Wedding Day Details

The start of a wedding day can be hectic. Most Brides experience anxiety and stress with regards to timeline, details, and keeping everyone on track. This is a main reason why I recommend using a wedding coordinator, but that's another story. I wanted create a reminder for Bride's on the details that they should bring with them at the start of the day for me to photograph while they are getting ready. It might be helpful to designate someone to hold these details for me and have them deliver the goods after I've finished with the photos.

Items to remember for wedding day

For the Bride:

Bridal Gown with wooden hanger
All the rings - Engagement, her band, and his band
A full invitation suite of the wedding invites
Wedding flowers/bouquet
Jewelry you will be wearing
Veil

For the Groom:

Tie
Shoes
Cuff Links
Watch
Boutonniere

Keep in mind to remind me of any special details that are specific to you. For example, if you have Grandma's handkerchief wrapped around your bouquet of flowers, let me know so I can be sure it get's photographed. What's the most important detail on wedding day for you? Be sure to mention it in the comments below.
 

Limoneira Ranch Wedding | Andrew & Lindsey

Driving out to the sleepy town of Santa Paula, CA, I pulled up to Limoneira Ranch. Nestled in the valley between some outstanding mountains, this lemon grove boasts a bace ball court. It was on the court that Andrew and Lindsey decided to make their vows of love and get married. It was a bright, hot and sunny day as the ladies prepared themselves in the small house on the grounds.

How adorable are these rings, seated stately upon their custom ring box.

How adorable are these rings, seated stately upon their custom ring box.

This grandma was the epitome of awesome. She carried around two disposable cameras, and when someone tried to take a photo of her with it, they couldn't figure out how to crank the thing! My favorite quote from her: "Honey, your short because you grew up with thorns. The most beautiful flowers grow with thorns and weeds that stunt the growth. But when you pull the weeds away there's the most beautiful creature ever."

This grandma was the epitome of awesome. She carried around two disposable cameras, and when someone tried to take a photo of her with it, they couldn't figure out how to crank the thing! My favorite quote from her: "Honey, your short because you grew up with thorns. The most beautiful flowers grow with thorns and weeds that stunt the growth. But when you pull the weeds away there's the most beautiful creature ever."

How stunning is this bride?!

How stunning is this bride?!

Hello handsome groom!

Hello handsome groom!

Look at these awesome groomsmen.

Look at these awesome groomsmen.

He waits for his bride patiently. 

He waits for his bride patiently. 

The setting for the ceremony was at the end of the court, right before a small field. The field had all of the reception area. But look at those mountains!

The setting for the ceremony was at the end of the court, right before a small field. The field had all of the reception area. But look at those mountains!

A great DIY: painted mason jars vases!

A great DIY: painted mason jars vases!

How cute is this cake surrounded by cupcakes?!

How cute is this cake surrounded by cupcakes?!

And then there was this cutie! 

And then there was this cutie! 

And to finish my night, I met a mutant ninja turtle! I don't think he was teenage yet. 

And to finish my night, I met a mutant ninja turtle! I don't think he was teenage yet. 

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Garden Grove Emo Wedding | Mick + Heather

What I loved about Mick and Heather was the comments made from their friends and family. They were a quiet couple, but the family certainly had some funny and amazing things to say about them. Mick is a talented musician in a rock band. His brother played a video during the reception of Mick creating his own single, and showed everyone how proud he was of the groom. Heather's family and friends repeatedly commented how amazing it was that Mick had come into her life. Apparently, she had been a "dark cloud but when you [Mick] came, she became only partly cloudy."

The bride got ready at her sister's home, where her sister could pamper her with all the makeup.

The bride got ready at her sister's home, where her sister could pamper her with all the makeup.

Bride getting ready black and white
My favorite moment of the wedding was when this flower girl said, "I'm allergic to cheap makeup." HAHAHA! I think we all are, dear. 

My favorite moment of the wedding was when this flower girl said, "I'm allergic to cheap makeup." HAHAHA! I think we all are, dear. 

Heather had a gorgeous dark purple engagement ring, black sparkly shoes, and wonderful dark jewelry. There were two flower girls and a junior bridesmaid who had adorable outfits of their own.

Heather had a gorgeous dark purple engagement ring, black sparkly shoes, and wonderful dark jewelry. There were two flower girls and a junior bridesmaid who had adorable outfits of their own.

This dress! White with black flowers, it was a non-traditional dress for sure. 

This dress! White with black flowers, it was a non-traditional dress for sure. 

black and white wedding dress
And how dapper does Mick look?! The groom wore a succulent boutonniere and rocked it.

And how dapper does Mick look?! The groom wore a succulent boutonniere and rocked it.

Did I mention his cuff links were dinosaurs?! I'm obsessed.

Did I mention his cuff links were dinosaurs?! I'm obsessed.

The bridal bouquet had succulents and dark purple flowers. They went perfectly with her black nails and dark theme.

The bridal bouquet had succulents and dark purple flowers. They went perfectly with her black nails and dark theme.

The ladies certainly had their own style. I've never met such a group of hard working girls. One was recovering from surgery after just getting her appendix removed. Another had pneumonia (don't worry, she wasn't infectious). Rock on ladies.

The ladies certainly had their own style. I've never met such a group of hard working girls. One was recovering from surgery after just getting her appendix removed. Another had pneumonia (don't worry, she wasn't infectious). Rock on ladies.

Rock on guys!

Rock on guys!

And two become one.

And two become one.

The couple couldn't find an officiant they liked. At the last moment, their close friend went out and got his minister license to marry them. He rose up to the challenge and provided his friends with the best wedding gift two people could ask for. He was such a great guy.

The couple couldn't find an officiant they liked. At the last moment, their close friend went out and got his minister license to marry them. He rose up to the challenge and provided his friends with the best wedding gift two people could ask for. He was such a great guy.

first kiss after marriage vows
bride and groom walk away as husband and wife
This groom was so smitten with his bride. The happiness on his face in this photo just pulls at my heartstrings. I've never seen a guy SO happy and emotive. 

This groom was so smitten with his bride. The happiness on his face in this photo just pulls at my heartstrings. I've never seen a guy SO happy and emotive. 

lighting on the bride
Bride and groom rest after marriage
black and white bride & groom
These two were so perfect together. It's funny, everyone talked about how gloomy the bride usually behaves. But she was all smiles the day she got married.

These two were so perfect together. It's funny, everyone talked about how gloomy the bride usually behaves. But she was all smiles the day she got married.

play with light

Their fun rocker party kept things lively and entertaining. It was a beautiful, non-traditional wedding that celebrated two amazing souls that were bound for one another.


Anaheim Purple Wedding | Sandie + Mike

Sandie sat in her beautiful flowered robe as she opened a card from her husband-to-be. As she read it, her eyes lit up and a large smile touched her lips. "Happy 1-day Anniversary" it said, with the '1-day' words handwritten by the groom. The change over her entire being as she read it is something I will never forget. It was a calming movement, a relaxing of the shoulders. Everything was going to be okay. She was getting married to an amazing man.

Bridal prep

I was so blessed to photograph this couple's wedding. There was a deep emotion that could be felt between them, and it was noticed by their whole family. The hotel room in the Hyatt Regency of Orange County was hushed, even though it was crowded with ladies. As the excitement built over time, the quiet voices began to grow to loud giggles. Soon she was ready to put on her dress (Alfred Angelo's Cinderella Bridal Gown) and conquer this wedding.

Bridesmaid helping get dress on

After a short trip, we arrived at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim. It was a beautiful ceremony. Even when the priest led them through a strange order of events (he accidently announced them wed, didn't ask them to kiss, and then realized he forgot the offering to the Virgin Mary), no one was phased.

I absolutely adored the reaction of the groom when he saw his bride. His face lit up and a massive open smile took over.

I absolutely adored the reaction of the groom when he saw his bride. His face lit up and a massive open smile took over.

How amazing was this Catholic church ceremony? 

How amazing was this Catholic church ceremony? 

The happily married couple!

The happily married couple!

A quick releasing of balloons, and it was off to take photos!

The photos were taken at the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim. It was an extremely HOT day, and I was sweating bullets in my all black wedding attire! But we muscled through and got some amazing group shots.

Did I mention the bride and groom stopped into Starbucks on their way back into the reception? Gotta have your coffee girl!

Did I mention the bride and groom stopped into Starbucks on their way back into the reception? Gotta have your coffee girl!

Finally, the reception was back at the Hyatt. Everything was purple, the color of royalty. And these two certainly were the King and Queen of the ball! I'll never forget the toasts, they were some of the funniest speeches I've heard yet!

How adorable are these cake toppers made of wood people?!

How adorable are these cake toppers made of wood people?!

Time to dance the night away! Congrats Sandie and Mike!

Time to dance the night away! Congrats Sandie and Mike!

Culver City and Valley Wedding | Sandra + Tony

The day started out beautiful. I remember thinking how wonderful it was that the sun wasn't that hot. I arrived at Core Church in Culver City with a smile as the children ran about being chased by the mothers. The groom and his groomsmen gathered for a prayer before he wrote a love letter to his bride-to-be.

I love this greeting. The bride and groom left a bible out in front of the ceremony, asking guests to highlight their favorite passage. 

I love this greeting. The bride and groom left a bible out in front of the ceremony, asking guests to highlight their favorite passage. 

Sandra and Tony wrote each other love notes before the wedding. And each prayed together with their wedding party over the messages.

Sandra and Tony wrote each other love notes before the wedding. And each prayed together with their wedding party over the messages.

Wedding time! I loved the two signs on the doors leading into the church. 

Wedding time! I loved the two signs on the doors leading into the church. 

The wedding then moved from Culver City and into the Valley. We took photos at Lake Balboa Park in Van Nuys, CA. 

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We then told the wedding party to go chill out while we took romantics of just the bride and groom. 

How awesome was this thank you photo set to send cards to their guests?!

How awesome was this thank you photo set to send cards to their guests?!

Now it's time to party!! The reception was at the Olympia Banquet Hall in Van Nuys. And it was a grand affair. I especially loved the ceilings filled with clouded skies. 

The couple were able to sit on these two thrones that looked so luxurious. 

The couple were able to sit on these two thrones that looked so luxurious. 

Good night sweet lovebirds!

Good night sweet lovebirds!