Small Life, Slow Life: Wedding Photos — The Ceremony!

We’re back from Costa Rica!

It was amazing.  We can’t believe we’ve been married for two weeks already! Photos to come of the reception + honeymoon in a later post. The only things you won’t see photos of are our bug bites, of which, trust me, there are plenty. Costa Rica is a mosquito’s dream come true.

But now, for some wedding photos!

Venue: Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch
Photo Credit: Cecily Breeding + Achiamar Lee-Rivera
Officiant: John Darakjian
Wedding Coordinator: Tracy Choy
Hair + Make Up: Danielle Thomas
Cake: Marianne Wolfe
Flowers: Westlake Florist
Chalkboards: Kimber Quartararo

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We started getting ready in the dark. My alarm went off at 2am! As we got to Walnut Grove, the moon was still in the sky.

Rather than a first look with C, I chose to have a first look with my dad. I wanted a special moment with him before we walked down the aisle. I assumed he would be the one in tears, but it was actually me! The first time I said, "Hi Daddy," I said it so softly that he didn't actually hear me.

Rather than a first look with C, I chose to have a first look with my dad. I wanted a special moment with him before we walked down the aisle. I assumed he would be the one in tears, but it was actually me! The first time I said, “Hi Daddy,” I said it so softly that he didn’t actually hear me.

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I’m smiling, but this is before Cyrus saw me and I was still really nervous!

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My dad offered me words of reassurance before he walked me down the aisle.


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I chose to have the brother as the ringbearer and I'm really glad I did.

I chose to have the brother as the ringbearer and I’m really glad I did.

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We hated the idea of a traditional unity exercise, so Cyrus bought some boards and we broke them. (Yes, as in “Hiiii-ya!” He has a martial arts background. There’s a picture below!) To disguise the boards so no one knew what we were up to, Cyrus painted them silver and we tied the rings to them. 🙂

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I had two bridesmaids who are tall, two who are under 5’5″ and one who just gave birth — I let them pick their own dresses as long as it was gray and long. I loved the look of all their different dresses!

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Our officiant John is a close personal friend. We had no idea what he was going to say. He cracked us up by comparing us to Mario and Princess Peach!

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I practiced breaking boards for the month leading up to the wedding. We thought it would be silly but everyone actually liked it!

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It was important to us to honor our mothers. First, we gave roses to our own mothers and then we gave roses to one another’s mothers. 🙂 I have two moms, so that was a total of six roses! This is me kissing C’s mom.

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I was nervous that day, but I didn’t have cold feet at all! The kiss was the best part — I was so happy!

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You can’t fake that feeling — we were over the moon.

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The candid shots are my favorite!

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My lulus!

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Wedding Coordinator Tracy Choy, aka The Bride Concierge. This woman saved my life. She’s amazing!

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Matron of Honor Darcy and my sweet niece Millie! ❤

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Kimber Quartararo did our chalkboards and they came out AMAZING!

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Both of our families together. Love!

More photos soon! Love you guys!

xoxo
Jen

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5 thoughts on “Small Life, Slow Life: Wedding Photos — The Ceremony!

  1. This was probably the most beautifully touching wedding I’ve ever witnessed. Congratulations, and my most sincere wishes for continued happiness and success.

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