Annie and Ryan’s whirlwind romance proves when you know, you know. Annie, a Midwest girl met Ryan, a California boy and just one week after meeting they knew it was forever. Five months later Ryan popped the question and they began planning a dream wedding in Laguna Beach. See how the day unfolded through the lens of Photographer Valentina Gladden.
From the Bride… “My mom would always tell me not to settle… “I know there is someone just for you, somewhere in this country!” Sure enough, Midwest girl meets California boy- in Colorado. Neither of us were expecting to find the person we’d spend the rest of our lives with but God had orchestrated it in His perfect timing. Exactly a week after we met, Ryan told me he was going to marry me someday. Most girls would freak out but I was so giddy! He surprised me with a beautiful proposal just five months later on the cliffs of Del Mar. As a party stylist myself, I dreamed of a fairytale wedding that was light, soft, and romantic.
Nestled on the cliffs of Laguna Beach at the Montage, our wedding was truly magical! The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all took place across the beautiful lawn overlooking the ocean. Our colors were found in blush bridesmaids dresses, light grey suits, gold accents, and lush white and pink floral arrangements. Some of my favorite accents were our delicate ivory and taupe programs tied together with hand-dyed silk ribbon, designed by Written Word Calligraphy (who also designed our invitations). I loved how the romantic silk ribbon was also incorporated into our gorgeous bouquets by Bloomwell & Co. Both moms had their own bouquet, too!
What made our day so beautiful was not just this breathtaking location and all of the beautiful details, but the deep love and emotion for each other we were able to share through our hand written vows and the Gospel message given from our friend, Pastor David Choi, who emphasized the love of Jesus. “We must remember to cling to each other, cling to God, but most importantly, God will always cling to us.”
Photography: Valentina Gladden
DJ and Emcee: DJ Sota Entertainment aka West Coast Wedding DJs
Wedding Planning: Silhouette Event Planning And Design
Floral Design: Bloomwell & Co.
Wedding Venue: Montage Laguna Beach
Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Paper Crown
Hair and Makeup: Kim Vo Salon
Groom’s Attire: Jos A Banks
Bride and Bridesmaids robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Design/Stylist: Annie Miller Styling
Paper gooods and calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy