- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015 - Redondo Beach Historic Library
I’ve been meaning to do this recap post ever since we got our pro photos back – I am OBSESSED with them. Everything came out so beautifully!
First, if you’re getting married in the LA area I 100% recommend our vendors:
- Photographer: Megan L Photo, http://www.meganlphoto.com
- Videographer: Velavie, http://velavie.com/
- Florist: Mitsuko Floral, http://www.mitsukofloral.com/
- Photo booth: Triumph Photo Booth, http://triumphphotobooth.com/
- Dress: custom made by The Shop Who Must Not Be Named (PM me for info)
- Ketubah: Jerise on Etsy
- Venue: Redondo Beach Historic Library, which also came with DJ, catering, and cake from King’s Hawaiian bakery
- Papel picado, jewelry, veil, shoes etc. came from various Etsy shops, let me know if you want more info
- Favors: Seattle Chocolates and Favor Warehouse
- Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Now on to the day! I was so happy all day long, I felt buoyed up even when some little things didn’t go as planned. I was grinning or laughing or crying or all of the above all day long! I woke up early and went for a solo walk on the beach to calm my nerves. I stopped at a coffee shop on the Redondo Pier and coincidentally ordered the exact same thing from the exact same shop that my fiance did when he went walking along the pier later that morning. (No, we never crossed paths!) I spent the rest of the morning in our hotel room with the moms, my brother’s wife, and friends and family who wandered in and out to say hello.
In the meantime, my beloved groom was looking adorably scruffy as he got ready.
We waited to put my dress on until we got to the venue’s bridal room, which we (frustratingly) weren’t allowed to enter until two hours before the ceremony start time. My brother drove us to the venue and dropped us off at the park next door instead of the venue itself, so I sashayed among all the families that were out for a Father’s Day picnic in my short little bride’s robe, which was blowing upward in the wind. I probably flashed 50 innocent families on the walk to the venue! Oops.
We were so lucky to get this weather. If you haven’t been to California, you might not be aware that many of our beaches are actually miserably foggy and chilly a good 80% of the time. Our first few days in Redondo Beach were overcast and cold. As a photographer, I don’t actually mind overcast days since they make the best lighting for portraits – but it felt like a happy omen when it bloomed so sunny and warm on our wedding day.
Getting my dress on was a process, but I was giggling like a fool the whole time. Luckily I had 6 lovely women there who volunteered to help, even though we didn’t have an official bridal party. After a lot of debate I decided not to put on makeup (I haven’t worn makeup in…6 years?) except for some BB cream for sun protection.
“Shanna, you have to reach in there and pull up your girls!”
Meanwhile, the handsomest man alive finished up his look on the top floor of the venue.
I gave him a gift that morning. It’s a wood carving from Etsy that reads “I would rather spend one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone”. It’s a quote from Lord of the Rings – super dorky, I know!
This is already getting crazy long, so I’ll post what I have here and work on the next installment: the first look and signing of the ketubah!