Sierra Madre, California Wedding from onelove photography
June 6, 2013
United States
DIY InspiredRomanticOutdoor Weddings
It makes my heart so happy whenever two high-school sweethearts tie the knot. It's the hopeless romantic in me (and probably the fact that I married my high-school sweetie, too). So when planning a dream wedding came around this stunning bride, who happens to be the blogger behind Sugar and Chic, knew it had to be special. A real life fairytale-kind-of-wedding, if you will. Captured by the ever-so-talented onelove photography, the result is a celebration made for swooning that you simply can't miss.
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From the Bride...Daniel and I had been dating since high school and our wedding day was to mark our 10th year together. It was therefore really important to us to have a wedding that was all encompassing of our passion for each other. I wanted to put as much heart into my wedding as I had into our relationship, as this day was the symbol of much of what we had worked for and all that we would become. We wanted an intimate setting to celebrate with our closest friends and family, the same people who had watched our relationship grow and blossom since we were teens and the villa was a perfect setting for just that. It was important to us that our big day was full of all the heart and romanticism that has gotten us this far in our real life fairy-tale of two high school sweethearts. Playful details like gold plastic animal escort cards and an aisle dotted with tons and tons of hearts rendered to our youthful and light-hearted relationship, while the villa served as the most magnificent backdrop, representing the strength and significance of our union as husband and wife and of our special day.

 One standout piece of my look that day was the veil my mom made for me. I love lace and wanted a dramatic cathedral veil decorated with lots of lace. My mom spent hours hand stitching lace trim and appliqués to my veil and the results were stunning! I received so many compliments that day about this beautiful piece my mom created, which made me feel incredibly special and loved, especially knowing just how much time she spent on it. It became an instant family heirloom that I hope to pass on to my own daughter one day! Regarding the design - I wanted to look back on the day knowing that I had a huge impact on making our special day beautiful and representative of us. I write a blog called Sugar and Chic, which focuses heavily on a DIY mentality, so in the months leading up to the wedding, I spent hours planning and crafting different aspects of the event. I made several things for our big day including most of the stationery, the signage, the honey jar favors, and a majority of the other décor. It was a big task, but the results were very, very rewarding and looking back, I wouldn’t have done it any other way.

 The controlling bridezilla in me was at first reluctant to ask for help from family and friends and even my fiancée, for fear that things would not be perfect or how I’d imagined. As the wedding drew closer, however, I realized that all my planning and DIY projects were very ambitious and were a large task to take on just by myself. By that time, I was beyond stressed out and finally elicited the help of all my loved ones. I was able to recognize that they were there to offer support and assistance and that even if things didn’t turn out perfectly, that was okay. In fact, staying up late into the night or spending entire weekends working on the wedding with family or friends is something I can look back and smile about. It was definitely just as much about the journey as it was about the wedding day and it’s nice that I was able to gain that perspective. I put my heart and soul into planning my dream wedding and the payoff was huge! Our day was simply perfect and more than I could have ever dreamed of, but it wouldn’t have been just so without help!

 Among the many highlights at our wedding, my groom’s vows were out of this world! Despite having written them perhaps only an hour before the ceremony, all the love and emotion of our past ten years together were summed up so eloquently in his vows and were beautifully packaged in his presentation. Since the wedding, I’ve made him retell his vows to me maybe four or five times just because I love hearing them so much! My dad’s speech at the reception is also something I hold very close to my heart. His three and a half page speech illustrated how very close we are as father and daughter, showed me just how much he cares for me, his new son-in-law and our relationship, and had him beaming like the proud dad he is. Followed closely by our Father/Daughter dance, I was reminded that no matter what, I’ll always be his little girl and this moment was something to be cherished forever.

Photography: onelove photography | Venue: Villa del Sol d'Oro | Event Design: The bride, Sugar and Chic | Day of Coordinator: Jennifer Williger | Floral Design: Primary Petals | Makeup + Hair: Yuri Sinata | Cake: Cake Sensations | Catering: Santa Anita Gardens Catering | DJ: Groove Time Entertainment | Officiant: Father Ramon Predrosa | Stationery: KC Hopper | Veil: Handmade, Mother of the Bride | Signage + Favors + Décor: SugarandChicShop | Wedding Dress: Karoza Design | Shoes: Vera Wang | Necklace: Etsy | Earrings: Nordstrom | Groom's Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaids + Flower Girl Dresses: Various