Matt & Dannie were married at the groom’s Grandmother’s house in in the Sonoma Wine Country, California. After a memorable proposal (that was captured on film!) the couple set to planning a day that was a true reflection of them as a couple. “The most special thing for us was our wedding location,” Dannie began. “It was at Matt’s grandparents house. His grandfather built the house, and he had so many good memories there as a child. It was an honor for us to be able to be married there. His grandfather passed away in early 2011, so it was a very emotional night for his grandmother and family. The house was beautiful and was the perfect location for us.”
“Because we are wedding photographers, we see a ton of weddings a year”, she continued. “We wanted our wedding to be different. Nothing traditional. We really wanted our day to be special for all of our guests. We were thrilled to finally get married, but most importantly to hang out with all of our friends in one place and have them celebrate the love we have for each other and for them! One of the most non-traditional things about the day was the food. We didn’t want to serve anything boring. We had pulled pork & veggie sandwiches with mac n cheese, salad, and plenty of bacon (at the grooms request).”
I know having favourites is bad… especially in my game… but, honestly, if I was held at gun point and asking to choose, I might be swayed towards Made You Look. They are, without a doubt, some of the sweetest and most talented babes about. I love them endlessly and their photography fills my heart with joy.
So obviously getting a submission from Christina, Alie & Marielle is a red letter day in my book. I feel like all my Christmases have come at once when I first clap eyes on stunning wedding images like this:
UGH, girls. You killed it!
Heidi & Nathan’s beautiful outdoor wedding was held at Grand Oaks Ranch in Tehachapi, Ca.
“Nathan and I have been together for over 6 years so we wanted our wedding to be not only a celebration of our love for each other but also for our family and friends”, wrote Heidi. “They have been there for us throughout the years and have watched us grow into the people we are today. We wanted our day to be filled with love, laughter, tears, and lots of dancing… which was a total success of course!”
Manny & Rachel were married in an art gallery in California. Describing themselves as an artsy couple, they knew that they wanted their wedding to be different, quirky and to have some personality. The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana was the perfect place.
“Manny & I are kinda artsy, but definitely not artists, and over the course of our relationship we shared lots of drawings, silly books and creative gifts”, explained the bride. “On top of that we love the modern look so we thought a downtown art gallery would be the perfect venue to showcase us! We put ourselves to work and came up with an entire exhibition of gifts to each other, along with some gifts from family. Every last detail was DIY. Needless to say it was more amazing than we had ever envisioned. And in many ways was the most unique, kick-ass wedding our guests had ever seen!”
This wedding was certainly a DIY affair with the creative pair hand making as much as they possibly could themselves. “One of my favorite pieces was our seating chart. We hemmed and hawed over what to do for a really long time. With over 200 guests, we needed a lot of names, and we weren’t about to just post a plain old list. Then the kite idea popped into my mind! After all, we did build and fly a kite when we first started dating. The same artist, Olivia Guzman, that designed the head table backdrop, sketched the drawing of the kids flying the kite. We shrunk the image for the cute little artist easels for the table numbers, and enlarged the sketch for the wall! We used Sharpie marker to color in 20+ little canvases, and bought and cut some vinyl for large image. Then, I color coded everyone’s table assignment and wrote their names on the mini-kites! Color-coded seating? Awesome and time-consuming all at once! But I absolutely LOVED the final product!”