DIY meets traditional elegance in this soiree captured beautifully by Chyna Darner Photography, and the result is one stunning marriage of styles. DIY with a timeless twist, which is practically perfect for this stunning set of lovebirds. It all makes for a full gallery of images that should not be missed, so be sure to set aside some time today for all the lovely!

From Chyna Darner PhotographyVincent and Alessandra met in California while Vincent was visiting a mutual friend and vacationing. They were instantly attracted to one another and exchanged Skype info before Vincent returned to Holland. They spoke over Skype every day for a year and exchanged handwritten cards and gifts via the mail once per month. In this age of digital technologies, we live in a society that rarely takes the time to hand-write letters. These love letters and cards became a special token of their affection for one another and are now safely stored away as keepsakes. The bride recalls one of her fondest Skyping memories, “One time while Vincent and I were Skyping, my doorbell rang.  At the door was a beautiful bouquet of roses that Vincent had delivered. The timing was perfect! It felt like he gave them to me even though he wasn’t really there.”

After this long year of communicating online, they decided they could no longer live on two separate continents and started planning their wedding. They had a beautiful and quaint wedding at the Rengtorff House in Mountain View. Nine of their guests took the voyage from Holland over to California for the big event. Alessandra’s friends whole-heartedly pitched into to the wedding preparations by setting up tables, lighting, baking desserts, arranging flowers and styling her hair. Their DJ was even a friend volunteering his time. It was one of the most organized DIY weddings I have ever photographed!

The theme was based around her dress and the venue with touches of Holland tossed into the design. In preparation for the wedding, she frequented photographers’ blogs that featured weddings at Rengstorff and Pinterest. After the wedding and a honeymoon on Maui, they returned to Holland to begin a new life together.

Wedding Photography: Chyna Darner Photography / Wedding Venue: Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California / Floral Design: Friends of the Bride / Catering: Gama Saveur Catering (818-294-4993) / Wedding Cake: Copenhagen Bakery / Desserts: Friends of the Bride / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Hair: A Friend of the Bride / Makeup: Kelly Ferrante