Tiana and Brandon were wed in a gorgeous Southern California wedding ceremony that perfectly coincided with the Harvest Moon suspended overhead. They included as many aspects as possible from their everyday lives into their ceremony, from Brandon’s love for finding the perfect song, to Tiana’s family home and her love for welcoming guests with an amazing meal. Belathée Photography’s stunning images illustrate the whole sweet, memorable day to perfection!
From Bride Tiana: From the moment Brandon and I became engaged, I knew I wanted to get married under a Harvest Moon. We were married at my Dads house in Lafayette, an Italian-inspired villa atop a hill. We worked hard to make the night a beautiful celebration that was unforgettable but relaxing too. We started with the rustic and homey feel of the house my father built, and added in some modern floral arrangements and an amazing Asian-inspired menu. Some of our favorite components of the wedding we designed were our cake by Katrina Rozelle, beautiful stationery from Bella Figura, and great music for Brandon, who lives his life to a soundtrack I think!
When I was dress shopping, I fell in love with two dresses…a gorgeous Sarah Seven, and Diana by Vera Wang. I ended up wearing the short, strapless Sarah Seven to our rehearsal, and the Vera Wang to the wedding. I wore my husbands baptism ring on a simple gold chain – his mom had worn all of her childrens baptism rings on one chain and given me Brandons when we became engaged.
I think the first dance was the first time I took a real breath – and then as soon as I breathed him in – I felt like I had come home…after a really long trip or something. And dancing with my dad to Butterfly Kisses was something so sweet – even though I had imagined it all before.
I loved the classical mash-up my violist came up with that featured Ave Maria. When I arrived at the altar, by brother began the ceremony with two awesome words – Hakuna Matata! I couldnt have asked for a better officiant. Another favorite part of the night was swaying to Journeys The City with sparklers as the sun set.
Our biggest success? People are still commenting on how much fun they had. Thats how we know that all the hard work my Dad and friends and family put in really made the difference. We worked tirelessly to put personal touches throughout the wedding. From the wine bottle chandeliers to the landscaping and the wedding and ceremony spots – it truly was a group effort. Everything felt like organized chaos – and gave us such a great feeling of success when the wedding day finally arrived.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Belathée Photography
Event Planner: Helen Lau
Venue: Brides Family Home
Invitation Designer: Bella Figura
Catering: Chefs Philip Yang and Sam Castro from Sasa Restaurant
Florist: Mi Piaci Florist
Cake: Katrina Rozelle
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Diana
Bridesmaids Apparel & Accessories: Rock & Republic; Cynthia Steffe; H&M
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Suits – Alfani Suits; Shoes – Converse All Stars
Hair & Make-up: Hair – Kimberly Prado, Rain Tigi Salon Makeup – Jennifer Riley
DJ: Felix Hwang – Blue Edge Pro
Live Music: Su Bucingnani – Golden Gate Music; Patricio Angulo and The Sonando Project
Entertainment: Fire Dancers – Krissy Humphries
Favors: Sabores del Sur Peruvian Alfajores
Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Rings: #1 Diamond Source
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