Mai & Andy // Etherial Elopement in Palos Verdes

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©2015 Sun & Sparrow // Etherial Elopement in Palos Verdeshow she did itFROM THE BRIDE  //  Andy’s original plan was to propose during a trip to Europe we were discussing for the Fall, but we found out that we were having a little one in the Fall instead so plans got bumped up. We kept our ceremony small because we didn’t have the leisure of time and funds for a bigger ceremony, but we plan on having a bigger, more formal event after our daughter is born and we’ve had some time to settle into our new family life. Our smaller wedding experience was great! God truly blessed us with all those around us and we have so much love and gratitude for everyone who has been a part of our lives and our day. There were minor hiccups along the way and on the day, but the main focus of the day was celebrating in joy and love and it was undoubtedly achieved.

Our inspiration was God’s love. We had nearly missed this important point, but thankful God is faithful and helped us refocus on what is important and so we wanted to make sure our marriage started in celebrating in God’s love for us and to have our loved ones be a witness and to be apart of it. We chose the verse, “Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate,” to be displayed boldly at the alter, but the lettering didn’t hold up and so we had to forego it this time, but our pastor included it during the ceremony so we were happy. As for the styling of the wedding, we kept it sweet and simple. One of the important details I wanted to accomplish was having my favorite flower, the Ranunculus be apart of the wedding. Otherwise we didn’t really sweat over details and just chose the things we were naturally drawn to. My favorite, most memorable part of our wedding day was when Andy cried during the vows. I wasn’t expecting it and I was so moved by it. I will cherish that moment forever. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I didn’t cry.. It was sweat ;). Umm I think my favorite moment was probably the first look.

If I could give one piece of advice to all the future brides and grooms out there, don’t strive, expect and demand perfection. Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and you can’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t miss out on enjoying the important things: family, friends and love. With that said, don’t settle either, if you know what you want, go for it, but know when to compromise and be flexible with changes and be open to suggestions.

 

I love being Andy’s wife. I love being called, “Mrs. Torres”. I love that we make even more of an effort to strengthen our relationship and stay God centered rather than just get comfortable and take each other for granted, and I pray that we will continue to do so even more after our daughter is born and life becomes a joyful chaos. Andy says that he loves being able to call me his wife and coming home to me everyday.

VENDORS: Coordinators: In Love Events //  Photography: Sun & Sparrow  // Flowers were acquired from the Original Los Angeles Flower Market and were arranged DIY style.  //  Rings: Modern Jewelry Mart in Torrance with the great help of Sam Pheng (best jeweler ever).  //  Cake:  King’s Hawaiian by Luis MenendeZ  //  Dress and shoes were from Anthropologie //  Grooms Suit:  John Varvatos  //  Groom’s Shoes: To boot New York  //  Groom’s Belt:  Ferragamo  //  DIY projects could not have been accomplished without the help by amazing friends: Danielle Taylor, Rochelle Taylor, Rhea Duncan and Tiffani Matsuura.

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  • September 4, 2015 - 10:33 am

    Johanna Naverrete - Mai is so beautiful! beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

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