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

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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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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. :]


Don’t forget to check back for Part II!


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What’s Not to Love?

Ice cream & engagement rings. :]

Steph Goralnick

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Woops!

I guess Briana & Matt’s Part I and Part II got switched!  Sorry about that. 😛

Have a great weekend!

Jamie Delanie

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Real Weddings: Briana & Matt Part I

It’s Real Weddings Friday!

My friend Briana and I met at Grand Canyon University about 5 years ago.  She looked like a princess and I’m really excited to share her wedding with you all!

Briana and Matt got married at North Ridge Church in Cave Creek, AZ. The Photo King was there to capture their day!  Now on to the good stuff. 🙂

Where did you two meet? Matt and I met through my friend, Scott Savage at Grand Canyon University. He tried to get us to hang out and we both felt it was awkward. So Scott sat next to me at Applebees after SALT, but when the band arrived he suddenly “had to move” and motioned for Matt to sit there. I was frustrated at first, but we talked and had a GREAT time. He didn’t ask for my number after I left and I was so bummed. The next week Jess and I got snowed in (in March on SPRING BREAK!) in Overrguard,AZ we called Scott and he called Matt to come get us. Matt drove 3 hours, dug out us and our car, and drove us safely all the way home. What a selfless stud!!

How did he propose? The proposal was fabulous! We had been talking about getting married since August, fast forward to February. I was so past waiting for it that I had just about shut down. Haha. Jessica’s grandma called me and asked what weekends I could go to San Diego on a surprise trip with Jess. She said we’d worked so hard and she was so proud of us, so she wanted to send us away for a nice relaxing weekend. I was so excited! A weekend with my best! After the first night and day we had gone shopping, been relaxing and soaking up sun. We came back late one evening ready to make dinner. When I opened the back gate Matt was standing there with a dozen roses! I couldn’t believe it! The moment I saw him I got goosebumps and KNEW this was it! He took me down to the beach and read me some awesome scripture. We prayed and cried and he told me the most wonderful words in the universe. He then pulled out a GORGEOUS ring and asked me to be his wife! Then he and his best friend cooked us dinner, we went out for desert, and spent the weekend having fun in San Diego (turns out the WHOLE trip was all him! Jess’ grandma was just in on it to confuse me!).

Any advice you would give to other brides? My best piece of advice for brides is to prepare yourself and plan for your marriage to your best friend more than for the wedding. The wedding is one beautiful night, but your marriage is a wonderful partnership that lasts forever.

Don’t forget to check back for Part II!


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Real Weddings: Briana and Matt Part II

More from Briana and Matt’s wedding!

Did anything funny or unexpected thing happen? Nothing out of the ordinary happened. Our wedding actually went so smoothly and perfectly! I could not believe it!

What was your first dance song? The song during our first dance was Brad Paisley “That’s When You Find Yourself”. It’s not a well-known song, but it plays at the end of the movie “Cars”. We heard this song when we were first dating and knew it was ours from then on. We LOVE country music 🙂

Favorite detail of weddingMy favorite detail about our wedding was our cake! I drew out the design for it myself and our friend Denis made it all himself. It was the most delicious, perfect, beautiful cake ever! I also LOVED that the boys wore hats for the reception. Matt and my dad are always in hats and felt so much more relaxed being able to wear them.

What was your most memorable moment? Our most memorable moment was when our perfect son Landon was born. The moment we heard him cry we instantly had tears in our eyes. And the moment we first saw him, our whole lives changed. He is the biggest blessing and the best things that’s ever happened to us!


Thanks for sharing Briana! It looked like such a great wedding.  And… little Landon is the cutest. 🙂

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I Love Pictures

and… so do they!

Jamie Delanie

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