S & S wedding || our wedding day

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i’ve tried to write this introduction a thousand times and yet i still can’t find the words to accurately describe the sentiments surrounding our wedding day. while it was certainly the culmination of eight months of planning, it was more importantly, the celebration of an answered prayer 31 years in the making.

to say that this day was all about S and me simply wouldn’t be true. this wedding was all of ours. the 96 guests that were physically present, and the dozens more that were celebrating from afar. besides the fact that half of the city was praying for a rainless day (which we miraculously had despite being sandwiched between two of the worst storms san diego has seen in recent memory), our wedding felt bigger than just S and me and our families. it was a celebration of everyone who has ever wanted the very best for us over both the course of our lives separately, and more importantly, over the course of our journey to become one. as evidenced in many of these photographs, we felt every emotion. there were laughs, there were tears (the happy kind, of course), but overall a feeling of pure contentment. as cliche as it may seem, we truly could not have asked for a more perfect day.

aside from our families and closest friends, we owe heaps of gratitude to every single one of our vendors who were integral in the planning, overseeing, and flawless execution of our special day. i cannot speak more highly of each and every one of them. we were incredibly blessed to be able to work with all of them and truthfully i miss my regular email chains with our coordinator so much.

below are some of our favorite images from the day, as impeccably captured by the dynamic duo of rachel and rico castillero of studio castillero. please enjoy!




venue: bernardo winery

photography: studio castillero

DJ/live music: ryan hiller

wedding planning/design: lace & likes

florals: siren floral, co.

invitations: danielle leopold

calligraphy: gold + state

catering: the wild thyme company

videographer: aqua vivus

rentals: adore folklore

officiant: mike farrington (longtime friend)

artist: wade koniakowsky

wedding dress: anais annette (purchased from elle bridal boutique)

wedding shoes: steve madden

faux fur bomber jacket: volcom

hair: tovi christie

makeup: janelle nelson

matron of honor dress: anthropologie

groom/best man attire: jos. a. bank suit, tie bar bow ties, nordstrom shirt, steve madden shoes


for more on the entire wedding planning process, feel free to visit the S & S wedding tab. i plan on leaving that up for a while as i add to it with all things honeymoon-related (packing, outfit-planning, and a full recap of our trip!) as well as a peek at our wedding video when it finally arrives in the coming weeks.

as always, thanks for following along this journey. it has been so much fun documenting everything for you! and five billion thanks again to studio castillero for these images. to say we’re smitten with them would be an understatement.

  • Mom
    April 6, 2017

    The perfect day! What a wonderful celebration and I agree all of your vendors were amazing. Could not say enough positive comments about all of them. It was everything you had envisioned.

  • Aunt Teresa
    April 6, 2017

    It really was magical and now you both have those memories frozen in pictures!

    • snadelman
      April 6, 2017

      And these photos will be treasured forever! xoxo

  • Aunt Patti
    April 7, 2017

    A beautiful recap of your special day…So happy to have the memories…Much Aloha to you and Sean…xoxo

    • snadelman
      April 7, 2017

      So thrilled to have shared it with you! We love you! xoxo

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