Crop top wedding gown, a shave ice bar, a bouncy house- what else do you need to start a marriage? Whatever your answer, these two had it. Congratulations, Alex and Paulette. What a kickoff.
Hungarian traditions (egg in the trousers- what?!), family bonds, and a bazillion laughs.
The drizzling rain couldn't stop this celebration.
Congratultations Ben and Tunde!
Getting ready venue: Mission Inn
Ceremony: First Congregational Church of Riverside
Reception: Redlands Country Club
Planners: Cross + Swan
Florals: Denise Hertel
Hungarian entertainment: Karpatok Hungarian Folk Ensemble
A million and two thanks to Heather of JMFoto for second shooting this one with me. Your vision astounds and angers me, simultaneously, and it was a joy to have you by my side.
Megan and Steve are actual aerospace engineers. Like, real life rocket scientists. So it was a no-brainer (get it? Cause they're geniuses.) to hold their wedding at the Redondo Beach Historic Library. Instead of the boring old table numbers, their guests were seated at tables named after one of their favorite books. On each table was a description of the book, and what it meant to them. Around the library, photos and books were displayed according to different chapters in their lives. Escort cards were library cards, of course. Notes of love typed on an antique typwriter. Every last detail was special and significant to them. Beyond the details, the most significant thing about their day was how many friends and family traveled from near and far to be with them. They were surrounded, enveloped by people who support and encourage them. It was an honor just to be a witness. Love you two.
An epic ceremony-stopping musical surprise. Rubber chickens. Inside jokes for vows. Party of the century.
What a kickoff to a lifetime with your best friend.
Venue: Loft on Pine
A post-Christmas dance party by the sea.
Congratulations Megan and Patrick- may your life together be as fun as your wedding day!
Thanks as always to my second set of eyes, Kym Vitar Photography
San Pedro is my hometown.
I've always said that San Pedro is just an old fashioned small town, disguised as a Los Angeles suburb. Families all know each other, friends from elementary school are your friends for life, and memories are made by the cliffs, the loading docks, and in little spots like Averill Park.
So when I found out Vanessa and Bryan would be getting married in Averill Park, and having their reception on 7th Street in downtown San Pedro, I couldn't have been more thrilled. I knew it would be the kind of event that everyone wants to attend- the kind of wedding that feels like a family reunion, even for those who have never met.
I was so right.
Congratulations, Vanessa and Bryan- I can't thank you enough for letting me a part of this day.
I know you have years of memories to make together in this special place.
They started off their day at the St. Regis in Monarch Beach. Then they took their party to the water, where it belonged. A few hiccups in the day pushed the ceremony timing back, which resulted in a fiery sunset breaking through their first kiss. Sometimes moments are crafted by something other than us, and they happen just as they are meant to.
Stephanie and Josh- may the entirety of your marriage be as fun and hilarious as your wedding day, and may you always celebrate with your toes in the sand.
Special thank you to coordinators at The Gal, The Plan, The Wedding.
Did I mention that they are swing dancers?
Their bridal party was hilarious, good looking, and fun. The reception was absolutely filled to the brim with laughter, dancing, and fabulous music. If they weren't being sent off with bubbles in a Rolls Royce, I don't think they ever would have left the party.
And who can blame them? Look how much fun everyone had. :)
Again, I have to say that my second shooter, Kym Vitar Photography, was absolutely indespensible. Thank you Kym for your support, your vision, and your talent.
They had a first look, and it should be noted that he always smiles when he kisses her. Her father drove them in his vintage Rolls Royce. They said "I Do" in the garden of the Woman's Club in Orange, as guests sang hymns and applauded.
Here is Part One of Lauren and Ted's wedding day.
(As always, special thank you to my second shooter, Kym Vitar Photography)
Come back tomorrow for Part Two- the bridal party, the dancing, the details, the gorgeous, gorgeous exit... you won't wanna miss it!