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Romantic Southern California Seaside Proposal

Ladies and gentlemen, take note—if you want a truly special proposal, make sure you have a photographer on hand to document the moment. And if you can get a photographer like Valentina Glidden (who also happens to be the Groom-to-be’s sister-in-law), the photos are guaranteed to be as special as the moment. See the proof in THE VAULT!

From Valentina Glidden PhotographyI had the privilege of capturing my brother-in-law’s proposal to his beautiful future wife, Maria. He wanted it to be a beautiful place, preferably by the ocean and this gorgeous location in Palos Verdes was a winner. We anxiously arrived to scout the location and then hid while he took her on a drive. He casually stopped by the chosen spot and walked her down towards the ocean – she had absolutely no idea what was coming. We hid on top of the hill while he got down on one knee and asked her to be his forever. It was such a sweet and emotional moment, not only because proposals tend to be that way, but because I was capturing the moment I would be one step closer to having a new sister!

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Photography: Valentina Glidden | Venue: Corcomroe Abbey

Palos Verdes Engagement Session

It’s safe to say the day Nia Sanchez was not only crowned Miss USA, but also proposed to by her soon-to-be hubby will forever be remembered as one of her best days ever. Topped only, perhaps, by the day she gets to say I do. And after seeing  their stunning engagement session from Zoom Theory planned by Cake And Punch, I’m already chomping at the bit to see them say I do. 

From The Bride…Our love story started just over two years ago. We met in church at a Good Friday service where Daniel was greeting people at the door, we instantly clicked and on my way out, I made a point to say goodbye to the “cute guy at the door”.

One week later we had our first date hiking on a mountain and frozen yogurt to follow. A few days later we went to dinner and after that we knew we were meant to be. Daniel and I knew just a few months in that we wanted to get married, but first I wanted to compete in “one last pageant”. Little did we know that one would lead to three more and another year and a half years.

Daniel was my number one fan, my coach and support all the way! After winning Miss Nevada USA, and Miss USA Daniel proposed. The proposal was the most romantic thing anyone could have ever imagined. I was living in New York as Miss USA and Daniel was in LA. While I had a weekend with my girlfriends planned, he secretly flew to New York, prepared and decorated a roof top terrace at the Nomad hotel. The terrace was decorated to a T with fairy lights, lanterns, balloons, candles, flowers and roses. My friends told me that we were going to a roof top dinner. Little did I know that my life was going to change forever that night. That night we decided that forever was the choice we wanted to make together!

After I placed 1st runner up at the Miss Universe pageant, we were finally able to move forward with wedding plans. We chose our wedding planners, Cake and Punch, and started with the planning process! One of the first things we did was get engagement photos by Zoom Photography. They were the best!! We are so in love, and she captured that perfectly! We loved every second working with Meredith! Her talent and direction made it so comfortable and easy to shoot with her!! Thank you Zoom Theory for capturing our love on that beautiful day!

From Cake And PunchNia and Daniel’s love is beautiful and effortless just like these engagement photos. Meredith from Zoom Theory did such a great job capturing the many sides of their love story. This sweet couple definitely lives life to the fullest and enjoys every second of it, while always embracing their thoughtful, romantic, and softer side with each other. Nia will be crowning the next Miss USA this July 12th but something tells us that this will not be the last crown she will wear ;). Their engagement has been a dream and their wedding day is sure to be just the beginning of their beautiful fairytale. We cannot wait for their big day in October!

Photography: Zoom Theory | Event Planning: Cake & Punch Productions | Venue: Corcomroe Abbey

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Design, Styling, Parties
Romantic Fall Wedding at South Coast Botanic Garden

My love for Aga Jones continues to increase exponentially and this romantic wedding right here is just the latest example of the magic she creates when she captures a couple of lovebirds in an absolutely gorgeous setting. Add in the fact that the celebration was topped off with a BBQ feast and my Monday morning has been made. See all the pics – and the super sweet film by F1 Productionsright this way!


From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding day took place in such an enchanting garden that helped encompass our intimate and romantic evening. We wanted to throw a small, casual yet intimate party with our closest friends and family members. For us, a party means a BBQ! I am originally from Texas and my amazing groom is a California native. The best way to provide the most personal atmosphere for us was to combine our two worlds together. We had one of our favorite BBQ restaurants cater and grill on-site for our guests with the southern California palm tree backdrop scenery. The smell of fresh BBQ lingered on the ocean breeze as the guests would gather around to fill their plates.

Budget was the main determinant for any decision during this whole wedding planning process.
In order to create our romantic BBQ soiree, I had to plan it myself. Majority of the wedding centerpieces, decorations, and accessories were made by me, the bridal party, the groom, and my brother. I spent hours brainstorming designs, calculating my budget, researching vendors, and scavenging for glass bottles for centerpieces.

Our theme was supposedly a “French country” atmosphere with repetition of non-uniformity. As my sweet husband would say, “it’s more unique if things didn’t match!” Our theme sums up our unique relationship, so we went with it. All of our bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses and the groomsmen wore mismatched bow-ties.

In order to accomplish all of the specific details for our theme within budget, we had to really take the “DIY” motto to the next level. From the garden rose bouquets, wedding favors, centerpieces, table numbers, and even the groomsmen bow-ties, almost everything was handmade. Our table numbers even signified specific dates of milestones in our relationship. We wanted to share our love story and journey together with our favorite people. There was so much more sentiment and teamwork expressed throughout the wedding. Everyone in the wedding party played a role in creating our romantic day, which made the evening even more special.

We could not have asked for a more magical rustic soiree! Once the bistro lights were lit up at sunset, it truly felt like we were dining in our own French garden!

Our photographer and videographers made sure to capture every candid and tender moment with our friends and family! 

Photography: Aga Jones Photography | Videography: F1 Productions | Coordination: Gwenessential | Floral Design: OC Flower Mart | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Sweet Embellishments | Wedding Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Bride's Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Catering: Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ | Make Up: Luong Lasting | Wedding Favors: OC Succulents | Groomsmen's Attire: Topman | Wedding Venue: South Coast Botanic Gardens | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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