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Friday, February 8, 2013

Molly and Greg's Fun Fun Fun Wedding!

The first wedding I photographed in 2013 was Molly and Greg's.  This wonderful young couple's endless energy made the entire evening incredibly fun.  There were many little details that made this night so special for this photographer!
Molly and Greg getting ready for the first look in The Hills Hotel, Laguna Hills, CA.

Molly and Greg's rings
Greg had a lovely gift for his groomsmen... A set of stainless steel flask (with an indispensable tiny funnel) with their names engraved on and a stainless steel cigar holder (with a cigar for each of his boys in them).
Stainless Steel Flasks and Cigar Holders for the Boys
I've ben shooting weddings for a while now, and I have heard of this... But it was the first time I witnessed "the wine box"... The idea is this: the couple would put a bottle of wine in a wooden box (in this case, a gorgeous hand-made one by the bride's father) along with the letters to each other, explaining why they love one another and why they got married in the first place. They would seal the box during the ceremony. (So instead of the classic unity candles or sand, they literally hammered down the nails).

The romantic option would be to wait until the marriage hits rough waters. Then they would break the seal, open the box, read the letters and drink the wine together. The hope would be to never have to open the box...

Or only open it during a zombie apocalypse where there would be an unbearable wine shortage...

However Molly and Greg wrote the letters to be open and read from a year from their wedding day.
The wine box... to be opened in one year time from the wedding date.
Following the first look, we did have some time for formal portraits before the ceremony.
First look at The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills, CA

Formal Portraits in Laguna Hills, CA

Formal Portraits in Laguna Hills, CA

Formal Portraits in Laguna Hills, CA
The ceremony was short and sweet.

During the first hour of the reception, I was in for a lovely treat as one of the groomsmen was the guitar player and singer of a Beatles' cover band called Marshmallow Pie!
Marshmallow Pie, a Beatles cover band rockin' the reception opening
The groom joined the band for one song where he showed off his skills on the 5-string bass.
The groom joining Marshmallow Pie, a Beatles cover band for one song
Those who follow this blog regularly know about my obsession with photographing wedding cakes.... Well, I was in for yet another treat! The cake was gorgeous and the figurines on it were of Katniss and Gale from The Hunger Games!
Katniss and Gale take a walk on Molly and Greg's Wedding Cake
Probably my favorite shot of the evening is this one...
The kiss following the cake cutting...
The only formality left before the party got wild was the toss...
Molly tosses the bouquet!
And then the real party started.
First let's do some shots!


Find the photographer!
Well, once we decide on the date and location, I will see Molly and Greg again soon...

I just can't wait to shoot and share that trash the dress session!

Don't drink that wine my lovelies... Keep it sealed for the eternity of your love!

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