Reader, I Married Him Part 2 - Wedding Photos
My wedding photos arrived and in my state of “bedridden-ness” from the flu, I was able to muster up just enough strength to utter a cry of joy on receiving them. I look back on 2017 and realize I am blessed beyond measure. BEYOND measure. Today, a “memory” popped up on Facebook from several years ago. It was a post I had written about how I was sitting in such a dark place and that the few years prior were such hard years to get through, but that God had been faithful nonetheless. As you look through my wedding photos, I urge you to look through them in light of the darkness I had walked out of and in view of God’s complete grace and mercy, because all of this is so undeserved. To my Church, to my family, my closest friends, and to those who follow my blog and send positivity from afar and who care about what’s going on in my life or what I have to say, thank you for walking me through my wilderness, my Red Sea, and my Jericho. You are so loved.
Now, let’s get to these photos, shall we?
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Jorge & Sarah Macias
VENUE: Europa Village Winery, Temecula, CA
EUROPA VILLAGE ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Yesika Lavyn-Grose
FLOWERS/DECOR: Stephanie Vasquez
My vision was to have a classic, clean, fresh and SIMPLE look. Less is more, in my case. I wanted to look at my wedding photos 20 years from now and not be put off by a single color or two and feel like it was only beautiful for that time. Two-color motifs and having an “accent color” seemed outdated to me and just isn’t my style anyway, so instead, I opted for a Neutral Palette: blushes, taupes, shades of beige, shades of gray, "oak", mild greenery, etc. I shared this vision with Stephanie and she knew what “neutral palette” meant: lots and lots and lots of eucalyptus (as they have a shade of gray in their leaves depending on the angle of the lighting), and flowers that weren’t too bright. I let Stephanie do her thing, and she worked her magic.
HAIR: Ryan Reed
MAKE-UP: Nicole England
I remember our First Look being very quiet and anticipatory. Yes, I was excited, but mostly, I could just feel the sacredness weighing very heavy in the atmosphere. We decided to do a First Look so that the 3 of us (and Bear) could share a very intimate moment together before guests arrived. We drove to the venue as a couple with my daughter——but that after the wedding, we would leave as a FAMILY. Our First Look was a very emotional experience and I'm glad Jorge & Sarah captured the essence of how sacred it palpably felt to all of us.
SINGERS: sister Rachel, and my worship pastor, Trevor Kelso
Officiant: Joshua Harrison
Ross and I opted not to have a wedding party with bridesmaids and groomsmen. Rather, we decided to honor both of our parents for their successful and GENUINELY HAPPY marriages...marriages grounded in real Faith, Love, Loyalty, Trust, Forgiveness, Respect, and Love—- everything Ross and I want to incorporate in our own marriage.
DEEJAY & ANNOUNCER: Trevor Kelso
There were details in this wedding that I found too trivial to pay attention to: like favors. I didn’t have any for my guests. They’re a waste and found them unnecessary. I didn’t have candles at the altar, or ceremony programs, etc. My “details” were all in the symbolism, and historical data. You know I’m a nerd. What did you expect??! Haha. But in all seriousness, I wanted my version of the details—-like the songs I chose to be sung, why I chose long banquet tables, or why Ross and I decided that he would walk down the aisle, too—-to stand out because they meant so much to Ross and me.
I hope you enjoyed what you saw. Thank you for following our love story.
With so much love, affection, and gratitude:
Ross & Guada Chadderdon