Two of my favorite things – breathtaking ocean views and childhood sweethearts tying the knot. And this stop-you-in-your-tracks Newport Coast soiree captured brilliantly by Troy Grover Photographers has BOTH. From the speech-defying Resort at Pelican Hill backdrop to the insanely gorgeous Mr. and Mrs. to that stunning Jim Hjelm gown, it’s a non-stop day of lovely planned to absolute perfection by Brooke Keegan Weddings and Events. Romance, beauty and a whole lot of L.O.V.E? Yes, please. Click here for more.
From Brooke Keegan Weddings and Events… Who would ever think that you would marry your grade school sweetheart? With Carma and Amr, that was the case. They used to go home every night and write each other love notes and give them to each other the next day at school. In one of the letters, Carma even alluded to them getting married someday and how crazy that would be. Fast forward several years, and they rekindled their love for one another. Even though Amr was living in Chicago and Carma in Dana Point, they knew it was right.
The couple decided to tie the knot on a lovely afternoon in December at The Resort at Pelican Hill. They really wanted to enhance the beauty of the property but keep it simple and elegant. Sticking to the colors of the property, all of the décor was white, cream, ivory and natural shades of green. For the ceremony, Amr’s brother did a beautiful job officiating. They wanted to have someone really special to perform the ceremony. For the décor, Carma had a specific vision for the ceremony. She couldn’t find a photo of exactly what she wanted, so we designed the custom arch with Annette Gomez. It was the perfect backdrop for the beautiful couple. For the reception, we wanted to enhance the natural beauty of the ballroom. With the wood beams and gorgeous chandeliers, we kept all the centerpieces low, full of lush white, cream and green florals and a lot of ambient candlelight. We adorned each napkin with a sprig of lavender and lace ribbon treatment. Instead of just a traditional menu, we included the lyrics to their first dance song, “After All” by Cher and Peter Cetera, a very special and meaningful song to them.
A primary focus for the wedding was to make sure the guests had a lot of fun! Alongside the wedding DJ Peter, we brought in DJ Dandana. A duo that plays alongside the music with drums. It was such a spectacular addition to the evening. During dinner, we had a quartet of tango dancers perform to keep the guests entertained. The photo booth, gourmet coffee cart and dessert bar were also a big hit.
Wedding Photography: Troy Grover Photographers / Wedding Venue, Chargers + Menus: The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California / Wedding Planning: Brooke Keegan Weddings and Events / Floral Design + Decor: Flowers Annette Gomez / Officiant: Talal Hamdan (The Groom’s Brother) / Wedding Cinematography: Living Cinema / Wedding Cake: It’s All About the Cake / Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Angelica Strings / Reception Music: DJ Dandana + Vive Entertainment / Tango Dancers: Otero Dance Company / Chairs: Classic Party Rentals / Dance Floor: Chiavari Chair Rental / Lighting: Lighten Up, Inc. / Photo Booth: PhotoWorks Interactive / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Bride’s Shoes: Fendi / Hair: Nicole Suite / Makeup: Beauty by Berit / Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
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