San Diego Lesbian Wedding
The wedding of Michal-Lynn O’Kelley & Jaimee Rojas at the Ranch at Bandy Canyon, outside San Diego. Photography by Rose Coleman Creatives

Escondido San Diego Lesbian Wedding: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Michal-Lynn O'Kelley & Jaimee Rojas, October 15, 2016

Photography by Rose Coleman Creatives

NAMES Michal-Lynn O’Kelley & Jaimee Rojas Live in Clairemont, San Diego OCCUPATIONS Michal-Lynn is an athletic and wellness director and a soccer coach; Jaimee is a middle school teacher. HOW THEY MET Michal-Lynn coached Jaimee’s son in PE, and both women took part in the same teaching program. HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Michal-Lynn proposed in Napa Valley in front of several friends and Jaimee’s sister. Each guest read a quote relating to the ebb and flow of love. Michal-Lynn shared hers on bended knee. BACHELORETTE PARTIES Following wine at Cucina Urbana, Jaimee and her friends—wearing flower crowns—attended KAABOO music festival in Del Mar. Michal-Lynn: “Mine involved a party bus, a broken arm, a country concert, and being surrounded by my best friends, whom we affectionately call the Power of Nine.” REHEARSAL DINNER Jaimee’s family from Guam planned a feast featuring a roasted full pig and Chamorro (traditional Guamanian food). WEDDING DAY WEATHER Perfect—70 degrees with clear skies number of guests 140 Wedding colors Jewel tones—magenta, deep purple, burgundy, yellow, and deep orange THEME DIY-rustic with a “country chic” accent FLOWERS They chose pink, deep-purple, and orange dahlias as their feature flowers, with accompanying billy balls, garden roses, and cockscomb with vibrant greens. Jaimee: “To celebrate diversity, we gave our bridal party the choice of carrying a flower or wearing a floral crown, boutonniere, or hair comb.” DIY HIGHLIGHTS They handcrafted most of the décor. Jaimee: “This was really important to us. We wanted to make the day ours.” The couple hand-painted and sanded the signage, and Michal-Lynn’s family built redwood centerpieces. The sitting area featured hand-painted windowsills adorned with quotes, and they laser-cut the cake topper and gifts for the 75 bridal party members. THE MENU Mushroom risotto, slow-braised short ribs, and mustard-crusted pork loin, plus sangria and lemonade DESSERT They served one cake as well as doughnuts, cronuts, and macarons. MUSIC During the first dance, Brad Paisley’s “Then” played to a slideshow of childhood photos. Near the song’s end, the couple brought their 13-year-old son, Cayden, up to dance with them. IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have prepared better so that their friends and families wouldn’t have spent so much time on DIY projects and errands. FAVORITE DETAIL Before the wedding they asked guests to complete the thought, “Love wins when…” They shared the replies at the start of the ceremony. Jaimee: “The most endearing tribute came from my Nanny, who’s 98 and cared for me when I was little. I was most nervous to tell her that I was marrying a woman because I wasn’t sure how she would react.” She was unable to fly in from Guam, so Jaimee’s niece read her answer aloud: “Love wins when you say I do.” UNEXPECTED EVENTS Prior to the big day, the two of them experienced challenges shopping for clothing. Jaimee: “Michal-Lynn wanted a pantsuit but didn’t want it to look like stiff menswear. She wanted to feel like herself. We realized there’s a need for vendors that cater to the LGBTQ community and carry unique wedding attire.” Just before the wedding, Jaimee’s brother made a surprise appearance. It was the first time all of her siblings had appeared with her at the same time. ADVICE FOR OTHERS Spend time together the morning of your wedding. Take a walk. Embrace the moment. THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Magical, emotional, unique

We realized there’s a need for vendors that cater to the LGBTQ community and carry unique wedding attire. –Jaimee



Ceremony and Reception
The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Bellamy’s Dining

Kate Martin, Co-Pastor, Sojourn Grace Collective

Rose Coleman Creatives

Videography and Invitations
Heartwork Hill

Staghead Designs/J. Rankin Jewelers


Rozanne Reguly, Ranch at Bandy Canyon

VG Donut & Bakery

Peterson’s Donut Corner/Big Joy Family Bakery

Golden Touch Salon/Brooksy Girl

Girlboy/Jalil Jager/Colby Martin