Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church
Hotel del Coronado
Alex Kenedy, Pastor
Mockingbird Bridal, Dallas
Watters & Watters
Kay Unger New York
Gentlemen's Tux Club
European Cake Gallery
Weddings Ever After
Jeff and Vangie Gunn, ceremony
Black Tie DJ, reception
Wedding Night Accommodations
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Vatulele Resort, Fiji
Bed Bath & Beyond
COUNTING THEIR BLESSINGS
ANGELA TOCQUIGNY & SETH DAVIS
FEBRUARY 21, 2004
Photographed by Lauren Hillary
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A wedding is always a celebration, but for observant
religious couples it is also a profound and important event in their
lives. Angela Tocquigny and Seth Davis viewed their wedding as an
opportunity to share with friends and family their devout belief
that their love is a blessing from God.
The couple met while attending Texas A&M University.
They were friendly neighbors until Easter weekend of 1998. The campus
had emptied for the holiday, and a bored Seth complained to a friend
about the dearth of folks to hang out with. His friend reminded
him that Angela had not gone home for the holiday, and Seth asked
her out that Friday night. Angela recalls it was a "very Good Friday."
Five years later, Seth proposed during a sunset sailboat ride in
the San Diego Bay.
With Angela in Texas and Seth in California, much
of the wedding planning was done "remotely," and Angela relied heavily
on her wedding coordinator's guidance. The most crucial decision
was where to hold the ceremony, the foremost component of their
day. Once they saw the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, an historic
landmark built in the 1880s on the island of Coronado off of San
Diego bay, they knew they'd found the right place. Angela responded
immediately to the intimacy and warmth of the house of worship.
Her instincts proved uncanny; the same architects that designed
Graham Memorial also designed the famed Hotel Del Coronado, where
Angela and Seth had decided to hold their reception, tying their
two locations together perfectly.
The Hotel Del Coronado is a designated National
Historic Landmark and is rated the number one wedding destination
by the Travel Channel. It has been frequented by royalty, celebrities,
and heads of state, and deserves its reputation as a most unique
resort. The staff proved to be exceedingly accommodating. Angela
and Seth had booked one of the smaller ballrooms for their reception,
but six weeks before the wedding they were informed that the Grand
Ballroom had become unexpectedly available, and the Del would be
happy to upgrade the party to the ultimate Coronado event locale.
The couple gladly accepted.
Angela and Seth held a morning ceremony, officiated
by her youth pastor from Texas, who brought back memories of Angela's
childhood and reaffirmed her belief that God had meant for her and
Seth to be together. A traditional Christian communion was included
in the ceremony because Angela and Seth wanted to share their first
act of worship as a married couple in this way. Surrounded by so
much evidence of love and faith, it's no surprise Angela cried
during the ceremony, but when Seth took out his handkerchief to
wipe away her tears, a few guests wept as well.
After the ceremony it was on to the spectacular
Del. Enamored of warm, autumn colors, Angela defied convention by
choosing "fall in February" for the design scheme, reflecting
the rich tones of the Del's interior. Mangocolored calla lilies,
ambiance and red roses, and red coffee berries worked perfectly
with the chocolate brown bridesmaids' dresses. Angela carried
a bouquet of solid mango calla lilies, to which she affixed her
"something old": a gold lapel pin that, as family legend
goes, her greatgreat- grandmother had worn on her own wedding day.
High and low centerpieces were integrated to offset the tall ceilings
of the Grand Ballroom. A seated luncheon of roasted chicken, petit
filet mignon, and baby lamb chops was served, followed by a Swiss
Black Forest chocolate wedding cake and a carrot groom's cake.
A highlight of the reception was the traditional Father-Daughter
dance, performed by Angela's father on crutches due to a knee
injury he'd suffered while skiing. Then the newlyweds were
off to honeymoon in Fiji, which they describe as "truly paradise."
Angela's advice to other engaged couples
is to enjoy their engagement, to revel in the feelings of hopefulness
and excitement, for this period goes by quickly and then the wedding
day is there! It's advice she and Seth wisely followed while
planning their own blessed event.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN HILLARY
STORY BY AIMEE MANIS