Catherine and Eric are two of the most cool, calm and collected individuals you will ever meet. I am a pretty bubbly and energetic person, but on the wedding day, my brides are always commenting how relaxed they feel around me because I am able to remain calm regardless of any and all circumstances. But Catherine and Eric really take the cake! Even when Catherine realized she had left her grandmother's ring back in the hotel safe just moments before her ceremony at the historic Old Mission Santa Ines, she simply asked me if there might be something I could do about it. Of course, our team was able to get the lovely heirloom in time to have her "something old" for her walk down the aisle (and still remain on schedule!), but even before she had it back in her possession, Catherine was still all smiles. It was so evident that they really had their marriage in mind over the wedding itself and their guests' comfort in mind over their own. Everyone had such a wonderful time and their wedding weekend was truly a celebration of love and family. And by the end of the weekend, we really felt like a part of that special family!
Their semi-destination wedding took place in Solvang, California and it was the perfect backdrop for their culturally-rich and fun-filled wedding. This quirky little town was chosen because they happened to be passing through one day and were so charmed that they decided to get married there! I love that!
None of their guests were local to Solvang, which meant everyone either flew or drove into town. With that in mind, Catherine and Eric hosted nearly all of their wedding guests at their reception dinner since most of them were arriving in town that night before the wedding. The rehearsal dinner was an intimate-feeling fete for over 100 people, held in the romantic Barrel Room at the Firestone Vineyard and catered by Plemmons Catering. Guests dined over amber candlelight, flanked by enormous oak wine casks. The feel of that room is something you have to experience in person! The venue is such a statement in itself that you really don't need much in terms of decor, which can be nice. ;) Here's just a glimpse of that first day, as captured by the super fun and talented Chaz Cruz! Chaz shot Catherine's brother's wedding exactly one year earlier - so you know he's good if a family keeps coming back for more!
Here are some lovely detail shots of the personal flowers for the day - just because I am so in love with them. Camille from Modern Day Design brought to life the vision we had for Catherine and Eric's flowers. Camille and I spent a lot of time going over every detail for these florals and I even mailed her the exact ribbon we wanted to use for wrapping all of our vases and bouquets, which Camille took care of ever so lovingly. I can't wait to do another wedding in the area so that I can work with her again!
If this flower below looks familiar to you - it's because you've seen it on me before! ;) This is actually the floral hair piece that I wore on my wedding day and Catherine couldn't find one that she liked so I loaned her mine as her "something borrowed" - I think it coordinated with her look so well, don't you?
One of my favorite things about Catherine and Eric's wedding was the way that they infused elements of both their Filipino and Chinese traditions without exotifying their cultures in any way, but simply sharing the beauty of their traditions and incorporating them in to the natural flow of their evening festivities. There was seriously never a dull moment for guests!
And finally, I leave you with some amazing photography of this beautiful couple by Chaz Cruz. The beauty of Solvang and this particular tree doesn't hurt either.
Catherine and Eric - you know I love you both so very much and have only the best things to say about you as individuals and as a couple. I know your marriage is going to be unique and joyful and the world will be a better place for it. With all my love... xoxo!!
Photography - Chaz Cruz