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Palm Springs Wedding: Christina and Mark, Part Two


Palm Springs Wedding: Christina and Mark, Part Two

As the sunset behind them, the second half of Christina and Mark's wedding began: their ceremony, performed by two very close friends and former roommates of the couple, and their reception, where a number of loved ones poured their hearts out in adoration of the Christina and Mark. These speeches resulted in both bursts of laughter as well as heart felt tears.

Christina and Mark, cheers to you and your love! xo, Evelyn

Photo: Evelyn Molina Photography / Venue: Palm Springs Private Estate / Planner: Dazzle the Bride / Florals: Flower Mart / Hair & Make-Up: Beauty Marked by B&C / Cake: Patty Cakes


Palm Springs Wedding: Christina and Mark, Part One


Palm Springs Wedding: Christina and Mark, Part One

Christina was in her pajamas and had TONS of work to do - being a psychotherapist is no joke - and her then boyfriend, Mark, insisted they take one of their regular, casual walks along nearby Solana Beach. No work or wardrobe excuse was going to stop Mark from taking Christina on the walk that would change their lives forever: he led her to a secluded, little cave on the beach, got on one knee, and asked Christina to marry him. With no doubt, she said yes: yes to supporting each other's driven career aspirations, yes to having children together, yes to having each other's back, always.

When I asked Mark what he was most looking forward to on his wedding day, it was no surprise he said, "Having fun," because Mark is a high energy, fun guy who loves dancing to Michael Jackson! Together with Christina, with a smile so bright it lights up an entire room and a contagious, hearty laugh, they invited friends and family from both coasts to a private, eight acre Palm Springs estate to witness their nuptials.

Christina and Mark, 'fun' doesn't begin to describe your amazing wedding day. In fact, I want to relive your wedding day over and over again: I adore you both and witnessing the love you two have for each other is THAT good. Thank you for trusting and bringing me from San Diego to Palm Springs to capture your wedding, and most touching, for welcoming me that day to your circle of genuine family and friends. As I mentioned to you both before, I'm not surprised you surround yourself with such amazing, positive individuals: good attracts good. I can't wait to see what the future holds for you both. -Evelyn

Mark is the middle of three brothers and while they were supposed to help him get ready, he gladly helped them adjust their final touches. These three are a riot!

In a separate room, Christina was a dab of perfume away from being completely ready.

Christina donned a Katie May wedding dress that WOWED. I mean, simply DROP. DEAD. GORGEOUS.

With her bridesmaids at Christina's side, a champagne toast was in order. Ladies, those sequined bridemaids dresses, though! Love!

Christina and Mark opted to see each other before their ceremony: a first look all to themselves.

Mark's reaction: overjoyed. He could not get enough of Christina's every last detail.

Tomorrow morning, Part II of Christina and Mark's Palm Spring wedding goes live on the blog, including their sunset ceremony and additional portraits!

Photo: Evelyn Molina Photography / Venue: Palm Springs Private Estate / Planner: Dazzle the Bride / Florals: Flower Mart / Hair & Make-Up: Beauty Marked by B&C / Cake: Patty Cakes


Coronado Wedding: Annie and Frank, Part One


Coronado Wedding: Annie and Frank, Part One

Annie and Frank first crossed paths at work, and after a lucky seven years of dating, Frank popped the question by taking Annie on a scavenger hunt within their home. Based in Denver, they wanted to wed in a place with almost gaurenteed sunshine in the fall located a stone's throw away from the beach. Boom! The idea of a San Diego destination wedding was born, with a stunning private home in Coronado serving as the ideal place for their ceremony and reception. The groom's only request: beachside portraits. Frank asked, Frank received!

The day began with something I love: things that sparkle. Champagne, beautiful jewelry, and the prettiest headpiece that slipped perfectly into Annie's do.

As Annie was given her last touches of make up...

...her bridesmaids looked on in amazement and approval as she transformed into a bride.

The girls moved to Coronado's Hotel Marisol to dress, where Annie took a moment to herself to soak in the day and moment. I have to say it: Annie, you're stunning!

And so, putting on her wedding dress began, included the placement of an stunning broach, and her Grandmother's earrings, her something borrowed.

Back at the venue, Frank and his groomsmen were in full preparation mode.

These gentleman were not playing around! They were quick to get suited up and were ready for this wedding!

Creative Affairs Inc. transformed this Coronado private home into the ideal San Diego wedding and reception venue with beautiful florals from Cherry Blossom Floral Design and rentals from San Diego based Event Party Rentals.

With the venue ready, guests having arrived, and Annie and her bridesmaids on their way from Hotel Marisol, Frank patiently sat and awaited for the ceremony to begin.

Annie's parents beamed as they walked down the isle with Annie and Frank's dog, Lola, in hand, while Frank's Mom gave her son a strong hug before he head up to the alter.

Accompanied by her Father, Annie walked down the isle as Frank looked on as if the clouds had parted and a ray of sunshine was peering through.

With all of their friends and family, including Lola, in attendance, Annie and Frank wed.

Their vows were both emotional, with Frank right there to wipe Annie's tears... well as downright hilarious, with both of them cracking up in laughter!

With a first kiss to seal the deal, Annie and Frank were pronounced husband and wife!

Because the only appropriate thing to do after getting married is toast!

Stay tuned for Part II of Annie and Frank's Coronado Wedding!

Venue: Coronado Private Home / Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Marisol / Planner: Creative Affairs Inc. / Florals: Cherry Blossom Floral Design / Rentals: Event Party RentalsHair & Make-Up: Rare Birds / Photo: Evelyn Molina Photography