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santa-monica-wedding-photography-01 I just love that opening image of the wedding party. :)  You may recognize Chris and Brenda from their super cute engagement session.  They had a super fun wedding day.  Chris and Brenda held their ceremony in Chris’ parents beautiful backyard in San Marino – yes, the same city where Father of the Bride took place.

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I love the getting ready moments… like this moment of her mom helping her with her veil.

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While they were getting ready, Chris sent Brenda a note and made her tear up.  Her perfect makeup was done by the fabulous Nicole Deanne.

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She wrote back and sealed it with a kiss… only to get a funny “too generic, try again” message back.

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The guys all wore suspenders.  I totally love the look.

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I love this next photo of Chris waiting for the ceremony to start.

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Commerce Flowers decorated the backyard with pink, green & white lanterns.

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they also had pink & white parasols for their guests.

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They released white doves at the end of the ceremony!

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Then we were off to the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica for their reception.  Of course you can’t be in Santa Monica without running onto the beach!

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We had such a fun time with the wedding party on the beach!!

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They were such troopers!  I kept making them run up and down the beach and they were still all smiles.

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And I love this photo of them walking back.  They look so cool, though they’re probably just tired from all the running.  hehe.  We then headed back to the reception to catch the tail end of cocktail hour.

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For favors, they gave out mini beard papas, boxed and wrapped in super cute paper.  One of their groomsmen owns 2 beard papa’s!

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I LOVE the gorgeous kimono Chris’ mom wore:

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They had some of the most hilarious speeches:

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Congrats to Brenda & Chris!  Your wedding and reception were beautiful!

The wonderful vendors who made this wedding possible:

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connieMchung - November 18, 2009 - 11:58 am

i LOVE backyard ceremonies! great wedding caroline! :)

ingyphans - November 18, 2009 - 1:39 pm

ooohhh..mini beard papas…..nom nom nom nom nom!

Jenny - November 18, 2009 - 5:27 pm

the color they picked shows up amazingly on camera ! you always rock the portrait photos ! awesome !

Alexandra - November 20, 2009 - 10:13 am

Im in love with these images :) :)

Nicole DeAnne - December 9, 2009 - 7:29 pm

Hello Caroline! Thanks so much for the link & a shout out! You are SOOOO sweet! I LOVE your work… SO fresh, I really enjoy your style! I would love to have more photos of Brenda & her bridesmaids Hair & make-up to post on my blog. If you can, that would be great! Hopefully I will get to work with you again sometime soon!
Thanks again!

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