Kristi & Ali are like part of my family now. We’ve spent so much time over the past year and a half together, working on all the photo preparation for their wedding, that I really felt like I was photographing the wedding of life-long friends. First off, they are the kindest couple! They are SUPER in love – seriously – SUPER DUPER in love, and they are just the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! I love that they were married on the 4th of July, because every year they’ll have such a celebration remembering their wedding! The wedding was at The Grand Newport Plaza (the staff of The Turnip Rose does such an amazing job there and the food is insanely good!), and it was simply GORGEOUS! Well…just see below for the insane details! It was a joyous occasion surrounded by their amazing friends and family (who are also the coolest folks around), and it was a total honor to be there for them along the way! Oh, and I have to mention their entertainment – totally RAD! Bob from American Mobile Music was there to serenade the guests and I’m telling you…he ROCKS! I couldn’t believe it. He does vocal impressions of about 50 different great entertainers, and I was blown away! He was really fun too so check him out! When I saw the canvass wrapped collage print of all of the photos we’ve taken over the past year, I was really sentimental….I was so glad that I could contribute to the overall celebration. Knowing this couple, it was truly an honor, since I know how they pay exceptional attention to details! I just can’t wait to share photos, so I’m going to leave you with a “brief” glimpse into what was a fairy tale dream wedding come true for Kristi & Ali!
K & A, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We love you and will see you after you return from your AMAZING honeymoon in the Caribbean! XO, A & C
I love this first photo. We “re-created” it from a wedding photo from Kristi’s Mom’s wedding day.
I just love this window! Makes for such a beautiful portrait of Kristi!
This is right before Ali turned around to see Kristi for the first time. I love the anticipation : )
The girls were SO fun! Can’t you just tell!!!! I loved them!
Actually the entire bridal party was a blast! We did all the pics prior to the ceremony so that K & A could enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests. I like this because it’s more relaxing for them : )
Here are the girls peeking out thru the window at the guests arriving & below…did I mention the details? They were insanely beautiful! Everything was dripping in crystal. Very elegant!
Below check out some gorgeous flowers done by Brandi at The Finishing Touch. So Pretty!
Now, onto the ceremony! Yipee!
A couple of portraits of the happy couple : )
Ali had written a little message to Kristi on the bottom of her shoes. Too cute!
Below some more details from the day. There are seriously so many amazing pics from this wedding! That’s fun, right?!
This was adorable…they had a “wish tree” set up as guests arrived. Then each guest would write a wish on the cute little cards, and tie them on the tree with a ribbon. Too cool!
Check out those gorgeous tables! All the linens courtesy of Wildflower Linens – stunning! How’s that cake? Dope, right! It’s from Rockwell’s Bakery. Sweet!
Above in the top left corner is Bob…seriously, he ROCKS!
Turnip Rose also does this little dance with the food when it’s served. Watch out….it’s HOT HOT HOT!
They had a strawberry festival outside during the reception. Yummy strawberries are decorated and so we added some rings for a true bride and groom pic!
A lovely first dance!
Perfect bouquet toss!
Us! What a fun group!
LOVED this above! Since it was July 4th, they had to leave thru a tunnel of extra long sparklers! Dangerous and inspiring all in one! Just see this gentleman below who didn’t want the fun to end….that’s him chasing the limo down the road ; ) Looks like fun, right?! I also love how you can see Kristi’s Dad in the background of the sparkler tunnel smiling as K&A leave for the evening. Very sweet!
So, this I have to add, because Kristi just sent me the nicest email tonight. She mentioned some amazing things about the wedding planning process…Kristi, I hope you don’t mind, but I have to share this..I thought it was super sweet of you to say. Kristi is speaking of her Mom, and she says: “My mom was my real wedding planner / coordinator. We had the time of our lives planning this wedding and it was the best bonding experience between a mother and daughter. Together, we made the invitations, wish tree, guest seating display trees, the candy bars, the cocktail hour floral arrangements, the memory table, and my Mom even designed the cake.” I thought that this was just too cool! I am involved with each of my couples throughout the planning process, while we shoot an engagement session, etc. but there are so many RAD details that are such a surprise on the actual wedding day. It’s seriously so cool to hear that Kristi and her Mom were so involved with each step, and that the experience brought them closer together. Sometimes wedding planning is stressful, but you wouldn’t think that of this duo…nope. All ran smoothly and you could really tell that they put their hearts into this special day! I’m always so glad to hear things like that, and I thought I’d share it with you ; ) Gotta love MOM!