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Surprise Coastal Wedding

It’s funny… after all of these years working for SMP, I still find myself completely speechless.  I mean, I literally thought I had seen it all, but along comes a day like this breathtaking gem from My Bride Story and blows me completely out of the water.  Because this isn’t just any wedding.  It’s an epic love story meets a SURPRISE marriage celebration (even to the bride!) meets some of the most amazing images from Andy Seo Studio that you will ever see.  Get lost in all of the magic in the full gallery.

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From My Bride Story… This may be, by far, the most heartwarming and intimate wedding I have ever planned in my entire career. This couple had been living together for the past 20 years. However, they never had the opportunity to wed due to difficult circumstances. The husband is now a CEO of a highly successful junior clothing line called Molly and Dolly, named after their two beautiful daughters. This family currently resides in Hong Kong, but the father decided to surprise the family with a trip to the United States AND a wedding ceremony for his wife!

I was given the privilege of planning the wedding in just six days!! From picking out venues, dresses, and shoes to putting together a romantic, organic garden tablescape, the entire planning process was definitely a treat for me. They had an intimate ceremony at Wayfayers Chapel with just the family of four and two other witnesses. Then, we headed off to a romantic candlelit dinner reception with a total of twelve guests, including the family. We chose the Mar’sel restaurant at the Terranea Resort and it was a perfect reception location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Mar’sel is a fine dining that is known for their locally-sourced ingredients (citrus and herbs from the resort’s grounds), so we added the maidenhair, champagne grapes, and laser cut names to tie in with our organic, garden place setting. Lavender, raspberry, blush pink, ivory and gold color palette were picked out to highlight the bride’s evening gown.

This wedding was nothing short of an amazing surprise wedding I have ever witnessed. They walked down the aisle with their daughters, promising 20 more years (and counting!) of life together. I was so blessed to have witnessed their heartfelt gratitude, love and respect for each other.

Photography: Andy Seo Studio | Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms | Wedding Dress: Wilshire Wedding Center | Ceremony Venue: Wayfarers Chapel | Reception Venue: Mar'sel Restaurant, Terranea Resort | Catering: Mar'sel Restaurant | Event Design & Planning: My Bride Story | Hair & Make Up : Hair Day | Music: Mike Isberto

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Forest-Inspired Indoor Wedding

What happens when you’re yearning for an outdoor wedding in the middle of November? You bring the outdoors in – that’s what. Think moss, branches, stones and all the woodland goodness you can imagine. The result is a gallery of pin-able goodness thanks to Sara Lucero and a couple so cute you can hardly stand it. Pssst: don’t miss the sweet film from Jordan Schulz below!

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From Sara Lucero… Jon and Alyssa brought the woods indoors for their romantic hipster wedding. She created an enchanted atmosphere of moss, twigs, warmth, and luminescence all the while bringing a hefty amount of style and quirk.

Jon and Alyssa wanted to keep the tradition of the first look happening as she walks down the aisle, but they knew they wanted a few photos in the beautiful southern California light, so they opted for a blindfolded “first prayer” together. As a photographer I have never seen so much anticipation in one single wedding moment. I am so happy they took the time to stop, hold hands, and pray about the day that was ahead of them. The wedding day can fly by and taking these little moments to soak it all in are crucial and and incredibly sweet.

From the Bride… I took a deep gentle breathe, gripping my beautiful bouquet ever so tightly, it was a stunning November day. Everyone was now in their seats, music and the smell of love slow danced around the brick room. I stepped forward joined arms with my handsome father, he’s eyes glimmered as a tear gently rolled down his cheek, side by side now we made our way up the stairs that would soon be leading up to the aisle. It had looked as if I had stepped into a enchanted forest, tall candles flickered down the aisle, moss twigs and tiny white wild flowers covered the floor. And there at the very end, stood my groom,my best friend smiling and handsome in his charcoal grey suit. It was our day, the day of a new adventure together, it was a day that two lives were becoming one.

Our wedding day. I will always hold that day close to my heart. It was everything Jonathan and I wanted. I enjoyed every part of being a bride, I loved preparing to be his bride. I loved making all my centerpieces, spray painting wine bottles I had collected over the years, finding old looking books, and picking out the perfect white flowers and willow branches that were going into the now gold wine bottles. Jonathan helped me make wood cake stands for our dessert bar. Our family was a huge help in making our wedding come together, late nights, tons of coffee & wedding magazines, to sore fingers from making sure details were just right. I couldn’t thank them enough.

Would I say my wedding was themed? Yes, I had always wanted to get married in the forest, but having a wedding in the middle of November in the mountains was not the warmest idea, so I decided to bring as much forest as I could to my wedding. Branches, moss, dark greens, browns, feathers, stones, the works. I guess the beauty of the forest mountains inspired our wedding. We were beyond blessed and won’t change anything about our day.

Photography: Sara Lucero | Videography: Jordan Schulz | Floral Design: Brier Rose Design | Dress: Ibex Wedding Shop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Make Up: Martha Davenport | Hair: Brittany Of Oasis Hair Salon | Ceremony + Reception: The Mitten Building

Newport Beach Ballroom Wedding

So you already know that at-home e-sessions make me happy.  But do you know what else makes me happy?  Sharing in that adorable duo’s gorgeous wedding just hours later.  A wedding that perfectly mixes modern and traditional with a big ol’ dash of glamour, from the amazing planning skills of Mele Amore to the lush florals from My Star Event.  See it all captured by Alice Hu right here.

And a sweet film from TwentySeven Studios… enjoy. 

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From Alice Hu Photography… Kathy and Alex’s wedding was the perfect example of melding traditional elements with modern times. Their wedding design was based on a modern chic look with a hint of art deco.

Taking a spin on the traditional unity ceremony, the couple placed three bottles of wine into a box and sealed it with letters to read to each other for their coming anniversaries. To make the moments even more special, their parents also included their own notes of encouragement for the newlyweds to cherish.

Kathy and Alex also infused Alex’s Greek traditions during their reception with some Greek dancing!

Photography: Alice Hu Photography | Videography: TwentySeven Studios | Event Planning: Mele Amore | Florist: My Star Event | Bakery: Simply Sweet Cakery | Hair And Makeup: All Made Up Team | Officiant: Bruce Danzara | DJ/Lighting: DJ Craig | Desserts: Dang Good Sweets | Hotel: Hyatt Regency Newport Beach | Linen: Fusion Linens | PhotoBooth: Oh Snap Party Photobooth

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