Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Heather & Gian: the wedding!

There are some weddings that I am just not ready to finish planning. This was one of them. I so enjoyed Heather & Gian and had so much fun planning their wedding at Calamigos Ranch. The wedding came to life beautifully last saturday and it was a blast, even in the 107 degree heat.

Heather and Gian are two wonderful individuals who make an incredible team when they join forces. I am so excited to see what life has in store for them: wonderful things, I am sure of that! Their story is so fun: they met pretending to be a married couple while doing research for eHarmony at UCLA and fell in love one research session at a time.

We had an incredible vendor team & I am so excited to give you a sneak peak into their joyful day, courtesy of the lovely Jasmine Star.

The amazing couple in front of the ceremony site:
I love these shots of the wedding party:

Flowers by the wonderful Carissa of JL Designs:
I loved the rich color scheme: wines and eggplants. Some wouldn't think to use these colors in the summer, but I always say go for it! It turned out beautifully- very dramatic and warm.

Inside of the reception tent:
Linens by Elegant Designs. I LOVED these tablecloths- texture, color, everything.

Here are a couple of my favorite details from the wedding:

*Favors: Cookies from Diddy Reese!!! You had me at diddy... any bruin knows the joy of this westwood cookie shop. It was a fun touch that tied in their story. Adorable labels on the boxes from myweddinglabels.com

*Quizzes: In the place of menu cards, we had the idea to do a quiz about the couple. This is always fun, but it is especially fitting for Heather & Gian because they do surveys of couples everyday for work. The questions were really fun too! We placed a little golf pencil in the fold of the napkin as well.

Some more details:

Danny the DJ kept the dance floor moving all night. Heather and Gian started it off with a bang when they surprised guests with a switch to a swing routine in the middle of their first dance. They were great! I love this shot!

A sweet moment during toasts:

Such a sweet moment at the end of the ceremony:
How gorgeous is this shoe shot?

To end, here is one of my favorite photos of the couple. It just looks like one that their grandkids will frame and show to their kids, doesn't it? This is was shot in their room...scratch that- their house of a suite at the breathtaking Westlake Village Inn.

More pics on Jasmine's blog and more detail photos to come in the next couple of weeks.

Other wonderful vendors:
*Hair & Make up by Cathryn & Trina of The Studio Agency
*Cake: Oh so yummy red velvet by The Cake Divas (totally lived up to their name!)
*Stings for the ceremony: Angelica Strings
*Limo: Odyssey Limo in Westlake Village

Heather & Gian: I cannot tell you what a privilege it was to be a part of your planning process. I will miss our almost daily emails, phone conversations and gmail chats. I hope that you are having an amazing time in Belize... although I did notice on Jasmine's blog that you found a way to get on the Internet :) I hope to get to know you even better through the years and I cannot wait to hear all about what the two of you accomplish. Maybe we can find a reason to use some more flower balls?


DrewB said...

Did someone say Diddy Reese??? I'm going to be up in LA on Tuesday and I must stop by and stock up on some Diddy. Yum! Gorgeous wedding! Both you and Jasmine did an excellent job!

Jasmine said...

Yummmmm...I can still taste the Diddy! I'm not lying, eating those warm chocolate chip cookies on the way home was THE BEST way to end such a great day! :)

Sugar Plum said...

What a beautiful wedding.. love the photography and details. It looked great, even in the heat!

Mark Brooke Photography said...

what a great wedding! wow your rocked this one! I cant wait to see more posts.

cherish.photography said...

I was gonna give you a wow of all wows because your pictures were fantabulous, and realized we have a common superstar....Jasmine. She is great and those details are pure love!

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Heather said...

FLOWER BALLS!!!! I'm thinking about using them for every party we have here at work. Think you can work your magic and figure out how to hang them here on our 25 foot ceiling? No problem, right? :)

carissa said...

courtney you are one of my favorite people to work with!!! despite the crazy heat, it was a killer day! such a great couple and so many other stellar vendors! heather looked so beautiful and the flower balls were a success! hooray!!! cannot wait to work with you again soon...