A Simple, Elegant Ballroom Wedding at El Cortez in Downtown San Diego, California
Jess Gerges (28 and a business owner) and Steven Tran (30 and in wholesale produce) crossed paths when a stray dog approached Jess while on her way to a nearby coffee shop. Jess had a fear of dogs, so when Steven saw her reaction from a distance, he protected her with his bike and the dog walked away. Jess wanted to treat Steven to a cup of coffee to say thanks, he accepted (although he ended up paying) and the rest was history! Two weeks before the couple traveled to Paris together, Steven took Jess out to dinner near the beach. They walked down to the waterfront after their meal, where Steven dropped down on one knee and proposed. Their simple, elegant wedding took place inside the Don Room at the historic El Cortez venue in downtown San Diego. The venue was decorated in a sunset color palette of yellow, orange, pink and some ivory, from the wedding arch flower arrangement to the dining table branch centerpieces. At the outdoor patio ceremony, Jess and Steven placed a hand on a stone while saying their wedding vows to represent their promises in physical form. Inside the reception ballroom, gold tablecloths dressed dining tables decorated with branch centerpieces of orange and pink roses, yellow dahlias and green succulents.