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Melanie and Paul celebrated their wedding in the beautiful garden at the Heritage Museum in Orange County, California. Photography provided by Theresa Bridget Photography and video provided by Life Through The Glass.

How did you meet?

Well, this is a bit of a unique situation actually! Paul and I actually met for the first time at my high school graduation very briefly because I went to high school with two of his cousins. So that is technically when and how we first met but we didn’t think much of it at the time. I continued to stay in touch with his cousins, who are two of my closest friends, and we eventually met again several years later. We were good friends for about a year and then began dating. Our first go at dating ended up not working out because neither of us was quite ready for a relationship. After breaking up, we stayed in touch and hung out on and off until 7 years ago when we started dating again exclusively! After 6 years, we got engaged and then married a year later after quite a long journey!

How long did you plan the wedding after the proposal?

I gave myself a year to plan the wedding but I think wedding planning really started about 10 months prior to the wedding.

The top 3 challenges/difficulties of planning the wedding.

1. The major challenge I had was not knowing everything that I needed to plan for and think of for the wedding
2. Staying within our budget
3. Confirming all of the RSVP’s and making the seating chart!

The top 3 most fun/easiest parts of planning the wedding.

1. Choosing the music playlist
2. Going dress shopping with my bridesmaids
3. Writing our vows

What fun/unique feature of your wedding made you the proudest?

I think I personally was most proud of how beautiful the wedding came together. I stressed out so much over so many little things about the decor and I was so worried about how it would turn out because I had ABSOLUTELY no idea what I was doing. I am so proud of how it turned out! I know I’m only supposed to pick one, but I’m also very happy that every single person who talked to us about our wedding said they thought it was beautiful and that they had so much fun. I think it was most important to me that people had fun and had good memories at our wedding!

If you had it to do over, what would you change, add or do differently?

If I could do it differently I would have added an hour to our reception because we had so many activities packed (photo booth, video montage, dancing, etc) that I did not have time to eat (or at least I was too distracted to eat which is partly my fault!) and I hardly took any photo booth pictures! Since we had a big wedding I would have also liked to have more time to socialize with guests. Other than that, if I did our wedding again I would have stressed less about the way things look and certain unnecessary details that no one even noticed. It is very easy to get “sucked in” to believing you have to do things a certain way because vendors or others you talk to will insist that you should. I think it is important to trust your gut and realize that everyone is going to have an opinion. Not everyone is going to agree or like your decisions but it’s not their day, its YOURS!

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Credit to these vendors/services
Caterers Country Garden Caterers
DJ/Disc Jockey Jaimee From Edge Entertainment
Floral/florist Melanie from Bella Blooms
Formal Wear Friar Tux
Gowns Sincerity Bridal
Gowns Maid of honor Dresses: David's bridal
Hair/Makeup Miriam from Hairroin Salon in Los Angeles
Linens Country Garden Caterers
Officiants Manuel Tafoya Jr.
Photo Booths Cheers to You Photo booth
Rentals CGC & Purple Iris Events