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Nicole & Daniel

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From the bride, Nicole:

Our love story is really a fairytale kind of story. We may have met young, but our love has overcome a lot of things over the past thirteen years that we’ve known each other and our wedding day was such a celebration of how deep our love is.

I always knew Daniel and I would get married near the beach because it’s been a big part of our lives together, so I wanted something very light and natural-feeling. Around the time I “said yes to the dress”, I was addicted to the show “Once Upon a Time”, hence the lacey, romantic feel of my dress. Once I found my dress, I knew I wanted a very romantic, soft feel to our wedding to match.

We chose a mix of soft pastels and slightly brighter colors (teal blue, sage green, blush, and grey) along with very rustic, beachy decor thanks to Pinterest. My absolute favorite DIY decor pieces at the wedding were the wooden details Daniel and I made together and the window pane seating chart. Daniel built the stands, wooden signs, and table number blocks, with help from his dad, and I painted the quotes or numbers on them using handmade stencils and acrylic paint. I used an exacto knife to cut out the stencils for both the wood signs and the window panes from white copy paper. Let’s just say I went through entire seasons of televisions shows on Netflix in the months leading up to the wedding while crafting (The Mindy Project, Brooklyn 99, and Nashville just to name a few).

It is so difficult to chose just one moment from the day that was my favorite. I would have to say I fell in love with all of the little moments that reminded me to pause and look around at all of the people who love Daniel and I so much. One moment in particular was right after the ceremony after Daniel and I and the wedding party had made our exit. It was the first time our niece, Charlotte had seen Daniel and I together that day and she excitedly yelled, “Keeeksss and Daniel!!!” as if to say she was happy to celebrate this moment with us too. I could have melted on the spot.

My advice for other brides is: don’t over commit yourself or stress about every single detail.

Daniel and I struggled with how much was “too much” when planning the wedding. Of course the perfectionist in me struggled with letting my ideals go with obsessions like “BUT I just HAVE to make individual Instagram coaster sets as party favors….” and realized what the day was really about: the love Daniel and I have for each other. Once I realized I would have to stay up for weeks straight to even attempt Instagram coaster sets for over 150 people, I decided that rustic candy favor bags with our initials and wedding date on them would be just fine too. In twenty….no…probably even five years from now I won’t even remember most of the details that were, or that “could have been” because I married my best friend and everything else on the wedding day pales in comparison to that.

Musical Choices
Bridal Party: “State of Grace” acoustic/Taylor Swift
Parents and Groomsmen” “Hey Ho”/Guitar Tribute Players
Unity Ceremony: “Shape of Us”/Ian Britt
Bride: “Someone Like You”/Tyrone Wells
Recessional: “Darlin”/Branches
Grand Entrance: “Top of the World”/Imagine Dragons
First Dance: “I Won’t Give Up”/Jason Mraz


Venue: San Clemente Municipal Golf Course | Catering: Wedgewood Banquet Center | Florist: Flower Company of San Clemente | Cake: It’s All About the Cake
Entertainment: Garrin Romero | Hair/Make-up: Danae Marvin | Gown Designer: Allure | Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse


Erica & Chase

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Anda Ambrosini -

wow, these are unbelievable! You did an immaculate job capturing the event! Where is this place?? It’s perfection! That light…oh goodness…and the candles and everything! Erica, you looked incredible and the whole day looks beyond magical. Thank you so much for sharing these!

Melissa & Austin

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Linda Ellis Daniel -

What a beautiful couple and beautiful pictures!! The venue was perfect!! Congratulations!!

Candy Link Maxey -

Takes my breath away, just beautiful !

Barb Webb -

Absolutely beautiful! Loved every minute of getting to spend your special day with you both!