It was an intimate day. With only the people dearest to their hearts, Heather and Mark chose to celebrate their wedding day in a laid-back yet romantic way. The lavender bouquet and free-flowing dress whispered a Greek Goddess strolling along the sandy shore. Heather was good to go! A simple wedding was what they had but their love was grand in all ways. Ahh, I’ve got nothing else but to congratulate this newly weds! Yay!
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Anna and Brian exchanged vows for each other. With blue everywhere, from the ocean, the sky, and the cool atmosphere, you will keep calm and carry on at moment. Oodles of DIY’s heightened the beauty of the event as the cake, cupcakes, and the cake-topper were all made by a friend. Even the boutonnieres and the bouquets were carefully handmade just for the whole entourage. This rustic and shabby-chic themed wedding will feed your creative soul with natural hues that are perfect for a beach bluff wedding. Even nature gave them a gift on their wedding day – humpback whales gracefully played in the deep blue waters of the ocean. Here’s the most creative part that I really like best – the polaroid guestbook where their guests take goofy photos on a burlap backdrop affixed with their message for the couple! Ahh, what a highly spirited day! Good goin’ right there, Anna And Brian!
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Anna and Brian’s sweet & simple beach bluff wedding took pace at Shell Beach Dinosaur Caves Park, with a
driftwood arch placed at the the edge of an overlook of the Pacific Ocean. I still cannot believe how blue
everything was; the ocean, the sky, everything just popped behind such a beautiful and electric backdrop. The
ceremony was short and sweet, with poems shared from Anna’s mother (that have been read at her own
wedding). Anna and Brian’s bridal portraits were taken down in a private beach cove, with lots of tide pools and
reefs to explore.
Their reception was held at the Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach. Anna and Brian have an incredible network of
amazing people that made their wedding absolutely beautiful. Both the bride & groom are from Washington
state, so they relied heavily on Anna’s mother, sister and friends to bring their vision to life.
The ceremony & reception had a rustic, sort of shabby-chic vibe going on. They did an excellent job of tying in
mint, creams and burlap into their beach wedding.
Wedding Outfit Inspiration
The outfits are very laid back and in soft and neutral hues– perfect for a California beach wedding!
The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects
Anna and Brian’s cake-topper was handmade by an amazing family friend! The cake, the cupcakes, the bouquet and the boutonnieres are all handmade! You’ll also see a lot of handwritten details around the reception and even a DIY polaroid Photo booth. Sometimes it takes a village, and this village did an amazing job at tying in all the beautifully crafted details.
Along with all the handmade and DIY goodness, Anna and Brian’s wedding date held a special significance. June
21st was Father’s Day this year, and unfortunately Anna had lost her father in 2014. In a way to honor his
memory, they lit lanterns during the ceremony and Anna carried a locket with photos of her and her father on
her bouquet. The whole wedding was beautiful, but to have all those sentimental details made it absolutely gorgeous.
Favorite Part of the Day
As the photographer, I just absolutely loved the entire day! It was a beautiful summer day on the coast, the ceremony was heartfelt and personal, and Ventana Grill is an amazing venue with breathtaking 180 degree views of the Pacific! Couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a Sunday than documenting a love story in such a gorgeous area.
Highlights From the Ceremony and the Reception
The highlight of the ceremony was definitely the vows; so romantic and sweet, there was not a dry eye in the
The highlight of the reception probably had to be the whales; every year along the central coast, humpback
whales migrate down with the changing currents. During dinner, the whales could be seen breaching and playing
directly behind the newlyweds! A lot of the guests were not from the area, so it was something a little extra
special on their wedding day.
After twenty fruitful and blessed years, the Diaz’ finally renewed their vows together with their children and all important people in their lives down Palm Beach. Swept with perfection, their day was full of ivory and black DIY decors. What I liked best is Sophie’s lucid floral crown combined with the flowy ivory dress which completed her whole look. The day was humid and the sun was at its peak. To give their some good shade, they provided a wagasa, the authentic Japanese oil-paper umbrella. And finally, they had a DJ who mixed music which made all the guest’s dancing souls groove with every beat! Cheers to more years, Sophie and Guillermo!
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We the pleasure of capturing Sophie and G’s intimate 20 year Vow Renewal Wedding Ceremony in West Palm Beach! This sweet couple lives in the Palm Beach area, and spends quite a bit of time in this beautiful, quiet part of the beach. What better place to celebrate their vow renewal? Sophie actually began the day before we arrived getting hair done by Ashley at Edmund James Salon and makeup by Loriana Classic Makeup for Every Occasion. Once ready, she and G headed over to the beach (near the Estee Lauder Mansion!) to prepare for their ceremony!
Rose Kish Events provided the floral arrangements, and Absolute Party Rentals provided the decor! We captured their beautiful ceremony shortly after a few family photos around the beach and some personal portraits around the neighborhood! After their renewals, we captured a few more family portraits, then proceeded over to Carmine’s Ocean Grill off PGA Blvd in Palm Beach Gardens for their outdoor wedding reception!
We of course snuck in some fun portraits as the sun set over the marina, but captured their first dance, dinner, party, and finished with cake cutting! DJ Lester rocked the dance floor and kept everyone moving, and the cake was designed and created by Cake Pro Shop! We had such a great time with Sophie and G, and thank them so much for inviting us to capture such a sweet moment in their life-long love story!
Favorite Part Of The Day
The super sweet vows written themselves expressing 20 years of their wonderful marriage and vow renewals.
Photographer: Steven Miller Photography
Equipment Rentals: Absolute Party Rentals
Cake Designer: Cake Pro Shop
Culinary: Carmine’s Ocean Grill and Sushi Bar
Hair Stylist: Edmund James Salon & Spa
Makeup Artist: Loriana
Event Planner: Rose Kish Events
Bridesmaid Dresses: Saks Fifth Avenue
Event Venue: West Palm Beach
Who said Disneyland is just for children? You might want to check Kimberly and Ryan’s wedding which will prove to you that the magical land is for grown- ups too! All perked- up with sanguine colors of orange and purple, you would definitely feel the visual roller- coaster of fun. What I completely adored are the personalized Mickey Mouse hats that kindled the inner child in me! Besides that, each of the table in their reception was named after an adventure ride which seems legit for their Disney- themed wedding. This bride sure knows what she wants and never wasted her chance to become a Disney Princess! Just like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Kimberly and Ryan are destined to be together for a couple hundred more years. Congratulations on finding each other, Kim and Ry! Your greatest adventure has just begun.
Ryan and I met in high school during my junior year and his senior year. Ryan graduated and went off to play baseball in college, and I graduated a year later and attended our local university. After five years apart, we got back in touch with each other. We started dating again and after four years together, we got engaged.
We Are A Perfect Match
We are both teachers and share a lot of interests (we both love baseball). We work hard to understand each other’s needs and we are constantly supporting each other on a daily basis.
In front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle before we left Disneyland for the night, he got down on one knee and asked me to finally marry him. We were lucky enough to capture it all on film.
The Planning Process
We planned our wedding for a year. We got engaged on October 17th and got married a year later on October 4th. For us, it was plenty of time!
Tips & Tricks For Future Brides
Ryan and I brainstormed together and we discussed each other’s likes and dislikes. We identified the colors we wanted (orange and purple) and decided what types of decor items we wanted to include. We started with our flowers and cake, and went from there. I sent photos to our wedding planner, at the Disneyland Hotel, to show her what we were interested in.
We kept in contact with her a lot throughout the entire year we were planning. Any time I had a question, she got back to me in a timely manner. She would also send pictures if I needed further clarification on something. Lastly, we also brought handmade items with us to decorate the reception tables. This cut down some of the decor costs. We also rented tuxedos in town and brought them with us.
Disney, of course! Each table was named after a ride and all guests had their own personalized Mickey Mouse ears.
Wedding Outfit Inspiration
The bridesmaid’s were given a specific color (purple) but they were able to pick their dress and style. I wanted them to be comfortable. For the groomsmen, we thought that the grey looked really sharp and allowed the purple and orange to really stand out.
Our Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects
We made the reception table names. Each table was named after a Disneyland or California Adventure ride. We printed pictures and took them to Office Depot. They added a background for us and laminated them. We also made the treats that sat at each table.
We tried to be as reasonable as possible. We did not want to spend a big chunk of money. Disney was very accommodating and the prices were very reasonable (close to the prices if we got married in our hometown). We spent under $30,000 on everything for the wedding, reception, dress rehearsal dinner, photographer, and makeup/hair artists.
We cut out a lot of the excess decor we had originally planned. We kept it simple. It was beautiful without all of these extras. The biggest expense was the reception. We had to pay for the venue, DJ (and setup), food (per guest), decor, etc.
The Guest List
Approximately 80 people attended our destination wedding. We invited our close family members and friends. We also held in “in town” reception when we got home and were able to invite all of our other friends and family.
We had a variety of music that played at our reception: pop, rap, country, oldies, etc.
For our ceremony, we used music from Disney’s Fairytale Weddings soundtrack. Our family walked out to “A Whole New World“, Ryan and the bridal party walked out to “Can you Feel the Love Tonight“, and my dad and I walked out to “Beauty and the Beast“.
When the ceremony was over, we played “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.
The Next Step
Building a family and growing old together.
Planning Advice For Couples
Don’t stress. It all comes together in the end!
The Album Story
We wanted our wedding to be magical, and Disney definitely made it happen.
Highlights from the Ceremony and the Reception
The father daughter dance was a remix of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye”. Cutting the cake was fun, Ryan got it good! He was not prepared for the cake smash.
A Memorable Moment
Ryan’s good friend “married us”. We were already legally married in Nevada; therefore, he was able to lead the ceremony that we held at the Disneyland Hotel. He made us (and the guests) laugh throughout the entire thing and really put a fun touch to the ceremony. It was fun spending the beginning of a new chapter in our lives with all of our loved ones. We were also glad to see that so many people traveled to celebrate with us at Disneyland. Lastly, everyone loved their personalized Mickey Mouse ears!
Photographer: Jeramie Lu Photography
Hair Stylist:Lindsay Lu
Reception Venue:The Disneyland Hotel
Teal dominated Mark and Amanda’s beach wedding at the little town of Anna Maria Island. That was deemed by their photographer a perfect backdrop for their wedding and I couldn’t agree more. I may not have personally experienced the event but seeing the photos made me say so. Congratulations Mark and Amanda!
The Album Story:
This wedding was one for the books! They really could not have had a more wonderful day! Amanda and Mark’s wedding day went so smoothly and this destination wedding was a dream to capture. The quaint little town of Anna Maria Island was the perfect backdrop for their teal, grey, and white wedding. Everything about this wedding was so perfect, from the details to the ceremony and the party on the dance floor.
Wedding Outfit Inspiration:
The outfits and the wedding itself were inspired by the colors of the beach.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects:
The mother of the groom made a bride and groom Chik-fil-A cows for the couple to feature during the wedding on their bride and groom table.
Favorite Part of the Day:
Capturing the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time during their First Look.
When the bride and groom exchanged vows during the ceremony and when the bride did a commemorative dance with the father of a friend that passed away during the reception. Everyone was moved to tears.
Photographer: Kristy and Vic Photography
Cake Designer: Cupcake Crazy
Dress Designer: Little Borrowed Dress
Dress Designer: Mary’s
Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Dress Store: Minerva’s Bridal
Event Planner: Sayduvis Creations
DJ: Tampa Bay DJ
Event Venue: Sandbar Restaurant