I really lucked out on my first California wedding. Today marks my 6-month anniversary of living in this crazy city and I couldn’t feel more blessed.
Raul and Cara are the bomb. I first met Raul when I was working on a webseries for my super talented pal Landon. Raul made me laugh so hard every time I was shooting ( or holding the boom mic ) that we became fast friends. I had a blast taking these two’s engagement photos at Abalone Cove in Septemeber. Fast forward a few months and he and Cara decided to get married the weekend of Thanksgiving. It was a PERFECT, warm, beautiful day and probably the chillest ( personality-wise, not temperature–we are in southern California, after all ) wedding I’ve ever been to let alone been a part of! Every detail was perfect thanks to Emilee Sutherland, the fantastic wedding coordinator + designer behind Tasteful Tatters, who is a very close friend of the bride!
Raul and Cara met when Cara was a barista at Starbucks and Raul was a regular customer. Raul charmed his way into a date and the two have been inseparable since! Now Cara is a kick-ass personal trainer ( you may notice her enviable biceps in some of these photos ) and representative for Nike! Raul works for a paper goods design company that has designed invites for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, among other celebs!
I loved incorporating little parts of Raul and Cara’s love story into their wedding day. Having friends and family be such a huge part of the big day made everything so special. The food was catered by a friend, the DJ was a friend, and even the hair and makeup artist was a friend too! I loved every little bit of this wedding — from the horchata cupcakes to the adorable event design to the RIDICULOUSLY GOOD dance moves to the delicious bottled apple cider… seriously folks, this is not a wedding to miss! Check out the photos below!
And last but not least… the cutest gif in the west! Bye balloon!
Coordination + Event Design: Emilee Sutherland // Flowers: Poppyhill Flowers // Videographer: Landon Stahmer – check out the BREATHTAKING wedding video! // Rentals: Picture Perfect Party Rentals // Catering: breakfast bar courtesy of friend // Horchata, bacon maple, red velvet cupcakes: Momma Sweeta // Hair + Makeup: Noel at Hey Saylor Cosmetics // DJ: Ton Choi, “DJ Alpha” (usually works the vegas clubs so this guy is legit!) // Location: William Carey International College in sunny Pasadena, California