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Daniel + Arielle’s Real Wedding

Oct. 24th 2017

This Summer, Daniel and Arielle tied the knot and officially became Mr. & Mrs. It was a Cali-Country dream wedding at the stunning Giracci Vineyards and Farms. When we first arrived, a horse galloped along contently in the corral, boots worn by all (including the bride!) and wine barrels marked the entry down the aisle of the ceremony site. It was the perfect setting. Tucked away in Santiago Canyon is this hidden gem of a venue. The staff was incredibly sweet and flexible and went out of their way to make sure their wedding day was perfect.

Arielle, as sweet as can be, was never without a smile the whole day. She had her four sisters, one sis-in-law, and her childhood bestie as her bridal entourage and even more dear friends she wanted to add. It’s very telling of someone’s character with that many close friends.

We planned a First Look under the Pepper trees for just the two of them. The expression on Daniel’s face when he saw his bride for the first time was priceless! Both bursting with love and joy for each other.

Daniel surprised Ariel with a small statue of a man and woman riding horses and even the horses look in love. This gift was a replica of their wedding cake topper.

A heart-shaped wreath, suspended in the tree, hung above Daniel and Arielle as they said their vows. My favorite quote from Arielle’s personal vows was: “I’ve seen you at your best, and I’ve seen you at your worst, and I choose both”
After the ceremony, guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, lawn games like corn hole and a “kissing booth” photo booth hand built by Daniel.

The reception was held inside the big red barn. The room was lit with chandeliers and market lights, and accented with bright floral centerpieces elegantly on all white linens. There was no shortage of good food and people on the dance floor. The DJ kept the night going with line dancing mixed with some two-step and pop music. As a late night treat they had a donut stand where you could watch them make you a fresh made mini donut!

Big shout out to this amazing team of vendors:
Venue | Giracci Vineyards | @giraccivineyards
Coordinator | Queen Tut Events | @queentutevents
Catering | Canyon Catering | @canyoncatering
Rentals | Signature Party Rentals | @sigpartyrentals
Florist | Designs by Tricia | @designsbytricia
Hair & Makeup | Flawless Faces Inc. | @flawlessfacesinc
Officiant | Hrag Marganian
Dress Designer | Hayley Paige | @blushbyhayleypaige
Dress Store | Blush Bridal Coutoure | @blushbridalcouture
DJ | Silvertunes Entertainment | @silvertunesent
Videographer | Olivia Jane Artistry | @olivia_jane_
Photographer | Wheeland Photography | @wheelandphoto

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10 Must Have Items On Your Wedding Day Checklist

Oct. 18th 2017

From Colin Cowie’s website

Colin Cowie Weddings, is a contributor to Orange County Bride magazine

It’s so important for the bride to stay organized before the wedding- keep veils, under garments and jewelry together and on display.

If you have a nagging feeling that an important detail slipped through the cracks on your wedding day, don’t panic! We’ve got you covered with 10 of our must-have items you don’t want to forget and ways to remember them on your big day.

Your Bridal Accessories
These crystal beauties offer huge amounts of glamour in person and in photographs. Set them out somewhere prominent the night before so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Your Vows
Unless you’re really amazing at improv and public speaking, vows are an absolute must. Designate someone to hold them for you, like the groom, Maid of Honor or officiant.

Gorgeous Lingerie
You’d be amazed at how confident you feel when you have sexy, lace foundations under your wedding dress. Place them with your wedding dress the night before to keep your entire look together.

Your Ceremony Programs

Ceremony Programs keep guests informed and acknowledge those who have helped make your wedding day happen. Designate someone you trust to distribute them the morning of the ceremony, like your bridesmaid or close relatives of the groom.

Your Favorite Music
If guests are traveling more than 30 minutes to your wedding reception, you’ll want to keep the energy high! Give out CDs of your favorite music at the end of the ceremony or share a playlist prior to your wedding day.

Your Something Blue (And Green)
In addition to something blue, have cash on hand to tip for entertainment, reception staff and transportation. Decide beforehand who will be in charge of tips and plan the amounts ahead of time.

Your Props
Choosing your own props adds a personal touch to the day with gorgeous photos and extra-fun antics on the dance floor. Take the time to make sure you have a “Just Married” sign for photos post-ceremony and boas for the dance floor.

Your Makeup Regimen
After the tears of joy start flowing, you’re going to be itching to reapply your makeup! Designate a time with your MOH for a touchup before the reception starts.

Your Beauty Sleep
No one likes a sleepy bride or raccoon eyes, and both of these things will stress you out on your big day! The night before your wedding, relax and know no amount of stress will keep mishaps from occurring. You’ve got one magical day ahead of you!

–Keely-Shea Smith with Melissa Sullivan


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10 Things to Discuss Before Getting Married

Oct. 6th 2017

It’s always fun to discuss the excitement of your wedding plans, but what about the not-so-fun topics? Among these are your personal finances and how you plan to handle money matters as a couple.

Unfortunately, a survey of engaged couples by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling “revealed that 68 percent of respondents held negative attitudes toward discussing money with their fiancé, with 5 percent indicating the discussion would cause them to call off the wedding.”

That’s not good. Before you take a vow to share the rest of your life with your significant other, you should have the money talk to determine whether you’re on the same page.

  1. Share your philosophy on money

How do you feel about money? What are your thoughts on how financial affairs should be managed? You should also both disclose what you learned about money as a child to gain a better understanding of your respective views.

Perhaps you were raised by parents who were well off and you routinely live every day as if you had the income to support the lifestyle of your youth. If you fit the bill, marrying a saver could result in conflict. How will you work this out?

  1. Chat about credit reports and scores

After you’re married, you will continue to have your own credit file, but you may also share joint accounts — like credit cards, car loans and a mortgage. If your partner has bad credit, that will negatively affect the interest rate you get on joint accounts.

Discuss why your credit scores are high or low, and how you can go about improving a bad credit score.

  1. Disclose financial obligations

Is your money being spent in places that your partner is unaware of? Now’s the time to come clean and discuss all arrangements, such as charitable contributions to relatives, child support or alimony payments.

Other outstanding obligations, such as auto loans, student loans and credit card debt, should also be disclosed.

  1. Set goals

Do you have a list of short-term, mid-range or even long-term financial goals? Have you discussed them in detail with your mate? If not, put everything on the table and determine if you share common goals. At some point, the two of you will need to establish a set of your own.

  1. Budget

If you’re going to spend the rest of your life together, why not learn how to manage your money as a unit? Does one of you wing it while the other sits down each month and creates a detailed spending plan?

There’s no way around it: A budget is an absolute must, or you may find yourself coming up short month after month or, even worse, with a mountain of debt.

Need a little help? Planning an affordable wedding is a great way to get started. After all, do you really want to spend the next five or 10 years paying it off?

  1. Talk about children

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the cost of raising “a child born in 2012 is $241,080 for food, shelter and other necessities over the next 17 years, which translates to about $301,970 when adjusted for inflation.” Of course, there are ways to cut those costs in half.

That being said, are children in your plans? If so, have you developed a timeline and a plan of action to cover the costs associated with parenthood? Those figures above don’t include college, by the way.

  1. Plan for retirement

Assuming you’re together for the long haul, retirement savings will eventually be an important source of income in your household. Do both of you participate in retirement plans at work? If not, make sure that the working spouse is contributing to an IRA for the nonworking spouse.

And while you’re at it, it’s a good idea to look into life insurance policies, both private and employer-sponsored.

  1. Will you have joint or separate accounts?

This potentially sticky topic should also be hashed out before you tie the knot. While a marriage is indeed a union of two parties, some couples decide not to combine their finances and to maintain separate bank accounts.

There are also cases where it’s advisable to have a prenuptial agreement — for instance, when one partner is substantially wealthier than the other and has other heirs to consider. It will also save you a ton of time and money in the event that you divorce and go your separate ways.

  1. Share career plans

How do your career aspirations fit into the overall plans for the marriage? Perhaps one of you will take on a demanding job that will require the other to become a stay-at-home parent and rely solely on one income.

Or maybe you want to start a business, but may need to tap into savings to make ends meet during the startup phase.

Either way, money is involved and the topic needs to be discussed.

  1. What’s your backup plan?

When money gets tight in a marriage, fear or frustration can cause discord. That’s why it’s so important to establish and grow an emergency fund. What’s an ideal cushion? What are the rules for withdrawing funds from the account?

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12 Tips To Ensure Your Wedding Day is Better.

Oct. 3rd 2017


  1. Eat breakfast! Not just a yogurt, but a breakfast that is high in protein and complex carbs.


Now I know that complex carbs aren’t part of the “wedding diet” but it isn’t going to make a difference on how your dress fits that day.

For those that don’t know this, outside of being a wedding photographer, I’m also a Registered Nurse (RN) so its inherent in my nature to make sure your ok. It’s going to be a long day with lots of stuff going on and easy to forget to eat. Some couples barely have an opportunity to taste their dinner with all the activities. A hearty breakfast may be the only thing to get you through the day. Carbs and Proteins take a while to break down in your body and keep you going so think of them as and extended wedding day fuel source.


  1. Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.


No bride likes to be rushed on her wedding day. There is enough stress going on as is. You want to be able to relax, drink a mimosa and have a good time and share a few laughs with your bridesmaids all while being pampered.

  1. Plan your “Getting Ready” attire accordingly


When getting hair and makeup done, consider wearing a robe, blouse, or dress shirt instead of a tank-top or something that has to be pulled over your fresh makeup and hair. These types of shirts are easily unbuttoned without doing any damage to hair and makeup.


  1. Grooms, make a list of all the things you need to do before Game Time!


Let’s be honest, the bride has every detail mapped out and bridesmaids are great at helping a bride remember everything that she needs. Grooms just kind of go with the flow and Groomsmen are really helpful in remembering to bring the beer, but less likely to make sure you have all the bases covered. Don’t be that groom forgot that really important thing.


  1. If you bought new shoes for the big day, the big day is probably not the best day to break in your new shoes.


 “I love it when my feet hurt” said no bride ever. Sore and painful feet can make you cranky. Nobody likes a cranky bride. Even if its just around the house a few times, walk around in the new shoes to stretch them out a bit. Your feet will thank you 10 hours later on the wedding day.

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