Lisa + Graeme Married | Manhattan Beach, CA

“We met at a boat party that neither of us really wanted to go to. We got dragged by our respective friends to this party. My girlfriend said at the time, ‘You never know, you may meet the man of your dreams.’ As it turns out I did, although on the initial meeting neither of us realized this at the time. I think the most important thing about our relationship is that we have always both given our all to each other, taken risks, have deep love and respect for each other’s past and see the potential of our future together. Graeme truly is the most amazing person I have had the honor to know. We are always laughing together and affectionate to the point our friends can’t stand it but have also gotten used to it.  We have had some amazing experiences around the world together. We have been very blessed in that respect and will always share that. Was it love at first sight? No it wasn’t. We believe what we have is built on stronger foundations than that.”

Lisa and Graemes’ beautiful relationship can’t be summarized in words. These two are truly a remarkable couple, and we are so incredibly blessed to have been able to document a unique and timeless Love such as theirs. Their Wedding Day at the Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach, CA was filled with close family and friends that traveled from afar, mostly from England and Australia. To turn their Wedding Day into an event that each guest could remember, Lisa and Graeme opted to do away with tradition and have a lounge-y reception instead of a sit-down dinner. This relaxed atmosphere truly allowed every guest to mingle and celebrate the entire night away. Their reception also turned into a ROAST more than TOASTS, allowing so much laughter, joy, and even a little bit of blushing to be easily documented! Oh, and how can we forget the incredible English and Australian accents we heard all throughout the day?! We loved it!

And if that wasn’t enough to sum up a PERFECT Southern California Wedding, we were able to slip away and capture some beautifully intimate moments with just Lisa and Graeme at the beach. Below are a few of our favorites moments that we were honored to capture during Lisa and Graeme’s beautiful Wedding Day!

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Sammy

“LET ALL THAT YOU DO BE DONE IN LOVE.”
1 CORINTHIANS 16:13

Kallie + Eric Married | Dripping Springs, Texas

Kallie and Eric’s stunning Wedding Day is one we will never forget. There were so many beautiful stand-outs that truly makes their Wedding one of our favorites from 2013!! From Eric’s wholehearted First Look reaction, to Kallie fighting back joyful tears as she walked down the aisle – only to find Eric fighting back even more tears – their Wedding was filled with so many incredible moments to capture. When Eric was told to kiss his new bride, he swept Kallie off her feet – literally! It was such a fun sight to see. These two are exceptionally loving, kind, warm, and full of life. Kallie is a rare gem. She’s spunky, hilarious, and had us at her very first “ya’ll!” From the very first email we received from her over a year and a half ago, we instantly fell in love with her sarcasm and light-hearted personality.  On the Wedding Day, Kallie was the calm, funny, and beautiful Bride we knew she would be. And Eric was her strong supporter, who has waited for her until God’s timing was perfect – and on their Wedding Day, it was finally time for the two to become ONE.

Kallie + Eric: THANK YOU! We truly cannot express our gratitude for all your encouragement, support, hospitality, and for bringing us out to Texas! It is our desire that these photographs serve as a constant reminder of the unbreakable bond and love that you two share. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did capturing them! We love ya’ll! ;)

Blessings,
Sammy + Natalia

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved
is mine.” – Song of Solomon 6:3

 


FROM THE BRIDE

Due to our culture’s surging obsession with all things wedding, there seems to be a lot of unecesssary pressure on the bride and groom to create the most killer, most hipster, most creative, most memorable wedding experience ever. And I will admit, I (the bride) certainly felt and gave into this pressure when Eric, my now husband, and I first started the wedding planning process. I remem
ber feeling at the start that every single detail of the wedding needed to be “cool” and “different” so as to make a noticeable statement. This stressed me out for a while until Eric spoke some sense into me. He said something to the effect of this: “Kallie, if the wedding day is focused on the wedding itself and not on the marriage, then something is wrong.” He was right. I’d been focusing so much on the stuff that was going to be at the wedding that I’d forgotten to prioritize the one thing that should be the focus: the love that holds us together. Once I made that profound shift in my mind, all the wedding planning started to fall in to place. I stopped trying to create the most epic wedding (an effort that is for self glory) and started making a wedding that was true to us, our love and our relationship.

As a couple, Eric and I are all about mixing classic elements with a little bit of vintage funk. We also wanted to create a wedding experience that made our guests feel less like guests and more like family, thus we knew we wanted it to be somewhere where we could create an inviting atmosphere. That’s why when we saw Vista West Ranch, our wedding venue, we instantly fell in love. Tucked back in the Texas Hill Country, the mix of metal and wood on the barn were to die for. Elegant yet rustic. Warm and inviting, yet assertive. Structured and raw, but still incredibly romantic and ethereal. The area and the venue itself were stunning. We also loved all the decor detail that Vista West provided with glass lanterns hanging in the trees and burlap drapes and wooden light structures beautifully filling the indoor space. It was the perfect location for us, so we booked that day!

The decisions we made on food, decorations, flowers and clothing were all inspired by Vista West. We wanted the food and the food service to retain the same elegance as the space while still being inviting and unique. Sullivan Street Catering helped us accomplish this goal flawlessly. I bet it’s not everyday you see BBQ tofu served at a wedding! We wanted the decorations and flowers to stay true to the romance and structure of the venue, which we accomplished by contrasting the softness of big, full flowers against the strong edges of the books and glass vases. And as for our clothing choices, we wanted our wedding party and ourselves to look vintage and ethereal. This was achieved by using grey and charcoal for the groom and groomsmen (rather than black, which is too harsh) and ivory and indigo for the bride and bridesmaids (ivory rather than white since which is also very stark).

Overall, we feel our wedding far exceeded our expectations! We and our guests  had an ABSOLUTE blast! The venue looked amazing, the food was so fresh and scrumptious, the flowers were simply elegant, the dance party was a rager, and above all else, the focus was without a doubt, the Love that holds us together. All praise be to Him who is love and is the love in us (1 John 4:8)!

vendors

Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch www.vistawestranch.com

Vintage Indoor Accessories (farm tables, vintage chairs, burlap decorations, indoor baby’s breath floral arch): Petal Pushers http://petalpushers.us/

Incredible Photographers: Closer to Love www.closertolovephotography.com

Food and S’mores: Sullivan Street Catering www.sullivan-street.com

Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts www.cocopalomadesserts.com

Flowers: done by a family friend

Dinnerware Rentals: Hill Country Event Rentals www.hillcountryeventrentals.com

AMAZING Wedding Coordinator: Bonnie Beck – she is a freelance event coordinator in Austin, Texas and the best way to reach her is through email atbonzi04@yahoo.com

Table Decorations: vases from The Guild Shop www.theguildshop.org and books from Goodwill www.goodwill.org

Wedding Dress: BHLDN www.bhldn.com

Wedding Shoes: Seychelles (it’s the “I Do” shoe) www.seychellesfootwear.com

Bridal “Get Away” Dress: Kate Spade from the “Wedding Belles and Whistles” line www.katespade.com

Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddings by Debbie www.weddingsbydebbie.com

Mother of the Bride Dress: dress from Weddings by Debbie www.weddingsbydebbie.com and pearl shawl from BHLDN www.bhldn.com

Grooms and Groomsmen Suits and Ties: Jos. A. Bank www.josbank.com