Calm before the storm
What a twist on the traditionally perfect serenity of a perfectly sunny-happy wedding day…Jumpin’ Jivin’ Bride Heather McHottie (McCluskey) kicks it into gear with background volume from DJ Andy… and BAM! “I get UP, and nothing gets me down… JUMP!”
Not your typically nervous bride…
Leave it to Heather Elise & Chad to bring down the house with some Van Halen for their wedding march…just perfect. Thanks DJ Andy! We all have those friends who are not afraid, who tackle life – its joys and its pains – with a SMILE, a HUG, and a PROMISE. Thank God for those friends!
Heather & Chad met about five years ago and started dating… two lovely singles, primes of their lives…but it just wasn’t the right timing. Fast-forward a few years, and some serious kindling hit the fires! Whew! JUMP is right! Chad didn’t miss his opportunity to catch Heather the 2nd time around. On an evening hike up Torrey Pines Preserve – sorry, Bodey, no dogs allowed there! – he proposed to her after only 8 months. No question, this marriage is made in SMILES, not just stars! Hot damn, you can feel the love all over!
Glowing with smiles & love!
- Feelin the bridal love
- Jumpin all night!
- Van ***ing Halen!
San Diego natives Chad & Heather share an innate love for the ocean and all the fun associated with it, like surfing, paddling, swimming, water polo, and beach hiking. They chose a fitting color scheme of oceanic blues & Garibaldi (CA State fish) oranges – what perfectly juicy colors for the wedding party’s beach attire and Suzan M Florals’ punch-filled bouquets:
THE DIY TEAM & FAMILY!
Beach themed weddings are clearly a specialty in San Diego, but since we needed to WOW the mix of Heather’s friends and fellow wedding vendors. Our Sweet Cheeks Design Team immediately designed an ombre-colored aqua-teal wedding cake, adding touches of soft butter cream “surf,” white chocolate starfish, and some super-decked out sugar starfish décor…
Heather, a certified sea-lover (and my weekly stand-up paddling companion!), highlights stunning colors in her outstanding professional photography (you MUST SEE Heather Elise Photography).
Chad coaches some of the finest young water polo players in the area – both at Palomar College and Poway High School – and puts his heart into all the students on his teams.
…now check out the cutie petutie water polo groom’s cake we made as a special gift for Chad! Um, yes, please…coconut cake with peanut butter Butter Cream? Holy deliciousness! (Heather said they ate it for breakfast all week; they are my role models.)
Fellow vendors in action that night included the ever-”fantastic” Carmin Cermak of Carmin Design
DJ Andy Hagenah of Starlight Photobooth (Michael & I snuck into the booth…and this blog, apparently!)
Hams for Life
Disc Go Round and The Groove…
…and the, ever-silly, crazy cats of film – Joe Park of Joe Park Films & Andy of Andy King Photography
Another HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT for us vendors is this CAKE-EATING DOCU-DOODLE created…uh, later in the evening… Many thanks to Joe Park Films for this insanely awesome VIMEO video which sent us so many delicious praises…between the psycho killer coordinator & videographer, the too-cool DJ, the over-the-top cake-lover bride, and the hysterical baker, we don this the FUNNIEST CAKE VIDEO EVER!
We know that for Heather & Chad this day will forever hold precious memories, thanks to so many wonderful family & friends in their lives. We can only account for a small portion of it here…but we’re so grateful to know & love them and to have shared a part of this BIG DAY!!!
This blog post would not be complete without a quick nod to their #1 fan and champion of cliff jumping, Mr. Bodey Himself – who graced the gift take-aways for all of their guests…so sweet
Always Sweet, Bodey
Thank you, our dear friend Heather, for lighting up our lives with JOY & SUNSHINE! We love you so very much.
Personally, I know Chad secretly thought: “Ohh there she stands in a silken gown Silver lights shining down” – Van Halen “Love Walks In”
Eddie Van Halen JUMP!