Rustic Turquoise California Wedding from Mirelle Carmichael Photography

One of my very favorite things about the wedding you are about to see is the brilliant pops of turquoise seen throughout the details of the day. The peachy cream roses of the centerpieces and bouquets are offset by chocolate hydrangeas and surrounded by turquoise alstroemerias. The bridesmaid dresses, the vests and ties of the groom and groomsmen, the cake, custom soda pop bottles, and many other details… all turquoise! And let me tell you something, it ROCKS! The colors, the love between the bride and groom, the sparkles on the bride’s wedding dress and shoes, all brilliantly captured by Mirelle Carmichael Photography!

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Jesse and Colleen first met at a barbecue through mutual friends. Colleen thought he was just another “one of the guys” but very attractive with his piercings and tattoos. Jesse was bummed that Colleen wasn’t exactly single at the time. They stayed in touch though, and soon began courting each other a couple of months later.

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They went to a movie for their first date, but can’t remember which one. Nor can they really recall the details of their first kiss, funnily enough. They think it happened a couple of dates after their first date. They’d decided to watch a movie at his house, it was getting late, and as she was getting ready to leave, something magical happened. It wasn’t love at first sight for these two, but they swear it was love at first kiss.

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Their first Valentine’s Day together was both the best and worst moment of their relationship so far. They’d had such a romantic evening, and really enjoyed their time together. But when they returned to Jesse’s house, something changed. He gifted her an adorable teddy bear holding a red heart, and then promptly proposed right then and there. They’d only been together five months, and because Colleen wasn’t ready, she turned the poor guy down! He took it rather well. He let her keep the ring, they never celebrated Valentine’s Day again, and it took him another five years to garner the courage to ask her again.

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On their five year anniversary, Jesse proposed…again! He’d come home early from work and was immediately shooed into the house by a surprised Colleen who was still setting up his anniversary present (a new golf bag). After giving it to him, she figured they’d leave right away for dinner and followed him to the garage. But Jesse, who had other plans, changed direction and headed into the bathroom. Slightly annoyed, Colleen went to wait for him on the couch.

The next thing she knew, he was sticking the ring in her face, saying,” So…Will you marry me?” Her shocked response: “Are you serious?” was quickly followed up by his: “What? Of course, I’m serious. I want to marry you. Will you marry me?” Then…she said yes! Finally :)

He later told her that he didn’t actually have to go to the bathroom, but needed to get her off his back so he could think of some creative way to ask her. He wound up blurting it out instead. Not the most romantic of proposals, but it was real, and quite funny too.

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{From the Bride} We remember so much of the wedding day, many memorable moments! But it does seem like a blur at the same time. I worked for months to get the decorations, music selections, rentals, flowers, etc. figured out. Always with Jesse’s input, of course. The day before the wedding, my bridesmaids, family and I went to the venue to set up, decorate, make bouquets, centerpieces, and such; while Jesse took his groomsmen, family and friends to the golf course.

When the big day arrived, the girls got started on their hair and makeup, while I oversaw a few last details before delegating the rest to trusted family and friends. I heard at some point that the groom was in the building and that he and the boys were getting ready (phew!). Once we were all beautiful, and the amazing Mirelle was on scene, Jesse and I stole away for our first look session. We aren’t superstitious, and honestly seeing Jesse before the ceremony was the best treatment for all of the butterflies and nerves that I had.

The ceremony is the blurriest. Everyone was up there waiting for me. My veil was blowing all over the place and my Dad had to hold it under his arm so I could see where I was going. But once I got up there, no one else existed. It was just me and Jesse. That is until I couldn’t repeat my vows and had to literally read them off the paper. Luckily, we were married by Jesse’s stepdad, so it was very informal, and quite the comedic routine. It was so flawed, it was perfect!

Everything was perfect, even when it wasn’t. The one thing we did not know or expect is that after all the planning, stressing, trying to make things match, creating, and losing sleep, nothing but being there together with all of our family and friends mattered. The day was perfect! I got to marry the nicest guy I know, who also happens to be my best friend. We smiled and cried all day, it was all so overwhelming and so, so amazing. Our family and friends from both sides blended together like one, big happy bunch of people (a family), there to celebrate our love that day.

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{Advice for Couples} TALK TO EACH OTHER. Everyone says communication is key, and they’re right! Share your day with each other, even for just 15 minutes. When something bothers you, say so, no one can read your mind, and if you don’t say anything, you’ll only bottle it up and explode eventually. Never go to bed mad at each other and always kiss goodnight. Say I love you whenever you feel like it. (We say it so much you would think we’d just fallen in love!) If you’re wrong, admit it, there is no pride in a partnership! We’ve been together seven years so far, and these are the things we live by.

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Congratulations, Jesse and Colleen! May your future together be filled with nothing but love and laughter. Thank you so much for sharing your love story with us. A special thank you also to Mirelle Carmichael for sharing their very special day with all of us today! xoxo

Photographer: Mirelle Carmichael Photography / Venue: Spanish Oaks Ranch / Bouquet: Jamie Jesperson's Flowers / Other Florals: Sister of the Bride, Tanya Salo / Decor: by the Bride / Catering: Butterfly Grille / DJ: J.R. Rodriguez / Cake Baker: Honeybee Cakery / Bride’s Dress: A Heart's Desires Bridal & Tuxedo / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaid Dresses: Impression Bridal / Garter: Petal n Pearl Boutique / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Made by the Mother of the Bride / Hairstylist: Melanie Taylor of Reflection Salon / Makeup Artist: Katie Avila of Central Coast Beauty Connection / Men's Attire: Calvin Klein at Men's Wearhouse / Wishing Tree Tags: Bag of Tags / Rentals: Taylor Rentals Party Plus

Comments

  1. Love the chocolate brown with the turquoise! So stylishly applied to all the wedding elements, tying everything together!

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