They’re married!!! I’m so thrilled to share Christina & Wesley’s beautiful Palo Alto wedding with you guys because I’m truly still #OnCloudLIN!
I absolutely loved Christina’s bridal look with her incredible ball gown and sparkly shoes, and Wes’s classic tuxedo look. These two had such a heartfelt and meaningful ceremony and got to celebrate the evening with all their closest friends and family. My favorite part of the day was walking through Palo Alto with this fun bridal party! Hope you all enjoy these images!
Photos | Jess Onesto + Shannon Zurawski for Cheers Babe Photo
Venue | Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto, CA
Florals | Design with Flowers
Catering | The Carvery
Cake | Susie Cakes Bakery
HMUA | Ann Ho for A-List Makeup
Dress | Madeline Gardner
Veil | BHLDN
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Welcome back to your course, Weddings 101: The Road to “I Do”! This monthly series will provide you with a whole lot of clarity, destroy myths about how you’re “supposed to” plan a wedding and all the things you should know before your wedding day. I’m so glad you’re back. If this is the first lesson of the course you’ve read, I’ve linked parts 1 & 2 below so you can access those & get caught up!
Today, we’ll be diving into the ceremony & talking about some wedding industry lingo that you may not know that can make or break the most important part of your wedding day – you know the part where you get married!!
Having an Unplugged Ceremony
You may or may not have heard of an unplugged ceremony. It’s a term coined by wedding planners, but has now been adopted by couples everywhere! Essentially what does it mean to have an unplugged ceremony? It’s a kind & gentle way to ask your guests to refrain from using their phones during there ceremony – for texts, calls, but especially for photos & videos.
As a wedding guest, it’s super tempting to think about how great a pretty wedding would look on your instagram story — however, in reality, you’re disrupting the clean look of your friend’s professional wedding photos. See — people taking phone pics & videos (and iPad ones – ugh, the worst!), even using their own digital cameras, aren’t paying any attention to anything besides what their eye sees on their screen. That means, they lean into the aisle, stand up in their seats and end up blocking the professional photographer’s beautiful image of whomever is walking down the aisle.
Another bummer about guests using their devices during the ceremony is that they are not fully participating as your witnesses of your marriage … which is kinda the point! Am I right? If you want your guests to be present and your professional photos to come out spectacular, I highly recommend opting for an unplugged ceremony & having your officiant announce it before it begins.
The First Kiss
Now, we all know what the first kiss is at a wedding ceremony. However, one little fact about this tradition is not widely known or practiced. It involves your officiant, the person marrying you – no, I promise this is not about to get weird! Bear with me.
When I have the time to, I speak with the officiant before the ceremony and direct them to take one step to the side during the first kiss (left or right, either works). Otherwise, the photo of the moment you’re about to kiss and even the moment your lips touch, can look pretty weird if there’s another person’s face right at the same height! By stepping to the side, this allows for a clean backdrop for the kiss shot!
Next Time at Weddings 101
Next month we’ll be chatting about what to expect and look out for at your reception and what happens when the big shebang is all over. Stay tuned!
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I just loved Ryan & Dan’s East Bay Wedding on Cinco de Mayo this year! If you haven’t heard this couple’s incredible meet cute story, click here first and read that, then come back. Done? Yes, I know, they are unbelievable adorable and all kinds of hair goals!
These two had a gorgeous brunchy wedding at the Ranch at Little Hills in the east bay. Let me just say that this wedding just felt so warm – their friends and family were all so kind and so excited to celebrate Ryan & Dan’s love story. Their minimalist style showed through in their all white & mostly greenery floral designs and they really allowed the beautiful grounds of the ranch to take center stage. This was one heck of a dance party y’all, from 90’s hip hop to Persian pop, the dance floor was LIT! At the end of the day, Ryan & Dan’s guests sent them off with an incredibly memorable exit – Cheerios!! As in, they lined up, threw cheerios (the cereal) at Ryan & Dan and shouted, “Cheerio!”. What!? Amazing. Loved every second and I hope you enjoy the images!
Venue | The Ranch at Little Hills, San Ramon, CA
Photography | Cheers Babe Photo
Video | CineMemories
Floral | LLiang Floral Design
HMUA | Super! Artistry
Cake | Cakes by Elaine Lau
DJ + Photobooth | Justintertainment
Suit | Topman