Love is the Spice of Life – Shakira and Nevada Tie the Knot

It was love at first click for Shakira and Nevada, who met online and found themselves set to tie the knot after five years together. On their drive home from a Palm Springs getaway, Nevada made a pit stop in Julian where he proposed (she said yes!)

As a self-described laid back couple, Shakira and Nevada knew that they wanted their wedding day to be a simple, sweet, romantic reflection of their relationship. They also knew they wanted to involve their close friends and loving family. The wedding was held in Nevada’s sister’s backyard in an intimate and beautiful ceremony surrounded by all of the people that they love. Nevada’s brother officiated the ceremony, and Shakira’s sister-in-law, Veronica (who happens to be an event planner) orchestrated every last detail.

As you can see from the photos of the day taken by Paul Douda Photography, love truly is the spice of life.

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Contributing Vendors (based in San Diego, CA)

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography
Decor: Etsy-Lovelydayprintshop
Rentals: Cruise Party Rentals
Dress: David’s Bridal
Makeup Artist: Ulta-Denise Nuno
Cake: Frost Me Gourmet Cupcakes
Caterer: he Pita Guys
Florals: The Gilded Rose Weddings
Event Planner: The Gilded Rose Weddings

Going Somewhere Beautiful Together: A Travel Engagement Shoot

Mike and Drew’s engagement shoot just had to include their two favorite things – their cute pups and their love for travel. This fun engagement shoot took place in a rural park setting at the golden hour of sunlight. Their love of travel is shown with photo props such as a vintage luggage set, passports, and a map. They had fun with some cute shots using these accents. Their two dogs didn’t have to do much to look cute for the photos. They both seemed pretty happy just being there with Mike and Drew. Stacy at SMS Photography in Austin, Texas captured this couple’s engagement beautifully. Thanks for sharing this engagement shoot with us, Stacy!

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Contributing Vendors (based in Austin, Texas)

Photographer: SMS Photography

Desert Botanical Wedding

In the desert, the temperature is hot and this styled shoot from a talented team of Arizona wedding vendors is even hotter. Ariel Miles Photography and The Botanical Studio teamed together to create this modern desert wedding. Every element of this style shoot is perfectly matched with the desert surroundings. The muted hues used in the color palette fit perfectly with the elements of the desert; soft greens, silver grays, golden wheat, and splashes of apricot play well off of the copper and rose gold metals used in the geometric arch and copper metal chairs. Even the bride’s gorgeous makeup picks up warm brown and copper tones. Her wedding dress is an elegant plunging v-neck style with a perfectly matched long train. Every detail from the table settings to the desert flower and geometric shape invitations fit into the theme – not to mention the cactus and geode themed cake – perfection!

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Contributing Vendors (based in central Arizona)

Photographer: Ariel Miles Photography
Calligrapher: Desert Magnolia Letter Co
Dress Store: Lovely Bridal Shop in Phoenix
Equipment Rentals: I Do Rentals
Design and Decor: Foxtail Rentals
Model: Harley Chapman
Model: Antoinette Monae
Reception Venue: Desert Botanical Gardens
Beauty: Gabby Flores
Event Designer: Material Girls Weddings
Equipment Rentals: Material Girls Weddings
Bakery: Dessert First by Veronica
Floral Designer: The Botanical Studio