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Cecilia and Josh’s Chardonnay Golf Club Wedding Photography

August 18, 2015

Cecilia & Josh

Chardonnay Golf Club Wedding Photography

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We first met traveling through work in the spring of 2013. We both enjoyed teaching at a national level for our firm and spent a few weeks together while delivering trainings that summer.

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Even though Josh lived in Detroit and Cecilia is from the Bay Area, we kept in touch via texts and phone calls and got to know each other better.  It didn’t take long for a friendship to blossom.

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Eventually, we started visiting each other with the occasional fun trip to Vegas or Cancun (Josh wanted to escape the tundra for at least a bit…). After each visit, it was harder and harder to say goodbye.

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In April 2014, Josh moved to California and the rest is history!

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That following June, we joined the Brabbins family for a week of relaxing at their cabin in Jasper National Park. Our first morning at Lake Edith, Josh suggested that we go on a hike to the top of Old Fort Pointe.

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We enjoyed a leisurely hike to the top of the mountain and were pleasantly surprised to find two adirondack chairs waiting for us. Before Cecilia could get too comfy though, Josh asked her to stand up so he could point out a mountain far off in the distance.

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When Cecilia turned around, Josh looked into her eyes and touchingly described how much he had enjoyed their last year together as a couple and looked forward to their future, before getting down on his knee and asking Cecilia “will you marry me?”

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When it came to planning our wedding, one thing was certain – we wanted to throw a great party for our family and friends to join us in celebrating our new life together!

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We were blessed to have loved ones not just from all over the US, but Canada, and even the UK join us, so it was only fitting to find a great venue that would make our wedding weekend memorable for all.  For us, that meant a wedding in Napa Valley.

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We fully embraced the vineyard theme in our planning, not just in our burgundy and champagne colors, but also in the rustic pieces we found to display our wedding rings in, hold the cards we received that day, and in the customized whiskey barrel we got!

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We also had fun incorporating our theme in the customized stationery and the escort cards which were wine bottle tags that our guests got to take home as souvenirs.

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It was also important to us to look back on our relationship and how it began.  Our cake topper and table names were a nod to our long-distance beginnings and all the places we had traveled together over the last few years.

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We couldn’t help including pictures of our travels at each table also! In honor of the groom, there were a few different Detroit touches in the grooms cake, the groomsmen socks, and Cecilia’s garter (her something blue) which were all Detroit Tigers themed.

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Our wedding day was everything we imagined and more!

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We chose to exchange cards and gifts before our first look and had some special deliveries take place – the Brabbins sisters brought Josh’s gift to him, while the groomsmen delivered Cecilia’s gift and insisted on a special toast with the bridesmaids before getting into their outfits for the rest of the day.

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Our first look was a very special moment and we enjoyed having time with our family and bridal party before the ceremony, including our adorable flower girls!  It was a good thing too because after the ceremony we were all ready for the reception and dance party that followed.

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Josh and his fraternity brothers upheld tradition and serenaded Cecilia to welcome her into the family – surprisingly that wasn’t the only serenade of the night! The party didn’t stop until it was time for the sparkler exit!

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We couldn’t have asked for a better send-off than to be showered with love and light by our wonderful guests!

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We couldn’t have asked for a better send-off than to be showered with love and light by our wonderful guests!

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Venue: Chardonnay Golf Club

Caterer: Chardonnay Golf Club

Wedding Planner: Noy Mendoza with Chardonnay Golf Club

Cake & Dessert: Leyla Hobbs with Sift Desserts

Hair & Makeup: Annie Lam with The Makeup Movement

Florist: Bryce Loutsch with Vanda Floral Design

DJ: Verducci Entertainment

Stationary:The Inked Leaf

We first met traveling through work in the spring of 2013. We both enjoyed teaching at a national level for our firm and spent a few weeks together while delivering trainings that summer. Even though Josh lived in Detroit and Cecilia is from the Bay Area, we kept in touch via texts and phone calls and got to know each other better.  It didn’t take long for a friendship to blossom. Eventually, we started visiting each other with the occasional fun trip to Vegas or Cancun (Josh wanted to escape the tundra for at least a bit…). After each visit, it was harder and harder to say goodbye. In April 2014, Josh moved to California and the rest is history!
That following June, we joined the Brabbins family for a week of relaxing at their cabin in Jasper National Park. Our first morning at Lake Edith, Josh suggested that we go on a hike to the top of Old Fort Pointe.  We enjoyed a leisurely hike to the top of the mountain and were pleasantly surprised to find two adirondack chairs waiting for us. Cecilia comfortably settled into one of the chairs to take in the beautiful views of the park.  Before she could get too comfy though, Josh asked her to stand up so he could point out a mountain far off in the distance (“Old Man Mountain”).  When Cecilia turned around, Josh looked into her eyes and touchingly described how much he had enjoyed their last year together as a couple and looked forward to their future, before getting down on his knee and asking Cecilia “will you marry me?” Cecilia said “of course!” and after taking some pictures they headed back down to the cabin to celebrate with the family.
When it came to planning our wedding, one thing was certain – we wanted to throw a great party for our family and friends to join us in celebrating our new life together! We were blessed to have loved ones not just from all over the US, but Canada, and even the UK join us, so it was only fitting to find a great venue that would make our wedding weekend memorable for all.  For us, that meant a wedding in Napa Valley.  We were fortunate to find a wonderful venue that had so many things we love – for Josh: golf and an open bar (whiskey, specifically); for Cecilia: vineyards and wine! We fully embraced the vineyard theme in our planning, not just in our burgundy and champagne colors, but also in the rustic pieces we found to display our wedding rings in, hold the cards we received that day, and in the customized whiskey barrel we got! We also had fun incorporating our theme in the customized stationery designed by the talented wife of one of Cecilia’s college friends and the escort cards which were wine bottle tags that our guests got to take home as souvenirs. Everybody loved the chalk signs (particularly the ones at the bar!) and the custom photo booth props.  It was also important to us to look back on our relationship and how it began.  Our cake topper and table names were a nod to our long-distance beginnings and all the places we had traveled together over the last few years. We couldn’t help including pictures of our travels at each table also! In honor of the groom, there were a few different Detroit touches in the grooms cake, the groomsmen socks, and Cecilia’s garter (her something blue) which were all Detroit Tigers themed.
Our wedding day was everything we imagined and more!  We chose to exchange cards and gifts before our first look and had some special deliveries take place – the Brabbins sisters brought Josh’s gift to him, while the groomsmen delivered Cecilia’s gift and insisted on a special toast with the bridesmaids before getting into their outfits for the rest of the day. Our first look was a very special moment and we enjoyed having time with our family and bridal party before the ceremony, including our adorable flower girls!  It was a good thing too because after the ceremony we were all ready for the reception and dance party that followed. Josh and his fraternity brothers upheld tradition and serenaded Cecilia to welcome her into the family – surprisingly that wasn’t the only serenade of the night! The party didn’t stop until it was time for the sparkler exit!  We couldn’t have asked for a better send-off than to be showered with love and light by our wonderful guests!
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