The main thing to say about Alyssa and John’s wedding is that it fit them PERFECTLY!
Of course I’m going to say a ton more as I (Breanna) always do… I just wanted to get that out in the open right up front! I mean, who else is able to squeeze their favorite beach spot…
(yep, that’s their dog/ flower girl understudy)
…favorite family heirlooms…
….and favorite local bar all into their wedding?!
John and Alyssa are the only ones I can think of, that’s for sure! I’m not kidding, there were so many perfect details at this wedding that I can’t even fit them all into this blog post so you’ll have to go check them out with the rest of their pictures.
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There are so many more details to see, like photo fans for guests to wave if they got hot, homemade paper fortune tellers (you know those things you put your fingers into when you were 8 and pinched together to reach different outcomes?), a vintage book by LIFE Magazine that they used as a guest book, handmade cloth flower boutonnieres with pictures of them as children on them for their parents to wear, chalkboard signs in vintage frames, postcard centerpieces… do you see how much room I’d take up if I put in pictures of all this amazingness!!
Some of the really cool vintage aspects they included were old fashioned keys that hung up with seating assignments…
…a REALLY snazzy old suitcase on the gift table…
…and you know… Sasquatch of course (he’s old enough now to be considered vintage right?).
Some of the more personal vintage touches were my favorite. For example, yellow was the wedding color that both of their parents had at their own weddings and Alyssa even used the hat her mom wore at her wedding as a flower girl basket!
So creative! My favorite family heirloom though was Alyssa’s grandmother’s wedding ring that she wore tied into the back of her lace up dress and tucked in. Her sister wore the ring the same way at her wedding. I almost cried when I heard about this fabulous detail!
Even the places they held the events at had special meaning! John and Alyssa live near Newport Beach so they did everything they could to finagle in time to stop by some of their favorite hang outs to get some shots of them in their normal world (only wearing wedding clothes this time!). And I’m SO glad they did, because we got some amazing pictures out of it!
(At one of their favorite local bars, Blackies).
Their actual wedding was even held at an incredible place that couldn’t have fit the vintage vibe of their wedding any better… the Heritage Museum of Orange County.
I have to tell you guys, I was a little skeptical when they first told me they were getting married at a museum… I was picturing dusty, musty statues of very serious looking old dudes with chipping paint. But I have now learned to never doubt the serious style savvy of John and Alyssa who had their wedding at one of the most beautiful museums I’ve ever seen!
My favorite part was the old house that Alyssa and her bridesmaids got ready in. Every room, every item, every piece of furniture was authentic… and AWESOME!
Oh and then you wander down the beautiful vintage steps to find yourself in either the rose garden…
…or vine archway…
…you know, take your pick. That’s like, every type of wedding location a person could ever want, all rolled into one… especially when you add in the beach like Alyssa and John did!!! How is it possible that a place like this even exists?!?
I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say that this is by far one of the best venues we’ve EVER shot at!
There was so much beauty there that I have to say yet again, I don’t have room for all of it on the blog so you’ll just have to go check it out with the rest of their photos.
I seriously can’t describe how many very special touches were put on this wedding that just screamed John and Alyssa. I was totally impressed and it was beautiful.
Now, about the people themselves…. every time I think of Alyssa, I picture her with a smile on her face. Maybe that’s because she never stops doing it!
Not even for her big wedding kiss!
Even through her somber, traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony, she looked like she was on a ride at Disneyland (as I heard someone put it).
Seriously, doesn’t she have one of the most beautiful, joyful, contagious smiles EVER?!? I absolutely adore it (and her too by the way!)!
There is no doubt in my mind that this was the happiest day of her life. And I know it was the happiest day of John’s life because you could tell that all he wanted to do was watch her smile all day… and of course, he got his wish.
As you can see, this day had more good surrounding it than I can either describe or show you…as well as plenty of wonderful things from one of the loveliest couples, whom I only have time to give you a brief glimpse into.
There couldn’t have been a single thing about the look, the feel, the style, the mood, or the people at Alyssa and John’s wedding that could’ve made it better than it already was. It had it all and then some. Perfection.
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