Julius and Amanda’s San Diego Wedding Day

Talk about excitement for their big day, from the moment we heard from the soon to be groom you could feel the love he has for his future wife and their five children.  And their enthusiasm is contagious, we started calling, texting, helping in anyway for them to plan their big day from Iowa.  After 8 years of courtship, a surprise engagement with family and friends and months of planning, May 12, 2018 on the bluffs at Sunset Cliffs, these two would become husband and wife.  With suites at the Grand Manchester Hyatt, Amanda, her girls, her mom and aunt all gathered together to help the bride get ready while Julius and the boys transformed into some sharp dressed men with their gray suites, matching ties, socks and watches.  It was so fun to watch how close they were to all the kids after hearing about them for months!  Everyone headed to Sunset Cliffs and the San Diego weather could not have been more perfect, clouds danced lightly in the blue sky, it was warm with a perfect breeze and you could see for miles in all directions.  At last, all the preparation and anticipation, Amanda was escorted by her mom down the aisle to her soon to be husband and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  Heartfelt vows, exchange of rings, a rock blessing, and their first kiss, they were officially Mr and Mrs Wilmington.  As the afternoon turned into evening, all their guests took in the amazing views and shared in the energy of this family’s love.  Their love story, from a shy introduction years ago, to raising a family that is super close knit, we are beyond blessed that we were welcomed into their lives for this special chapter and to call them friends for life!  We love The Wilmington’s!  Time to enjoy a little glimpse of their day with their highlight video and photos!

LeeAnna and Jake's Wedding Day

Ah, LeeAnna and Jake... where do we start with this fabulous down to earth fun-loving couple and their dream wedding day...

(and it seems serendipitous to us that their wedding is the first we have posted since the pandemic began in 2020.)


Words at this point don't necessarily have to be spoken anymore to share the emotions and patience that 2020 required from the world.

We very much recall all the conversations with couples as the news hit about shutdowns and specifically remember talking to LeeAnna and Jake 60 days out from their original June 2020 wedding date and all of us coming to terms with the fact that another year of waiting seemed inevitable. LeeAnna and Jake focused their energies together on enduring this journey with the hopes that one day their dream would come to fruition... in the words of the bride, there were a lot of lows with very little highs during the shifts and pivots of COVID-19.

Patience prevailed...

To witness them celebrating with their family and friends was like watching a dream come true.

What we would have taken for granted pre-pandemic magnified the fact that their wedding day was here.

This journey we have all been through is a personal one and left us feeling amiss and made it hard to share any "highs" we may have experienced through a global pandemic.

Jake and LeeAnna's wedding day meant as much to us as it meant to them!

A true symbol that love is the strongest bond and if you can hold on tight and never let go of your dreams, there is a rainbow on the other side.

Congrats Mr and Mrs Thompson, you are one of a kind and we will always remember the laughter, joy and DANCING that you never for a moment took for granted.