Being Professional Photographers here in Orange County, we 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 those, each one of them are truly great to work with. But perhaps our favorite part is to hear their stories. This is especially true for Julie and Edward. A truly wonderful couple that we had the pleasure of photographing their wedding at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club here in Orange County.
Located in Tustin, the Tustin Ranch Golf Club has been part of the Orange County wedding industry scene since 1989 specializing in ceremonies and receptions. Wedding guests walk through an entrance lined with palm trees, views of lakes, peaceful fountains and amazing waterfalls. We can see why Julie and Edward chose this location as it is truly one of the better golf course wedding venues around.
So, what led up to this special day? Julie claims their first date was excruciatingly awkward, but Julie and Edward took a chance on each other and ended up falling in love. Julie actually planned her own engagement party… without having any idea! The original intent for the party was to celebrate Edward’s birthday. Because all of their closest friends were there, Edward took advantage of the opportunity! What a fun and awesome birthday gift; the love of his life saying “yes” to spending the rest of their lives together! Then, it was time for Julie to plan the next celebration… their wedding! This time, of course, she knew that it was happening!
Julie and Edward’s Tustin Ranch Golf Club Wedding was definitely a celebration to remember! Their wedding day started at St. Thomas Korean Catholic Center; it was an absolutely beautiful ceremony. With vaulted ceilings in the sanctuary, and a gorgeous altar as the centerpiece to their vow exchange, it was a picturesque backdrop for these two to say, “I do.” Dressed in an elegant Oleg Cassini gown, this lovely bride had heads turning all day! Her hair was perfectly styled with an up-do to showcase her gown. Edward awaited his bride in a navy-blue suit, with his groomsmen by his side wearing all gray. We absolutely love the contrast of the white florals against the navy-blue bridesmaid dresses. The chic white flowers with the dark color palette of the gowns and suits definitely made for a classy and elegant ensemble.
The ballroom reception space at Tustin Ranch Golf Club was beautifully decorated with all white everything, from the linens to the centerpieces, with gold accents throughout! After toasts were toasted, and the cake was cut, it was time to dance! All of the details of this amazing golf course wedding reception were captured by the team at Three16 Photography.
We would really like to thank Julie and Edward 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.
How did you both meet and who liked who first?
It all started when Edward got back from living in Korea. Edward’s friend Solomon asked him to get on Coffee Meets Bagel. “Why?” “Because I get 500 beans,” says Solomon. Since Edward had it on his phone now, he thought he’d give it try. After being “ghosted,” “catfished,” and rejected, Edward then saw Julie. The heavens opened up and the angels sang. Well it was more like, “Oh, she’s pretty. Let’s see what happens.”
When Edward popped up on Julie’s phone, she thought to herself, “Who’s this? He looks like a stereotypical Korean dude.” But decided, “Why not?” So, they started talking. And, who would’ve thought, Julie and Edward are getting married!
Tell us about your first date. Who was more nervous and what did you guys do?
Julie: First date described in one word: awkward. We decided to meet for dinner. Edward was more nervous. We met at Reunion in Anaheim Hills. It was really awkward. Edward was asking me all these random questions. So, after we ate, he didn’t even give me a chance to pay. So, I felt like I had to pitch in somehow, so I asked if we wanted to go get coffee. Again, even more awkward conversation. He was just… awkward.
What’s the proposal story? Give us all the details and tell us, who cried first?
Edward: I was originally planning on having Julie plan a surprise birthday party for me and then I would reverse the surprise on her… but that didn’t go exactly as planned. Julie started asking me about what I wanted to do for my birthday. One thing led to another and eventually Julie put together a party, with my knowing. I had the ring and all our friends were there, so after thinking about it over and over, I decided the heck with it. I love this woman, so let’s get the knee dirty. All I remember was telling everyone the story of how Julie and I got together, thanking people along the way and then I started to forget what I was going to say because I was so nervous. I just remember thinking to myself, “GET ON YOUR KNEE. DROP! NOW! HURRY! JUST DO IT!” I skipped over about 60% of what I was going to say and asked the question. But I don’t think I even gave Julie a chance to say, “Yes,” I just put the ring on her finger. It was a bit of shock to her, and I was too nervous, so no tears were shed in the making of this proposal.
As you approach the wedding day, what have you both enjoyed most about the wedding planning process?
We really enjoyed the food tasting. But in all seriousness, having the opportunity to work with each other was what we appreciated the most. We had our differences, our wants/needs, and to learn to listen to each other, understand each other and understand ourselves in relation to our individual needs was a new experience that taught us some major patience and compassion.
What has been the hardest part about planning your wedding?
The hardest part was not letting the plans and our schedules overwhelm us. Having to keep outside influences at bay and not let them get in the way was difficult at times. Sometimes getting caught up in the details of the wedding caused us to lose sight of what this is really all about, our marriage.
Why did you choose your particular wedding and reception venue?
At first, I (Edward), suggested it because I knew the Food & Beverage Director at Tustin Ranch. We went into our meeting with low expectations, not expecting to get anything. After we met with Jessica, the coordinator at the time (she recently quit, and the process hasn’t been as smooth…), we were actually really impressed. After comparing to several other options, it turned out to be the best value for what we wanted. We are at St. Thomas Korean Catholic Center because that is Julie’s home church.
Where did you draw some of your inspiration from for your wedding day?
Edward: “Hey, where did you draw your inspiration from for the wedding?”
Julie: “Mmm…Pinterest! Hehehe.”
Edward: Rolls eyes.
Where are you going for the honeymoon and why did you choose that destination?
We’re going to Europe, more specifically France and Italy. We’re very excited. We chose the destination because with Julie being Catholic, we are able to petition to meet with the Pope. So that’s where we’re headed!
Ceremony: St. Thomas Korean Catholic Center
Address: 412 N. Crescent Way, Anaheim, CA 92801
Reception & Caterer: Tustin Ranch Golf Club
Address: 12442 Tustin Ranch, Tustin, CA 92782
Company: JK Wedding Events
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Brand / Designer: Oleg Cassini
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