Sweet Ice Cream Parlor Engagement Session in California

This engagement session is so sweet; no pun intended. Captured by Ashley Tingley Photography, Sara and Everson began their summer engagement session at an ice cream parlor, one of their favorite date locations in downtown Pasadena, California. I love this couple’s style, from Everson’s dapper bow tie and suspenders to Sara’s bold black and white striped dress!

All images by Ashley Tingley Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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Festive Winter Elopement in Chicago

I always love the simplicity and relaxed atmosphere of elopements! Captured by Emily Alt Photography, Gretchen and Tom were married in a super intimate ceremony right before Christmas at the Chicago Cultural Center. Getting married at the Cultural Center is a once a month opportunity, with a number of couples exchanging vows and clapping for one another as they walk down the aisle. Gretchen wore a beautiful, short black lace dress and carried a pearl encrusted clutch; a perfect look for a wedding just before the holidays. I adore the festive atmosphere of this lovely winter wedding!

A few words from the bride:

We were introduced by a mutual friend in college and became friends. After graduation we ended up working for the same company and living in the same apartment complex. One thing lead to another and we started dating. Everyone that knew us sighed and said, “Finally!”. Tom says that he always knew.

Our inspiration was something fun, relaxed and easy. We wanted something that we both felt comfortable with everything. Our wedding came together in three weeks, after we threw our hands up in frustration at six months of planning with no progess. By that point we just wanted to be married! So simple was in, anything complicated was out. If it was easy and we wanted to do it, we did it. Otherwise, it didn’t happen. And that was okay. And it resulted in a fantastic, stress-free day that both of us cherish.

Our biggest lessons learned: trust yourself and your partner first. Lean on each other, you’re setting up the precedent for your marrige both in how you interate with each other and how you interate with the families you were born into.

Be kind but firm, if something really and truly matters to you – do it.

Photographer: Emily Alt Photography // Ceremony Venue: Chicago Cultural Center // Reception Venue: The Rosebud Prime // Bridal Gown Designer: Eliza J // Bridal Gown Store: Nordstrom // Bridal Shoes: J. Renee Lilliana Pump // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: DIY by Maid of Honor // Jewelry Designer: Moriarty’s Gem Art // Floral Designer: Bryan Florist // Lunch Reception: The Italian Village // All images by Emily Alt Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Breathtaking Destination Wedding in California

I wish I could transport myself to today’s wedding location right now. It looks so gorgeous and relaxing! Captured by Sara Jordan Photography, Jamie and Jack were married in an intimate ceremony overlooking the ocean in Del Mar, California. The couple lives in Oklahoma, but wanted a destination wedding in Southern California. A boutique hotel served as the perfect backdrop for this exquisitely simple and elegant affair!

A few words from the bride:

Jack and I both knew we wanted a destination wedding and we love Southern California. We wanted a classic, elegant, chic, and intimate wedding. We found this venue to suit us perfectly and all of our guests loved it as well. We also love the water and sailing so we thought a sunset cruise would be the perfect way to end the day and start our new adventure together. We wanted everyone to have a great time in celebrating our new lives together.

Photographer: Sara Jordan Photography // Ceremony + Reception Venue: L’Auberge Resort and Spa-Pacific Terrace // Catering: L’Auberge Resort // Bridal Gown Store: The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus // Bridal Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson Knot // Jewelry Designer: Memoire from Naifeh Fine Jewelry // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: David’s Bridal // Groom’s Attire: Tony Bowls Tuxedo // Groomsmen’s Attire: Tony Bowls Tuxedo // Cake Designer: Bouchée // Floral Designer: InStyle Event Planning // Makeup Artist: Keely Marie // Hair Stylist: Haim Salon // Invitation Designer: The American Wedding // Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Galloway // Officiant: Rich Powers // Sunset Cruise: Adventuress Catamaran Sailing // All images by Sara Jordan Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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