As an Orange County Professional Photographer, I just adore the couples we meet, whether it’s to photograph their engagement session, their wedding, various stages of their family life, or any combination of any of those, each one of them is truly great to work with. But perhaps our favorite part is to hear their stories. This is especially true for Erica and Garrett. A truly wonderful couple that we had the pleasure of photographing their Richard Nixon Library Wedding here in Orange County.
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum located in Yorba Linda, is filled with rich history and stunning architectural details. The backdrop of the ceremony was the museum’s beautiful and serene reflecting pool, which is a model of Washington D.C.’s very own. The bride and groom stood in front of a beautifully decorated altar, which is a stand-alone structure covered in an abundance of pastel florals and greenery. Guests sat in all white wooden chairs and watched the couple say their “I do’s” surrounded by tall palm trees and enjoyed the view of the First lady’s meticulously landscaped rose garden.
Erica’s hair was beautifully done as she wore her hair down with a simple, subtle curl and natural-looking makeup with bold eyeliner. She chose silver and diamond jewelry, and white satin heels with diamond details. The lovely bride wore a vintage-style sweetheart-neckline lace gown that was fit for the first lady, while her groom, Garrett, wore a slick, classic black suit. The groomsmen matched as they were styled in all black suits and accessories. With a mix of subtle hued pinks, light green and white, the bride’s bouquet added just a touch of color to the classic black and white color palette, tying in the pinks with the bridesmaid’s dresses. The bridesmaids all wore blush-colored, mismatched dresses. The white, black, pink, and green color palette of the day set the tone for a classy, romantic and vintage wedding.
After the stunning outdoor ceremony, guests flooded into a reception space like no other. The reception hall is the only existing replica of the White House East Room. With three enchanting crystal chandeliers, golden silk drapes, and marble fireplaces, there’s no doubt the guests all felt like they were truly dining and dancing in the presidential home. The reception tables included additional gorgeous bouquets, gold charger plates, napkins perfectly folded to look like suits and ties, and golden chairs surrounding the tables which were set with pink silk tablecloths. All the details of the day came together beautifully and were captured by Three16 Photography.
We would really like to thank Erica and Garrett 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.
What three things do you admire most about your soon-to-be spouse and why?
From Garrett: Beauty, Kindness, and Passion. Because these traits make me happy.
From Erica: Thoughtfulness, Kindness, Ambition and Passionate.
Describe each other in one word and why did you choose that word?
From Garrett: Friend. Because she is my best friend and fun to be around.
From Erica: Soul Mate. Because we connect so well, and I can’t see myself with anybody else but Garrett
Any advice for other newly engaged couples as they begin to plan their wedding?
From Garrett: Delegate tasks for each other to accomplish, start planning early.
From Erica: Definitely start planning early, don’t get too stressed, and enjoy every day of being engaged.
Describe your wedding for us. Is there a particular theme? What flowers did you choose and why? And are there any special traditions or items you have incorporated into the day?
Romantic vintage, peonies, pink garden roses, and a lot of greenery.
Looking back on planning your wedding, is there anything you would have done differently?
Taking the engagement pictures earlier. Since we took them late, we were unable to send out save the dates.
What’s the plans for the honeymoon?
We are going to Hawaii for 10 days.
Ceremony & Reception: Richard Nixon Presidential Library
Address: 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92688
Name of Site Coordinator: Jenny Halstead
Name of Person: Lourdes Myers
Company: Three16 Photography
Name of Person: Jerrick O’Connor
Company: Flower Allie
Name of Person: Allison
Company: Digital Engagement
Name of Person: Dave Greenwood
CATERER & CAKE
Company: White House Catering
Name of Person: Mary
HAIR & MAKE-UP
Company: Flawless Faces
Company: Blush Bridal Couture
Brand / Designer: Martina Liana
Company: Friar Tux
Brand / Designer: Michael Kors
Company: Invitation Design Studio
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