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Elegant Orange County Wedding

Today’s wedding from Valentina Glidden Photography has a perfect mix of various styles – some vintage, some rustic, and some pure elegance. Of course, there’s also a bit of serious romance going on thanks to lush arrangements from Bella Bloom Floral Designs! Read on for more about Gwendy and David’s timeless wedding day:

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From the bride, Gwendy: We envisioned our wedding like all couples do, magical. Our dream wedding was to be a blend of rustic touches and romantic elegance. Most importantly we wanted to be able to reflect our personalities and love for each other. At the end it was all about bringing a little part of David and me into our wedding. We met in architecture class our Freshmen year in college, creating and designing has always brought us together. Being able to take part in the creation of our dream wedding only made it that much more special. As a bride to be it meant so much for my future husband to be so involved in all the wedding details. Dancing the night away in a candle lit garden set the perfect mood to the start of our new life.

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Some adjectives that can describe are wedding are vintage, romantic, intimate, & rustic. We choose very subtle colors like mint, rose, and ivory to soften the look of wood. We had so many DIY projects! David made our vases for the center pieces, from birch bark. The candles placed through out the tables were made from small tree logs and branches. We made all of our wedding signs used in the reception and the “here comes the bride” sign for my little brother from pallets that we white washed then used a wood burner to write on them. The little mason jar leather heart tags with our initials were made by his little brother, then put together by us. We a also made the rose petal aisle runner for church the boutonnieres, and bridesmaids bouquets. The fans from church were painted and made by us as well. The invitations were hand made by us with help from his brother. David painted the oil lanterns to match with our color scheme. We gathered the baskets for our candy table, the sweets and polvorones were brought from Chihuahua, Mexico and baked by his aunts. Our family is so supportive and they all contributed to bring it all together.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If they have any ideas for DIY I would encourage them to not hold back. It is so rewarding and special to be able to say you did it.

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Wedding Music:
Festive music is part of our heritage and in a Mexican wedding celebration the Mariachi and Band should never be left out. The mariachi played or processional song as well as our first dance song “Si nos dejan” which has always been our special song.

Wedding Location: Orange County, CA / Photographer: Valentina Glidden Photography / Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Designs / Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Church / Reception Venue: Heritage Museum of Orange County / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture via Mon Amie Bridal Salon / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Veil: Made by Groom’s Aunt / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Linne’s Boutique / Tuxedo: Friar Tux / Caterer and Wedding Cake: Country Garden Catering / Cake Stand: Groom / Mariachi: Los Vaquetones / Band: Banda Sinaloense / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom / Videographer: Boffo Video

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