As a professional wedding photographer herself, Lorraine had many ideas of what she wanted for her big day. Lorraine and Thomas chose to wed close to home at The Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California on July 7, 2018.
With a huge bridal party, fourteen on each side, Lorraine knew she wanted her bridesmaids to pick their own gowns and allowed them to do so within a pastel color palette. The groomsmen wore blue dress shirts and floral ties, rocking a laid-back look down the aisle.
As Lorraine appeared for the first time, Thomas burst into tears seeing his soon-to-be wife for the first time on their big day. During the ceremony, the bride and groom took an intimate moment to have communion and share their vows with one another privately, enjoying the serenity of this moment in time. They rejoined the bridal party as worship songs were played by their two close friends. It was very important to Lorraine and Thomas to incorporate their Christian faith into the wedding and marriage, and did so through a handfasting unity ceremony.
Our DIY bride created her own wooden ceremony backdrop, Photo Booth, and antique aisle runner using rugs she collected since their engagement. Straying away from traditional bouquets, Lorraine crafted hoops for her bridesmaids to hold walking down the aisle, later used as wall décor for the venue.
The guests enjoyed lawn games and drinks before heading into the reception. Five forty-foot family-style tables were placed throughout the room, adorned with bible quote calligraphic table runners and eucalyptus garlands. Each table had dozens of candles placed in assorted vintage votives with eco-friendly bamboo plates on each table setting. The ceremony altar and the florals lining the aisle became the backdrop for the stunning sweetheart table inside Samueli Center of the Ocean Institute.
The reception was filled with amazing toasts from family and friends sharing how genuinely kind Lorraine and Thomas both are. It was apparent to all that these two were a true match made in heaven, and we are thrilled we were able to be a part of it all.