On Thursday August 30th, Jeannie Ward (AKA, the Wedding Jeannie), reached out to the wedding professionals she knew to see if anyone could donate some time to an important event. Within a few hours, Jeannie had nearly all the services locked down for a September 7th wedding, including a tuxedo and a wedding dress, and of course a photographer.
Jeannie did this out of the goodness of her heart to aide her friend Jennifer, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Jennifer was putting together wedding for a patient, Rosa, whose Bucket List wish, was a fancy wedding with all the details. Jennifer and Sally from Pretty Little Events put together the whole thing, from invitations to cake, in 10 days.
The day of, Rosa was poised and relaxed in her room at The Hotel Maya, having a pedicure, her makeup applied, and her hair styled. Bridal Elegance Salon provided her vibrant red gown, which looked perfect on her. The bouquets for Rosa and her Maid of Honor Kim were incredible, and part of the above and beyond floral design from Kismet Events. They hit it out of the park with the amazing floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception.
The groom, Nathaniel (Nate) looked dapper in his tuxedo which was from Friar Tux Shop. With his Brother Shaun as best man, and his family coming in from Minnesota to join in the celebration of this couples life together.
The playa at Hotel Maya, overlooking the bay at Long Beach was beautifully decorated for the ceremony and the wedding was officiated by Jose Holguin did the honors joining the fantastic couple in matrimony.
So many people really pulled together to bring this dream of Rosa’s to reality. But here is the thing; it feels more like we were receiving the gift, instead of giving it. This strong, brave couple has been dealt a difficult hand, and they are seeing it through, together. It was a beautiful day, and an honor to be a part of it. Thank you Rosa and Nate, and all of your family, for sharing your day with us.
I personally want to thank my team, Debra and Mitch, who donated their time also. There were so many people pulling together, and their names and links to their sites are at the bottom of this post. Talk about a dream team:
Here is a list of some of the wonderful people involved.
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center- Palliative Care’s Bucket List Project – Jennifer Park (an angel, you can see her halo)
Friar Tux Shop
Bridal Elegance Salon
Allen Printing & Graphic Design
Long Beach Wedding Center
Dave Schneider Fine Jewelry and Diamonds
Chaplain Jose R. Jolquin
Magaly Gonzalez – Makeup Artist – email: MagalyG.firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday July 12th was the day Mark and Ally got married. They had a wonderful ceremony with all their friends and family at Santiago Catholic Church in Lake Forest, followed by an outdoor reception in San Clemente. Ally put together an all-star cast of wedding vendors for her event. Check out the links for all the highly recommended vendors at the end of this post.
The people that helped make this day special for the bride and groom.
Katie Vollmer – Hair and Makeup – www.beautyandthebeach-oc.com
Jackie Sandoval – Sweet Table – Heavenly Treats By Jackie 949-382-4753
Bruce D. Battleson – Custom Designed DJ Entertainment – www.battleson.com
Benny Ek – Videographer – www.ekmediaproductions.com
On Sunday at the historic Hotel Laguna, we were on hand to document the wedding of Jeffrey and Katherine. This sweet young couple, together with their family and friends were joined in marriage, with vows they wrote themselves. Their whole wedding was fresh and new, but still rooted in tradition. Congratulations to Jeffery and Katherine. And thanks as always to the hardworking team at Hotel Laguna, it is always a pleasure to work with you.