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Stephen & Katie

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From the Bride, Katie:

Stephen and I met in college when we were 20 years old.  I told my friends he was the nicest person I had ever met, he told his friends I was sweet and fun.  We started dating and were surprised by how much time we wanted to spend together, and how quickly we fell in love.  Neither of us had ever felt a love like that before.  We soon realized our relationship was God’s doing, and that it was His plan for us to be together.  :) 

I wanted our wedding to look like an enchanted winter garden. I love the romantic elegance of whimsical greenery and soft blooms and the quiet ambiance of snowy mountains and pine trees.  

We did so many things ourselves! We made blankets for all of our guests because we knew it would be freezing. We purchased fresh cut eucalyptus and we cut olive branches from a neighbor’s tree to make arrangements and garlands to scatter around. I stained pieces of wood and used calligraphy markers to make several signs that we used in different areas (welcome sign, hashtag sign, favors sign, names of sweets, thank you sign, etc.) 

My mom and aunt made over 400 mini desserts for our sweets table! Our venue had a large stone fire pit, so of course, we had a s’mores bar! We brought graham crackers, different flavored marshmallows, and several different kinds of chocolates and chocolate candy to use for s’mores. So fun! 

Favorite Moment: Oh my goodness I don’t know how to choose! I had so many favorite moments. The absolute best was when my dad and I rode into the ceremony area in a horse drawn carriage and I was hit with an overwhelming sense of happiness that I had never felt before. Holding my dad’s hand, I heard the song I chose to walk down the isle to, I saw the whole ceremony space filled with the decorations and flowers we chose, all the incredible people that we love so much, our amazing (and gorgeous!!) bridal party, my beautiful mom, and lastly, my handsome groom waiting for me at the end of the isle and balling his eyes out. It was the surreal moment every girl dreams of, the moment I had been waiting for my whole life.  I had never experienced that kind of happiness before and I will remember that moment and feeling forever. 

Advice: Try to stay calm on that day and enjoy every minute. You can’t control all the little details and things might not go absolutely perfectly, but it’s okay! The important thing is to remember that you get to marry the man you love and you have all your friends and family there, surrounding you with love and support. 

Bride Entrance: Expression by Helen Jane Long | Communion: Oceans by Hillsong | First Dance: Then by Brad Paisley

Elisabeth & Jacob

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Love Story: We met ten years ago and were in and out of each others lives for the first several years.  We truly believe we are soulmates that were connected through divine intervention. We are so lucky to have found each other.

Inspiration: “All you need is love.” –  We wanted to incorporate all the wonderful things in life that make us happy, but keep it simple at the same time.  We wanted our love for one another to be the main focus.  A few components that were important to include were: the beach, family/friends, faith, food, good music and the place we met, Santa Monica

It was important to us that the day was personal.  Of course we wanted a beautiful wedding, but more than that, we wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our relationship and personalities, so there were many things we incorporated into the day.  Since Jake’s mom passed a few years ago, we wanted to make sure we included her, so we had a large vase of her favorite flowers on our escort table to welcome our guests.  We also had our cantor sing “I Can Only Imagine” as one of our preludes at the ceremony, which was her favorite song.  When we did our final walk through at our venue the week before the wedding, we were practicing our first dance, and when we stopped, we looked down and found a penny at our feet.  The club had been closed for renovations for nearly a month and nobody was there, so we couldn’t believe we found it in the middle of the floor.  We  framed the “penny from heaven” and also had it on our escort table by her tulips.  My dad did the floral arrangement in the fountain on the patio at our reception venue which was so special to me since I grew up with him always gardening and keeping our yard beautiful. I have always loved the idea of hanging florals, so the chandelier details done by our florist were perfect.  In lieu of traditional wedding favors, we made a donation to the PMP Research Foundation which funds research for appendix cancer.  Jake was diagnosed with appendix cancer a few days after our engagement, so we spent the past sixteen months surrounded by our PMP “family” and felt it was only appropriate to donate to a foundation that helped to save his life.  We didn’t want to make the day about that by any means, but it has been a huge part of our life and we will never forget the many blessings and miracles we’ve experienced the past year and a half, so it was important to give back.

Favorite Moment: The whole thing!  It’s hard to pick one moment, but when I saw Jake for the first time walking down the aisle, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  I also loved when we were saying our vows – the entire ceremony was so special. 

Advice: Enjoy the planning process and take in the day as much as possible. Also, make sure the wedding and vendors fit your personality, there are so many different styles that people will share with you and that you’ll discover on Pinterest, and it’s hard to sort through them and figure out what your vision is.  We had such an amazing connection with all our vendors and we felt like they fit our style and personalities.  We met with other vendors that didn’t have the same vision as us, and I knew if we had chosen them, I would have been more stressed than I was.  I knew that no matter what our vendors did, I trusted it would be amazing, which helped us sit back and enjoy the process and our special day.

Musical Choices

Prelude: Ave Marie, I Can Only Imagine | Processional: Canon In D, Wedding March | Recessional: All You Need is Love

First Dance: Make You Feel My Love – Adele | Father/Daughter Dance: Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

We had the BEST vendors!! 

Photographer: We Heart Photography | Photobooth: The Heartbooth | Church: St. Monica, Santa Monica | Reception: Bel-Air Bay Club, Pacific Palisades 

DJ: VOX DJs | Florist: Sweet Marie Designs | Bridesmaid Dresses: Natalie Deayala | Bride’s Dress: Panache Pasadena | Lighting and Curtain: Stage Labs 

Day of Coordinator: Niche Weddings and Events | Transportation: Five Diamonds Limousine | Videographer: Buckley Videography