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! :)