Nikki + TJ – Japanese Garden Wedding

We loved learning about Nikki and Tj’s story at their Japanese Garden wedding! They were high school sweethearts and have been together through college and now grad school. They had photos of their prom night for decoration, so cute! The girls got ready in downtown San Diego overlooking the bay and Nikki’s little sisters got her dressed. TJ got ready at a home with his wedding party. They had the most adorable first look at the hotel. TJ’s reaction was just great. After being together for 10 years, the buildup of emotion just overflowed. After their first look we did some photo time and then the two of them shared their personal vows together at Seaport Village. We have had a few couples do that lately and we love it, such a great idea!

The ceremony was at St. Gregory the Great church. We love filming there, so much natural light. After the ceremony everyone headed to the Japanese Friendship gardens in Balboa Park, San Diego. The couple did some photo time around Balboa Park and the rest of the guests enjoyed food, drinks and reception fun at the Japanese Garden Wedding! Each guest got a fun drawing of their name with animals. They received sandals for dancing and signed the guest book.

The reception kicked off with high energy with the grand entrance, first dance and a choreographed dance from the whole bridal party! It was really fun and such a fun way to get the party started. There were speeches and more dances, cake cutting and s’more roasting. We hope you enjoy this wonderful couple and their 10 years together. Congratulations!

Japanese Garden Wedding


Music – Day One, by Derek Gust, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – St. Gregory the Great and  Japanese Friendship Garden

Planner – The Best Wedding For You

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography –  Carrie McCluskey Photography

DJ – Elite British DJ

Catering – Personal Touch Dining

Florist: Camellia Wedding Flowers

Cake: Jennywennycakes

Rentals: San Diego Linens

Letterbrush Artists: Amusement Artists

Hair and Make up: Kc Witkamp

Transportation: Rolls Livery Featuring Rolls-Royce Wedding Cars

Japanese Garden Wedding