Javier + Kari's Avenue of the Arts & Vintage Rose Wedding
Javier & Kari's wedding is one that we have been looking forward to with great anticipation! Kari and I (Tasha) have been friends for years, and when she asked us to capture their big day, we leapt at the chance. After spending the day with them shooting engagement photos back in January, we knew that photographing their wedding would be something special.
Our day started with the radiant bride...
While her makeup artist put on the finishing touches, we started capturing the sweet details.
With anticipation building, Kari shared some special moments with her mom and her sisters, as they got her ready to go and meet her groom!
Javier and Kari chose a special spot at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel to have their first look.
The two shared many brunches at the Silver Trumpet Restaurant, and enjoyed many leisurely walks around the picturesque grounds throughout the course of their relationship, but today, it was the setting for the big reveal.
They both burst with excitement as they saw each other, all of the stress of the day melting away as they were reminded of what all this was about: they were on their way to get married!
Javier and Kari chose to surround themselves with a small group of their siblings and closest friends on this very special day!
Kari and Javier met on the online dating app, Coffee meets Bagel. Kari spent a whopping three days in the online dating scene before finding Javier, and kissing the app goodbye.
When they first met for coffee, they clicked instantly ended up talking for hours. It was the most comfortable and easy first date that either of them had ever been on, and they never wanted it to end.
They could tell very quickly that this thing that they had was something very special.
Javier was drawn to Kari's beautiful blue eyes, her caring nature and her intelligence.
Kari was captivated immediately by Javier's smile, his thoughtfulness and his sense of humor.
From the Avenue of the Arts, we headed to their gorgeous venue in Orange: The Vintage Rose.
Javier's father welcomed the guests to the ceremony, and shared from his heart about the meaning of marriage and his love for his son and daughter-in-law to be.
Kari's father officiated the beautiful wedding with a ceremony so sweet and personal that it brought tears to many eyes.
Javier and Kari were no longer two, but one!
The ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all took place at the Vintage Rose, and we had so much fun exploring all this venue had to offer.
The elegant rustic style suited the couple so well, and the eclectic decor made it so much fun to photograph!
With the tables set for the banquet...
The crowd welcomed the new Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez with cheers of excitement...
and looked on as the two shared an incredibly romantic first dance.
We had the privilege of whisking the happy couple away for another round of photographs while the guests enjoyed the reception.
It is such a sweet thing to spend time around two people who so clearly enjoy each other's company.
I mean, come on! How cute are they?!
We had such a great time spending the day with these two and their amazing friends and family!