Marika and James, who currently live and work in San Francisco, certainly have a long history. As his dad joked during a toast, “James takes a really long time to make a decision,” referring to the James dating Marika for a decade before asking her to marry him. Sometimes, the best things are worth the wait.

Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on grassy hill with ocean views with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Getting Ready

Marika recalls of when they met, “It was November 2008 at San Diego State. I was a junior and James was a sophomore. Yes, I am 10 months older than him :D I was in a sorority and he was in a fraternity. James and his twin brother were coaches for my sorority’s kickball tournament. I thought he was cute and the rest is history. His twin brother did try to trick me at first and say he was James.”

The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding venue in San Diego, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Blush peach rose boutonniere for the groom and lavender rose boutonnieres for groomsmen, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Pronovias sweetheart neckline lace gown with removable sleeves, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Pronovias sweetheart neckline lace gown with removable sleeves, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWedding rings in a velvet oval lavender ring box and groom's ring in a peach Mrs Box styled with flowers, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
White wedding invitation with green and lavender floral border styled with wedding rings and flowers, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
White wedding invitation with green and lavender floral border in pink envelope with pocket for detail cards, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWhite wedding invitation with green and lavender floral border and pink envelope, matching details cards, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in white silk pajamas with floral pattern and bridesmaids in pink matching silk pjs toasting with champagne, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride having her lipstick touched up for getting ready photo, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in white silk pajamas with floral pattern and bridesmaids in pink matching silk pjs toasting with champagne, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBridesmaids in lavender dresses helping bride into off shoulder Pronovias lace wedding gown, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride touching family necklace in off shoulder Pronovias lace wedding gown, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridesmaids in lavender dresses helping bride into off shoulder Pronovias lace wedding gown, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Maid of honor in lavender dresses hugging the bride wearing off shoulder Pronovias lace wedding gown, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Cigars for groomsmen, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in navy suit with blush rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 

First Look and Portraits

Marika might have waited ten years for a proposal, but the way James pulled it off was nothing short of magical. Marika says, “During the summer of 2018 we went to Italy and Croatia for two weeks. It was towards the beginning of our trip in Positano. We went to a fancy dinner at a Michelin star restaurant. While we were there they brought out a dessert with a candle at the end of dinner and I was really confused. Turns out James had told them it was our anniversary because it was the only way he could get a reservation. Later that night on the balcony at our hotel overlooking the beach he proposed. The next morning we got up at 6am to take photos on the beach when no one was there.”

Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown walking toward groom for first look, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown walking toward groom for first look, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown walking toward groom for first look and his reaction, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train posing with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train posing with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown with veil and hair curled and down, classic bridal portrait, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train, classic bridal portrait, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil walking down stairs with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil holding a bouquet with blush, lavender, and ivory roses, fine art bridal portrait, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil kissing groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil walking on garden pathway with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on garden pathway with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride under her veil, fine art bridal portrait, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil holding a bouquet with blush, lavender, and ivory roses, bridesmaids in lavender dresses and groomsmen in light grey suits and groom in navy suit, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil holding a bouquet with blush, lavender, and ivory roses, bridesmaids in lavender dresses and groomsmen in light grey suits and groom in navy suit, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil holding a bouquet with blush, lavender, and ivory roses, maid of honor in lavender dresses, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil holding a bouquet with blush, lavender, and ivory roses, bridesmaids in lavender dresses, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Twin brother groomsmen in light grey suit and groom in navy suit, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil holding a bouquet with blush, lavender, and ivory roses, bridesmaids in lavender dresses, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyGroomsmen in light grey suits and groom in navy suit, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil holding a bouquet with blush, lavender, and ivory roses, bridesmaids in lavender dresses, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyGroomsmen in light grey suits and groom in navy suit with cigars, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyGroomsmen in light grey suits and groom in navy suit, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Lodge at Torrey Pines Ceremony

For their wedding, Marika and James knew San Diego would be the location. Having met there, the city had a special meaning in their hearts. You could feel the excitement of the guests for this sweet couple. Everyone cheered so loudly during Marika and James’ first kiss, which was so cute.

Ceremony on grassy lawn with white chairs, aisle arrangements with ivory, pink, and lavender arrangements, ceremony white draping with large arrangement of roses on top of the arch, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Ceremony on grassy lawn with white chairs, aisle arrangements with ivory, pink, and lavender arrangements, ceremony white draping with large arrangement of roses on top of the arch, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Arrangements with ivory, pink, and lavender arrangements, ceremony white draping with large arrangement of roses on top of the arch, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride walking down the grassy aisle with petals on either side at a rustic upscale venue in San Diego, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyCouple reading vows during ceremony, Ceremony on grassy lawn with white chairs, aisle arrangements with ivory, pink, and lavender arrangements, ceremony white draping with large arrangement of roses on top of the arch, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyCouple reading vows during ceremony, Ceremony on grassy lawn with white chairs, aisle arrangements with ivory, pink, and lavender arrangements, ceremony white draping with large arrangement of roses on top of the arch, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Couple reading vows during ceremony, Ceremony on grassy lawn with white chairs, aisle arrangements with ivory, pink, and lavender arrangements, ceremony white draping with large arrangement of roses on top of the arch, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Couple reading vows during ceremony, Ceremony on grassy lawn with white chairs, aisle arrangements with ivory, pink, and lavender arrangements, ceremony white draping with large arrangement of roses on top of the arch, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Couple walking down the aisle after the ceremony, Ceremony on grassy lawn with white chairs, aisle arrangements with ivory, pink, and lavender arrangements, ceremony white draping with large arrangement of roses on top of the arch, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyGuests during cocktail hour outside at a rustic upscale venue in San Diego, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Shrimp and cracker appetizers during cocktail hour outside at a rustic upscale venue in San Diego, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Musicians during cocktail hour outside at a rustic upscale venue in San Diego, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Croquet set during cocktail hour outside at a rustic upscale venue in San Diego, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil walking on grassy hill with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on grassy hill with ocean views with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on grassy hill with ocean views with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on grassy hill with ocean views with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on grassy hill with ocean views with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on grassy hill with ocean views with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on grassy hill with ocean views with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in Pronovias off shoulder lace gown and long train and veil on grassy hill with ocean views with groom in navy suit and rose boutonniere, Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Lodge at Torrey Pines Reception

Marika and James started off the evening with their first dance, followed by 4 toasts from friends and family. The toasts included various stories about the couple that were hilarious, heartfelt, and truly honoring of their personalities and history. I loved every minute of this day and am so thrilled to have worked with James and Marika this last year. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Ballroom wedding with pink linens, dark wooden chiavari chairs, and centerpieces with pink, lavender, and white flowers, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Ballroom wedding with pink linens, dark wooden chiavari chairs, and centerpieces with pink, lavender, and white flowers, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Ballroom wedding with pink linens, dark wooden chiavari chairs, and centerpieces with pink, lavender, and white flowers, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Ballroom wedding centerpieces with pink, lavender, and white flowers, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Ballroom wedding centerpieces with pink, lavender, and white flowers, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Ballroom wedding centerpieces with pink, lavender, and white flowers, gold beaded clear charger and white linens, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Ballroom wedding centerpieces with pink, lavender, and white flowers, gold beaded clear charger and white linens, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBallroom grand entrance of bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBallroom first dance of bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBallroom first dance of bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBallroom first dance of bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBallroom first dance of bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBallroom first dance of bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Toast for the bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Toast for the bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Toast reactions of bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyToast for the bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyToast reactions of bride and groom, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Three tier white cake topped with pink and lavender flowers, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Chocolate desserts on a pink linen, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom cut their white cake topped with pink and lavender flowers, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride and groom cut their white cake topped with pink and lavender flowers, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride and groom kiss after cutting their cake, The Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding, photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

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