A Romantic Garden Wedding at Brick in San Diego, California

rn                    Andrea Swartz (28 and a marketing manager) and Corey Elliott (30 and a student) found a perfect fit for their romantic, lighthea

rn Andrea Swartz (28 and a marketing manager) and Corey Elliott (30 and a student) found a perfect fit for their romantic, lighthearted wedding at Brick in San Diego’s Liberty Station. “We loved the large, open space and the creative freedom that comes along with it,” Andrea says. “The beautiful brick walls are the perfect backdrop, and we were able to get a large space without being in a formal ballroom.” After deciding on their reception space, Andrea and Corey opted for a ceremony on the same grounds, at Liberty Station’s outdoor North Promenade. A neutral palette of blush and ivory was accented with pops of green—usually in the form of succulents and leafy garlands. “I wanted it to be a timeless look that will still be on trend 50 years later,” says Andrea, who carried a lush but restrained bouquet of garden roses, lavender and succulents. After a modified Jewish ceremony—Andrea and Corey both stepped on the glass—200 guests headed to the reception. Flowers Annette Gomez crafted numerous garlands and flower chandeliers for the airy, outdoor space. “Things won’t go exactly as planned, and there’s a 99 percent chance you are the only one who will realize any mistakes,” Andrea says. “Do what makes you both happy because in the end, it’s your day. Also, it’s true that you really don’t get to eat the entire day unless someone is putting the food in front of you, so put someone in charge of that.” —Carolyn Meers

Andrea and Corey's traditional wedding bands were crafted with gold.
Posh Paperie helped the couple create floral-inspired stationery that honored Corey's Hawaiian roots with a cute pineapple. Posh Paperie also crafted the airplane cutouts used during the ceremony.
Not wanting the bouquets to overpower her bridesmaids, Andrea chose a loose gathering of garden roses, succulents and lavender.
In lieu of boutonnieres, the men had maile ti-leaf leis to represent Hawaii, where Corey was born and raised. Corey’s lei stood out from the others —it was made with orchids as well as maile ti leaves.
"Our venue was right by the airport, so we knew we’d have a few interruptions during the ceremony with the planes flying overhead," Andrea says. "With an 'If you can’t beat them, join them' mentality, we turned the disruption into a positive. We handed guests glasses of champagne as they arrived to the ceremony, and on top of the glass was a cutout of an airplane that said 'When a plane flies over, the ceremony will take a pause and you will take a sip!' It made the pauses in the ceremony a fun celebration for all."
Andrea and Corey exchanged vows at the North Promenade at Liberty Station in San Diego, California.
Outside the reception at Brick in San Diego, California, young guests relaxed at plush lounge areas decorated with white pillows and a bit of shade.
Each guest's place card and table number was attached to a small potted succulent, which they kept as a wedding favor.
To capture the vibrant Southern California outdoors, Flowers Annette Gomez crafted lush garlands that hung over the reception's windows and flower chandeliers that hung from the ceiling.
"Our florist created beautiful chandeliers covered in greenery that owned the room," Andrea says of florist Flowers Annette Gomez. "She also took a vintage gate, put minimal greenery on the edges and hung that from the ceiling as well, which was such an exciting element."
Andrea and Corey honor another Jewish tradition, the hora.
For a relaxed touch, each wooden table at the reception was set with a variety of crystal plates, which were flanked by silver flatware and white votive candles.
Andrea is the marketing manger for the Cravory, a local cookie company, so inside the bakery display cases at the reception were a range of its treats, plus treats from VG Donuts & Bakery and Sweet Cheeks, including lemon bars and brownies. The background of the bakery display was a doughnut wall with laser-cut signs that said “Donuts make you go nuts!” and “Treat yo’self.”
Sweet Cheeks bakery created Andrea and Corey's simple two-tier cake, which tied into the floral theme with a few fresh roses and sprigs of greenery.
Floral chandeliers by Flowers Annette Gomez brought a touch of romance to the indoor reception at Brick in Liberty Station in San Diego, California.