I’m not really sure where to begin with this slice of pretty. It is literally packed with so much goodness. A few (or maybe five) notables, rapid fire? The Bride’s two pairs of pink shoes, her gorge Romona Keveza dress, the insane private estate: Il Palazzo Mansion, the golden details and the first dance serenaded by the Bride’s very own sister. It’s dreamy to say the least and Onelove Photography snapped it all up here.
From the beautiful Bride…Like most girls, my wedding day was something I had dreamed about my entire life. But never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined “our” wedding day. After nearly eight years together, I finally walked down the aisle towards the love of my life and my best friend. I was 20 years old when I met Aaron (he was 28), and I knew the moment I met him that, in every sense of the word, I would grow old with him one day.
Aaron proposed when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve has always been an important day to my family and I, as it is also my parents’ wedding anniversary, and it made it that much more special that not only will we continue to celebrate the love that my parents still have for one another, but now the day that he and I became engaged!
When it came to planning our wedding, we immediately began to look at private estates. We knew we wanted the day to be intimate and private. Il Palazzo was the first venue that we looked at. I knew from the pictures online that it was exactly what we were looking for, and when we finally walked through the front doors of that home, we were absolutely blown away. My favorite part, by far, was the 36-foot tall ceilings and crystal chandeliers hanging from nearly every room’s ceiling throughout. I knew we would never find anything else like it. The estate truly is as magnificent as it is grand. The 36,000 square foot estate sits on a hilltop overlooking the ocean on nearly two acres. It’s unbelievable to think that we didn’t even monopolize half of the home the day of our wedding!
Once we secured the venue, finding the perfect dress came just as easily. I knew from the getgo that I wanted my wedding dress to have sleeves. I’ve always been inspired by iconic brides in history — from Grace Kelly to Kate Middleton — and I couldn’t have found a more perfect dress than the Romona Keveza gown that I walked down the aisle in. It was the first wedding dress that I tried on, and I knew from the moment I took one look at those beautiful lace sleeves that that was MY wedding dress.
Aaron and I knew that we wanted to do our wedding big and beautiful and glamorous. It was our wedding day, and we wanted to do it big! We wanted it to have that black-tie affair feel, but also to come across very simple and soft at the same time. We kept it soft with the ivory, dove gray, and blush tones. We incorporated hints of gold in our smallest details, like the skeleton key bottle opener place card holders and tiny table details.
Getting ready with all my girls was one of the best parts of the day. Our venue had a beautiful bridal suite with light lavender walls and white furniture. It was there that 7 of my best friends, my sister (and maid of honor), and my mom, got ready on the day of the wedding. It was such a relaxed and fun environment. We laughed and played music and danced. One of my best friends (and bridesmaid) Mattison, did my hair (and pretty much everyone else’s) the day of the wedding. It was so much fun, because it felt like just another day with the girls.
Although it would be so hard to pick my favorite moment of the day, nothing stands out more to me than my little sister, Jamie, singing the song for my and Aaron’s first dance. Hearing my sister belt out “At Last” by Etta James as Aaron and I danced our first dance as husband and wife was the most magical moment of my life. The way her beautiful voice echoed throughout that house had everyone in tears. I will never, ever forget that moment.
We couldn’t have found a more perfect person to photograph our wedding. Sara from onelove photography was a dream come true! The moment I stumbled upon her website, I could not stop looking at all the weddings she had photographed. Sara captured the essence of our day and of who we are as a couple perfectly. Aaron and I love nothing more than to laugh with one another, and the happiness we felt that day is so obvious in every image. We smiled all day long, and it was a day full of love, joy, and so much laughter. It really was the happiest day of our lives.
Photography: Onelove Photography | Videographer: MarmoFilms | Wedding Coordinator: Sanya Mitrovic | Floral Design: Tustin Florist | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Jason's Catered Events | Calligraphy: PBCalligraphy | DJ: All The Rave Entertainment | Bride & Groom's Wedding Bands: Isabella's Fine Jewelry | Bride's Earrings: Tahari | Bride's Hair: Mattison Perron, Hush Hush Hair Salon | Bride's Reception Dress: Love Found True | Bride's Reception Shoes: Sam Edelman | Cake & Pastries: Pacific Patisserie | Day Of Paper Goods: Marrygrams | Makeup: Angles And Arches | Mirror Seating Chart: Bee Curious Designs | PRIVATE ESTATE: IL PALAZZO MANSION | Rentals: Signature Rentals | Ring Bearer Box: The Paper Walrus