After attending three separate weddings I had planned, I had no idea I was auditioning for this couple!

Shortly after MMM’s first wedding for Mary + Matt in the summer of 2017, we found that a mutual friend of theirs was planning to get married the following year. It turns out this new couple was also friends with former MMM clients Brittany + Brian and Lucia + Vinh. Mary offered a warm introduction to Mayuko + Scott but of course, we hit it off right away!

0336Mayuko + Scott had met in San Diego and the whole group was associated through an outrigger paddling group that they were all part of. While the couple had relocated to the Bay Area, they wanted to celebrate this special occasion back in SD. They were planning to have less than a 100 guests at their destination wedding and needed help with vendor referrals and partial planning.

At this point, M+S had attended their own share of friends’ weddings and had narrowed down the things they knew they wanted for their special day. They searched for a location that had its own natural beauty. Since they were planning their wedding from afar, it made the most sense to not have to involve an elaborate install. After a few visits, they had made up their mind and The Darlington House in La Jolla would be the setting for #MASCOTTO2018!

The Darlington House is operated by the Social Service League of La Jolla. Just blocks from the Pacific Ocean, this historical building features a variety of architectural styles that add to its natural beauty. With intricate door frames and red brick everywhere, M+S could already envision the beautiful photos they would get from their wedding day. Magical Moments by Megan was founded in San Diego so we had a network of amazing wedding pros to refer to the couple. Mayuko + Scott signed on with Oh Lovely Wedding and we know they were so happy about making this choice (as you can see from these photos!) The couple did their engagement session in Balboa Park and we at MMM have been OBSESSED with these photos since we first got to see them.

Next line of business was finding the right touches for the style and theme of the wedding. Since the reception was going to be in the Rose Garden, Mayuko wanted to keep it simple and bring in subtle colors and just a few DIY elements. Patty’s Linens provided all the rentals including the ceremony chairs, reception and cocktail tables, linens, table runners, napkins and glassware. The colors were grey and mint green – still a color combo I will always love! Blooms Design House styled the simple florals and provided the lantern rentals. The DIY elements involved mason jars and tea lights that Mayuko ordered online. One fun area of decor was the patio space where the cake was – we hung paper lanterns to create a welcoming environment. Aside from some hanging string lights, there was no additional decor needed.

0837When it all came together, everything was perfect. Mayuko and Scott did a first look at their hotel – the Estancia – but they were also able to take some gorgeous photos at the venue prior to the guest arrivals (all part of the details that we help you with on the timeline!) Kona the flower dog walked down the aisle and Mayuko was escorted by her parents that travelled from Japan. They said their I-do’s and chose to sign their marriage license in front of the guests as part of the ceremony. This is a special touch and we enjoy when couples decide to make this part of their program.

The fine food was hosted and served by Culinary Concepts – another referral from MMM. We had worked with Culinary Concepts many times and knew that M+S needed the support of a full catering team to make their magical day as seamless as possible. From the water station upon arrival until the last slice of delicious cake was served, Culinary Concepts went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect.

At one point, we were able to gather all the MMM couples and take a fun picture together! Mayuko and Scott were able to sneak away to do sunset photos at the beach but they returned, they danced the night away with their loved ones under the San Diego stars. Once the music was turned off and everyone started to head home, the only sound you could hear was the ocean near by and the satisfaction of another perfect magical moment complete.

Read Mayuko I.‘s review of Magical Moments By Megan on Yelp



Venue | Darlington House | @Darlington_House

Coordination & Design | Magical Moments by Megan | @MagicalMoments_byMegan

Photography | Oh Lovely Wedding | @OhLovelyWedding

Videography | Ryan Films SD | @RyanFilmsSD

Catering + Bar Service | Culinary Concepts | @CulinaryConceptsSD

Florals | Blooms Design House | @BloomsDesignHouse

DJ + EmCee | DJ Hersch | @DJHersch

Hair + Make-Up | Refined Beauty, Inc. | @RefinedBeautyInc

Rentals | Patty’s Linen Rentals | @PattysLinens

Rentals | Event Party Rentals | @EventPartyRentalsSD

Cake | Cute Cakes Bakery & Cafe | @CuteCakesSD

Valet Service | Preferred Valet Parking | @PreferredValetParking


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Wedding and Events Professional - Consulting and Planning services in Southern California (SD, OC, LA)

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