Whew. Photos are back. They aren’t GREAT, but you know, mine never are!
Corin and I had been working out the kinks in the plans for the past month. She had a few shake ups with her vendors and I think really they made her anxious when it came to the week-of, but all in all the wedding ran like a well-oiled machine. We didn’t have ONE problem the entire day! We really lucked out!
My assistant and I got to the church [the wedding was at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in La Habra, and the reception was in their hall as well] just before noon and by then, the chair covers and sashes were set, the tables were up and placed, and all of the flowers had been delivered… and we had a HUGE gift on our hands: a black trash bag FULL of rose petals. No, Corin didn’t order these. Jesse’s aunt was the florist for the wedding, but since Jesse and his family aren’t terribly close, his aunt wasn’t invited. In fact, she was one of the vendors that Corin was worried about because she was a bit out of the loop with the flowers. But, her “bonus bag” of petals really MADE the wedding. We put them everywhere. Really, the reception seemed to be dripping with petals. We had a ton of work to do, but THIS surprise made it so much better!
So, the work began and continued all the way up to her 3pm ceremony time, and that’s where we begin:
I loved Corin’s wedding [even though I missed some pictures of it]. She had soo many elements, and I loved that. There were some traditional Catholic elements [which I think every church is different about requesting you encorperate or not], like the presentation of the bouquet to Mary, and greeting your guests with a sign of peace, and then there was the lasso tradition [which I think is associated with Mexican Catholic weddings- and I LOVE- I think it’s so beautiful]. They also did the unity candle. I really thought it was so beautiful. Here are some post ceremony shots and some sneak pics at the photographer’s pics in front of the church:
And we luckily had a few moments before the room opened to the guests to sneak Corin and the girls in to view the reception all set up. She was BLOWN away with how beautiful this “blank space” came out! I’m telling you… it’s the rose petals! After that, it was off to Craig Park for her and the rest of the party to nab some of those “great sunset lighting” pictures with the ever-so-talented Stephanie Williams!
The reception room details:
Those are the splashes from the church that we placed on either side of the head table. And the runner you see here, as well as the one you’ll see on the cake table- they were both hand-made [painted] by Corin! This girl is the DIY queen!!!
Oh, did I mention Corin also had extra centerpieces? We got 2 for the gift table, 2 for the buffet, and 1 for the guestbook table… I LOVE extra flowers!!!
You know my feeling about cakes by now, right? I didn’t have one at my wedding… we did carmel apples [and that’s a whole different story, and was very “us” at the time…] but I really, really really LOVE cakes. They’re gorgeous. They’re such an expression of the couple. This DIY topper that Corin made, paired with the flowers provided for her… were amazing.
Her chocolate napkins were menu-folded and we actually slipped the favors into the “pocket” [I pulled it out for the picture]:
She made 1 menu card per table:
And another shot of the full tables:
See how the petals bring everything together??
Here’s a shot of the guest book table [this was just outside the reception room, in the hallway. What a great first impression it made!
I accidentally loaded my film camera with black and white prior to Corin’s wedding and was stuck with it, so there are randomly gonna be some black and white shots, like this one of the guest book:
And this one of the floral splashes:
The bride and groom’s toasting glasses formed an interlocking heart:
And this is the sweetheart table dripping with petals…
Much later in the evening, we packed up the gifts and left that pretty table open for our options. Originally the bridesmaid bouquets were placed on the cake table, but after the cutting we moved them over to the empty gift table to be displayed [and also so the ‘maids wouldn’t forget them!].
Before now I hadn’t really gotten into the detail of the bouquets. Each one had a monogram charm, which I love:
And the bride’s, on her sweetheart table:
Now that we’re back to color shots, just a few more room things… check out the twinkle lights behind Corin and Jesse’s table:
Personalized napkins for the cake:
A better shot of the favors:
Her birdcage for cards:
Me and the beautiful Corin:
And she had SO many centerpieces [her sister took home 4] that she let me take one!
Here’s where the floral splashes ended up, and I am sure the church was very thankful!
Typically I try and keep my blogs pretty in order of the events, and etc. But since I had so many different rolls of film and cameras, they are in no sensical order what so ever. So, onto the order of events for the evening [and my apologies with the over-saturation of details prior to getting into the REAL stuff!!]. Corin’s dad hired this trio to come around during the cocktail hour. They were SO great:
The grand entrance!
And straight into speeches:
Corin and her sister, Liza [Matron of Honor]:
Their first dance as husband and wife!
And their father/daughter [followed by grandmother/son] dance:
Corin’s dad was SUCH a great dancer! He did this amazing little shuffle-salsa-step and was out there all night long!
Here’s a shot of the groom getting the party started with some VIP guests:
And the whole party out there:
She may be the bride, but she’ll always be the aunt:
Into the bouquet toss. Here’s her fake-out:
And, the real thing:
Jesse going in for the garter:
And to finish it up… the most IMPORTANT event of the night [and I’m sure what all of the guests look forward to]: the cutting of the cake!!
No mess here, they were VERY sweet to one another!
A little candid one of the night:
And, to conclude, a great shot of my fave element of the event. The full cake table:
Wow! For how much potential there was to have things go wrong for Corin’s day, everything turned out so RIGHT. I loved it. She loved it. Everyone was so great to work with. She was so calm and relaxed, even though she’d previously been so rattled by all of her little pre-wedding scares! Yay Corin, it’s over and it was perfect!!! Enjoy your honeymoon you two, you deserve it!!!