If you ever think that you’re meant to just meet the right person, the story behind this intimate La Jolla Shores hotel wedding is sure to confirm that because when we first heard Krista and Shannon’s story, it almost seemed like fate had led them down the road to one another.
The day that Krista first met Shannon through her children and her children’s friends, it was as if time had stopped. All of a sudden, there was a handsome man who knew exactly how to make her smile, who made her feel beautiful, who understood her.
And Shannon? He knew he loved Krista less than a week after knowing her. A woman who radiated beauty inside and out, who cared for those in her life more than anything, and was the kind of woman whose optimism and faith inspired him, it was as if she was an angel sent down from Heaven just to prove these real life fairytales exist.
From conversations over the phone that seemed to last forever to times they got to share together, their connection and spark were undeniable. Made even richer by the friendships that their children shared and the undying loyalty and adoration they felt for them, their relationship grew deeper and deeper till it was undeniable– they were meant to be.
With similar circumstances in their lives to their love for music, the Lord, and everything in between, it was as if every moment in their lives had happened just so they could find the love they shared. As their relationship grew, it became clear that Krista and Shannon understood one another without even having to say a word– and with no sign or moment to point at, they just knew. They knew that they had found the person who they wouldn’t want to give up.
It was the end of the first week of their Florida trip when the moment came that Shannon knew he would propose right then and there. Chartering a boat, the sunset beamed around them as he held the ring; it was as if God himself had sent his blessing as the two of them were surrounded by the bright colors, blending together just as perfectly as their lives had. And so he asked Krista, and received the most enthusiastic yes he had ever heard.
Despite rain and shine, their coordinator Aly Ann worked tirelessly to make this intimate La Jolla Shores hotel wedding the perfect day for Krista and Shannon. Moving the ceremony into an elegant room indoors, the vendors hustled and transformed the space into an elegant room worthy of being the place this incredible couple would perform their vows. And as they were surrounded by their friends and family, it was clear that they had done their job to a tee.
It was clear to all who had gathered to celebrate Krista and Shannon at their intimate La Jolla Shores hotel wedding, that despite the changes there was no distraction from how much they loved one another. Escorted by her father and son as she walked down the aisle, Krista could hardly hide her joy as she walked towards Shannon. And as she joined him under the arch dripping with floral arrangements by Native Poppy, the way that they looked at one another was as if they were the only two in the world.
It was hard for us not to tear up behind our viewfinders before and during their vows. Whether it was watching Krista gift a bracelet and rings to her children before she walked down the aisle and hearing her vows about her perspective of her and Shannon’s story or watching Shannon tear up and ask his best man to speak his vows as he was overwhelmed by his love for Krista, there was no shortage of moments that had us stifling a few happy tears for them at this intimate La Jolla Shores hotel wedding.
And the rest of the night? The pair danced as if no one was watching, with Shannon wrapping his arms around Krista as they giggled and kissed while they swung around the dance floor to beats spun by Vynce Pham of Music Phreek. As they took breaks throughout the night to talk and dance alongside their families together, there was no shortage of joy that the day had arrived that they had finally become one family.
To Krista and Shannon; it was such a blessing that Aly Ann led you to us– and an honor that you chose us to document your intimate La Jolla Shores hotel wedding. The deep unconditional love that you share for one another and your children is so incredibly special and genuine, and we’re so happy that we were there to see your families become one. We wish that every single day is blessed with the perfect sunset for you two to enjoy together, and that every moment you spend together reminds you that God put you in the other’s path to prove that genuine, unconditional romantic love isn’t just a fairy tale– it’s something you two experience every day together.
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Wedding Photography : Clove and Kin | Ceremony Location : La Jolla Shores Hotel | Wedding Planner : Aly Ann, Aly Ann Events | Officiant : Robert Stevens | DJ : Vynce Pham, Music Phreek | Florals : Native Poppy |