Our Wedding at Wayfarers Chapel

The day Trav and I got married was the absolute best day of our lives.  It was so beautiful and we still can’t help but smile at each other every time we talk about it.  The day flew by really fast but two moments are frozen in time perfectly in my memory.  The first being the first time we saw each other that day.  It was almost like an overwhelming feeling that everything had brought me right there to that moment with him.  Every day, every trial, every joy, every tear, every smile, every heartbreak, every adventure, every less-than-great decision, every single step I had ever taken had led me right there, to that moment with him on our wedding day.  Nothing else that seemed so important actually mattered anymore.  There was no anxiety about who was looking at us, and it didn’t matter what color the flowers were, because him and I were about to begin the next chapter of our lives – the best one yet.

The second moment was when we were placing our wedding rings on each others fingers.  I just remember looking into his tear-filled eyes as he smiled down at me with the most incredible expression and truly feeling like I was the most loved soul on this Earth.  If there is one thing our marriage has taught me that I would want to share with others, it’s that God must truly and deeply love us.  If Travis can love me THIS much – then God’s love is simply unimaginable.  So when I’m asked if I have any regrets in my life the answer is always never.  Not a single one.  Because I love him more than I thought was even possible.  He is the perfect man for me and God was the one who led me here and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Okay, so now what you are really looking at this post for – the pictures!  I will also put all of the event details at the very bottom of this post.  P.S. There are a lot of photos so it may take a minute to load depending on your internet speed.  Enjoy!

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Wayfarers Chapel was recommended to me by my aunt.  As soon as Trav and I went to it, we fell in love with the space.  I loved the trees and especially the glass chapel.  It had kind of a “Lord of the Rings” vibe to me which I was all about.  If you research on it you will see the #1 complaint is that you feel rushed (which is true – you only get 2 hours and not a minute more) but it was completely worth it.

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That moment I was talking about.  Absolute perfection.

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Heathie and Harlow were both very upset that they couldn’t walk down to the water to look at the fishies.  Poor sweet, babies – they both looked so darn cute despite the tears.

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Yes, there is a couple taking a selfie with me walking down the aisle as their background.  I guess they couldn’t wait a minute lol – I would love to see that photo/caption. 

Also, you’ll see below that we had a very small wedding.  The chapel could hold 100, I believe, but the reception venue could only hold 50 at night (daytime you can rent the whole restaurant though) so we invited 48 exactly – I’m not a rule breaker.  There was definitely people we would have invited if we could have but in the end having a more intimate wedding was very nice, especially because I was anxious to have all eyes on me. The day of it didn’t affect me though because all I was focused on was marrying Trav.

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Let’s just take a moment to appreciate my brother Cameron’s wild hair.

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My incredible parents.  I am so beyond grateful for everything they did to make our wedding day one that we loved. Doesn’t my mom look so beautiful? 

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My wonderful in-laws.  So thankful for the man they raised and how they have welcomed me into their family.

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Also, in case anybody out there wasn’t to know the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom dresses are both Tadashi Shoji.  My mom’s is a BHLDN exclusive I believe.

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So handsome. 

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The lighting here is beyond dreamy.  Laura did such an amazing job bringing out the light and color despite there being shadows.  See below for the link to her site!

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So the photo above and below aren’t the greatest.  My photographer told me that these two shots would be iffy when I requested them, but I’m glad we did them anyway because the venue was so beautiful.  P.S. Laura of Beautiful Day was amazinggg.  See below for the link to her website.  She has special rates for Wayfarers Chapel too because she is local.

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We had a much harder time deciding on the reception venue than we did picking out the ceremony location.  Wayfarers Chapel is actually located in Rancho Palos Verdes, and of the few possible reception venues that were nearby, they were just too outrageously expensive (but beyond beautiful if you have an unlimited budget).  I didn’t want to put my dad out too much 😂 so the 20 minute drive to Redondo Beach was definitely worth it.  I’m glad we picked Chart House – it was separated from the restaurant enough that it was still private and intimate.  The planner there was really helpful, the views were beautiful and the food was good.  What more could you need?

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16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”  Ruth 1:16-17

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Here are some more pictures of our guests (I wish I had more!) and all the venue, dress and decor details are down below.  If you are planning a wedding are interested in something I didn’t link below, just leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond asap. 

 

The Details: Vendors & Decor

Ceremony Venue: Wayfarers Chapel // Reception Venue: Chart House Redondo Beach // Photography: Beautiful Day Photography // Invitations: Minted // Floral Design: Flowers by Laurel // Wedding Cake: Sweet & Saucy Cake Shop (Long Beach Location) // Hair & Make-Up: Flawless Faces // Wedding Dress: Galina Signature x David’s Bridal // Shoes:  Badgley Mischka // Suits: The Black Tux //  Flower Girl Dress: Nordstrom // Candle sticks, Square Candle Holders, Card Holder, Blush Champagne Flutes, Place Cards, Votives, Wedding Cake Serving Set: BHLDN // Compotes, Votives: Save On Crafts // Votives: Hobby Lobby // Vintage Plate Chargers (Champagne Color): Amazon – Koyol Wholesale

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