Pelican Hill Wedding : Michele + Emin

Photography

The bridal suite at Pelican Hill was covered with wedding details and pink accoutrements, like bags, boxes, and frilly lace. Michele was, after years of dating her dream date, marrying the man of her dreams. Her bridesmaids floated from room to room always making sure a glass of champagne was ready to be hoisted for any moment’s toast to the good life. With the iPod perfectly set to Lady Gaga, the entire room raised and clinked crystal glasses in honor of a perfect wedding day. After moving a few pink boxes out of the way and finishing her champagne, Michele exited the bridal suite and collected her to see her future groom, Emin.

Standing on the terracotta tile, Michele took a deep breath, then the tears fell like honey. Slowly, methodically. As much as she tried, she couldn’t hold back her emotions. Little did she know, the flower girls watched from the suite, then immediately ran out to comfort her and dry up the tears. As soon as they hugged her, Michele was ready to see Emin. And their embrace was everything it should be on a wedding day. Tender, raw, complete. The rest of their wedding flowed like honey, only this time, it was slow and sweet.

Michele and Emin, thank you for simply being you. Wonderfully and perfectly you. I couldn’t think of a better way to start Spring than spending the afternoon in Newport Beach with you and your amazing friends and family. You’re perfect for each other and I hope you’re enjoying Turks&Caicos…so jealous you didn’t take me with you! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

I fell in love with Michele’s Jenny Lee wedding dress she found at the Jenny Lee couture store in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach…

…and who doesn’t love a little Stuart Weitzman on a wedding day?!

Wholly and completely gorgeous…special thanks to Makeup by Berit for a lovely job…

Here’s a snapshot of the flower girls who helped keep Michele in the best of spirits…

I know I always say it, but–really–I LOVE when a bride and groom opt to see each other before the ceremony. It’s totally poignant, raw, and beautiful, and it makes me all emotional! 😉

The best part about a bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony is there’s plenty of time to roam the Pelican Hill property for wedding pictures!

I love working with JD…unbeknownst to me, we were both getting the same shot at the same time of the bride and groom…his is on the right…

JD captured Michele doing what she does best: smiling.

Is it just me or is Michele RADIATING in this picture? Love her…and her bridal headband. For brides interested, she purchased it at the Jenny Lee couture boutique in Newport Beach…

JD is wonderful at capturing candid moments…

Okay, JD is also great at just capturing details and people too…

I wanted to give a little blog love to Michele’s bridal party…they were more than fabulous!

The day was simply perfect for a wedding at Pelican Hill and JD captured the essence of the glorious weather in this photo…

A HUGE shout out must go to Stephanie Lairson for planning such a perfect day and ensuring e very detail in place. I adored working with her and it’s always an honor when our paths cross…

All the amazing florals were provided by Karla at Elegant by Design in Newport Beach and she’s absolutely lovely to work with…

A special, special THANK YOU must go to Erin (the Catering Manager) and Michelle (the Wedding Butler) at Pelican Hill for making the day so wonderfully smooth and enjoyable…I’m so thankful work with such an amazing team!

The Grand Entrance…

Emin’s groomsmen were hilarious. Never before have I experienced heckling during a First Dance, but they made quite an interesting experience and put the pressure on Emin to really bust out his smooth moves… 🙂

One thing was for sure, Michele and Emin knew how to party…and the dancefloor was packed the entire night…

To see more of Michele and Emin’s Pelican Hill Newport Beach wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!