Wedding Recap – Lisa and CJ

The Ray's...could they be a more beautiful couple?

The Ray’s…could they be a more beautiful couple?

The term “non-traditional wedding” means something different to everyone who hears it. Personally, I think it means making your wedding exactly the way you want it…whether that fits in with tradition or not. For Lisa and CJ, it meant choosing a venue that has LITERALLY never been used for a wedding before, “iceing” the groom during a speech, not including a single flower, and taking shots during the ceremony!

All that may sound non-traditional to some (and obviously super fun), but CJ also chose not to see Lisa before she walked down the aisle, they honored their relatives who had passed away in a really lovely way, and they used a cake topper that had been passed down for 3 generations. Because that is what makes a wedding great – a mix of traditions, creating new traditions and staying true to what represents you as a couple.

Thank you so much to the AMAZING Brooke Bakken Photography for sharing these photos- find more here on her blog.

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The ceremony was at the Pier downtown Huntington Beach. There is an ampitheater area that we turned into a wedding venue…and by “turned into” I mean, hustled all the beach-goers outta there and let the perfectly beautiful setting do the rest! It required no decor, and actually lent itself quite well to the occasion.

built in seating! no rentals required :)

built in seating! no rentals required :)

In the front row, Lisa and CJ had framed a few photos of loved one’s that had passed away – it was a beautiful way to include them in the ceremony.

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A shot of fireball whiskey during the ceremony was a fun and special way to make it official.

A shot of fireball whiskey during the ceremony was a fun and special way to make it official.

The wedding attire and decor centered around shades of blue- the bridesmaids wore different shades of the same dress and the guys kept it casual with blue v-neck shirts under their suits.

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Lisa had some specific shots she wanted her photographer to capture…ideas she had found online. If having certain types of photos is important to you, consider creating a shot list for your photogs so you don’t get caught up in the day and forget something important. Check out some of the cute ideas she had….

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The reception was at Sandy’s restaurant at the pier. They wanted a casual, party atmosphere – buffet dinner, buckets of beer on every table, no seating chart, cards and dice at the bar for people to play with – all of these little details made it feel like a party with friends rather than a formal wedding.

They even used a special hashtag so people could post photos that they could find later on!

They even used a special hashtag so people could post photos that they could find later on!

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No flowers- just tons and tons of lanterns with candles! So beautiful.

Lisa’s Lessons Learned:

– Plan, plan and plan – And then know that not everything will go according to that plan. Roll with the punches. And hire Allie! She kept everything on track and trouble shot more than I will ever know.
– Make it yours – Just because something is a tradition, it doesn’t mean you have to do it. Cover what is important to you and your fiance. We had so much fun the day of… I would do it all over again.
– Accept help – You don’t have to do it all on your own. We were very lucky to have a large group of friends and family that offered to help with decorations, set-up – everything!
The cake topper originally from Lisa's grandmother's wedding atop the gorgeous ombre blue cake.

The cake topper originally from Lisa’s grandmother’s wedding atop the gorgeous ombre blue cake.

Plunger cell phone holder favors- they took the plunge :)

Plunger cell phone holder favors- they took the plunge :)

Thank you Lisa and CJ!

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