Orange County Professional Photographer
Being an Orange County Professional Photographer, allows me to photograph at some of the best wedding venues and engagement locations located anywhere. But what my staff and I love even more are all the different couples we meet. Regardless, of whether we photograph their engagement session, their wedding, various stages of their family life or any combination of those, each one of them are truly great to work with. But I would have to say that our favorite part is hearing all their great stories. How they met, their first date, the proposal and of course, wedding planning. All our couples truly inspire us to do the best job we possibly do for them. After all, they deserve it. We found this to be especially true for Jake and Victoria. A truly wonderful couple that we had the pleasure of photographing their wedding at the Red Horse Barn here in Orange County.
Located in the heart of Huntington Beach, the Red Horse Barn in a beautiful rustic hidden treasure. With a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and reception space, it’s the perfect place to say I do. This is why Victoria and Jake chose it to be their wedding venue! They fell in love with everything about the venue; the look of the lush nature that set the backdrop, the ambiance, and the location is centrally located for their guests.We have shot several weddings at the Red Horse Barn and we love this venue for its simplicity, friendly staff, and the fact that it’s a nice outdoor venue at an affordable price. In addition, the landscaping is well-kept and includes a charming gazebo flanked by fountains and a garden, which would make for a picture-perfect backdrop as you say your vows. They even have horses that you can include in your shots!
Victoria walked down the aisle wearing a stunning dress from Kora Brides and looked amazingly beautiful thanks to the hairstyling of Addiction Salon and the makeup by Make Me Blush Makeup Artistry. Waiting at the altar for her was her groom. Jake was decked out in a navy-blue suit and lavender bowtie from Men’s Wearhouse. His groomsmen wore gray suits with lavender ties to match the bridesmaids’ lavender dresses.
The ceremony and reception area were beautifully decorated by Floral Design by Melia. Speaking of receptions, the Red Horse Barn provided amazing food to all the guests and the cake was created by Plumeria Café. The party itself was absolutely rocking thanks to DJ Andrew Yates. All of the details of this wonderful wedding were captured with photos and video by the team at Three16 Photography.
This was truly a beautiful wedding between two amazing people. We would really like to thank Victoria and Jake for allowing Three16 Photography to be part of your special day. We wish you many years of love and happiness.
Check out their love story. We hope you enjoy it, and their photos, as much as we do.
Victoria and Jake’s Love Story
How did you both meet and who liked who first?
We met through my old friend, who happened to be his cousin. She introduced us by inviting us to Thousand Steps Beach down in Laguna Beach back on August 30, 2015. Jake and I were both in his cousin’s wedding party, but it wasn’t until we were both invited to his cousin’s family BBQ that she was throwing that we actually met. I was the only “friend” that his cousin invited to her family BBQ. Deep down inside she was trying to set Jake and I up. Later that day the whole gang took a family photo on her outside stairs. Jake decided to sit directly above/behind me. The picture came out looking like we were together, although I’m sure Jake had that plan in mind. It was the cutest and still is the cutest picture of us as friends. Later that night, I ended up taking Jake to his car down the street. As we were driving down the street to his car, he asked me out on a date. I told him I would text him later with the response. I made him wait until I got home, which was about 45 minutes to an hour later. I told him YES! I would go in a date with him. So, we set it up for about a week out.
What’s the proposal story? Give us all the details and tell us, who cried first?
Well for starters, Jake took me on my first flight ever in a plane a week before he was going to propose. He told me that this trip to Iceland and Paris was a Christmas present, so I kind of had no idea that he was going to propose… but in the back of my mind, I had everyone I knew telling me that he was sooo going to propose in Paris. I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Because obviously I was ready for that next step in our life, so I never did. It was snowing the most it has ever snowed 30 years in Paris that made it was harder to propose I guess lol. I honestly think he was just nervous… Haha.
Luckily the day before we were supposed to leave to go home there was a little sunshine. A day before he was going to propose he had told me that he was going find a photographer in the area to take some professional photos of us near the Eiffel Tower. I literally didn’t think of anything at that moment. Nothing crossed my mind. But he clearly had a plan on his own head. The next morning, we met up with the photographer and started taking photos near the Eiffel Tower. Then he turned around and got down on one knee and said, “you’ve made me the happiest I’ve ever been, and I can’t imagine spending a day without you. Will you marry me?” My literal response was “OMG, no. I mean yes, but no this isn’t happening right now” haha. I was just in shock with happiness. I cried first and I have the pictures to prove it. Then we carried on with more photos over Paris.
As you approach the wedding day, what have you both enjoyed most about the wedding planning process?
Well… first,we’d love to plug All-Inclusive Events at The Red Horse Barn. They have made wedding planning much easier and more fun than originally expected. We spent more time focusing on all of the design and feeling elements of the wedding as opposed to EVERYTHING IT TAKES TO GET A WEDDING DONE!!! We enjoyed that we were able to have a great time meeting each of our wedding vendors at scheduled events with family. Although family is important, we would recommend going with your gut, go with the people and vendors you feel understand, and get you and your vision the most. Finding and cultivating relationships within our wedding venue and planning community has shown us how many people and loved ones are involved in making this day special to us.
What has been the hardest part about planning your wedding?
We would say the financial aspect.
Why did you choose your particular wedding and reception venue?
We were googling barn wedding venues and RHB kept popping up, we looked at about 10 other venues, but RHB was in the back of my mind always… even before we actually looked at the venue. It was so perfect just seeing what it was all about online.
Where did you draw some of your inspiration from for your wedding day?
Pinterest and ideas from family and friends.
Where are you going for the honeymoon and why did you choose that destination?
We’re taking a mini honeymoon to either San Diego, Palm Springs or Santa Barbara.
Vendors used for Victoria and Jacob’s gorgeous Red Horse Barn Wedding:
Ceremony & Reception: Red Horse Barn
Address: 18381 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Company: An All Inclusive Event
Company: Three16 Photography
Company: Floral Design by Melia
Company: DJ Andrew Yates
Company: Plumeria Cafe
Company: Cinderella Cakes
Company: Addiction salon
Company: Kora Brides
Brand / Designer: The White One
Company: Men’s Warehouse