Heather + Gabe
TEAM BEANS AND CHEESE! WHAT CAN I SAY, THESE TWO WERE SO MUCH FUN TO BE AROUND AND I COULDN'T HAVE WORKED WITH ONE OF THE SWEETEST COUPLE EVER. THE WEEKEND STARTED OFF WITH ME MEETING HEATHER, GABE AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY AT THE LAX COURTHOUSE TO DO AN INTIMATE CIVIL CEREMONY. THEY WANTED THEIR ACTUALLY RECEPTION TO BE JUST ABOUT HAVING A PARTY AND ENJOYING THE TIME WITH THEIR FRIEND AND FAMILY WITHOUT ANY ADDED STRESS THAT COMES WITH HAVING A WEDDING. IT WAS DIFFERENT AND I LOVEd IT! THEY PICKED THE BEST VENUE TO HAVE THEIR RECEPTION AT THE SOUTH COAST BOTANIC GARDENS IN PALOS VERDES PENINSULA. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE VENUE TO PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING AS THERE ARE SO MANY LOCATIONS TO CAPTURE SOME AMAZING PORTRAITS PLUS THE VENUE ADDS THAT RELAXING, MELLOW FEEL TO THE DAY.
IT COULDN'T BE A MORE BEAUTIFUL WEDDING NESTLED IN THE MIDDLE OF A BEAUTIFUL BOTANIC GARDEN IN RANCHO PALOS VERDES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. I AM VERY FORTUNATE TO LAND SUCH EASY-GOING, FUN AND LOVING COUPLE TO WORK WITH. THEIR ENGAGEMENT STORY IS BEST TOLD BY HEATHER SO WE WILL LET HER TAKE IT FROM HERE:
WE BOTH LIVED IN THE DORMITORIES AT LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY AND MET THROUGH A MUTUAL FRIEND DURING OUR 2ND YEAR. WE STARTED AS FRIENDS BUT ROMANCE WASN'T FAR BEHIND. OUR MUTUAL LOVE FOR THE OUTDOORS, HANGING WITH FRIENDS, SPORTS (EXCEPT THEY BOTH LIKE DIFFERENT TEAMS), BEER & EACH OTHER HAS KEPT OUR RELATIONSHIP STRONG, AND WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER EVER SINCE!
NEEDLESS TO SAY, AFTER 10 YEARS OF DATING, GABE DECIDED TO POP THE QUESTION. HERE'S HOW IT HAPPENED...
WE LIKE TAKE AN ANNUAL BIKE RIDING TRIP TO SOLVANG EVERY YEAR WHERE WE RIDE OUR BIKES FROM WINERY TO WINERY, TASTING AND TASTING. WE HAD ALREADY BEEN TO A FEW AND WANTED TO SQUEEZE ONE MORE IN FOR THE DAY. SO WE RIDE OUR BIKES UP A HILL ON A DIRT ROAD, TRYING TO MAKE IT TO THE LAST WINERY BEFORE CLOSING TIME. WE GRAB A FEW TASTES, WALK OUTSIDE TO THE VINEYARD AND UNDER THIS LARGE OAK TREE. AS SOON AS WE WERE UNDER THE TREE, HE POPS THE QUESTION. IF YOU HADN'T GUESSED YET, HEATHER SAID YES!
Team Beans and Cheese! What can I say, these two were so much fun to be around and I couldn't have worked with one of the sweetest couple ever. The weekend started off with me meeting Heather, Gabe and their immediate family at the LAX Courthouse to do an intimate civil ceremony. They wanted their actually reception to be just about having a party and enjoying the time with their friend and family without any added stress that comes with having a wedding. It was different and I love it! They picked the best venue to have their reception at the South Coast Botanic Gardens in Palos Verdes Peninsula. This is one of my favorite venue to photograph a wedding as there are so many locations to capture some amazing portraits plus the venue adds that relaxing, mellow feel to the day.
- Venue - Dress and Skirt | ASOS Shoes | Chinese Laundry Earrings | Anthropology Hair & Make-up | Flower Bouquet| Invitation | Minted Venue | South Coast Botanic Garden @SCBgarden Planner: | Cause We Can Event - Gabby Norton DJ | VOX DJs- Diego Bar| Cocktail Minglers - Joe Sanchez Catering | Wheat and Fire Dessert Table | Chunk & Chip - Lene