What can I say about this wedding?? I love the family. I love the uniqueness. I love the romance. I love this event!!
Maddy and Steve are a funky, unique, stylish couple from LA who wanted a wedding that reflected their taste and attitudes. The event that came about was an absolutely gorgeous affair!!
We’ll start at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach:
Maddy and Steve’s color scheme [kelly green and eggplant purple] was set in stone with their paper products- all letterpressed and hand calligraphed- and this custom crest that appeared everywhere!!
If only pictures could be heard!!
The music at the ceremony was insane. A harp, piano, flute… opera singers. It was seriously THE most amazing thing I’ve heard!!
Here’s a little pre-ceremony Maddy action:
And our gorgeous vintage-style church:
Our florals were amazingly designed by Floral Creations by Enzo. Enzo is TOP notch! He and his team not only made gorgeous floral centerpieces that everyone was talking about, but they took care of almost all of the design elements for our modern-style reception!!
Our little flower girls and ring bearers:
And our bridesmaids, wearing the gorgeous deep eggplant:
Our bride, getting anxious to see Steve for the first time. Yes, she’s wearing pink. Yes, she’s amazing. Marie Antoinette’s got nothing on her!!
This is Miriam, my assistant, taking a picture of all 3 of us in the bridal suite moments before the big WALK!
Mad’s luscious PINK bouquet:
Maddy couldn’t wait any longer, so down the side aisle doors, she took a sneak peek at her groom!!
Having an emotional moment just before the ceremony:
I love the old-time feel of this photo. Even though it’s totally a “new school” photo, it has a classic presence in this large church!
The glamazon that is Amy Squires was there with Lane. I love this team. I cannot WAIT to see her take on the day!!
Onto the reception!!! Some quick portraits, set up by Amy, just outside of Segerstrom Hall at Orange County Performing Arts Center. This ultra-modern, clean venue was the perfect back drop for our evening!!!
A great shot of Mad’s KILLER dress as they walk back to the reception area:
In doors for some details:
I just LOVED how the cake was dripping with flowers and then they were cascading down. There were SO many flowers on top of this cake!!
I know. More cake… but this cake was SO funky and unique and detailed, I just had to capture it for all of you!!
M & S chose a simple, classic favor: jordan almonds wrapped in tulle in ribbon. Really, they gave a substantial donation in their guests’ honor to a local charity for blind children.
A great additive to the table was these vintage pictures of their family. I absolutely love them all!
As Maddy mingled with the guests, I caught a quick shot of her gorgeousness again…
And onto the first dance:
This may look like she’s yawning or talking, but Maddy is singing the lyrics to their first dance into Steve’s ear. Who says that marriage isn’t sexy?? Marriage = super sexy!!
I loved the kids watching on as they danced:
Another shot of Maddy’s insane boquet:
Unfortunately, I missed all of the cocktail hour gorgeousness. BUT, I did catch this picture of one of her escort cards [calligraphy already smudged- sad face] hanging out on the bar:
Mini crest plus letterpress plus calligraphy all in kelly green: this was my dream. You should have FELT them with your hands. Oh my goodness.
I loved this cute detail. These napkins were EVERYWHERE that night. Upstairs during the cocktail hour [did I mention that this venue has an amazing spiraled staircase? That’s where all of my over-head dancing shots came from], the bar, and the cookie table and cake. Over 600 napkins used. I love it!
The huge floral splashes were brought over from the church and flanked the cake table!
This look makes me melt. I seriously LOVE love!!!
A dark [but not to be discounted] picture of Madeleine’s ruffles!!
And some of Enzo‘s decor:
A few words from our couple, again Maddy giving those loving looks to Steve… the ones that make me realize why I have the job I do:
And onto the staircase to toss the bouquet:
The cookie display that Patina provided had to, of course, include Madeleine cookies!! Yum!
One of Maddy’s cousin’s, Gina, offered to sing a song along with their awesome 12-piece live band [the name is escaping me at the moment, but they seriously ROCKED it!!]. In their honor, half way through the reception, they shared another private dance moment:
The lighting was seriously sooo yummy during this, that I snapped away! I love the way Steve is holding Maddy’s head here. It’s so intimate. It’s those little, private touches that make all couples unique and special!!
Some of the boys took it upon themselves to hoist our bride above their heads for a few:
Don’t worry, Steve got a chance, too. I just missed the chance to snap!!
Just a quick snap of there INSANELY gorgeous up-lights. They chose a light blush pink gel and it came across perfectly. it was soo pretty. It closed off the large space to provide an intimate feeling and the ambiance was perfectly set!
And to finish it off, a shot of our bride’s gorgeous shoes:
Not even a shot that does them justice!!
All in all, the night was amazing! The venue just kept looking more and more gorgeous later into the night. The dance floor was packed, Maddy was stunning and Steve was dashing. The whole Galardo family were the perfect hosts for the evening! My team and I loved being a part of this event! M & S: you two are the real deal. I know it. You know it. Everyone that was there [and is looking at these pictures, regardless of their attendance] knows it. May your love continue to grow and give to one another throughout the rest of your days!!! Hearts and hugs!!