We can’t help but fall in love with this school-themed wedding shot by California photographer Candice Benjamin and coordinated by Katie of Intertwined Events. Jenna and Matt have known each other since their elementary school days, so they infused the theme into their wedding day many moons later. One of our favorite details of the day — the couple used cootie catchers as wedding programs!
From the bride, Jenna: Matt and I originally wanted a winter snowy wedding in the mountains but after careful thought with elderly grandparents we didn’t think it would be the best idea to have a destination wedding. My Mom told me about the Chapel and the second we saw it we knew this was everything we wanted (minus the snow). We felt like we were standing in the middle of the mountains. The floor to ceiling glass windows are breathtaking with the redwood trees. Its like the outdoors our inside.
The reception venue wasn’t as important detail to our wedding as other things. Matt and I knew we wanted to spend our money on the details that went into our wedding and needed a space that complimented our theme. When we saw The Reef we instantly connected with the garden room. It reminded us of a living room. Since our wedding was under 100 people we loved the idea that it gave us the warm and cozy feeling we were looking for.
Love their ceremony programs printed on graph paper! You can download a template for your DIY cootie catcher template here.
Any advice for future brides planning their weddings? Really put thought into all the details of your wedding. You may not think they are important but in the long run when you look back at your wedding through photos you will see they played a big part in bringing your wedding together. Make sure you are including details of your wedding that represent you as a couple. And definitely take the time with each other at the wedding to take a step back and soak in the your day, even if its for just for a few minutes.
From the photographer: Candice: Jenna and Matt met in elementary school, and while their love story did not start there, it inspired their adorable wedding! Jenna and Matt’s wedding ceremony was held at the Wayfarers Chapel; the almost entirely glass structure is stunning and overlooks the ocean cliffs of Palos Verdes! Guests loved their unique cootie-catcher ceremony programs! The reception was then moved to The Reef Restaurant in beautiful Long Beach. During the cocktail hour, guests were able to sign the ‘guest book’ a large canvas where guest could place their fingerprint to create leaves on a tree, find their grade (AKA tables) on pencils, enjoy the courtyard with adorable school bus florals from Tustin Florist Floral Designs, and visit with a silhouette artist!
Prelude: “Cannon in D Major” by Pachelbel – piano version
“The Ludlows” from Soundtrack Legends of the Fall – piano version
Processional: “Love Theme” from Soundtrack Romeo and Juliet – piano version
Bridal Walk: “Marry Me” by Train – piano version
Rose Ceremony “Marry Me” by Train – piano version
Recessional: “Everything,” Michael Buble – piano version
Wedding Vendors (Long Beach, CA):
Ceremony Venue: Wayfarer’s Chapel / Reception Venue: The Reef Restaurant / Wedding Photographer: Candice Benjamin / Event Stylist: Intertwined Events / Wedding Dress: Saison Blanch Boutique / Wedding Shoes: Vince Camuto / Garter Belt: Garter Lady / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Wedding Flowers: Tustin Flowers / Wedding Cake: Rossmoor Bakery / DJ: Andy Nation / Videographer: Click 54 / Vintage Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Chairs and Linens: Baker Party Rentals / Transportation: White Rose Limo