Real Stella York Bride Danielle + Matthew

A modern and romantic affair, real Stella York bride Danielle said “I do” to groom Matthew in stunning fashion. Surrounded by harbor views, this classic couple enjoyed the day with family and friends and ended it with a champagne toast.

The Proposal

We had a trip planned to Cabo to meet up with a few of my friends. I suggested to Danielle that we go a day early since we were already off from work. Surreptitiously, I booked a romantic dinner on the beach at an amazing resort. Without suspecting a thing, Danielle got ready quickly and when we arrived at the restaurant, the host escorted us past the normal tables and onto the beach. Danielle was surprised to see we were the only table in the sand but STILL didn’t know what was about to happen. After appetizers came, I brought her for a short walk to see the sunset and I popped the question. She was speechless and crying. A hidden photographer I hired captured the whole thing. It was great!


Matthew suggested we go on our Cabo trip early since we already had time off work. We arrived in Cabo and had a private driver waiting for us with our names on a sign (first timer!) We drove to a secret destination and ended up in the most magical place called The Resort at Pedregal. We had a relaxing day in the water; swimming and taking naps in the sun. Matt said we should probably get ready for dinner. I didn’t think twice and started getting ready. I ended up getting rushed to finish so that we could make it to our reservation on time. The dinner on the beach was so romantic with flower petals, champagne, and candles. I still didn’t suspect anything since he is Mr. Romantic 🙂 Then, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I immediately started crying and hugging him. Then, I remembered to say yes!


Finding the perfect Stella York dress

I wanted to have beading and lace. I wanted to look elegant and classy. The dress I found was perfect, I loved the Ivory Champagne Java color. It was truly unique and different than any other wedding dress I have seen.

I absolutely loved shopping for wedding dresses! I felt like a princess trying on different style dresses and had so much fun with the whole experience. I did not have expectations to find the perfect dress on a given day. I went to The Bustle Bridal Boutique and found my dream wedding dress. I was instantly in tears when I tried my Stella York gown on, knowing it was the one!

The wedding details

We wanted to get married in San Diego since we met there, Matthew is from San Diego, and we both love warm weather. We also had a lot of out of town guests coming in and wanted to give them the treat of seeing beautiful San Diego. We decided to go with Coasterra since it was on the water, had the best view of downtown San Diego (where we had our first date!), and was the most breathtaking, unique venue we found in San Diego that was unlike any other venue we saw.

Our wedding theme was sleek, modern, classy, romantic, and elegant. We had a lot of gold touches with dusty/fog blue accents.

Matthew and I wanted the groomsmen in cobalt suits since it was sleek, modern, and would stand out from other weddings we have seen. My bridesmaids were in different colors to give some variety and keep a neutral color palette. The color palette for the wedding was easy and classic to go with the overall look of the venue. It was romantic and soft for a wedding on the water.

My most special memory before the wedding started was getting ready with my bridesmaids in our hotel suite. We had so much fun with confetti poppers and drinking champagne. I loved the anticipation of doing a first look with my soon to be husband. Once the wedding started, I enjoyed taking a step back to look at how everything came together and how perfect the night truly was.

Photos by Aga Jones