Photography: Eloisa Nadine Hernandez of Storybox Collection
Florals: Mrs. Las Pinas
Vintage Rentals: Heirloom + Love Vintage Rental Co.
Hair and Makeup: Rena of Bright Crystal Wedding
When I first met Araceli and Brian, I was smiling from ear to ear. They were super sweet and I knew we would have such a lovely time planning their wedding details. The bride was super crafty and made alot of her own decor and I had a ball styling the prettiness. When she showed me her inspiration and that she wanted to use powder blue as part of her color palette, —ooooh, I got super excited. I love that color! I had stars in my eyes on the wedding day with all the fun details. The lace runners made by her mom. Those party favors. Her dress (wow!). Her hair. That veil. Sparkles in my eyes. Their giggles when they came into the wedding reception post wedding. Beaming. I was blessed to witness their blessed day.
Their wedding was in a pretty botanic garden in Palos Verdes and it was a perfect backdrop for their lovely wedding day. Even with the clouds that morning, I knew it was going to be a pretty one. The clouds and overcast were a blessing actually, which helped create the perfect environment for photos and styling without a canopy. A first for me, their wedding had a lunch reception–all complete with horchata, a “picnic” like lunch menu with bbq’ed yummies and a sweet surprise post lunch which were fruity iced desserts from Guayabana in Long Beach. (You must must try it!) I cried during the dances, especially with a tear felt mother son dance of “Be Careful With My Heart”. The groom and his mom embraced, crying together in happiness knowing a new beautiful journey awaits. Plus, that song was his mother’s most favorite. Tear jerker indeed!
What left me to tears and touched me the most was knowing how their love story began. During our first consultation over tea and one pretty afternoon, the bride to be described how she knew her now husband was “The One”. She said with confidence that she left that decision to God. And with prayers, she knew, because He knew. And with that, I knew that I had a blessed opportunity to witness a union of two beautiful souls, which was so amazing. And so I did, and I was so touched and honored.