FROM THE BRIDE // I was actually surprised at how calm and aware I was. When I saw Robert for our first look, I thought it was so funny that he looked more nervous than me! I was super blessed to have a great wedding coordinator, my mom, my maid of honor and my bridesmaids (and bridesmen) who took care of me and made sure I had nothing to worry about. Robert and I loved that so many of our friends and family could be there, especially since a lot of them are from out of town. We can’t imagine a better day.
One thing that I remember best was our first dance. I absolutely loved that moment of pure bliss. All of the stress of the wedding had completely melted away and it was just us for that moment. I sigh just thinking about how special it was. Robert says that our first look did the same for him… But I beg to differ. 🙂
When considering my wedding day, I wanted all of my decor to have a whimsical and woodland feel. I’m from New Jersey originally, where there are lots and lots of trees. When I showed some Californians my hometown on Google Earth, they said, “you lived in a FOREST!!” I would have never called it that myself, but I guess that explains why I like trees! I guess that’s what I loved about this venue – all the greenery and the way it plays with the light. Robert and I also got to know each other in the beginning while hiking and biking in a lot of Orange County’s parks, so the park scene was very meaningful to us in that way.
If I could offer brides one bit of advice, I would love to offer one thing, definitely go with your gut, and stick with it. Don’t go on Pinterest late at night. And make sure you carve out time for just you and your new husband on the Big Day! We are so thankful for our first look and our private limo ride!
Ceremony Venue: Oak Canyon Nature Center
Reception Venue: Orange Hill Restaurant
Coordinator: Kimi Wislocki of Perfect Planning
Videographer: Michael Khein with One of a Khein videography, @oneofakheinmedia
Florals: Kevin Reeder @kevinreeder
Invitations: vintagesweetdesign on Etsy
Calligraphy: Michelle Shaw, @michelleshaw
Desserts: Patty’s cakes, @pattys.cakes
sweetheart cake by Patrick Reese of @patthebakerman
Wedding Gown: Ferndales Bridal, @ferndalesbridal
Makeup: Flawless Faces, Inc. @flawlessfacesinc
Hair: Madison Bourne, @madhair_
Bride Shoes: Lucky brand shoes
Groom Attire: Friar Tux Shop, @friartux
Bridesmaids dresses: Bridesmaid dress maker, Bella Bridesmaids @bellabridesmaids #bellafreehold @jennyoon
Ring makers – NGY Jewelry in Orange, CA.