Kayla and Jesse were married at the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens in San Luis Obispo, Calif. “The venue is absolutely beautiful,” Kayla said. “It went very well with our rustic theme.” Before the ceremony, Kayla’s leading ladies posed for the camera inspired by the movie Bridesmaids, and groomsmen received personalized mustache flasks. Her favorite moment? When the officiant announced we were man and wife officially. “My cheeks hurt because I was smiling so hard,” she said.” His favorite moment? Seeing his bride for the first time in her wedding gown. Escort cards hung from clothespins, centerpieces featured hydrangeas and dahlias, and the mini cake was topped with a pair of birds. “Don’t stress over the small details” Kayla said. “Once you’re in the moment and experiencing the day, you’re so happy; all those things that seemed like they mattered so much didn’t anymore. Just have fun!”
From the photographer: “It was a gorgeous and sunny day in August when Cheryl and Mark for the first time were announced as husband and wife. Their beautiful celebration took a place at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Cheryl for her wedding chose an ivory color, beautiful and puffy gown, and a beaded lace jacked as her top. Her shoes were mesh with rhinestone and looked very cute. As for the bouquet, she went for simplicity. It was a beautifully styled bouquet out of white and yellow colored roses.
One of the biggest things Cheryl and Mark were proud of was their big and fun bridal party. They had seven bridesmaids and groomsmen, plus a true handsome ring bearer. Bridesmaids were wearing coral color dresses and had bright yellow color orchid bouquets. The groom and his groomsmen wore gray color tuxedos with yellow color boutonnieres, looking handsome and stylish. There were a lot of delicate, fun and unexpected moments at the wedding.
A breathtaking incident occurred right before the ceremony when Cheryl’s dad came to give her a blessing. When Cheryl and her dad saw each other they wept in tears and hugged each other shearing their heart feelings. A very unexpected moment happened right before Mark had his right to kiss Cheryl for the first time. He took out a spray from his jacket and sprayed his mouth before kissing Cheryl. Everyone was insanely laughing seeing this to happen.
It was also hilarious when Cheryl and Mark and the rest of the bridal party walked down the aisle. They had these big and funny glasses. They put them on and showed their moves while walking down. At the end of their beautiful celebration, excited like never before, Cheryl and Mark walked down the path while their guests were waving sparklers and giving them blessings. The newlyweds jumped into a red Mustang and took off to their lovely honeymoon.” — Tomas Skaringa of The Big Affair
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We knew it was the one as soon as we walked out to the courtyard and saw the canopy of big beautiful trees draped over the reception tables, the natural stone floor, grapevines growing on the walls, and dark hardwood floors in the casita. I could go on forever. The Villa is both rustic and chic, and nothing like we had previously seen in our search for a venue. It’s absolutely stunning.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
The basilica we were married in. It is one of the most breathtaking churches I have ever stepped foot in, and it’s the one and only wedding detail my husband asked to be in charge of. Great job babe! Secondly, my Nonna’s (that’s grandma in Italian) rosary bracelet. I lost my Nonna months before my wedding day, so incorporating her rosary into my bouquet meant a lot to me. Lastly, using my parents lasso from their wedding day thirty-two years ago. It represented tradition, culture, and a bond that has kept them in love for so many years. That type of love is seldom seen these days, and I admire that.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
This is a tough one! There were so many beautiful memories from that day. From my very emotional father/daughter dance having my dad scoop me up into his arms at the end of the dance, only to hand me over to my husband. That brought on both tears of joy and laughter or sitting up at the altar, having sweaty palms as my husband and I held hands and quietly whispering to each other “we did it, we’re married!” The great thing about having a semi-small wedding is being surrounded by family and friends who truly exude love and happiness. It’s an out of this world feeling.
From the photographer: “Julie and Thinh’s wedding took a place in an opulent venue of Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. It was a very laid back and beautiful wedding. Julie and Thinh DIY a big portion of their wedding. They designed and printed invitations and thank you cards. Their friend Jannie Nguyen (creative designer for Pottery Barn) helped them with the wedding concept, which was simply elegant with a rustic touch. Julie borrowed a gorgeous gown from her close and generous friend. The dress fit her perfectly, and it was as she envisioned. Her shoes were elegant and blue.
There were couple surprises at the wedding. Julie’s dad surprised her with a diamond necklace, which she absolutely loved. Her husband Thinh had something coming too. When Julie was getting her makeup done, the best man came in to visit her and pass her Thinh’s special gift. It was a love letter and a small jewelry box. Julie opened the box and inside was Thinh’s late grandma’s earrings, which were passed through generations. With an excitement, Julie unfolded Thinh’s love letter and she broke in tears and happiness while reading it.
It was a breath taking moment right before the ceremony. Their pastor asked to pause, take a deep breath and look at all the friends that came from all over the world to celebrate their beautiful wedding. It was a truly tear filled moment.” — Tomas Skaringa of The Big Affair
Today’s wedding styled shoot features a soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. and lots of romantic shabby chic details, including an altar under an old oak tree with sheer fabric, chandeliers, and hanging mason jars and picture frames, a dessert display with cheeky “Indulge” signage and pastel mini cake, and a birdcage atop vintage suitcases for cards. Just look at that bright bouquet!