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Two Cancer Warriors Fall in Love…When Least Expected

The reason that I started Style Me Pretty in the first place was fairly simple…the love stories. Yes, the details are wonderful. The gowns are gorgeous. But really, it begins and ends with a story. And this tale will take your breath away. They met while she was being treated with cancer…and he was watching his father beat cancer. They fell in love. And have begun to live happily ever after. Life has no rules and these two have proven that you simply don’t need them…love trumps all. Thank you to the amazing photographer – Heidi-o-photo – for capturing it all so beautifully. Click here for more!

From the bride…Isaac and I met our senior year of high school in Mr. Bailey’s english class. I had just come back to school after battling cancer the year prior. Mr. Bailey helped promote my story through Make-A-Wish Foundation, and that is how Isaac knew about my illness. Isaac’s dad battled cancer and heart surgery at the same time I battled cancer. I remember Isaac asked me about my illness and he could relate because he went through it with his dad. It was then that we both new we were special to each other. I would go with my girlfriends to watch his basketball games. He would come over and we would make cupcakes.

My friend put it this way…
Once upon a time, the most beautiful and kind-hearted girl in the world met the guy of her dreams in her English class senior year of high school. He was smart and funny and had a special place in his heart for puppies. He was good at math in that annoying “I don’t even study kind of way” and she had a smile that could brighten even the darkest of days. They always supported each other, and laughed at each other’s jokes, no matter how stupid they were. Then the day came when he asked her to be his wife. And she, of course, said yes!

Isaac and I got engaged at Hume Lake on August 31, 2014. Every year since Isaac was little, he and his family would go to Hume Lake for some family time up in the beautiful Sequias. When we started dating, it became our special place too. On labor day weekend, 2016, Isaac got all of our friends and family together to go to the Annual Country Festival at Hume Lake. Early Sunday morning, Isaac and I woke up to take our walk around the lake like we do every year. When we arrived at the bridge towards the end of our walk, Isaac stopped and got down on one knee. It was happening! But then, before I could even start crying, I was caught by surprise! All these people came walking out from under the bridge and the bushes to watch! We were surrounded by my family, and his family, and our closest friends. It was magical! He asked me to marry him and of course, I said YES!

I specifically wanted a garden wedding under the stars and market lights. It was fun, laid back, and meaningful! We did as many DIY projects as possible. We made the centerpieces. They were made up of roses from Isaac’s mom’s garden, along with some other wild flowers. Underneath the vase was a burlap/ lace setting. We also made lavender boutonnieres for the side of the chairs down the aisle. They were fun and super easy to make. My nana and aunt from Canada helped me assemble them. Isaac’s mom and sisters decorated the wedding arch with an assortment of greenery and babies breath. We also decorated the wedding succulent pots with burlap.

My dress was the most beautiful dress I could have imagined myself wearing on our wedding day. I must have tried on 50 or more dresses, but none of them were the one. I had this image in my mind that no dress could compare to. I realized after thinking long and hard about the dress I wanted to wear. That when I realized that I had always thought of my mother’s dress as the most beautiful wedding dress, so we made one like it! I found a lace dress that I fell in love with but I wanted it to have my mom’s detachable train on it. After I bought my dress, I had a dressmaker replicate my mother’s wedding train in the same lace of my dress. My mom had a bow on her dress as well, so we added that on my dress too. I loved every part of it!

I am a control freak and a people pleaser at the same time. There were times where I just wanted to elope and get rid of planning a wedding. But those were just brief moments! I’m so grateful for all the help and love that surrounded us while we planned this big event! We couldn’t be more blessed! We look back and the little things we were upset about were silly!

The biggest advice I would say is plan it together because it is your wedding. He will say it’s your (the bride’s) big day, and he means it, but remember to capture what he loves too!

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photographer: heidi-o-photo | videographer: 2Filmz Studios | coordinator: Courtney Dahl Carcioppolo | florist: Suzy's Florals | bakery: VG Donut & Bakery | invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | catering: Party Time Tacos | DJ: DJ Free Beats | Rentals: Allie's Party Rentals | bartenders: For Real Bartenders | ceremony & reception venue: San Diego Botanic Gardens | chocolate wrappers: Sweet Paper Shop | groom & groomsmen's suits: Men's Wearhouse | hairstylist: Lauren Blackburn | photo booth: Pixster Photo Booth | wedding dress & custom train: Alfred Angelo

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High School Sweethearts’ Casual + Elegant San Diego Botanical Garden Wedding

I’m not going to lie, when I saw this sweet San Diego wedding from Heidi-O-Photo, I got a little homesick because this couple’s big day totally embodies the laid-back California lifestyle. From all the DIY wood elements (the signs, cake stand and succulent boxes) to the minimal décor to highlight the Botanic Garden‘s natural beauty, this day is all kinds of wonderful. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From Heidi-O-PhotoElaine & Kevin have known each other since high school and after all these years married in a beautiful garden ceremony. Their day was a perfect blend of elegant and casual beauty. The cream florals popped against the bridesmaids’ pink dresses and groomsmen’s suits.

From the Bride… Kevin and I met in high school as team mates on our cross country and track & field teams. I noticed Kevin immediately and had a crush on him all throughout high school, but he had no clue. I thought he was so cute! Kevin first really noticed me on a trip in a packed van full of our team mates on the way to San Luis Obispo for a cross country meet. I was blaring Britney Spears and *Nsync from my headphones and tearing out magazine photos of Britney and boy bands and taping them all over the van’s windows. Needless to say, Kevin was very entertained. Soon after, Kevin graduated from high school and our paths didn’t really cross again until a couple of years later after I graduated. It was 4th of July weekend in 2004. Kevin and I have always had mutual friends and a couple of good friends advised him to call me and invite me to go watch fireworks. We hadn’t seen each other in years so I was both confused and ecstatic by his phone call. That night watching fireworks was the beginning of our friendship. Over the summer, we grew closer and officially became a couple.

Our engagement took place while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas with a couple of our good friends. On the second night of our trip, Kevin planned on popping the question at sunset on the beach but that didn’t work out because he couldn’t get my best friend, Jamie, and I out of the pool to go get dressed. After dinner and as the night went on, I was tired and wanted to call it a night. Kevin insisted on walking around the resort instead and took us to a secluded area of the resort with a fire pit. That is where Kevin finally, after ten years together, asked me to marry him. He said some sweet things to me when he was down on one knee but I didn’t hear any of it because my best friend, Jamie, was jumping up and down and screaming at the top of her lungs behind us. I was no longer tired though and we danced the night away!

We chose the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas for our wedding because it is simply gorgeous! We wanted our wedding to be entirely outdoors surrounded by nature and greenery. It was the first venue we looked at and it was exactly what we were looking for.

Our wedding style was laid back, relaxed and simple—California casual! We wanted the natural beauty of the gardens to shine through so décor and color was minimal and simple. You don’t need a lot of crazy décor and color when your venue is beautiful all by itself. My parents, Kevin and I made every wooden décor item: the flower/succulent boxes, signs, corn hole and cake stand. I hand painted every sign, too. It was a lot of work, but we had fun bonding time and keepsakes to cherish forever.

We really stayed “in the moment” during the entire wedding, so we have a lot of vivid memories from the day. We love all of our wedding photos, but our favorites are probably from our first look. Our faces are just lit up with pure happiness and excitement. We also loved taking all of our portraits after the first look. We had plenty of time and got a lot of great shots! We didn’t feel rushed at all throughout the day.

Photography: heidi-o-photo | Floral Design: Mount Tabor Park | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Bakery: VG Donut & Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: I Love Tacos | Lighting: Bright Ideas Lighting | DJ: Sunset Sound Productions | Hotel: Best Western Encinitas | Venue: San Diego Botanic Gardens | Bat Service: RG Bar | Groom & Groomsmen's Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Rentals: Allie's Party Rentals

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Tara Keely and Blush by Hayley Paige Trunk Show

With all the wedding dress options out there, I’m always drawn to that timeless combination of classic + modern, which may explain why I’m head over heels with the Fall 2015 Tara Keely + Blush by Hayley Paige collections. And lucky for you Southern California brides, they’ll be featured at the JLM Couture trunk show July 10-12, 2015! Mark your calendars m’dears!!

Held at the JLM Couture West Hollywood Flagship location, this is a trunk show you won’t want to miss. Known for their gorgeous silhouettes, amazing detailing and luxe fabrics, the dresses in the Blush by Hayley Paige + Tara Keely collections are as lovely as can be. All dresses featured are not only stunning but affordable (We’re talking under $3000!) plus all brides who purchase a gown that weekend will be given 10% off!

Head over here to find out more about the show and to book your appointment! Happy dress hunting, dears.

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