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Jessica & Hector Sausalito Wedding

Sausalito Wedding Photography

Jessica & Hector’s Sausalito Wedding

 We met while I, Jessica, was studying my master’s in Spanish in Madrid in 2015 and was set up with Héctor as my “intercambio” – a language partner to practice and improve our second languages.

  We started dating in the second semester of my studies there, and I decided to stay on another year teaching English and see how it all went. It went well! I moved to Toledo where Héctor had gotten a new job

On May 5, 2016, he proposed!

 He selected a wonderful simple band as the engagement ring to pair beautifully with my grandmother’s wedding ring, which we added at our first ceremony

the “official” wedding – on July 14, 2016, in a beautiful 14th-century chapel in our beloved Toledo with just our parents and siblings and two close friends

 In April of 2017 we celebrated a ceremony with Héctors friends and family also in Toledo, and in December we celebrated with mine in Sausalito.

We met while I, Jessica, was studying my master’s in Spanish in Madrid in 2015 and was set up with Héctor as my “intercambio” – a language partner to practice and improve our second languages. We started dating in the second semester of my studies there, and I decided to stay on another year teaching English and see how it all went. It went well! I moved to Toledo where Héctor had gotten a new job, and on May 5, 2016, he proposed! He selected a wonderful simple band as the engagement ring to pair beautifully with my grandmother’s wedding ring, which we added at our first ceremony – the “official” wedding – on July 14, 2016, in a beautiful 14th-century chapel in our beloved Toledo with just our parents and siblings and two close friends as witnesses. In April of 2017 we celebrated a ceremony with Héctors friends and family also in Toledo, and in December we celebrated with mine in Sausalito.

Everything revolved around the groom! We picked out his suit first when planning our Spain wedding and he really loved his vest and tie combo so we went with navy and gold as our colors. We really wanted to place our attention just on being with friends and family, who we don’t get to see often living so far away. And we are very low-key people, so we asked our bridesmaids and groomsmen just to look sharp ;-). They were stunning in their individual navy dresses and suits. When finding my dress, I really wanted a sleek line and simple look and loved the lace applique detail and neckline of the dress. I accessorized with a hairpin and earrings that were also my grandmother’s, like her ring, and a beautiful sapphire bracelet loaned to me by my cousin.

Lillies of all varieties are my favorite flowers, but I loved the idea of the calla lilies because they grow beside my parents’ house and remind me of home. I also loved the long stems that added to the sleek line of the dress. We added small yellow flowers and navy ribbon to tie the colors into it as well. The groomsmen’s boutonnieres and bridesmaids’ bouquets were a rustic blend of yellow and blue flowers.

We originally were going to do the ceremony inside but decided on the outside deck and were so lucky to have great weather with a beautiful view of the San Francisco skyline. Our processional song was Cannon in D and the recessional was “A Kiss to Build a Dream On”. My friend of 20 plus years was our officiant, which was very special to me. We had our friends and family read the same Bible passages as from the original wedding and a poem by Bécquer, a poet from the Spanish Golden Age. We also read our vows in both Spanish and English because it was very important to us to share them with each other in each of our native languages as well as the one we practiced, and continue to practice!, with each other.

We chose Ondine because of the location and view of San Francisco. It was absolutely perfect and the perfect size for our guests. My sister created the centerpieces, green wreaths around white candles with lace trim. My good friends Tim and Kelly Sciascia from Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in San Francisco brought a keg of delicious IPA for the reception. Our couple’s dance was to “Mi Verdad” by Maná and Shakira and then we danced the night away, especially with all the kiddos that came and that was very fun for us!

Wedding planning is crazy! I’ve now done three weddings, to the same guy!! That’s our running joke ;). Try to share as much as you can, or help each other in other ways so it doesn’t get (too) overwhelming. No matter what though, when you wake up the morning of your wedding, know that you have done everything you could do and the rest will fall into place. You MUST ENJOY your day! Even if everything is not absolutely perfect like you imagined it, it will be perfectly yours forever :).


 Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.


 Photography: Apollo Fotografie