Being a Professional Photographer here in Southern California, my team just adores all the couples we meet to photograph their special moments. Whether it’s to shoot 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 still hearing their stories. How they met, how they became interested in each other, their first date and of course, the proposal. For one such couple this is especially true. Mark and Diana are a truly wonderful couple that we had the pleasure of photographing their wedding on October 4, 2019 at the Wedgewood Vellano Wedding Venue.
Located in a private setting within a gated community in Chino Hills, the Wedgewood Vellano wedding venue offers an elegant and classic look to your day. It has a Mediterranean Tuscany feel with a modern ballroom that is very detailed. And you know that if it’s a Wedgewood Wedding, then this is top-notch in quality and customer care.Your ceremony can take place on the Hilltop or in the Colonnade, while the reception takes place in the Grand Ballroom. For a unique flair to it, both the foyer and the terrace open to the Grand Venezia Ballroom. The ballroom is filled with romantic overtones with gold Chiavari chairs and exquisite chandeliers. Lots of lighting and a built-in bar. The terrace offers a chance to step out and enjoy the stars. It’s no wonder why Diana and Mark chose this location.
Diana wore an amazing Essence of Australia wedding gown from Illusion Bridal, and her hair and makeup were on point thanks to the skillful work of Christy Yoo Artistry. As Diana began her walk down the aisle, waiting for her at the altar was her spouse-to-be. Mark donned a Midnight Blue suit from Friar Tux, while his groomsmen also wore Midnight Blue suits along with deep red ties to match the dresses of the bridesmaids. The ceremony and reception areas were beautifully decorated with floral designs by Events by Floral Sensations.
For the reception, JC Entertainment kept the party hopping all night long with some great music and entertainment, while the guests enjoyed some amazing food prepared by Wedgewood Vellano, as well as a gorgeous wedding cake by Cucamonga Cakery and Mom’s Mini Donuts. For an additional dose of something fun, Capture Photo Booths provide a photo booth for the guests to enjoy.
All of the details of this gorgeous wedding were both photographed and videotaped by the team at Three16 Photography.
We would really like to thank Diana and Mark 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.
Diana and Mark’s Love Story
How did you both meet and who liked who first?
Mark: We knew of each other in high school, but it wasn’t until we were in the debut court of a mutual friend that we first started to talk to each other. We were paired up one day to see if we learned a dance, and I made her laugh. I definitely liked her first.
Diana: As Mark stated above, we went to the same high school and had a few mutual friends. It wasn’t until we were in our friends’ debut that we started talking to one another. I remember we were at a friend’s birthday party and my best friend told me, “I think Mark likes you, he keeps staring at you.” She wasn’t wrong!
Tell us about your first date. Who was more nervous and what did you guys do?
Mark: The first time we went out together, she was going job hunting and she invited me to go along. Diana applied only at one place and we actually ended up watching “Batman: The Dark Knight”at the theater. I was more nervous because I already liked her, and I did not know if she felt the same way back. During the movie, I did the “wrap my arm around her” trick and she went with it.
Diana: I invited Mark to go tag along while I went job hunting. We ended up going to the movies. He asked me if I was cold and put his arm around me. A few days later he asked me to be his girlfriend and the rest is history.
What’s the proposal story? Give us all the details and tell us, who cried first?
Mark: Oh man the proposal. I should actually start when I was getting the ring back in June 2017. I was at a jeweler in downtown getting all the details sorted out when she told me that she got us tickets to go to Seattle, Washington. Somehow, I just felt that it wasn’t just a coincidence and I had to propose to her in Seattle. Fast forward three months later to October 7, 2017. I knew I was going to propose that day. There was no way I was going to wait all weekend because I would be so nervous and act all weird. I had hidden the ring in my carry-on luggage. My only fear was that during the screening process, they wouldn’t see this one tiny box in my luggage full of clothes and pull out the box ruining the surprise. Thankfully, they didn’t, and we got on the plane. When we landed, she had to use the bathroom. I used that moment to pull the ring from my carry on and put it in my pocket. We got the rental car and had some time to kill before we were able to check in to the hotel. I already knew where I was going to propose. It was a small park with a beautiful skyline view of Seattle. I have a hobby of taking pictures, so I used that as my excuse to go there while we had time. From the airport, we drove to the park. I found the spot, and I set the camera up on a tripod. I pretended to put the camera on a timer and take a picture of us. Instead, I set the camera to video record. I was so nervous. I must have mumbled for like 5-10 seconds before I started my speech. She noticed I was acting all weird and made a weird look on her face during my speech. Then, I went down on one knee and the waterworks started. She did not just cry first, she was bawling, but in a cute way. She had said yes and that was the start of a beautiful engagement getaway weekend in Seattle.
Diana: I had been dying to visit the Pacific Northwest, so one day after getting some encouragement from a coworker, I booked flights to Seattle. It was our first trip together where we weren’t driving to our destination. We landed in Seattle, picked up our rental car and then Mark suggested we go to Alki Beach to kill time before lunch. Alki Beach has an amazing view of the Seattle skyline. Mark asked me to go stand by the edge of the beach in front of the skyline while he set up the camera, for what I thought was going to be a timed picture. He walks over and starts giving his little speech about how this is the first trip of many and to be honest, I don’t remember much else after other than saying yes and crying. His proposal caught completely off guard. At the time, I couldn’t believe it was happening. It felt like a dream. I remember in the middle of his proposal the light bulb in my head went off and mid-proposal I asked him what he was doing because I couldn’t believe it was happening. I think I started crying when I realized that he was proposing to me.
As you approach the wedding day, what have you both enjoyed most about the wedding planning process?
Mark: I definitely enjoyed all the meetings (food tasting, cake tasting, engagement shoot, etc) where details were getting set because it felt like things were getting done.
Diana: I think the part I enjoyed most was our floral and cake appointments. The last appointment we had with our florist, they did a mock-up table which was really cool because we were able to see what our tables will look like all dressed up with linens, chairs, charger plates and flowers. The cake tasting was fun because we got to try different kinds of cake.
What has been the hardest part about planning your wedding?
Mark: Aside from seeing the money leave our bank accounts, it would probably be just drama with people. Everybody always says, “don’t worry about others, this is your wedding, plan whatever you want for yourselves.” For the most part we have, but there’s always something that “goes wrong.” We have to stay in the mindset that we have done all the planning we can, and we should enjoy our day.
Diana: I’m a very indecisive person, so for me the hardest part about planning the wedding is having to make decisions about what I want. Also, like Mark said seeing the money leave our bank accounts.
Why did you choose your particular wedding and reception venue?
Diana: The venue is absolutely gorgeous. I remember the first time we visited the Vellano and the scenic drive up to the venue. It makes you forget that you’re in the city. The first time we walked into the lobby of Vellano I told Mark, “Wow, this place is so beautiful. I think this is the one.” Wedgewood offers all-inclusive packages that take away the stress of having to find your own vendors which sold me. We booked the venue the very next day. We’ve gone back a few times and I fall in love with the venue every single time.
Where did you draw some of your inspiration from for your wedding day?
Diana: Mark’s been gracious enough to let me take most of the decor decisions. I drew a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram.
Where are you going for the honeymoon and why did you choose that destination?
Mark: Thailand and Philippines. We are so excited!! The resorts there are just so beautiful, and we can’t wait to escape the city and relax. Fun fact, it also so happens to be the countries where our parents are from.
Diana: I’m definitely excited to go on our honeymoon and explore new countries together. My mom is from Thailand, but I’ve never been and Mark’s parents are from the Philippines and he hasn’t been back in over 20 years. Both countries have beautiful beaches and attractions that I want to visit. I also thought it would be nice to visit our parents’ motherlands.
Vendors used for Diana and Mark’s gorgeous Wedgewood Vellano Wedding:
Ceremony, Reception & Caterer: Wedgewood Vellano
Address: 2441 Vellano Club Dr., Chino Hills, CA 91709
Company: Three16 Photography
Company: Events by Floral Sensations
Company: JC Entertainment
Company: Cucamonga Cakery
HAIR & MAKEUP
Company: Christy Yoo Artistry
Company: Illusion Bridal
Brand / Designer:Essence of Australia
Company: Friar Tux
Brand / Designer: Midnight Blue
Company: Capture Photo Booths
Company: Mom’s Mini Donuts