Chic So-Cal Ballroom Wedding
September 3, 2014
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From the second I saw the bride's bouquet of all-white orchids, I knew we had a classic wedding on our hands. But if you think you know what's coming next, think again because this affair is classic with a perfect twist. It's the ballroom reception gone totally glam thanks to Platinum Weddings By Kerrie and our dear friend Jasmine Star didn't miss a beat. Click here for so much more!
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From The Bride... Quintan and I met during a rare snow week in Dallas, TX in February of 2011- the same week the Superbowl was in Dallas. Since businesses were shut down and our offices were closed my girlfriends and I went to a well-known Dallas restaurant (Mi Cocina) for lunch and a few Mambo Taxi’s (Margarita’s). Quintan also happened to be there with a group of his friends and in the empty restaurant the waiter decided to sit our two tables right next to each other. After a few margaritas Quintan and his friends decided to break the ice with a few jokes and by the end of the night our tables were pushed together and everyone was getting to know each other. Quintan introduced himself to me early on and we had an immediate connection and spent the rest of the day getting to know each other and drinking a few too many margaritas. The best part is that most of our friends who were there that first day were bridesmaids and groomsmen in our wedding.

When Quintan and I were dating we would visit my parents in California and would stay at Terranea Resort while we were there. We loved spending time at the resort and it sort of turned into our favorite quiet spot to get away and spend quality time with each other. On February 2nd, 2013 (the same day we met 2 years earlier) during an impromptu trip to Terranea he proposed in our favorite ocean side villa in front of the fire pit. He played our favorite song (“Cinema” by Jason Evigan) and said some of the nicest words I have ever heard - even though I cried through the entire thing! After we toasted with champagne and a beautiful bouquet of flowers was delivered to our room. Quintan knew how important my family was to me and knew that when he proposed the first thing I would want to do is tell my mom all of the details. He had asked my father for permission to marry me the day before and arranged for them to come meet us for dinner after the proposal. Later that night we went to The Strand House in Manhattan Beach and had dinner with my parents and toasted and celebrated the rest of the night.

I am not a big fan of color - I love neutrals. So the color scheme for the wedding was easy – all white everything! I wanted the look to be elegant, classic and timeless but also contemporary and fresh. I wanted the inside of the reception room to be a white wonderland with flowers galore and the furniture to be sleek, white and contemporary with a lounge feel. The venue was easy because we had so many memories there, we got engaged there and most importantly it was in my hometown, which was important to me.

We had a very traditional Catholic ceremony. We got married at St. John Fisher Parish, which was the church I grew up going to. A few years ago the church decided to build a brand new parish and we were the first couple to be married in the new church. The ceremony was also very meaningful to us because the priest who performed the ceremony (Father Julio Giulietti) is a good friend of our family and married my parents 29 years ago.

The reception was special because it just looked breathtaking. There was an overwhelming amount of white flowers (hydrangeas and orchids – my favorite), which set the mood. The band (Rembrant) was the biggest hit of the night and kept the party going and our guests dancing. The first dance was special to us because we danced to “Cinema” the same song Quintan played when he proposed. The best part was just having all of our closets friends and family in the same place at the same time. I wanted a simple, sleek all white wedding cake accented by a few white flowers. I liked the square shape because I thought it looked a little more modern. The cake was vanilla beach and made by Vanilla Bakeshop.

We also had a groom’s cake, which is more of a southern tradition. The cake was chocolate peanut butter and was hunting themed. One of Quintan’s favorite hobbies is duck hunting and he has a hunting dog – a labrador retriever named Jade – who goes with him. The groom’s cake was a tribute to Quintan and to Texas. On the top of the cake there was a chocolate lab with a duck in his mouth. Quintan loved it!