Green Acre Campus Pointe Wedding | Christy + Dan

Christy + Dan are these super cool people that get married on April Fool's Day. Prior to their wedding, I recall them saying they really just wanted an amazing, comfortable day with their friends + family. I think they nailed it.

How did he propose?

"We were going to Juniper and Ivy in Little Italy to celebrate our birthdays. Whenever we did something like this, I would always judge the likelihood of him proposing. I had the night's chances somewhere around 15% because the setting would have just been too perfect. So imagine my surprise when after dessert he started fumbling around under the table. I thought--is he checking sports scores on his phone?! But then I saw his phone was still on the table. That's when my heart started racing! He asked me to marry him then and after our server brought us champagne. In true Dan + Christy fashion, we ended the night snuggled on the couch watching Making a Murderer!"

On planning a wedding:

"The process for us was both super exciting and super stressful. Doing marketing and graphic design for a winery that hosts weddings gave me lots of opportunities to see what I did and didn't like from other people's weddings. It was a bit of a blessing and a curse since I tend to be a "march to my own drum" kind of girl. I think the most important thing for Dan and I was that all of our guests would be comfortable, well-fed, and that they would have fun no matter their personalities. We chose Green Acre Campus Pointe because the feel was a lot like us--eclectic but modern, refined but comfy and casual. Kelsey, our planner I connected with right away at an event at the winery where I work--I knew that she would be the perfect person to help us on this journey. As for Elyse, I saw photos that she shot for a wedding at the winery and loved them, and at the same time I had been following her work on Instagram for quite a while and LOVED the aesthetic. The same went for Witty Rentals, I want to LIVE inside their warehouse!"

What were your favorites moments of the day?

"I think my favorite moments were seeing Dan for the first look (I'm glad we got to have time together before the ceremony to just be with each other), and to see all of our guests having such a great time. Knowing that they were there supporting us filled me with so much love! Dan agrees, and would like to add that he liked hanging out in the groom's room beforehand with all the guys. He also really enjoyed sitting at our sweetheart table, being able to look out at all of our family and friends. An added bonus was having his niece sit on his lap during dinner."

Do you have any advice, big or small, for those that are planning their own wedding?

"I think the best advice is one that Dan kept hammering home to me during the planning process. I have anxiety and so I would often go on a downward spiral and get super overwhelmed. He would ask me, "what's next to do on the list?" and would tell me that I wasn't allowed to say "EVERYTHING!!!!" like I really wanted to. He told me to focus on just one task at a time and complete that one thing as much as I could before I moved on. I would also say take breaks and try not to think about it every day. You'll drive yourself insane."

North Park San Diego Engagement | Christine + Arnaud

Several months ago, I third-wheeled Christine + Arnaud’s date night engagement session in North Park. We started with tea at Communal Coffee, ran around the streets a bit, and ended with drinks at Polite Provisions. We had a freakin’ blast and I’m pretty sure we spent more time talking + laughing than actually shooting (oops). They were hilarious + clearly adored the heck out of each other.


A few days later, Arnaud died in a motorcycle accident and two weeks to the day after our shoot, I photographed his funeral. I found out about his passing the morning of a wedding and felt so enormously grateful to be able to feed off the warm energy of my newly married couple that day. Every beautiful moment felt so magnified. It feels silly to talk about how much this rocked me because it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what Arnaud’s friend’s + family went through, but it was the biggest reality check that needs to be shared.


With so much tragedy in our world lately, it can be easy to let the reminders of, “hug your loved ones tightly”, go in one ear and out the other. We get busy, work gets frustrating, someone cuts us off on the freeway. These little things clutter us and feel so important, but I’m so deeply grateful for the dirty dish my husband left in the sink because it means he’s there. It means we cuddled and watched a movie on the couch last night after dinner in lieu of cleaning the kitchen. I’m cherishing every tiny, mundane, wonderful moment. We only get so much time with these people we love.


I finished editing these photos after his passing, but I’m happy she has physical memories from their last love-filled weekend together.

 

Christine's trajectory changed that day. She and Arn had a plan for their future which included applying for graduate school in a couple years. Instead, she applied shortly after his passing, committed to living out their plan even if on a different timeline. In her application, she was prompted to recall the most interesting day or moment in her life. With her permission, I wanted to share her essay in Arnaud's honor:

 

"On November 10, 2017 at 4:10 PM, my husband, Arnaud Vedy, unexpectedly passed away, one day before his 30th birthday. He was hit by a truck while riding on his motorcycle and passed immediately without pain. The only consolation with his unexpected passing is that he passed while doing something he loved and without pain. What more can one ask?

 

That day changed my life, as it changed all those who knew him. I grieved, I sobbed, and I screamed in sadness and in pain. I was numb but the numbness always faded when it came to the deep pang of sadness I felt in my heart. I knew the only way to get through this was to have a plan. But planning was such an emotional trigger as Arnaud and I had a plan. In fact, we had a 10-year plan. Now, not only do I have to recreate the plan, but I have to recreate it alone and without the love of my life in the picture.

 

Arnaud and I lived in San Diego. Arnaud worked at the City of San Diego and his career was thriving. In fact, on December 4, 2017, the City Council meeting was adjourned in memory of him. I, on the other hand, also had an amazing job, with a team and company that felt like a family. We planned on living in San Diego until 2020 and would move (hopefully to LA) to wherever my graduate studies would take us. Now, here I am, applying two years earlier than anticipated.

 

I am still grieving and will grieve for the rest of my life. In the beginning, I grieved by soaking deeply in my sadness. The mere thought of the next hour was unfathomable, let alone the next day, month, or year. But now, my grief has transformed into a fearless drive of resiliently following my dreams and continuing the plan that Arnaud and I had. The plan of continuing our success, academically, professionally, and personally.

 

So, to conclude, November 10, 2017 at 4:10 PM has been and will always be the most interesting moment of my life. I learned many things but the most important thing that I learned is that life is way too short to not follow my dreams."

 

Here's to Christine + Arnaud. 

Calamigos Ranch Wedding | Lauren + Michael

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Lauren + Michael's wedding weekend was one of the highlights of my year. They got married on a perfectly sunny Saturday afternoon in the hills of Malibu at Calamigos Ranch. That venue, you guys! The way the light filters in through the oak trees is like no other.

I could go on an on about how wonderful they are, but I thought it would be fun to hear from my couples directly about their relationship, wedding planning, and what was important to them. 

This is Lauren + Michael and their beautiful Malibu wedding day.


"Michael proposed on Christmas Eve 2014! Every year, we go to his grandparents house and spend the night so we can wake up Christmas morning with the family. That night right before we went to bed, his mom insisted we open a present near the fireplace. He and his brother went first and opened goofy PJs. Next, I opened an identical box, but it was just filled with tissue paper. I got to the box at the bottom and before I knew it, his brother ran around to the other side of the room, camera flashes started going off, and Michael was on one knee. I was so overwhelmed I can't even remember what he said, but I'm pretty sure I sobbed out a yes!"

Our number one priority in planning our wedding was to make sure it was the BEST party EVER!

Our venue was close to the town we grew up in which made it an easy place for friends and family to get to - we wanted to make sure as many guests could come as possible. Although I did most of the planning, I wanted to make sure Michael felt like it was his day too and he wasn't just showing up! So I made sure to work around his busy grad school schedule to arrange wedding planning days where we could make decisions together on things like cake, music, suits, etc."

 

Favorite Moment of the day:

It's hard to narrow down to one moment - It was more this feeling we had at the reception. Michael and I have known each other for so long that we have friends from every part of our life together, and it was to special to see our all of our worlds collide, and new friendships forming! Our elementary school friends dancing with college friends, grad school friends chatting with our uncles, it was really this indescribable feeling of seeing all the people we love in one place together and having the time of their lives. At one point we stood off to the side to watch the dancefloor and just relished in how lucky we are to have such an amazing support system, that loves to have as much fun as we do. But if we have to pick one moment, saying "I DO" was pretty cool!

 

Tips for other couples:

I would advise any other brides and grooms to really think about their guest list - Our only regret from the wedding is that we didn't invite more people! That probably sounds crazy since most people say they wish they had ditched the whole spectacle - but our wedding day was truly the best day of our lives and we wish even more people could have been there to celebrate with us. We had a LONG engagement because of Michael's grad school schedule - over 2 and a half years! - so my other piece of advice would be to never forget why you are getting married. There were many times during our engagement that I would get overwhelmed and frustrated by the planning, so whenever that would happen I would take a break from Pinterest and the Knot, and we would just curl up with our dogs and watch a movie together. Never forget why you're doing all of this and love on each other!


dream team of vendors

Venue: Calamigos Ranch

Coordinator: Events By Suzanne

Groom Tux: Hugo Boss + Nordstrom

Hair: Robin Sweeney

Makeup: Brittaney Carpenter

Bakery: Frost It Cakery

Photobooth: Triumph Photobooth

Dress: Watters

Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu

Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux

Videographer: Kim Sprenger

DJ: SoundWave Productions

Invitations/Calligraphy: Cyrus Kiani, calligraphy by the bride

 

Brittany + Matt

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