going to happen. So I wanted to make the ceremony and reception feel as intimate as possible! We share a love for wine country but couldn’t have our wedding there. So we wanted to incorporate wine in a unique way! That’s how we came up with our escort card display as mini wine bottles. We also brought in our own wine from a small winery in Paso Robles to share with all our guests! We chose Carlsbad for our wedding because we both went to school in San Diego and my mom lived in Carlsbad for years. We created beautiful memories there and the tiny little town feels like home to us.

Any tips for brides currently planning their wedding?

I was so nervous that everything would go wrong, and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. I hate that I wasted so many nights stressing over what was the best day of our lives! 

Photography: Tenth & Grace | Videography: Hoo Films | Florals: Honeycomb Affair | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Stationery: SHE Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Vanity Belle | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Attire: Mastroianni Fashions | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Nomi Restaurant | Bridal Hair: Hair by Lauren Wish | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids' Hair: Vanity Belle | Dance Floor & Stage: Dance Floor Decor | Draping: Concepts Event Design | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Bus: The Booth & Bus Co, | Planning and design: i do details lv | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals: Found Rentals | Signage: Salvaging Eden | Strings & Band: Lucky Devils Band | Vow Books: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Wedding boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal