What is more romantic than a proposal by burried treasure? Yes folks, Dylan built Michaela a treasure chest, burried it on Pudding Creek Beach and took her on a treasure hunt. He even orchestrated a photographer (sadly I did not know the beautiful couple at that time) for the day along with a videography crew. I mean, Dylan is what you would call a true romantic. After hearing the proposal story, I was not surprised by the labor of love that went into their wedding day.
Our morning started off at Mendocino Baptist Church. The hustle and bustle of wedding day preparations was alive in the sancuatary. Everyone was excited and happy to see each other. Alan Reaves would officiate the wedding ceremony. He was alive with excitement for this young couple who he had watched grow in their love for each other.
Cyprus Gove is a very beautiful location for a wedding. February did not provide the most pleasant weather. Despite that, the ceremony was beautiful.
It was a tad blustery out at Cyprus Grove for bridals, so we headed over to the Mendocino Hotel and captured the love between these two wonderful newlyweds there.
Even more refreshing than the romance was this couples love for the Lord and their devotion to keeping each-other pure prior to marriage. Yesterday, Cameron and I got to witness their Very. First Kiss. EVER. Some may say that it’s old-fashioned, unheard of, not possible, but for Dylan and Michaela, it is true. I will never forget the excitement in the preachers voice as he introduced them as husband and wife. I don’t think anyone will ever forget Dylan twirling Michaela in the air as they celebrated their union. The day was so special. It was an honor and a privilege to be invited to share it with them.
I had the pleasure of attending church services with Dylan’s family when I was a child. I also was one of his father’s students in Junior High School. So for me, it was like watching old friends celebrate a joyous union. Siblings were on hand to make the event even great. One of my favorite photos from the day is of Dylan and Michaela surrounded by Dylan’s Brothers and their wives. They wanted a photo together welcoming their “newest” sister to the family.
Desserts were prepared by family and friends for the dessert table. Just another example of the love that was put into this special day.
Karina’s Catering prepared a family style meal. Paella is Karina’s specialty and it was amazing. She prepared it out on the back deck of the reception hall. We had the opportunity to take some photos. It was one of the most beautiful dishes either one of us has seen.
Flowers were provided by Susy Kitaharah of The Garden Cart. Michaela wanted something like wild flowers. I had the opportunity to speak with Susy for one fleeting second at the ceremony, she was so concerned about whether the boutonnieres were going to be the right color. She chose green rose buds and they were PERFECT!