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Claire and Steve are a couple that I can only describe as ferociously in love. When I think back on my months of helping plan their gorgeous seaside nuptials, I remember Steve’s protective heart more than anything else. He loves her, he wants nothing but the deepest desires of her heart to be met- and he works tirelessly to ensure she’s taken care of in any way he can. A true knight in shining armor [especially in that dapper tux on his wedding day], Steve is out of a fairly tale- and I can say no less of Claire! The perfect delicate, ladylike picture of beauty. She was always certain of things she loved, and quick to point out what wasn’t working. A marriage of two people with these traits is one that I hope and pray will continue with the same intense beauty that was so evident on their wedding day. Because the world needs couples like this. The world needs more of Claire and Steve, and I’m here to show it. Set at a phenomenal private estate in Laguna Beach, their day was nothing short of magical…

Claire’s cinderella dress [which she continually said she was “so surprised” she liked the shape of] was beyond amazing on her petit frame! It was such a highlight!

Beyond cute together, right?! Their chuppa had a ridiculously beautiful backdrop of the coastline [the estate itself has more than a 180* ocean venue… truly, you have to physically turn yourself to see the entire view- and it is breath-taking!].

Claire and her mom have the most adorably tender relationship, and during the ceremony, there was no shortage of tears shed and truly heartfelt moments. So thankful that they had the incredible Jasmine Star documenting the day!

The first of so so many “cannot-keep-their-hands-off-each-other” moments of the day!

Because every ocean view estate needs a good Secret Garden for portraits…. of course, we enjoyed stolen moments there!

Love their love.

The details at this day were so so fun! I think the thing I love the most about weddings is that each clients’ needs are so different and specific, they are all beautiful in an alternating way. Claire dreamed of romance and regality, and that is what was created. This was one of 3 monogrammed bars during the cocktail hour and reception!

Their place settings did NOT disappoint. Hand-painted chargers in a milky blush pink were adorned with each guests’ name in gold script, custom menu cards with brooch wraps, scented candle favors were tucked into tiny boxes, crystal stemware…. it was a good day. I’m telling you.

Kim from Art With Nature was a perfect choice for the floral and design eye at this one, and I was beyond excited to pair with her! She always knocks it out of the park when it comes to loose, garden-inspired beautiful designs that are every bit as decadent as they are lush. I am truly obsessed with her work.

Another fun little detail- we did pre-ceremony bottled sparkling pink lemonade [with custom labels] for the guests that arrived on the shuttle early… a way to beat that summer heat and enjoy a little treat doing so! I realize how much I rhymed back there and I kept it in there anyway!

During their first dance, they smooched endlessly as their 9-piece live band wailed away. Since this was literally 6 days after my sweet baby was born- I missed some of these moments [yes, I WAS there for 1/2 the day and I DID come back after dinner to check on things- because I am a crazy person], so seeing them caught forever by Jasmine made my heart burst with joy.

We had little vignettes of lounge furniture with monogrammed pillows that were too cute for words! But the details went well beyond anything I’m even showing here- there’s a full feature over on Style Me Pretty that showcases the rest of the incredible day! And just in case you needed a little more love in your day…

Surrounded by those they hold dear, dancing the night away and singing along to their band, with aching feet and full hearts- that is how EVERY wedding day should end. That is what we get to take with us at the end of it, people! I am so incredibly honored to help make these memories with our couples. To share in that joy is what my life is about- so, to my darlings Claire and Steve: we love you, we miss you, we’ll do it all again for you both whenever you are ready to renew those vows!!

Keep one another close and keep growing old together. Today and always!

xoxo,

A Little Pretty…

POSTED BY Amanda

Just a little snip of pretty from a recent shoot I did with a friendly vendor fellow of mine for Koyal Wholesale:

Basically, they sent me a couple boxes of their products and gave me 3 days to turn it into a shoot that they could use in their product catalog that would show their products grouped together in a real-life event setting! It was right up my alley and seriously so SO fun!

I have always been obsessed with a good, clean overhead shot and Jack *delivered* for me on that end. Love it!

Thanks again to my sweet, sweet friend Jack Rodriguez for being so incredibly DEPENDABLE [meaning, there for me last minute when this shoot came up, bringing his KILLER talent and not disappointing ever in his photo work, and having a great attitude as I ran circles around him styling piece after piece to ensure our vendor had options for their catalog]. He’s great. Honestly, I just don’t have enough words. And he does weddings, too [equally great at that. Trust.]! And thanks to Koyal for the fun challenge this time around- can’t wait for more in the future!!

xoxo,

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