A fun-loving couple plans a laid-back wedding by the water filled with vibrant colors and playful details.

Grace and Chris met through mutual friends at a barbecue in 2002. "Chris was so interesting to talk to, and I remember leaving the party with a big smile on my face," says the bride. The couple got engaged while living in San Diego and decided to host their wedding there. They chose the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa for their venue. "I used to ride my bike by the resort and would swoon over the weddings taking place," says Grace. She wore a Cymbeline minidress with silk flowers at the hemline. "I didn't want to look like a princess," Grace says. "I wanted something sexy and sweet." Chris, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, wore his dress blues.