Anaheim Backyard Wedding

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We just love when we’re able to share a little bit of insight from the groom on his wedding day, so we were elated to hear from groom Ben about his wedding to Shauna photographed by Kym of Ventola Photography. We may have even gotten a little misty-eyed when he mentioned that their wedding day was on the 6 year anniversary of their first kiss! Keep an eye out for some subtle touches of the couple’s love of Harry Potter :)

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From the groom, Ben: We met at a get-together at my older brother’s apartment, and after Shauna persistently inquired about me to my older brother, I decided to try a romantic first date. I chose to take Shauna to see X-men, with all of my close friends, and they all approved of her! We spent the next 6 years discovering and enjoying all of the food, great beer, wizarding worlds, and good company that we could on our many adventures.


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vintage groom getting ready

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teal seychelles shoes

I soon realized that this was something special and not just any girl would enjoy spending her free time touring the Anderson Valley Brewery with me (Our favorite brewery, and the two beers we served at the reception). In 2010 I moved to Seattle for school, and Shauna stayed in California awaiting my return after the 9 month school year. It was the distance and time apart that led me to realize that I didn’t want to be without Shauna ever again, so I proposed the next time she came to visit. Our wedding date was our 6 year Anniversary from our first kiss on my mom’s porch. The venue is within these oak trees, it is somewhat of a hiking trail. We were drawn to the natural aspects of the venue and outdoors.


teal yellow bridal party

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teal backdrop ribbons

white ceramic arrangementsgreen yellow bouquets

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We hired a gourmet food truck (burgers/sliders) for the caterer. We did succulent arrangements and just a pop of color and those bistro/bulb swags for lighting… We are inspired greatly by Anthropologie! We are craft beer drinkers, so our favorite beer will be in kegs at the wedding. :) I like the idea of vintage with a modern touch. I really wanted to pull off a unique and stylish wedding without looking too crafty.


teal green bouquets

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vintage wizarding books

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newlyweds cake cutting

This couple incorporated hints of Harry Potter throughout their wedding, and that made it that much more awesome! Shauna had been planning a surprise for Ben long before the wedding. She had an antique motorcycle rebuilt by a friend of the couple, which she brought out after the ceremony to surprise Ben with.


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cat cake toppersharry potter decorations

newlyweds first dance

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Anaheim, CA / Wedding Photographer: Ventola Photography / Wedding Venue: Oak Canyon Nature Center / Event Styling: Red Velvet Occasions / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Bride’s Hair Accessories: Mignonne Handmade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Wedding Flowers: Pixie’s Petals / Wedding Caterer: Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon / Wedding Music: Tim of Pacific Events



10 comments
  1. Sunny

    Burgers, Beer, Antique Motorcycle and Harry Potter? Not to mention everything looks stunning. You rock! Phenomenal job!

  2. lydia {ever ours}

    sweet story. and yay for the team behind the scenes!

  3. Leslie A

    Such a fun wedding to be a part of. Love how perfectly all the details came together !

  4. Gail

    Such a great wedding theme, the photos have really showed it off :) Love the motorcycle and the cake cats :) Well done for such a great wedding.

  5. Annie

    Are the Harry Potter books for sale? Were they purchased or hand made – very cool!

  6. Shauna

    Hi! We found the books at an antique store for $2 a piece and had them laser etched by our friend.

  7. Julia

    What a lovely wedding! All the best to Shauna and Ben!

  8. Lulu

    Absolutely beautiful! Love love love Shauna’s dress and veil :) The them worked so well and loved the table deco. I really want to find a similar veil for my wedding worn by the beautiful bride. x

  9. Danielle

    Shaunna, there are so many ideas I want to steal from you! I live in the lbc, can you help? I’m trying to find access to kazoos, chalkboards, etc. email me if you’re willing to help or want to sell some of those goods. :)

  10. Tatiana

    I’m dying over those cat toppers! Where did you get them? My fiancé and I have two cats and we live in LA…these are absolutely perfect!!

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