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Classic Wedding Renaissance Indian Wells, CA | Ruben & Olivia

A Classic Wedding at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Ruben & Olivia are married! What a beautiful classic wedding this was! From their Catholic ceremony at Sacred Heart Church to their amazing ballroom reception at the Renaissance Indian Wells, this is a romantic stylish fall wedding to remember.

There were so many beautiful wedding day details and heartfelt moments. One in particular, was the classic car they drove away in. The car was a gift from Olivia’s Father.  Like any great father, he knew that his daughter really wanted to drive away in a cute classic Minor 100, and he found one!

Throughout the wedding day, joy beamed from Ruben & Olivia. The great thing about being a photographer who shoots in a photojournalistic style, is that we get to see history unveil itself. Moment by moment, as we look through our lens we catch those little glances with the eyes, or soft touches, sweet hand holding and above all their true love. It’s amazing, and their classic wedding was nothing short of awesome!

I asked our lovely couple to give us a glimpse into their relationship and to tell us one of their favorite wedding moments, read their sweet thoughts below.

Wedding Moments from the Bride & Groom

“After dating for several years, Ruben finally proposed during a family vacation in Los Cabos, Mexico. The fateful day began with family photos on the beach. When it was our turn to take a couple’s photo Ruben knelt down and proposed to me right on the water! It was truly an amazing feeling as it was such an incredible surprise. Ruben has always been great at keeping surprises from me.
Soon thereafter, the arduous wedding planning began. As a little girl I always wanted a beautiful wedding but most importantly I always wanted my “principe azul” (prince charming). I am so lucky to have married my best friend and soul mate. Since day one we have had such a beautiful relationship making this moment much more special. My favorite things about Ruben are that he is always so thoughtful, loving and caring.
Additionally, he motivates me to be a better person, supports me 100% and always pays attention to the little things. For instance, when we were in Cabo, I found this beautiful watch that I fell in love with. Ruben convinced me to not buy it, yet little did I know he would later surprise me with the watch as he gave it to me for my birthday, making my gift so much more special.
My favorite part of my wedding was marrying the love of my life and seeing how many friends and family traveled from afar just to be with us. Our guests came from places such as Northern California, Texas, Tehachapi and Mexico, just to name a few. It was such an amazing feeling to walk into our reception and be joined by the people who have loved and supported us throughout the years. It was truly one of the best days of my life”.  ~ Olivia

“What can I say, our love story has been so amazing it can only be compared to a Hollywood tale. The day I met Olivia I knew she was the one. Several years later, we stood on the altar hand in hand and were joined together by the communion of marriage. Marrying the woman of my dreams has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Olivia has an unfettering charisma about her that intensely draws you close. She is beautiful and gentle, yet her love and humility is large is stature. Her smile can light up any room and SHE holds the key to my heart. One fond memory from our wedding was our first dance. It seemed to have brought everything together as we gazed into each other’s eyes and danced as one before our friends, families and loved ones. It was as if we were stuck in time and did not want the moment to end. Moments like that will always bring cheer and joy into my heart.” ~ Ruben

If those perfect moments don’t get your heart melting, I know their Classic Wedding photos will!

Enjoy the scroll friends!

 

And if you’re wondering how many people we can fit in a photo…well, about this many lol!

 

Congratulations Ruben & Olivia!

We absolutely loved being your wedding photographers

and wish you many years of love and happiness! ~ Erica & Brock

Creative Team:

Photographer: Erica Mendenhall Photography | Florist: Arrangements Floral & Party Design | Wedding Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church | Wedding Reception: Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa | Wedding Cake: Exquisite Desserts | Wedding Dress: Bellasposa Bridal , Designer: Martina Liana | Groom’s Tux: 3MenSuits129.com | Bridesmaids Dresses: Morilee by Madeline Gardner | Hair & Makeup Artist: Ana Karen | DJ: DJ Leaf | Videographer: E&M Video

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Romantic Fall Wedding | Big Bear Wedding | Neil and McKenna

Neil and McKenna
Big Bear Wedding | Private Estate

When McKenna told us that her wedding was going to be at her Aunt’s private home, which had been a dream of hers since she was a young girl I could clearly see why once we arrived. This Big Bear wedding was stunning! Lush trees, mountain views, family and friends surrounded Neil and McKenna as they exchanged their wedding vows on a beautiful fall day.

Their wedding was filled with so many unique elements. From heirloom pearls, great grandmother’s wedding dress hanger, to the heart ring McKenna’s father had given to her many years ago…the Bride and Groom reading sweet letters from each other and one of my very favorite moments… a gift from McKenna’s Grandmother. A beautiful tradition in their family, which is gifting her Granddaughters with their own gorgeous pearl necklace. (yes, you can “awe,” because I sure did!)

Together we planned so many special little moments to capture before the ceremony even began, it was absolutely lovely! Of course, the bridesmaids reveal along with the father-daughter reveal were a few other heartfelt moments we all cherished.

Sometimes, you just know when the other person is “the one”, and seeing the love between Neil and McKenna was like a fairytale, we couldn’t have written their story any better.

From the Bride:

I asked McKenna to give us a little insight about the two of them and share with us their favorite wedding day moments; here is what she said,

“Neil and I met when I was 15, he moved to my hometown and transferred to school when I was a sophomore. We were in the same friend group all throughout high school but didn’t start talking until he graduated and moved to California with my brother, lol. We started dating “officially” July 20th, 2013! Our first date was to The Great Gatsby in theaters. That’s why our first dance was “Young and Beautiful” we both still watch that movie over and over!

My favorite part about the wedding was watching everyone from my Aunts room, our families worked so hard to make everything perfect for us. And it was!
Also the flowers were AMAZING! Our florist worked so hard on the arch piece for me to make it exactly how I wanted and I didn’t even notice it when I was walking down the aisle, only until after during pictures did I notice how beautiful it really was.
One of my favorite moments was my dad’s first look when he saw me. He had to make jokes the entire time during our father/daughter dance because he had to occupy himself or he was going to cry.”

 Neil’s favorite wedding moment…their first dance!

 

Take a look at their amazing Big Bear Wedding day friends, so much love all around!

 

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Delicate wedding details…Bride’s Dress and adorable flower girl dress.

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Wedding day details, you can never go wrong with a Miss Dior and Diamond Rings!

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The Sapphire Bracelet given to the Bride by her Father during the Father-Daughter Reveal

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When you’re wedding sash is named “Kenna” and your name is McKenna…it’s a sure sign you have to have it!

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Bride’s Wedding Shoes

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Letter written to the Groom from the Bride

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Grandmother’s gift… Pearl Necklace!

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All the fun with these Bridesmaids!

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Neil reading his letter from McKenna before the wedding

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These first dance images with the Bride and Groom couldn’t be any more perfect! So in love!

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Wedding Cake!

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Congratulations Neil and McKenna! May your marriage be blessed with love, joy and happiness for years to come! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a beautiful day!

Creative Wedding Vendors:

Erica Mendenhall Photography | Apple Valley Florist | Musical Phunktions DJs | Buttercup Catering |MUA: Tiana Rae Artistry | Hair: Jaimee Romney Smith| Wedding Dress: Anna be Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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