I’m a total sucker for high school sweetheart stories. Especially when the sweethearts are this adorable. These two endured ten years of long distance after falling in love in Spanish class, and finally were able to have their California wedding dreams come true. Ian Grant Photography had the immense task of capturing ten years of love, excitement, and preparation, and he did so with poise. So well, that the image gallery is filled to breaking point with gorgeous images for your perusing pleasure!
And here’s a little somthin’ somthin’ from Stillmotion…
Aaron and I met when we were 15 and in high school. We somehow managed to maintain a long distance relationship over ten years, while I attended school in Boston and him in Philadelphia, and after graduation, when Aaron moved to Boston and I returned to Los Angeles. When Aaron finally made it out west to San Francisco, I knew it was time for me to join him up north as well.
During Aaron’s vows, he said, “The faith that we developed as teenagers had withstood this test, and the love I have for you has only grown stronger over the years and the total seat miles traveled on AirTran, Southwest, and US Air combined.” How fitting, as our the significance of our wedding was so important to us not just because we were so ready to get married, but because we would finally be able to share our lives together at last!
Ian Grant, our photographer and Stillmotion, our videographers, captured everything that truly reflected our love and how we felt for each other. I didn’t have any specific ideas for details, but knew that I wanted our wedding to reflect our testament to our long distance love. I gave Amanda Auer from In the Now Events full reign over this, and she executed the wedding details perfectly!
I also wanted to surprise Aaron with a game of beer pong at our wedding – he had been begging for a “Beirut Tourney” throughout the planning process, and I had always dismissed the idea as unsuitable for a wedding. This was all a ruse, of course, as I secretly planned with our vendors for over a year to surprise him with a few beer pong tables, of course, monogrammed in the classiest way possible. Not only was it a ton of fun, but seeing the final details that Amanda had executed perfectly, complete with monogrammed paddles, cups, and tables, was just the best feeling and the most wonderful night!
Makeup: Elaine Chou from Echoumakeup / Photographer: Ian Grant Photography / Videographer: Stillmotion / Coordinator & Florals: Amanda Auer from In the Now Events / Caterer: 24 Carrots / Rentals: Versatile LA & Bob Gail Events / Photobooth: Snappy Joe Photography / DJ: SoCal DJ, Eric Mosqueda / Officiant: Pastor Matt Nault, City Church San Francisco / Cake: King’s Hawaiian / Event Design & Coordination: Amanda Auer for In The Now Weddings / Floral Design: Stephanie Hester and Amanda Auer for In The Now Weddings / Monogram Design: Shannon LaBare for In The Now Weddings / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen and Signature Party Rentals / Vinyl Decor & Details: Creative Media Print / Calligraphy Details: Kristina Kunza, K.A. Kalligraphy / Venue: Saddlerock Ranch