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Catherine and Christina reached out to me six months before their wedding day. They had most of their details set, but needed us to come in and tie everything together. They planned their wedding from the east coast, while we were their eyes and ears in California. Planning destination weddings are a ton of fun for us because we get to work intimately with the couple creating a clear idea of what their wedding day will look like, even if they aren’t physically able to see it all.

The couple chose Fullerton Arboretum as their wedding venue. There is something so romantic about having a garden wedding and the Fullerton Arboretum was every bit as dreamy. The ceremony was held under their Wisteria Arbor where the guests sat under the gazebo to beat the late June Southern California heat. Cat and Christina stood near the large Wisteria tree alongside their wedding party. They took part in a traditional tea ceremony and exchanged their vows.

After the ceremony, the couple and their photographers took a golf cart around the arboretum to get photos in the different gardens. The dessert gardens provided a gorgeous backdrop.

The reception was held at the Bacon Pavillion. We had the privilege to make the garland that ran across the 18 foot tables. A task I was excited to try once and potentially never again.

During their grand entrance, the couple paid homage to their favorite movie series Star Wars. Walking in while your wedding party holds lightsabers above is what I call a GRAND entrance. The lightsabers made a special appearance later that night while guests took photos in front of their homemade rainbow photo booth.

Speaking of homemade, 1/2 of this amazing duo decided to take on the task of making their own wedding cake! Cat really out did herself by not just making a cake, but making an entire 8 layer rainbow cake.

My favorite part of their wedding is how much fun and unique ideas they incorporated in their special day. They had yard games (one of which was ping pong!), a boba bar, jams and pickled goods for favors and even a dim sum bar at the end of the night!

They kept saying throughout our time together how important it was to both of them that their guests had good food, good drinks, and a great time. I think that was definitely accomplished by the end of the night.

One thing that I took away from this wedding is that you should create a wedding that makes you happy. What made Cat and Christine’s wedding so fun is that they made it their own. No rules, no tradition, just the two of them making decisions based on what they wanted. If there is one thing that I can encourage you to do when you plan your wedding, it is to make it your own. Your wedding day is something you will remember forever, so why not create something you will love.

Photography: The Singlers

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