May 24, 2018
We were so excited when Courtney and Andrew reached out about their Palm Event Center Wedding in California. Thomas and I love the west coast (did you see our last post? We’re moving there in June!!), and any opportunity to photograph a wedding out there makes me do a little happy dance. In addition to the Palm Event Center being a beautiful venue with vineyards, Courtney and Andrew have been a pleasure to work with over the last year!
The day started out with Courtney and her bridesmaids getting ready at a nearby hotel. They all wore bright Lilly Pulitzer robes as their hair and makeup were done. A few rounds of Uno were played (I needed a refresher on those rules – it has been a few decades…) and delicious brownies were enjoyed!
Courtney and Andrew shared a first look outside the wooden doors of the Palm Event Center. I loved watching Courtney wipe away her tears! I could have taken portraits of these two for hours! The scenery was stunning and I just love the way these two can make each other laugh!
Soon, guests began arriving for the ceremony which was held in the garden area of the venue. The alter was covered in a floral arch and vibrant vinery. As the ceremony began, Andrew walked down the aisle with a boutineer for his late father which he placed on his seat in the front row. We all know he was with us that day. As each groomsman walked down the aisle they gave Andrew a big high five when they reached the alter! The bridesmaids in dusty blue stood to the side and everyone had a huge smile on their face as Courtney walked down the aisle with her parents. During the ceremony, Courtney and Andrew wrote personal vows – promising each other ice cream for life – and lit a unity candle with the help of their mothers.
The reception was held in the main hall. Above the dance floor hung a huge chandelier that made an impressive statement. Guests found their seats with the help of gold-leaf escort cards that Courtney had made herself.
Courtney and Andrew let us sneak out for a few moments towards sunset for some final portraits in the vineyards and I’m so glad they did! Those were some of my favorite photos of the day!
The dance floor erupted as the DJ played an array of hits from country to pop to 90’s classics. Everyone surrounded Courtney and Andrew as they danced the night away. I loved watching them together! So often couples get caught up in saying hello to guests that they can’t dance much – but these two definitely enjoyed the music.
I can’t go without saying that this was a Cinco de Mayo wedding! There was a churros and Mexican hot chocolate station to celebration the holiday! That complimented the delicious three tiered wedding cake and gelato cart quite well!
Speaking of gelato cart, I love that Courtney and Andrew incorporated so much of themselves into this day. They love ice cream/gelato, so they made it a part of their celebration! They have an inside joke that involves an army figurine, and he made an appearance on the cake. Also, cutouts of their pets were the cake topper. Courtney crafted and painted so many elements of the wedding – I’m so impressed with how it came together. I know all of the guests were too!
Courtney and Andrew, thank you for including us in your celebration! Your wedding day was so special – one in the making for many years. I love the laughter, tears, and hugs that were shared throughout the day. Your friends and families both adore you – it was so clear as you visited the tables. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know you both over the last year and I know that we’ve got plenty of Catan dates in our future together! Congratulations!
Venue: Palm Event Center // Coordinator: Jessica Downey with Palm Event Center // Officiant: Rob Sotelo // Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Quis // DJ: Spintronix DJ // Bridal shop: Kinsley James // Dress designer: Olia Zavozina // Veil: Toni Federici // Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Florist: Rosebud Floral Design // Hair vine: Twigs & Honey // Bridesmaids attire: Show Me Your Mumu // Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: Bespoke suits from Casssara’s Fine Menswear //Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services // Ties: The Tie Bar // Pocket watch: heirloom that belonged to groom’s great grandfather // Cake: Ma Petite Maison Cake Design // Invitation: MLBandCo // Gelato: Dolce Spazio // DIY by the bride: crocheted monogram, acrylic signs, escort cards, menus, table numbers //