This Garden Real Wedding is a California Dream Come True

Christopher and Kristina Grande knew their big day had to be in San Diego’s Balboa Park — it’s one of their favorite spots!

“We have explored and hiked all over Southern California, but one of our favorite places remains Balboa Park,” Kristina explained. “We love the architecture, the gardens and the people watching.”

California Garden Real Wedding

Additionally, because most of Kristina and Christopher’s families haven’t seen San Diego, the couple wanted to share one of their favorite places with them. After all, the groom is a pilot, so the couple knew they’d be moving around a lot. To get all of their favorite people in one of their favorite places in the world was all the couple was looking for.

Mix in some killer music, stunning flowers and a beautiful garden, and the two had themselves a stunning wedding!

The Bridal Party

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

The Ceremony

The Grande’s ceremony was held in The Prado’s Casa del Rey Moro Gardens. From the garden, the guests and the couple had a view of California Tower, where Christopher proposed.

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

The Reception

“Music is very important to us,” Kristina explained. “Jay and Andrew created custom versions of our favorite songs to play on the violin and guitar at the ceremony. Chris’ favorite part was when we had Joe on saxophone lead everyone in a parade from the ceremony to the cocktail hour. Joe also played along with our DJ during the dance portion of the reception and it was a hit! It was the best of both worlds: still our current music favorites with the energy of live music. The dance floor was packed and nobody wanted it to end.”

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

California Garden Real Wedding

The Details

Wedding Planner: Courtney, Breezy Day Weddings | Photographer: Chana, Photo by Chana and Don | Flowers: Adina, Simply Adina Floral | Cake: Sweet Cheeks Bakery | Catering: Prado | Wedding Dress Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Music: Jay Chu, Andrew Begin, Joe Cardillo, DJ Illeet Entertainment

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