Bride Says “I Do” to Four!
A month after Michelle Minerva became engaged to Michael Seyle in May 2000, she started the planning process for her wedding to take place on August 18, 2001. Her number one priority was ‘to make sure the girls felt included’. The girls she refers to are Michael’s daughters who were nine, eight and six years old at the time.
The 30-year-old account executive said that it was also very important to her that her guests were made to feel welcome since about 75% were from out-of-town. She also wanted her wedding to reflect her and Michael as a couple. “Our goal was to provide our guests with a simple, elegant and classy ambience,” says Michelle.
Three Children Participated
The couple successfully included Michael’s three daughters in just about every aspect of the wedding planning process and beyond. Michael’s oldest daughter, Katie, was a junior bridesmaid while her younger sisters, Emily and Haley, were flower girls.
“The girls helped me choose Michelle’s engagement ring, and they visited prospective reception sites with us,” says 43-year-old Michael, a San Diego attorney. Michelle adds that the girls also accompanied her when she shopped for the attendants’ wedding dresses, and they stayed in the bride’s hotel room the night before the wedding. “We also had manicures and pedicures together along with my bridesmaids,” remarks Michelle.
Self-written Wedding Vows
“Michael and I wrote our own vows for the ceremony, and I also wrote vows for the girls,” Michelle recalls. “After we exchanged rings and vows, the girls walked up beside us and I said my vows to them, and gave each a ring.” Then, during the reception, while Michelle danced with her father, Michael danced with his daughters for a special daddy/daughter dance.
In the beginning of their planning process, Michelle and Michael sent save-the-date cards to those on their invitation list so their guests from out-of-town could have time to plan. “Along with the card, we sent hotel and tourist information about San Diego to our guests,” says Michelle. “We also reserved a block of hotel rooms for our out-of-town guests, and encouraged them to plan their vacations around our wedding,” says Michelle. “In addition, we created welcome baskets full of goodies like snacks, bottled water, sunscreen, postcards and maps waiting for our guests when they arrived. Many stayed five to six days in San Diego.”