San Clemente Military Wedding by Wai Reyes Photography
November 11, 2011
United States

We are continuing our Veterans Day tribute for all the men and women in uniform with a picture perfect day from Wai Reyes Photography. Held right before the handsome groom was deployed, every moment was as special as it was pretty. Family and friends flew from all over the world to celebrate this adorable couple in San Clemente, and you can feel the love in each and every image. Be sure to spend some time in the full gallery for even more lovely!

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From Wai Reyes Photography...Kate and Kevin had the wedding of their dreams, at a venue overlooking the ocean in San Clemente... just before Kevin was deployed. Although Kevin was already stationed at the Air Force Base in Nebraska, he did his best to chime in on the planning, even by email. The couple opted for a smaller, more intimate wedding with 100 of their families and friends that flew in from all over the world. The style they went for was simple yet memorable. Instead of huge pieces that overwhelm, they decided on smaller, cleaner florals that were peppered all throughout the venue. Shortly after the wedding, the couple has moved to Nebraska where Kevin is stationed and is now serving overseas.

From the Bride...When I first started planning my wedding, I knew I definitely wanted it to be something that people would remember. The venue (Casa Romantica) was really a wonderful find. It had the character that I wanted (not your typical ballroom wedding), and was set above a cliff overlooking the ocean; it was perfect. I wanted to have details that weren’t what everyone else was doing, and were fun, yet elegant. I started off with shabby chic ideas (I love mason jars!), but then I realized I’m a little bit more elegant that I thought. (I must have changed my mind a million times!) All the wheels started turning though when I found these amazing mercury glass vases! I found the vintage look I was looking for, and I figured light pink would be perfect to pair with it. Since we were getting married by the ocean, I wanted our wedding to have a light and airy feel, and I felt that the light colors really make it feel that way. Since we didn’t have a giant budget, my coordinator (Halleigh Hill) & I made a lot of the things. All the paper products, table numbers, menus, programs were made by us! I hate having things that scream copycat, so I tried to make all these things as unique as possible. As for the floral design, I wanted soft, big blooms, and I HAD HAD HAD to have a curly willow arch. I loved the rustic quality of it, and it came out beautifully! Our florist even incorporated a little of that in our centerpieces. My dress was everything I knew I needed in a dress, but I could never describe it to a consultant. It was timeless. I remember telling someone, “This is a dress that I would have loved to have been passed down to me.” It had the most beautiful details: v-back, with beautiful buttons all the way down, the satin made it so elegant, and the placement of the lace was unlike anything I had ever seen before. I really felt that this dress was made for me. And lastly I picked my photographer (Wai Reyes) for her incredible ability to create stories. I remember seeing her photos for the first time, and loved the way she made everything look like a Ralph Lauren ad. She was also extremely personable, and made us feel like we had all been friends for years. And even a few months after the wedding, I’m still so incredibly pleased with the outcome. It literally was the wedding of my dreams, and still can’t believe it was mine!

Photography: Wai Reyes Photography / Ceremony + Reception: Casa Romantica / Wedding Coordinator: Moment Prive Event Design & Coordination / Cinema : A Motion Video / Officiant: Don Pearce / Floral Design: Jen K Floral Design / Catering: Carbonara Trattoria / Wedding Cake: Sweet Gems / Cake Stand & Cake Pop Favors: Moment Event Design & Coordination /  Hair + Makeup Stylist: Chloe Watts + Carina Lindgren of Flawless Faces / Wedding Gown: Marisa / Bridesmaid Gowns: Priscilla of Boston / Tuxedo: Suit Fellas / Bride's Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / DJ: Showcase DJ / Invitations, Programs, Menu's, Escort Cards: Moment Prive Event Design & Coordination