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Wedding Chicks Feature. We couldn’t be more excited to share with you that Paul and Rachel’s wedding has been featured on Wedding Chicks, a stylish wedding blog with wedding inspiration, wedding ideas, for the modern bride!
From Amy & Jordan: We’d been looking forward to Rachel and Paul’s McCormick Home Ranch wedding for as long as we can remember; and, for so many reasons, we know it’s one that we’ll never forget. Rachel is the daughter half of a dynamic Gilmore Girls-esque mother-daughter wedding photography team from Monterey, California. She and her mom, Laura, attended one of our first photography workshops two years ago in our hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, and now they’re running a successful business themselves.
“DIY What You Love, Hire Professionals for the Rest”
From the bride: My now husband and I have both worked in the wedding industry so we knew pretty much everything we were getting ourselves into. We are firm believers in hiring professionals to do their job and not taking on too many DIY projects, after all, that’s what we’ve all told our clients before. We did keep some projects to ourselves though. My husband handmade the Monogrammed Wall (besides the actual monogram) and also the Place Seating Wall with shelves as well, but he genuinely likes building things so those were fun projects we designed and built together.
“Include Your Pups”
We wanted to involve our two dogs in the wedding because dogs are super important to us so I got these big floral wreaths for them to wear around their neck. The German Shepherd would not have it (as I kind of expected), but instead of throwing a fit or breaking down, all that was important to me was that I got good pictures of them with the floral wreaths on and I did!
“Wedding Insurance: Yay or Nay?”
Get wedding insurance. I know it costs more money, and you don’t physically get something, and it just feels like not a necessity because you’re paying so much money for everything else, but we can’t stress how important it is. We got it right away especially with planning a wedding that was going to be all outdoors, and as much as it hurt to feel like we were paying for nothing, you get so much peace of mind from it. Why spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on one single day and not buy an insurance plan that could be a couple hundred up front, but could save you from losing thousands and thousands more?
Do a first look! I know all too well about the tradition where you see each other walk down the aisle for the first time, but hands down I would tell every couple to do a first look. Having a moment together before all the guests arrive to see each other, talk, cry, pray, whatever it is, SO WORTH IT. Plus, it’s huge stress reliever and one of the only private times you’ll get together throughout the entire day.
Many thanks to this amazing creative team who brought this wedding together…
Coordination :: A Sparkling Event
Venue :: McCormick Home Ranch
Photographers :: Amy & Jordan
Wedding Dress Designer :: Anne Barge from Kinsley James Bridal Couture
Bridal Shoes :: Badgley Mischka
Getaway Dress :: YuNuo
Grooms & Groomsmen Apparel :: Calvin Klein
Tie Bars :: Angel Shop
Groom’s Cufflinks :: Honey Bear
Groom & Groomsmen Socks :: My Socks
Brides Morning Apparel :: Sincerely Sofi Designs
MOB Morning Apparel :: Nela and Company
Bridesmaids Morning Apparel :: Boohoo
Junior Bridesmaid Morning Apparel :: Forever 21
Bridesmaids Dresses :: Watters
Invitation Suite :: Shine Wedding Invitations
Save the Date :: Miss Design Berry Inc
Calligraphy :: A Crafting Casa
Hair :: Kelsey Sanchez of MUAH Makeup & Hair
Makeup :: MUAH Makeup & Hair
Floral Designer :: Floral Design by Reina
Jeweler :: Fire & Brilliance
Jeweler :: EMBR
Bridal Clutch :: S Embroidered Boutique
Bridesmaids Shawls :: Hayden Harlow
Rentals :: Red Door Events
Coffee Bar :: Cappuccino Man
Monogram Wall Letters :: Wedding Craft Shop
Artist :: Jess Velarde
Dessert Bar Rentals :: Flores De Papel by Angie
Linens :: La Tavola
DJ :: 831 DJ
Soloist :: Rene Velarde
Catering :: DJ’s California Catering
Cakes :: Sugar Lab Bake Shop
Pastries :: Coming Home Personal Chef
Car :: Classy Chassis Rentals