Marina del Rey

Gina and Toby on the Marina boardwalk

Old Florida Marina Wedding

Gina and Toby celebrated their love on February 7, 2020, with a moody, Old Florida Marina Wedding. With a backdrop almost as beautiful as the loving couple, the day was sure to be a magical success. As we got to know the couple, we discovered more about how Gina and Toby met and fell so madly in love…

Gina and Toby Kiss on the Marina Boardwalk

A few months after Gina made a giant move from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, she went under contract on a house. During such a life-changing time for Gina, she never could have expected what came next. As she was preparing to start her new life, Toby the home-inspector paid a routine visit, and there was an immediate connection. Their respective sparks turned into the courage to begin seeing one another and, as Gina puts it, “by the third date, neither of us could picture life without each other.” Toby eventually popped the question in St Augustine, Florida during their annual “Nights of Lights” Christmas festival.

As a couple, Gina says that their most memorable experience was on their first international trip together, when they first said “I Love You.” The magical moment happened on Lover’s Bridge in Lake Como, Italy. Since then, the couple continues to pursue their love of travel and have been on many more international trips together.

Embracing in the Old Florida Marina

When asked what brought them to Mission Inn, they answered that the natural landscape and Old Florida feel of Marina del Rey was synonymous with their love for adventure and the outdoors. We can only imagine what future adventures are in store for Gina and Toby.

Gina's Bridesmaids Help Her With Her GownGina Prepares to Put On her Wedding GownGina's Bridesmaids Help Her With Her BootsGina Prepares for her Wedding CeremonyGina Puts on her Wedding Gown

Gina's Wedding Day Accessories and Shoes

Gina was surrounded by her lovely ladies as she prepared for her big day in the bridal suite. With blue toned dresses and blue bridal boots, Gina didn’t need to worry about finding a last-minute “something blue.”

Toby Preps for the Big Day

It’s always important to have family nearby to calm your nerves and take your mind of off the excruciating wait before you get to see your soon-to-be spouse!

Bride Approaches Groom for First Look

Toby's First Look at Gina

Gina and Toby's First Look and KissGina and Toby's First Look Kiss

Gina and Toby shared a super sweet first look in Plaza de las Palmas.

Old Florida Marina Wedding


The Bridesmaids wait for GinaThe Groomsmen Await the Bride

Live Ceremony GuitaristGina Walks Down the AisleFirst Kiss among the Old Florida Oaks

The Newlyweds are Officially Married

Gina and Toby At the End of the Aisle

Their outdoor ceremony at Marina del Rey could not have been any more magical. With the space covered in the golden light of a Florida sunset, the lighting set the perfect romantic mood.

Friends and Family at their Marina WeddingGina and Toby Share a KissNature and Old Florida VibesGina and Toby on the boardwalk at their Old Florida Marina WeddingGina and Toby with their Wedding PartySmiling Family at the Old Florida Marina WeddingGina and Toby Wedding PortraitsGina's Bridal Portraits

Gina and Toby took portraits in several different spaces on the Mission Inn property, each more beautiful than the last. It’s so amazing to look back and see the friends and family that stood by you on your big day.

Tablescape for the Old Florida Marina WeddingWedding Day Tablescape Close-up

Wedding Table Close-upWedding Invitation for AdventurersLuggage Tag Wedding Favors

It’s all in the details! The adventurous couple gave out luggage tags as their seating cards and favors. We couldn’t think of anything more fitting.

Rustic and Delicious Dessert Table

Simple and Rustic CakeDessert Table Close-up of CupcakesGina and Toby's Dessert Display

Gina and Toby made sure to think of everything for their guests. They even had corn hole available to play! Not to mention a mouth-watering dessert display that any party goer would appreciate.

Gina and Toby Enter Their Wedding Reception

Gina and Toby's First DanceGina and Toby's First Dance under the Old Florida Pavillion and Market LightsGina and Toby Cut Their CakeGina dances with her Bridesmaids


Vendor team that made this Moody, Old Florida Marina del Rey wedding possible:

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location: Mission Inn’s Marina del Rey

Hair and Makeup: Magnolia’s Salon and Spa

Band/DJ: Sound Wave Entertainment

Photographer: Anna So Photography

Cake: Le Petit Sweet

Bride and Groom Together

Shante & James’ Lakeside Brunch Wedding

Shante & James’ Lakeside Brunch Wedding


The Beginning:

African American Female Bride with Caucasian Male Groom in Green Shirt

Shante met James on a dating website in December 2015. James was living in Virginia and Shante in Florida.  The couple built their relationship on text messaging, phone calls and Skype. It was nine months before they met face to face! After that first meeting, they knew they were in love. Shante found someone that accepted her and her daughter, Kianna, and James couldn’t believe he found someone who understood him so well as Shante did.

African American Female Bride with Caucasian Male Groom in Green Shirt sitting in front of park fountain

couple walking on park boardwalk through palm trees

white and pink floral dress with womans hand showing engagement ring


The Engagement:

Man in purple shirt, woman in floral dress and child in pink dress taking family photo in a park

August 6th, the day before their second anniversary, James arranged a family photo shoot at a park Shante loved.  The park had a picturesque pathway and beautiful lakefront. The photographer started with photos of just Kianna and Shante. Suddenly James mentioned something about Shante forgetting her ring. Suddenly, James pulled out a black box saying “You forgot this ring.” James’ romantic speech was hard to heard over Shante’s sobbing crying but, she definitely said YES! Then James turned to Kianna and down on one knee told her that even though she wasn’t biologically his, he loved her as if she were. He asked her to be his daughter and presented her with a heart locket with a pink diamond. Cue more tears! Kianna happily said yes and gave him a big hug.

On the way home, Shante suggested picking up some pizza. They stopped at Little Caesars and James went to get the food. He came back saying they weren’t open which was shocking because it was only 8:30 p.m. When they arrived home, Shante opened the door and her family and friends jumped out shouting “Congratulations!” More tears! Everyone had driven up and set up a party in the apartment with James’ planning. Weeks of sneaking and planning and not one person said a word.  It was an amazing day to remember!

man in purple shirt on bended knee in front of lake proposing to woman in floral dress

man in purple shirt on bended knee in front of lake proposing to woman in floral dress

man in purple shirt on bended knee in front of lake proposing to daughter in pink dress


Lakeside Brunch Wedding Day: Thursday, June 20, 2019


Getting Ready:

bride in white robe smiling and getting ready for lakeside brunch wedding

Bride in white bathrobe getting makeup done

Bride sitting on black chair in white robe with hand showing engagement ring

flower girl with white dress and pink sash with braided hair

Ring bearer getting dressed

Groom in tux in front of orange lilies

Groom in tux in front of stone wall

bride reading letter from future groom

Groom sitting on white railing reading letter from bride

bride putting earrings in

bridesmaid buttoning the brides dress

Bridal Bouquet with pink roses

pair of white high heeled wedding shoes


A Lakeside Ceremony:


sand ceremony with pink and white sand set on table lakeside for wedding

Groom walking in the grass for lakeside wedding ceremony

Groom waiting for bride

Ring bears walking down aisle Flower girl walking down the aisle

Bride walking down the aisle

Officiant for lakeside brunch weddin

Bride and groom at ceremony

Bride and groom exchanging vows

Bride and groom exchanging wedding vows with officiant lakeside

Bride and groom exchanging wedding vows with officiant lakeside

Daughter of bride resting her head on the bride during ceremony

Bride, groom and flower girl during ceremony

bride and groom doing sand ceremony

Bride and groom exchanging first kiss

Bride kissing her daughter the flower girl at the end of the ceremony

Bride and groom walking down the aisle with guests clapping after lakeside brunch wedding ceremony

Close up of bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom holding hands

Lakeside Wedding Portraits:

Bride groom and flower girl daughter under oak tree by the lake

Mother of Groom, Groom, Bride and Father of Groom

Mother and Father of Bride, Groom, Bride and Brides Daughter

Groom and new daughter

Bride Groom and Brides Daughter

Family on Wedding Day Under Oak

Mom and Daughter Kissing

Bride and Groom Together

Bride and Groom Holding Hands

Bride and Groom on Wooden Lakeside Boardwalk for Brunch Wedding

Walking on Boardwalk with Spanish Moss

Bride By Herself

Groom by himself on wooden boardwalk

Lakeside Brunch Wedding Reception:

Lakeside Brunch Wedding Reception Venue with White Linen tables with Pink Napkins

Bride and Groom Entering Lakeside Brunch Wedding Reception Venue

Bride and Groom on Dance Floor Dancing

Bride Resting her head on grooms shoulder during dance

Bride and Groom sitting together during speeches at lakeside brunch wedding

Grey M with mimosa and flowers from wedding


pink and white miniature wedding cake

assorted pink and white wedding cupcakes

bride and groom cutting wedding cake in front of glass window overlooking lake

Bride and Groom kissing behind wedding cake and dessert

cupcake display with two glasses of mimosas

Lakeside brunch wedding reception group photo of entire family


Vendor Team that Brought to Life this Lakeside Brunch Wedding:

Wedding Ceremony Location: Mission Inn Resort’s Cypress Lawn at Marina del Rey

Wedding Reception Location: Mission Inn Resort’s Lago Vista at Marina del Rey

Engagement Shoot & Wedding Photography: KMD Photo and Film

Wedding Ceremony & Reception DJ: DJ Phil Joeckel 

Floral: Orlando Flower Market

Wedding Officiant: Dr. Jill Norburn

Cake & Desserts by: Le Petit Sweet