Jessica + John

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Jessica and John met at work – the summer of 2012 when Jessica was finishing her graduate degree. Jessica gave a college of engineering tour to members of John’s management team who, at the end of the tour, offered her an internship. Seeking employment closer to home, she decided to take the role that placed her in the same building as John in San Diego, CA.

She immediately made an impression on John as he proclaimed to a coworker “I think I’m in love” after meeting her for the first time on a tour of the office. The romance was set in motion when John’s engineering manager asked, “Would it be ok if Jessica occupied the empty desk next to yours?” He proceeded to woo her with expensive chocolates (Reese’s PB cups…) and instant messages that distracted them from the job at hand. She soon found herself going on walks around the office to learn from John’s extensive knowledge of workplace accidents. It was on a walk to discuss injuries caused by industrial equipment that John finally made his move. He touched her shoulder & the tension seemed palpable.

A coworker invited them to a party and they both attended in the hopes of seeing each other outside of work. John was terrified that he was the only one who sensed the connection. The party turned into a walk to Ocean Beach where the larger group chose to get hamburgers for dinner while John, a vegetarian, snuck away to find another option. That’s when it happened…

He heard Jessica’s voice calling out to him from behind. “John! John! where are you going?!”

They spent the next three hours eating pizza, having drinks, sharing stories and doing backflips around local bars. Realizing that they had both been experiencing the same connection all along, they wondered why they waited so long to tell each other!

Later that night Jessica invited John to walk along the beach where she took the first opportunity to seal the romance with a passionate kiss. They’ve never looked back.

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How did John propose? Collusion with my best friends in San Francisco. We planned a long weekend trip up to SF to visit my friends and experience the city for our three year dating anniversary. Little did I know, John had been planning the proposal for months with the help of Jessica and Chelsea (my two bridesmaids).

Our last day there, we started out with bottomless mimosas and brunch and continued with brewery tours and urban hiking to some amazing viewpoints. John was stressed because he was carrying the ring around in his pocket and I was confused as to why we were hiking to all of these random locations. He was trying to find the perfect time and place!

Our last stop was Land’s End which had an awesome view of the Golden Gate Bridge. I was taking a photo of the bridge when John tapped my shoulder and I turned to find him going down onto one knee. My initial reaction was not what one would expect…I think my first words were “Wait, what are you doing?! Why are you kneeling down!?” After I realized that he was proposing, I said “yes” (obviously), and we were applauded by a small group of tourists and went on to celebrate. It was definitely a day to remember J

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Most memorable moments from the wedding day: The first look when we were standing back to back waiting to turn and see each other. It was a very emotional and happy moment.

Also, the second line parade. We were hesitant about doing the parade at first but are so glad that Lulu talked us into it. It was so much fun and an experience we will never forget.

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Processional – Trumpet Tune by Purcell

First Dance – Sparks by Cold Play

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Leading up to the wedding, the number one question we got asked was “Why New Orleans?” Our response was always that we loved the city – the culture and the people. All of our guests had such a great time that I think they now know what we were talking about! Our guests traveled from California (San Diego and San Francisco), Ohio (Cleveland), Virginia (small town of Chilhowie) & Mexico to attend our wedding day. <3 0095

Wedding Planner: Weddings by Lulu | Bride Prep: Hotel Provincial | Ceremony + Reception: Muriel’s | Hair + Makeup: Just Face It Beauty | Florist: Erin Steen | Cake: Bittersweet Confections | Ceremony Music: FAE | Officiant: Joe Pitzer | Brass Band: TBC | DJ: Jack Magic | Second shooter: Eddie Marroquin

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