A Relaxed Beach Wedding at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California

Eliza Stephens (25 and a graduate student) and Jason Przybyla (25 and a financial analyst) go way back. “We met when he was in the second grade and I

Eliza Stephens (25 and a graduate student) and Jason Przybyla (25 and a financial analyst) go way back. “We met when he was in the second grade and I was in the first grade,” Eliza says. “We belong to the same church, and we met there. We stayed friends and dated a little in high school but got serious at the end of college. We have known each other for 18 years!” After a Mormon ceremony at the LDS church in San Diego, California, the couple held a reception for 125 at Hotel del Coronado. “It is the most special place in the world to me,” says Eliza, whose family has a condo and many memories there. Eliza loosely followed a subdued palette of blue, white, green, blush and gray, which matched the beach setting and promised to age well. “Because we chose a variety of colors, nothing was matchy-matchy,” Eliza says. “It was important for me to stay classic because I wanted to look back at my pictures in 30 years and have everything still be in good taste.” After some competitive cornhole, dinner and mocktails, the newlyweds passed out monogrammed blankets to their guests (to ward off the postsunset chill) and exited under the glow of sparklers. Eliza’s approach to the wedding day helped her stay present: “I told myself I could worry until the day, then I had to just enjoy every moment of the wedding day,” she says. “Whenever I was stressed or overwhelmed, I would just remember that I picked the perfect man, and that was the most important thing.” —Carolyn Meers

Eliza's luscious white blossom bouquet was an elegant match for her Monique Lhuillier lace gown. "It was made from two different layers of French lace with chiffon layered underneath. This created that gorgeous texture," Eliza says.
Jason's navy blue suit called back to the seaside theme and was paired with a Hugo Boss gray tie and Magnanni brown shoes.
Eliza wanted a "beautiful neutral look" for the bridesmaid gowns. "My whole wedding was based on neutrals," Eliza says. "The bridesmaid dresses were Needle & Thread. They were a beautiful cream color with intricate beading."
Black groomsmen suits were paired with chambray ties for a touch of beachy casualness.
After a traditional Mormon church ceremony nearby, the newlyweds were eager to celebrate with a relaxed, beachside reception at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California. "When Jason and I talked about our wedding, we wanted it to feel close-knit and special," Eliza says. "We wanted something beautiful and fun."
After a traditional Mormon ceremony at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Diego, Eliza and Jason and their guests headed to Hotel del Coronado for a seaside reception.
Jason reconfigured a ring from his mother to suit Eliza's style. "He took the old ring to the jeweler and custom-made my ring," Eliza says. "It is a very thin platinum band with pave diamonds with the solitaire pear-shaped diamond from his mom’s ring."
At the seaside reception, long banquet tables were topped with simple pale blue linens and illuminated by string lights after the sun went down.
"Whisper" blue plates were accompanied by white linens and gray menus by Courtney Scowby of Brightly Designed, who helped create the invitation suite.
"We had these wooden arches covered in flowers and greenery and draped with market lights, which created a close, homey feel," Eliza says. Florist Blush Botanicals wound leafy greenery and gardenias up the posts of the arch, which was topped with string lights.
At the seaside reception at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California, long banquet tables were topped with simple white linens and illuminated by string lights after the sun went down.
"We had a live artist paint the scene of our wedding," Eliza says. "We wanted our guests to be able to watch her paint and enjoy the beauty. She made a gorgeous oil painting of our reception that is now in our living room. It reminds us every day of our perfect wedding."
At the end of the night, Eliza and Jason exited through sparklers. "Since Jason and I grew up together, all our closest friends are the same,” Eliza says. “Our wedding felt more like a family reunion or a small party than a formal wedding.”