I Love Mini Things

Justin & Mary

Ashley Rose

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Add a Little Color

I love color.

Emilie Inc.

Jamie Delanie

Evonne and Dareen

Justin & Mary



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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. 🙂


Don’t forget to check back for Part II!


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It’s All About the Details

Steep Street

Jessica Claire

Boutwell Studio

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S’more Love Please!

Mmmmm, one of my all time favorite treats is s’mores. A couple months ago, my roommates and I wanted s’mores so bad that we tried to make them on the grill! Haha, they didn’t turn out quite liked we had hoped, but they were s’mores none the less.

So when I came across these photos from KHollyStudios I was in love! How fun would this be at a woodsy wedding?

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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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