Lisa & John: Montage Laguna Beach Wedding

Today is an anniversary post! Exactly one year ago, we had the extreme pleasure of celebrating Lisa and John's wedding at Montage Laguna Beach, along with their loved ones who had traveled from all over the world to witness a uniquely moving celebration of love. The international flavor of the day was especially fun, particularly when John's friends from Oxford reflected on his uniquely American take on life and love (watch the film and you'll see what I mean!).

Lisa and John opened their hearts when they recited their vows to each other, and I am still moved to happy tears when I see how adoringly they look at each other. "We are better together and because of each other." These two take such joy in nurturing the spark of love they hold!

I love the timeless feel that comes from real vintage Super 8 footage. Perfect for the classic, romantic style of this wedding.

To be honest, I'm usually more excited about the people and the emotions than I am about the design details of a wedding, but this day was a special case, because Lisa had poured her heart and keen design sense into the calligraphy details that defined the look of the day, and the whimsical flower-and-driftwood centerpieces. The personal touch was really fantastic, and the style was perfect for this sweet seaside celebration. Don't you love the cake table display??

Kudos again to the bride, and to Carolyn at The Special Day for organizing an event with such effortless style! Happy Anniversary, Lisa and John! I know that you have many years of love and laughter ahead, and I hope that you celebrate each and every day.

Soundtrack licensed via The Music Bed
"Watching From the Roof" by Dexter Britain
"Only Human - Instrumental" by Parade of Lights

Event Planning & Design: The Special Day
Photographer: Victor Sizemore
Venue & Caterer: Montage Laguna Beach
Custom Linens/Table Runners: Wildflower LinenMylk & Honey
Floral & Event Design: The Vine’s Leaf
Lighting: G2 Audio & Lighting
Rentals/Decor/Furniture: Chiavari Chair RentalsFound RentalsArchive Events
Hair/Makeup: Kelly Zhang
Stationary: Cherish Paperie
Invitations: Rifle Paper Co.
Officiant: JP Reynolds
Entertainment: Karla Ross ProductionsHey Mister DJ

Kiera Faye

Thalita & Jack: Hard Rock Punta Cana Destination Wedding

How funny that we had to travel all the way to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to meet Thalita and Jack, who live near us in Los Angeles! As soon as I read Jack's story of how he proposed in Palos Verdes, I knew this day was going to be full of laughter and heartfelt emotion. For these two, love isn't just a burning flame, it is a firework!

The Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana was the perfect setting for this celebration of love. The venue itself is luxurious, stylish, and made to party! Even a little rain couldn't dampen everyone's spirits, and merely mingled with the happy tears as Thalita and Jack exchanged vows in a gazebo with an ocean view.

Another incredible day working alongside Katya and Rob of Katya Nova Photography! It was a real treat to wake up with them for the sunrise rock-the-dress portraits on the beach... or more accurately, in the waves! (You all are fierce and fearless!!)

Thalita and Jack, thank you for welcoming us as friends to celebrate with you and document your wedding day! I'm sure that when it comes to your love story, the party is just beginning.

Please leave a comment of congratulations for this adventurous couple! 

Kiera Faye

Soundtrack: "Palos Verdes" by Riley and the Roxies

Cinematographer: The Adventures Of
Photographer: Katya Nova Photography - click here for the photos!
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana




Denise & Hugo: Punta Cana Destination Wedding

The Dominican Republic is as close as I have come to everyone's dream-world tropical paradise. White sand beaches, warm turquoise water, perfect weather, and lots of places to sip drinks on the beach! It was the perfect location for Denise and Hugo to take the next step in their own personal adventure - exchanging vows at Dreams Punta Cana resort.

Denise and Hugo flew from Toronto to celebrate Caribbean-style with their close family and friends. I adore intimate destination weddings - everyone is able to take a vacation from the everyday and really celebrate love! We even got a chance to catch up with the bride and groom the day after their wedding for some portraits at the breathtaking Altos de Chavón near La Romana - a fairytale replica of a 16th century village and amphitheater.

Even with all the beautiful scenery, by far my favorite part of this wedding was the tangible, heartfelt emotion that was shared by everyone present. I often say that I love making people cry. ;) What I really mean: Pledging your forever love is a REALLY BIG DEAL with some very big and beautiful emotions attached to it. I truly love it when those emotions show in tears, smiles, laughter, and vows said in shaky voices. Love is real, love is big, and love is so present here, surrounding Denise and Hugo on this beautiful day.

Another highlight of this wedding was spending time with our dear friends Katya and Rob of Katya Nova Photography! We even got to return to Jellyfish Restaurant - the site of their wedding in 2012 - and experience the great food and "Crazy Hour" entertainment together! We had lots of adventures with Katya and Rob on this trip to the DR - keep an eye on the blog for more coming soon. ;)

Denise and Hugo, we loved every minute with you and  your loved ones. It was such a joy to celebrate with you, and we wish you every joy and blessing as you continue your adventures together! 


What do you think of this tropical destination wedding? If you could get married anywhere on Earth, where would it be? Leave a comment!

Kiera Faye

"Lake Yarina - Instrumental" by Josh Garrels
"Axe Baba" by D.V.S

Cinematographer: The Adventures Of
Photographr: Katya Nova Photography - click here for the photos!
Ceremony Venue: Dreams Punta Cana
Florist: Caribbean Celebrations
Reception Venue and Entertainment: Jellyfish Restaurant
Officiant: Rick York