It’s a classic wedding, this one. A beautiful bride marrying a handsome groom in a soiree that is fit for the movies. Black tie, country club, a cake that is beyond amazing. All in all, the kind of wedding that could only be planned by the talented All You Need Is Love Events. Sargeant Photography was on hand with their well seasoned cameras to capture every perfect detail (including a cigar roller!) and we’ve put it all in this gallery for your viewing.
From the sweet groom … Finding the theme of our wedding was a challenge that we faced from the very beginning, yet the answer was in front of us the entire time. We tossed around all sorts of theme appropriate buzz words that we had often heard, such as Rustic, Country, Modern or Vintage… pretty much, we covered them all. Thanks to our ever incredible wedding planners Vikki and Shannon with All You Need Is Love, Events, we finally found our theme… and it was simple, The theme of our wedding was: Amy and Tyson. Seems obvious, right? Not without consistent reminders, it wasn’t! In the end, we had the perfect wedding that screamed Amy and Tyson; classic and timeless.
Playing perfectly into our master plan, was the ideal wedding venue: The Sherwood Country Club. Within minutes we were sold. The serene setting within the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and the elegant, time-honored architecture of the club itself, made Sherwood the ideal location and without a doubt, Amy and I knew that this was the right place.
Although we drove around and saw a few places, we knew pretty much from the start that we wanted to have our ceremony at the Padre Serra Parrish, in Camarillo. Not only is this the church that Amy’s family attends but it was by far the most beautiful that we viewed. The unique architecture and beautiful details only made the connection that much stronger. Now that the easy part was taken care of, it was time to tackle some of the more difficult decisions!
Truth be told, one of our top priorities was the photographer. We both felt very strongly that we needed a photographer that understood us and what we had envisioned, rather than a bunch of posed pictures. I was referred to Paul and Leanne with Sargeant Photography through a friend and after seeing their online portfolio, I knew that we had to meet. Their passion, mixed with our energy and vision, made our meeting a creative brainstorming session, rather than an interview. Sure, we met with others, yet we knew that we had to work it out with Paul and Leanne… we just clicked in a way that you cannot ignore and thankfully, we didn’t! In the end, Paul and Leanne were better than imagined. Their talents mixed with their incredible love for photography, created a photographic journal of the most important day of our lives and gives us something to look back on for years to come.
As friends and family began to arrive at the church, I, along with my groomsmen, were there to great each guest at the door. Dressed in the classic, well tailored black suits with white shirts, black ties and white pocket squares, we had the sharp and classic look that was exactly what we were looking for.
Once the guests had been seated, it was finally time. Despite most everyone’s insistence that I should be nervous, this was nearly eight years in the making and I was nothing other than excited! As we made our way into the church, I had always planned on doing this part a little different. My two twin brothers and two of the most important people in my life, were going to make the trek with me down the aisle. Standing up there with my brothers, watching our wedding party make their way in and looking out over an amazing group of family and friends, made for a unique part of my life that I’ll surely never forget. Now that the bridesmaids were all stunning in their unique black dresses and beaming with excitement, Groomsmen all dressed to the nines and moms with tears in their eyes… it was time for the show stopper.
We had chosen a string quartet for the ceremony and once the music made its change, I knew it was the time that I had been waiting for. Due to the unique layout of the church, Amy’s walk was a long and romantic “Romeo and Juliet” style approach through the architecture, past sculptures and finally, down the aisle alongside her father. Wearing a fitted mermaid gown and holding a bouquet of white roses she was perfectly stunning… making us grateful for our decision to have the traditional church wedding that we had envisioned.
Cocktail hour met us with signature drinks, hers was the Arnold Palmer and mine was the Classic whiskey cocktail, both perfectly fitting the mood and setting. Our family and guests gathered out on the veranda accompanied by delicious tray passed appetizers and live piano music, over looking the gorgeous grounds of the country club and surrounding mountains. We wanted a fresh and crisp look to the outdoor hour, which was laced with the colors of black white and yellow. Tables had lemon based center pieces with various framed pictures from out engagement session and at the main table, we had our guestbook. We decided to get a little creative and have some fun with this… Amy and I chose a cookbook, where family and friends would choose a page and recipe to sign so that throughout the years to come, we’ll continue to look back on the notes and memories as we cook for ourselves and family.
Just before sunset, we were brought inside for dinner, drinks and dancing. No detail was missed in this room. From the place settings to the florals and thank you notes, everything was just as we had envisioned. When walking in, friends and family found their escort cards, which were designed as leaves and pinned into individual tangerines. Each leaf with the couples names and table name, bringing them to their seats in a room filled with the elegance of black, white and gold. Each table name was chosen as one of our “favorite things,” such as La Quinta, CA as one of our favorite vacation spots, along with a brief description on the back for the friends and family to read. Each centerpiece was a perfectly fragrant arrangement of white roses, berries and lemons and at each place setting we wrote a brief thank you to each guest for being a part of such an important day for us. One of my favorite little details in the room was a table with our parents wedding pictures on it, which we thought was a great way to show thanks, for being such amazing role models.
Our first dance song was played by our pianist and was a version of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly me to the moon” written by him, to be a bit of a slower pace for the dance. Given that this is one of the biggest moments of the day for us, we were truly honored to have such a talented friend to write and play a song that has so many memories and so much history for us.
With dinner and toasts behind us, it was time for the party start! As a bit of a “groom highlight” I brought in a cigar roller from Old Oaks Cigar Company to roll fresh cigars for each guest. What was envisioned as a groom highlight, turned out to be an event that literally everyone enjoyed. Cigar or not – guys, girls, parents and even grandparents, were outside enjoying the night. Back inside, the group danced the night away. Our bouquet and garter toss were the typical scenes of the girls flocking to the floor with hopes of catching the bouquet and being the next to be married – while the guys attempted to hide and escape the fate of the same outcome. True to our theme of “Amy and Tyson” and doing things just a bit differently, I wrapped the garter around a baseball, which I had everyone sign for me as a souvenir for the day.
As it is often the centerpiece of the reception, a lot of thought and planning went into the cake. After the unfortunate task of driving around Los Angeles, tasting cakes of all shapes, sizes and flavors, we found the perfect place. Christopher Garrens, of the “WE” channel’s “Amazing Wedding Cakes,” has a unique direction in making his cakes and as it turns out, it’s right in line with our theme and direction. When working with Christopher, he sits with you to discuss your wedding, theme, creative ideas and even the dress, in order for him to create the perfect, custom cake for your wedding… and he did just that! Coordinating with the florist to align some of the cake decoration with the florals throughout the reception, we had a beautiful, 4 tiered, round cake with clean lines and incredible flavor, of course!
Family and friends alike, everyone danced the night away until the very end… but you can’t end a wedding, without a last dance… We chose Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to end the night and send us off… and what better way to go, then to rock? Everyone was having such an incredible time, that the night seemed to just melt away into an amazing memory of dancing, drinks and laughs. On the way out of the country club, our guests were invited to the “cookie bar” as a tasty thanks for being a part of our day. This was put together on the center table, on the way out of the reception and on the table were cookie jars filled with home made cookies that were each of our family favorites from childhood. “Mama Flynn’s shortbread cookies,” “Cathy’s peanut butter kiss cookies,” and “Aunt Joannie’s famous toffee” were just a few of what our guests filled their bags with!
And as the night came to it’s end, it was time for our grand exit. Champagne in hand, we were greeted outside by our awaiting car and all of our family and friends. With everyone cheering and clapping to see us off – it was the perfect conclusion to the most incredible day of our lives.
Photography: Sargeant Photography | Cinematography: Ron at All You Need is Love Events | Flowers: Stella Bloom Designs | Event Planning: All You Need is Love Events | Ceremony Location: Padre Serra Parish | Reception Location: Sherwood Country Club | Makeup + Hair: Mariah Nicole Artistry | Dessert: Christopher Garren’s Let Them Eat Cake