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Kelly and Chris’ Diablo Dormido wedding (a.k.a. Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve wedding, a.k.a Ahmanson Ranch wedding… does anyone know what that place is actually called nowadays? We digress…) was a perfect example of just how awesome a wedding can be, even when it is a little cloudy.

As we mentioned in our post of their engagement session, Kelly and Chris are diehard fans of UCLA and USC, which makes them an unlikely, but remarkably adorable match. The day was filled with laughter and there was a running joke about Chris and his mom being “criers,” so there were more touching moments happening than we can possibly cram into single blog post.

Emotional wedding days are awesome, but what made this wedding over-the-top, face-melting-awesomeness were some surprises that their families had up their sleeves. During dinner, Kelly’s mom arranged for the UCLA Spirit Team and mascot to show up! Not to be outdone, later in the reception Chris’ mom arranged for the USC marching band to show up and play a few songs! Both were total surprises to Kelly and Chris and both were SO much fun! Enjoy!

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Rad Vendor Credits:

Venue: Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve – http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=28

Coordinator: Dana at Orange Dove Events – http://www.orangedoveevents.com

DJ: Vox DJs – http://www.voxdjs.com

Caterer: Kitchen 12000 – http://kitchen12000.com

Cake: Susie Cakes – www.SusieCakes.com

Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting – http://www.pacificeventlighting.com

Furniture Rentals – Salt Buffalo Vintage – http://www.saltbuffalo.com

Rentals: A Rental Connection – http://www.arentalconnection.com

 

We always tell our couples that “we want your engagement session to reflect YOU and YOUR personalities.” Kelly + Chris absolutely nailed it in their engagement session.

To give you all some context, Kelly + Chris met in a kickboxing class. This combative beginning was mere foreshadowing for a much more deeply engrained conflict: Chris is a USC fan and Kelly is a UCLA fan. Like… they each bleed their school’s colors. For those of you who did not grow up in Southern California, let us fill you in on why this is an issue. USC and UCLA are like the bloods and the crips, oil and water, canned tuna and ice cream, Taylor Swift and healthy relationships… you get the point: USC and UCLA fans just do not mix well.

Notwithstanding this monumental divide, Kelly and Chris are an adorable couple. They brought boxing gloves and USC/UCLA shirts as an homage to the beginning of their relationship and their “house divided,” and we thought it was absolutely perfect.

 

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*Don’t worry, Kelly didn’t actually hit Chris. Marianne Wilson Photography does not condone domestic violence. :)
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Finally, Kelly, we love you but we just can’t end this post without saying it: FIGHT ON!!!

Oh where, oh where do we even begin to start with Sidney and Steve’s Maravilla Gardens wedding!?

It is no secret that we love shooting at Maravilla Gardens. It is always gorgeous and they are so super organized that weddings usually go as smooth as silk. Plus, we have had the pleasure of photographing dozens of wonderful couples at Maravilla Gardens which means that we have a lot of great memories there. So, before we even knew about any of Sidney and Steve’s plans for their wedding, we were just excited that we got to go back to Maravilla Gardens! :)

Once we started shooting with Sidney and Steve, things just got better and better. We always recommend that our couples make their weddings as personalized as they can. Your wedding is a celebration of your love, so why not make it reflect you as much as possible? We were thrilled to see that Sidney and Steve’s wedding had many wonderful sentimental personal touches! Here are just a couple of our favorites:

1) They say that compromise is one of the keys to a great marriage. Sidney wanted to do a first look because she was worried that she would get a little too stressed if they didn’t see each other before hand. Steve wasn’t so sure that he wanted to do one. In the end they decided to do a first look, but Sidney had a little surprise up her sleeve. Steve didn’t know that she had a second wedding dress for their ceremony so that Steve would be surprised and would still kind of be seeing her for the first time as she walked down the aisle! That’s a pretty great compromise! :)

2) One of their favorite family traditions is to gather and wave a hanky as their loved ones depart on travels far and wide or on a new life adventure. So, they gave all of their guests vintage hankies to wave as they walked down the aisle after their ceremony! What is better; the vintage hankies were given to them by one of their family friends who had collected them while traveling throughout her 90 year life. How cool and personalized is that!?!?

Anyway, this is a photography blog so we will stop geeking-out and get to some photos! :)

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Rachel + Mike’s Bacara Resort wedding in Santa Barbara was pretty much jaw-dropping gorgeousness. That should go without saying since Katie Seefeldt of Wedding Kate Events was the planner/coordinator. But, if we are being totally honest, we had some concerns since usually couples book us about 10-16 months before their wedding and Rachel + Mike only booked us about 1 month before theirs. We definitely had a moment of pause where we asked ourselves “is this all going to be thrown together last minute?”

We could not have been more wrong about that concern and we feel like we should slap ourselves with comically large fish for ever having a moment of doubt!!! As it turns out, they were just busy with planning super awesomeness in every other area of their wedding and the photography was the final piece of the puzzle. Once we got to their Bacara Resort wedding it was like every time we turned around we found ourselves saying “Oh, wow! That’s awesome!” Her dresses, her shoes, his epic blue suit/tux hybrid, their florals and details… holy cow, their florals and details you guys! Erin Tenley Young Floral and Event Design absolutely knocked it out of the park! Everything had a special touch, style, and class.

We could go on for days about how beautiful this wedding was, but enough words. MOAR PHOTOS!!!

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Vendor Credits:

Venue: Baraca Resort, Santa Barbara – http://www.bacararesort.com/

Coordination: Wedding Kate – http://www.weddingkate.com/

Florist: Erin Tenley Young Floral & Event Design – http://www.tenleyerinyoung.com/

Music: Gavin Roy Presents – http://www.gavinroypresents.com/

Cake: Crushcakes Santa Barbara – http://crushcakes.com/

Lighting: Bella Vista Designs – http://bellavistadesigns.com/

Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals – http://townandcountryeventrentals.com/

  • June 15, 2015 - 7:02 am

    Hannah - Amazing ring shot with those funky shoes!ReplyCancel