Alexandra and Doug first made an appearance on our blog during their engagement session at the home Doug was building for her (swoon!). How we’re so excited to share their wedding day with it’s magical Wayfarer’s Chapel ceremony and reception at South Coast Botanical Garden, also captured by Elliot Dunning Photo. Shout out to Andria Leigh Events who worked hard to make this couple’s best day ever come to life!
This bride diva wore the most gorgeous Berta Bridal gown from Lovella Bridal, her hair swept back softly into long loose curls. The dress had incredible lace and beading, with elegant sleeves and a sexy low back. Her bouquet was packed full of peonies and garden roses, with splashes of greenery and sprays of white flowers. She was stunning.
Doug rocked all black, with a trendy tuxedo, black shirt and bowtie. His groomsmen complimented him with a classic black tux and white dress shirt. After they got dressed they headed to the church for photos outside before the ceremony began.
This chapel is breathtaking, a glass sanctuary nestled in a grove of towering redwood trees. The ladies prayed over Alexandra before she took her father’s hand and walked down the aisle. Both were beaming. A romantic first kiss and the newlyweds celebrated as they walked out of the chapel past cheering friends and family. Many religious spaces won’t allow photographers to capture moments during the ceremony, or have restrictions about where the photographer can be. Don’t let that force your decision if you love the space! Alexandra and Doug got to sneak back in after vows and I Do’s to take photos at the alter that will bring back all those heart warming memories.
Bonus points!! The chapel has the most stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, which is where the ladies, now dressed in wonderful emerald green gowns, decided to take photos. Each dress was slightly different, matching the woman’s personality and style. The maid of honor wore blush to bring out the colors in each bouquet.
Dinner and dancing were in the gardens, covered in twinkle lights and surrounded by lush greenery. From the mirrored signage to the spectacular four tier wedding cake by Cake Sisters, we loved every single detail of this reception.
Alexandra and Doug, we wish you a lifetime of memories in your new home, ocean sunsets, and games of Jenga that make you smile. Welcome to Married Life!! XOXO
Photographer. Elliot Dunning
Ceremony. Wayfarer’s Chapel
Reception. South Coast Botanical Garden.
Dress. Berta Bridal from Lovella Bridal
Makeup. Julie Hiles
Planning. Andria Leigh Events
Cake. Cake Sisters
Florals – Robby Gregory
Rentals – Found Rentals and Bright Event Rentals
Hair – Shadeh Shabestari
DJ & Photobooth – VOX
Catering – Jay’s Catering