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Real Weddings: Stephanie & Jon Part II

More from Stephanie and Jon’s wedding!

Did anything funny or unexpected thing happen? Jon and I had talked about the cake cutting and we had agreed that we were going to be nice and gently place cake in each other’s mouth. Somehow that message got mixed and during the cake cutting ceremony, Jon put the cake in my mouth and I thought he pushed it into my mouth trying to get me messy so I pushed my cake into his face and then he threw the remainder of his piece at my face. So needless to say we didn’t have a clean cake cutting ceremony. We had a messy one, but it was fun. We still disagree that he pushed his cake in my mouth. 🙂

What was your first dance song? “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West

Favorite detail of weddingI absolutely love sunflowers and Gerber daisies and I wanted to use them in my wedding. My colors were dark brown with bright pink, yellow and orange. I alternated the three accent colors on the tables so some tables had pink decorations, some had yellow and some had orange. I used Gerber daisies as the centerpiece with sugar rimmed glasses, small brown boxes as our gifts with our own personalized m&m’s inside in the colors of our wedding. We also walked into our reception with everyone blowing bubbles. The head table had only sunflowers along the whole table. We had 18 people in our bridal party, so it was a long table.

What was your most memorable moment? My most memorable moment was when Jon met my Dad for the first time. We had just started dating and my Dad and some of our family were coming to California to visit. My Dad got into town later (around 9pm) than my other family. We had all eaten and had spent the day in the pool. I lived with my friend’s parents at this time so everyone was at their house with me. We made my dad a plate of food and he took one bite of his corn on the cob and broke his front tooth off. I felt so bad for my dad so Jon and I got online and found and Emergency Dentist. We took my Dad to the dentist, but it was about 45 minutes to an hour away. On the way there, traffic came to a blaring stop and we ended up in a car accident. Luckily, no one was hurt except Jon’s carL My Dad felt so bad. After getting lost a few times, we finally made it to Dentist office around 11pm. The Dentist scheduled my Dad for urgent surgery early the next morning and my Dad had his other front tooth removed and had two implants put in. It was not a super fun trip for my dad, but my dad and Jon did get a lot of good “bonding” time and they have a pretty good story to tell and laugh about together. My Dad even told it at our wedding.


Great choice on the flowers, Gerber daisies are my favorite too!  Your hair looked so pretty!

Thanks for sharing Stephanie!

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Real Weddings: Stephanie & Jon Part I

It’s Real Weddings Friday!

Stephanie and Jon got married at Chino Valley Community Church, which is their home church in Chino Hills, CA. Their reception was at McCoy’s Equestrian Center in Chino Hills, CA.  They even had Jon’s mother as their wedding planner and Vis Photography was there to capture the big day.

Where did you two meet? I moved to California in May of 2008 and the very first time I went to church I decided to try the young adults group called “The Bridge.”  I went with my friend from college (Kristin) who had moved to California the year before. Jon was in the group and I actually don’t remember seeing Jon in the class that Sunday morning, but after church I was talking to Kristin and her boyfriend Jason in the parking lot, they had both attended “The Bridge” for a while. As we were talking Jon approached us and introduced himself to me. I didn’t really think much of it at the time.

A few weeks later I decided to help out with Kids Sports Camp at our church. It just so happened that Jon was helping out as well. That same week I decided to try out the College group. It just so happened that Jon went to college with the College pastor. So, Jon was also at College group that same week. I thought the whole time that it was a coincidence that I kept running into Jon. Little did I know that Jon, the College pastor (Luke), and the Junior High pastor (Nathan, who also went to college with Jon) were trying to set us up the entire time.

I guess it worked because Jon and I were both asked to join the College group leadership team where we developed a close friendship which turned into something more upon spending lots of time together both at church and on “dates” or “friendship excursions” as I liked to call them, before officially dating in the spring of 2009. We knew soon after we started dating that it was going to be something life lasting. We still serve in the College Ministry with our pastor Luke and his wife. All of the students were at our wedding to celebrate with us.


How did he propose? Jon proposed on Mother’s Day, May 10th. He had gone up to Atascadero California to see his parents for the weekend. We were planning to have dinner at his house when he got back into town on Sunday evening. When I got to his house, there was a big bouquet of white roses on the kitchen table with candles and real plates and silverware, which I didn’t think he owned. 🙂 I was a little late on my Mother’s Day cards and was frantically writing them when I got to his house. We seemed kind of fidgety and nervous, but I didn’t in my wildest dreams think it was because he was planning to propose. As I wrote my cards, he kept asking if I was ready to eat dinner. I kept saying “just one more minute, I’m almost done.” So, when we finally sat down at the table, Jon stood up and said “are you ready for dessert?” I was so confused, I love dessert, but I hadn’t even seen what we were having for dinner. After many questions and Jon continuing to ask “are you ready for dessert, I finally gave up and said yes, okay, I’m ready for dessert.” Then he said, “Close your eyes.” I didn’t dare object because there was something so weird going on that I just went along with it. When he told me to open my eyes, he was down on one knee with a silver platter and a black box with a ring inside. I instantly stood up and said “Are you proposing? Are you really proposing? He said, “Yes, if you’ll sit down and let me talk.” I sat down and I don’t remember anything he said to me except, “I love you, will you marry me.” I instantly said “yes, of course.”

Any advice you would give to other brides? The only advice I can give is to enjoy this incredibly special day, but enjoy your marriage and so much more! You get to spend everyday with your very best friend and that is so much more important than your wedding day, but I will say your wedding day is a beautiful and very fun start to a beautiful life with your husband. 🙂


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Real Weddings: Brittany & Matt Part II

More from Brittany and Matt’s wedding!


Did anything funny or unexpected thing happen? We definitely had some unexpected moments during our wedding. My parents had heard of a wedding planner who specialized in all-inclusive beach weddings. They had a personal reference who had a wonderful experience with him, so we thought he would be great for us, too. Unfortunately that was not the case! The wedding was on Sunday, and we arrived in Malibu on Friday afternoon. I was not able to get ahold of the wedding planner until Sunday at 11 AM…our wedding was supposed to be at 5 PM! So that was very stressful, and it made everyone really nervous. He even ended up being late to our wedding, which didn’t go very well with me, and he kept asking me “why I was so upset?” Anyway, once he finally showed up, everything went smoothly and perfectly.

Favorite detail of weddingMy favorite detail of my wedding was the sunset. It was absolutely beautiful, and right after we said our vows, the sun was setting, and there were a couple of dolphins jumping around in the water. It was really neat! We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a more gorgeous sunset for our backdrop.

Any advice you would give to other brides?
The only advice I have for future brides is that if your wedding is on the beach, don’t wear a traditional wedding dress! Mine was long with a chapel train, and I was wearing flip flops underneath my dress. My shoes kept kicking sand up into all the layers of my dress, and the sand was really weighing my dress down!


I loved your beach wedding Brittany.  Thanks for sharing your special day!!!

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Real Weddings: Brittany & Matt Part I

Real Weddings Friday!

I’m excited to share a beach wedding, we haven’t had one yet!  My friend Brittany and I grew up together and now she’s married, crazy how fast time goes by. 🙂

Brittany and Matt decided to have a beach wedding.  The ceremony was at Point Dume on Zuma Beach in Malibu. The reception was at Duke’s Malibu on the Beach. They had a small dinner reception and just laughed and visited and loved.  Richard Grasso was there to capture their day.

Where did you two meet? Matt and I met through a mutual friend: Matt Delph. We were introduced at a restaurant after homecoming in October, 2006. It was just a quick hello, then we both went our separate ways. Matt kept asking Delph about me, but Delph didn’t want to set us up because I had a boyfriend at the time. Then, in January 2007, I ran into Delph and asked him if Matt was single…I got a phone call from Matt the same day!


How did he propose? Matt proposed two days after Thanksgiving in 2007. We went to a nice dinner, then Glendale Glitters in Downtown Glendale where we went on a horse-drawn carriage ride. I was so sure that he was going to propose, because he had the whole night all planned out (something he never had done) and he had made sure I had the night off a month in advance! Anyway, I kept thinking “this is it, he’s going to propose…” but he never did. Then we headed to his house to watch a movie, and I was pretty grumpy because I had been wrong about the proposal. Then, when we walked into the house, the whole place was lit up with hundreds of candles and roses with Frank Sinatra playing in the background, and he got down on one knee and proposed. It was such a huge surprise because I had completely given up on anything happening that night!

What was your most memorable moment? The most memorable moment at our wedding for me was my grandpa crying. I managed to hold myself together through the whole thing…even my parents and little sister crying. Then, after the ceremony when Matt and I were making our rounds saying hello and giving hugs, I finally came to my grandpa and he was crying like a baby. One of my favorite photographs from our wedding is of my grandpa giving me a hug with tears running down his face. :]


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Real Weddings: Alyson & Mike Part II

More from Alyson and Mike’s wedding!


Did anything funny or unexpected thing happen? Well, it wasn’t very funny but it was definitely unexpected. Literally 10 minutes before the ceremony was suppose to start, my wedding coordinator walks into the brides room and tells me that my CD full of all of the songs that were for when Mike, the girls and I walked down the aisle, was not working on their sound system! I started to freak out, but then 10 minutes later she came back to tell me our DJ had just arrived and he was going to set up outside first to be able to play our music and then set up inside! My wedding started a little late because of it all, but it was so worth it to have all the music I had worked hard at deciding on!

What was your first dance song? We danced to “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” by Gary Allan. Its our song, and if you listen to the lyrics and know our story of being a long distance couple for 4 years, then it really makes sense. We couldn’t think of a better song for us.

Favorite detail of weddingHmm that is really hard, I have alot of favorite details! My programs and my favors were probably two of my favorite details I made. They both took hours and hours of time, but they turned out very personal and very special, which is what I was going for. My programs had our verse on the front, “I have found the one my soul loves..” Song of Solomon 3:4..and our wedding favors were CDs with “Love never sounded so sweet” and pictures of us labeled on the front, with songs from our wedding day and songs that we thought of as “our songs”. They were just really fun and different.


Any advice you would give to other brides? I would tell them to NOT stress about the little things…you will drive yourself crazy! I was constantly worrying about all of the little details I had planned and picked out for that day, and on that very day you are thinking about nothing of the sort because you are just on cloud 9. Don’t let the little things get you down while you’re planning the biggest day of your life, let it be a fun experience, cause you’ll only do it once!


Thanks for sharing Alyson! You did a fantastic job on the details and your dress was beautiful!

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Real Weddings: Alyson & Mike Part I

It’s Real Weddings Friday!

Alyson and Mike got married at The Wright House in Mesa, Arizona.  Such a gorgeous day for a fall wedding and Clive Van Renburg did a great job capturing the day.

Where did you two meet? We met in junior high when I was in 7th grade and he was in 8th grade, we had a crush on each other for a while that year but we didn’t start “dating” until I was in 8th grade and he was a freshman. We lost touch for a few years, but reconnected my senior year of high school and dated for 4 years until he proposed.



How did he propose? He proposed on new years eve, December 31, 2008. In 4 years of dating we had never spent a new years together because he was in the army and either deployed or in different states. So I flew up to Seattle for this new years and we planned to spend it together with a nice dinner and evening together. When I got to the airport he was acting a little weird, and walked away to grab a drink and while he was gone this random guy came up to me, handed me a rose and walked away. A few hours later we were at the mall shopping in Nordstrom, and he walked away again and yet another guy came up and gave me another rose, without saying anything and just walked away. I really didn’t think much of it, cause I’ve met some odd people in Seattle haha, and we hadn’t talked much about getting engaged that soon so I really had no idea. Later on, when he took me to my hotel I was checking in and the girl at the counter handed me another rose, and at this time I figured it was probably all of his doing throughout the day. So, we get ready for our nice dinner and he is acting totally normal so I don’t think anything of it. When we get to dinner, he has a huge bouquet of red and white roses on the table and I thought he was just being cute. Except, once we sat down he started acting really weird, looking out the window playing with his phone. etc…so we order, get our food and he gets up to go to the bathroom, TWICE! Ha I knew at this point something weird was going on, and a few minutes later one of his best friends walks up to the table and hands me a rose..That’s when Mike got up and got down on one knee and proposed! The whole restaurant started clapping and congratulating us, and the couple next to us bought us champagne! It was a really unexpected cute proposal that he really put effort into! 🙂

What was your most memorable moment? I think for me the most memorable moment was when we got in our limo at the end of the night, looked out at all of our friends and family waving sparklers who celebrated with us and shared in that day, and then looked at each other and both said, “WE’RE MARRIED!” The entire wedding and reception went by so fast, and that one moment we shared together at the end of the night it all kind of came into perspective and we both realized what a magical day it had been!


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Real Weddings: Megan and Mark Part II

More from Megan and Mark’s wedding!

Did anything funny or unexpected thing happen? Apparently, during the processional after my mom has walked down the aisle and sat in her seat, she realized that for some reason, there wasn’t a seat for my dad! Luckily the wedding planner saw this, ran and got an extra chair and everyone quietly scooted over so my the time my dad was done walking me down the aisle, he had a place to sit! Thank goodness for our wedding planner Katie.


Favorite detail of wedding- I’d have to say that my flowers were my favorite detail. From the bouquets, to the centerpieces, to the flowers on the cake. It was all perfect!


Any advice you would give to other brides? I’d have to say that hiring a wedding planner was the best money spent (and saved!). Kate Ryan Occasions was so amazing and helped everything to run smoothly. Enjoy every moment of your wedding day. It sounds cliche, but it goes by so fast! Cherish all the friends and family that came to share and be a part of your marriage.


Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us!  What’s next for M&M?  A baby! They’re expecting a baby boy in a couple weeks. Congratulations you two!


Megan also started a photography company with her good friend.  It’s called Elyse Renee Photography and is just starting to take off.  Check them out!

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