Modern Rooftop Wedding: Olivia + Nic

rooftop wedding

Olivia + Nic’s fun, modern wedding took place at a super unique venue that you certainly don’t come across everyday — the rooftop of a parking garage, overlooking the San Diego bay! The most important detail to this laid-back couple was that their guests would mingle + enjoy each other’s company, so they kept it simple and achieved the feel they wanted with stylish seating areas that encouraged conversation, and by serving guests snacks + drinks in a relaxed, cocktail-style setting. Here’s more from Olivia about what prompted them to choose such an untraditional location:

In the beginning, I envisioned a very natural venue (mountain top was my dream!) but after every option fell through, the idea of a parking garage came up. “Nah…” was our first reaction. But my wheels started turning and the planning began. With a mix of vintage + modern furniture, and the help of organic greenery and plants, the space was transformed from a concrete parking garage to an incredible place for people to mingle and celebrate our joy + love. It was unforgettable. And the views of the San Diego Bay and city lights didn’t hurt either…

Thank you so much to John Newsome for the awesome photography and big congrats to Olivia + Nic!

first look

first look

first look

first look

I’m a big fan of Olivia’s fun bouquet which layers so many different types of greenery!

leafy green bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


mismatched shoes


wedding party

Majorly love this simple, modern sign welcoming guests to Olivia + Nic’s ceremony!

calligraphy welcome sign

rooftop wedding

rooftop wedding

green ceremony backdrop

rooftop wedding

rooftop wedding

string nail seating chart

And their inventive, geometric-inspired escort display is so, so fun…

string nail seating chart

rooftop lounge

heart felt cake topper

rooftop wedding

Processional: Groom + Bridal Party: Strawberry Swing – Coldplay; Bride: Promise – Ben Howard

Recessional: Daylight – Matt and Kim

First Dance: I Had a Real Good Lover – The Shouting Matches

sparkler first dance

rooftop wedding

tunnel exit

Be sure not to miss their sweet wedding video by Jack and Hannah!

1. Enjoy the process. Be kind and appreciate everyone who lends a hand.

2. If you like it, do it. You don’t want to look back and regret doing (or not doing!) something just because some didn’t like the idea. Most of the time, you’ll end up proving them wrong! :)

3. Take mental snapshots! It goes by way too fast.

photography: John Newsome // venue: The Columbia Garage in San Diego, California // floral design: Andrea Fakhouri // furniture: Pow Wow, Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals, bride + groom // wedding dress: designed by bride, made by Juliette Lunger // groom suit: Zara // calligraphy + signs: paperweight // cake: mother of the groom // desserts: groom’s aunts // videography: Jack and Hannah

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  1. On the rooftop, yes! So awesome.

  2. Gorgeous wedding… a way it WAS on a mountain top! Would love to know the story behind the brown shoes…….. :)

  3. Fantastic idea to have it on the rooftop! The downtown views are very striking.

  4. The wedding on the rooftop…. just awesome!

  5. Wow, on the rooftop! Such an interesting idea!

  6. Wow! What a great location. I also love the bridesmaids in all white. Very clean and crisp looking.

  7. Does someone know why is she washing his feet? It is sweet, but I don’t understand… :)

    • This scripture was read in reference to a heart and life of serving each other (Jesus’example with his friends; he washed their feet to illustrate serving others):
      Philippians 2:3
      Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

  8. So gorgeous! The bridesmaids and grooms attire were a good choice. Very classy and modern rooftop wedding :)

  9. I forgot to give credit to my mom, Beth Weeks, for the beautiful calligraphy sign and nail/string art! She’s amazing. Hire her.

  10. These photos are simply stunning|! Love the greenery in the flowers, and the bridesmaids mis matched shoes

  11. I really love everything about this wedding. Before I found this post I was already planning for my wedding March ’14, to have a very similar color scheme. The brides dress is so elegant, the bridesmaids so beautiful in shorter white dresses, the bouquets go perfectly. I love the mismatched suits, the rooftop setting, foot washing, greenery backdrop, and well, EVERYTHING! well done. well done. I can’t stop going through these pictures :) Now, if you would be so kind as to explain how the seating chart/nail art worked? Its beautifully done, I just can’t figure it out! I’d love to do some fun escort display like this, so if you wouldn’t mind explaining how this sat your guests, I would love to hear!

    • Hi Malia!
      The nail string art was actually our spin on a guest book. Guests found their name (which was given a number) and had to follow the string to a certain category. They wrote answered things like “where will we be in twenty years?” and “what should we name our kids?”

  12. I really like this idea. I’m curious on logistics such as bathrooms and who did you talk to about setting this up? I love the outside feel!

    • Hi Meredith!
      There was a bathroom in the office on the first level which was open for guests. As far as setting up, we created a detailed map which showed where everything was supposed to go and passed it along to some friends to set up in the morning :)

  13. Hi Olivia I was hoping to get some info on how you were able to rent the parking garage.

  14. Where did you get that “welcome to our beginning” sign? I love it! Would love to have one like it in my upcoming wedding in May


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