ALYSSA + KEVIN
I just loved being a part of Alyssa and Kevin's Oak Canyon wedding in Anaheim – it was so sweet and full of joy! Rickety Swank and Tustin Florist did such an amazing job styling all of the gorgeous details. Alyssa and Kevin chose to have a mid October wedding, which is a great time of the year to get married here in So Cal -the weather is perfect for an outdoor celebration. All of their closest friends and family where there to watch their intimate ceremony and enjoyed the rest of the evening at The Fifth Rooftop Restaurant at the Grand Legacy Hotel. They had such a dreamy view that overlooked Disneyland, -fireworks and all! It was a truly beautiful day and I was so honored to photograph it!
Ceremony - Oak Canyon Nature Center | Reception - The Fifth at The Grand Legacy Hotel |
Furniture Rentals - Rickety Swank Rentals | Florist - Tustin Florist | Officiant/ day of coordination - Avance Solutions |
Baker - Dolce Bakery | Brides Gown - BHLDN | Grooms suite - Friar Tux Shop
Wedding Color Palette:
Burgundy, blush, ivory, dark blue and gold accents
What adjectives best describe your wedding day?
bliss, excitement, beautiful, whimsical
Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We chose the ceremony venue at Oak Canyon. We love how the trees intertwine and it felt as if we were wrapped in a lace of nature’s beauty. We chose the Fifth rooftop for our dinner venue because the view overlook Disneyland and California Adventure. Disney has always played a role in many memories, including where Kevin asked me to be his girlfriend many years ago. Also, we’re able to see the firework show and the food is delicious!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Purchasing our daughters dress. She was glowing and it made us so excited to see that she felt just as special for the big day too.
Did you create any details yourself?
Yes! We painted most of the gold accents. Shout out to Hobby Lobby for having milk jugs that made gorgeous flower vases! We also sanded and painted the guest book table. Doing little details together was a fun way to enjoy each others time while not getting overwhelmed with wedding planning. :)
How did you incorporate your personality into the wedding?
We’re both kids at heart and love all things love. Pixar’s movie UP happens to be one of our favorite. Ellie and Carol falling in love as kids and growing old together, who doesn’t live this movie? We added accents from the movie as the guest book and cake topper.
What is your wedding song?
Never Stop (wedding version) by Safety Suit
You booked your wedding venue and found all of your dream vendors - now what!?!
Its time to start drafting your wedding day! I love helping my clients create their perfect timeline!
Here are some questions you want to answer before we get started:
1. Do you plan to do a first look? If yes, do you want to document all the wedding party portraits and family formals prior to the ceremony so you can enjoy cocktail hour with your guests?
2. Where will you be getting ready?
3. If you’re not getting ready at the ceremony location, how far are you from the ceremony location?
4. How far is the grooms prep location from the ceremony site?
5. What time is your ceremony and how long will it last?
6. Is your ceremony and reception at the same location? If not, how far apart are they from each other?
7. What time is cocktail hour and reception?
8. Do you want to sneak off after dinner to capture some romantic sunset photos?
Now that you have an idea of what you want captured for your big day, it helps to know how much time is needed document each event:
60 minutes for bride/groom prep photos
30 minutes for bride and groom portraits
30 minutes for wedding party shots
30 minutes for family shots (includes bride & groom's immediate families)
20 minutes - Reception Decor Photos
15 minutes - Ceremony Decor Photos
Don't forget to add in the sweet moments:
10 minutes Grand Entrance
10 minutes First Dance
10 minutes Welcome Toast
50-60 minutes Dinner
15 minutes Toasts
10 minutes Parent dances
5 minutes Cake cutting
10 minutes Bouquet/garter toss
20-30 minutes Photographing Open dancing
Once I have all of the answers, I send my clients a outline of their dream wedding timeline. I strive to make this timeline process as easy and enjoyable as possible. I hope this helps as you plan your big day!
I absolutely loved photographing Brooke + Matt’s beautiful Homestead Oak Glen wedding, as a second shooter for Heather Smith Photography. The color palette, floral arrangements, and lush venue went together perfectly. We were surrounded by sweet little cottages and towering oak trees. The ceremony and reception were celebrated outside in the fresh mountain air. We even saw some deer browsing in the hills. Brooke and Matt were very much in love and they had so much support from their family and friends. It was amazing to witness. These are some of my favorites moments from the day.
KEELEY + RYAN
It's always such an honor when you get to work alongside friends! I had so much photographing Keeley and Ryan's wedding at the beautiful San Diego Botanic Gardens, as a second for Pauline Conway Photography. If you love the lush greens and colorful flowers, this might just be your dream venue! It's definitely worth checking out! Here are some of my favorites from this super sweet and gorgeous couple!!!
Main Photographer | Pauline Conway Photography
Second Photographer | Janelle Marina Photography
That's right, I said SMILE! Sounds easy, but you'd be surprised how difficult it is when hundreds of eyes are staring up at you on the altar! People tend to get tense and try holding in all emotions so they don't burst! But when we hold in a smile, laugh, or even happy tears we tend to make toad faces! Yes. A Toad that looks like he's holding in a burp or fart. Either way, its bad! And are those really the photos that you want to frame on your wall, show off to your friends and family, or hand down to your future kids. Didn't think so.
So instead of trying to hold in your emotions, let them run free! Be in the moment! This is your doggone wedding day, you're about to marry the most amazing person that you've ever met! Let your excitement show! If you feel the urge to smile, laugh, or cry - DO IT! The only way you can ugly cry is when we're trying to hold it in! We make this tight frown and it turns into a stank face with tears. Not cute!
So stare into your grooms eyes... and just SMILE. It can be as big or as soft and sweet as you feel. And just know that if you happen to shed a few tears, you definitely wont be alone. Tears are contagious.
This doesn't just go for when you're up at the altar, it pretty much goes for the whole day! Hey you hired a photographer to follow you around all day, you better like the way you look in those photos, am I right! So remember to feel the moments. When you're getting your gown on and your mama is zipping you up. Your dad walking you down the aisle and hands you off to the new leading man in your life. When you are staring into each others eyes, exchanging vows at the altar. After they pronounce you as husband and wife for the first time and you guys head back down the aisle hand in hand! For your grand entrance and the first dance. During the toasts and the cake cutting. Simply smile.
Ps. If you're a cryer, like me, then load your maid of honor or best man with plenty of tissue.
If you found this helpful then come back next Tuesday for more Tips and Tricks to make the most out of your wedding experience :)
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.