(Don't mind me; I'm trying out a new posting format!)
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center (aka the Muckenthaler Mansion) is a 1920's era mansion in Fullerton, California, later donated to the State and now serving as a museum and venue for performances, special events, and -- of course -- weddings. Enter Shira and David. Shira's light-hearted warmth and spunk, along with her love of romance and fairytales, as well as David's grounded yet laid-back and quietly comedic attitude were the perfect match for this historical site -- and the perfect match for each other!
The color palette for this wedding was pretty stunning -- the gals wore verdant green bridesmaids dresses, with bright but deep pink floral bouquets to complement, with Shira in a sublime wedding gown of pure white; the groomsmen were in tans suits with deep green accents, well-matched with the groom's dark navy blue suit. Oh, and Pipa, looking so suave while resting on a blanketed couch:
The First Look. As some of you may know, I ADORE first looks (not just because it really opens the day up for more photography with the couple and bridal party as a whole, but also because... well... just look at this one...). David was standing where you see him below, steps down from the Muckenthaler's entry door; Shira entered from the far left. She was already teary-eyed as she walked across the mansion's front length, and by the time she reached David, she was gut-wrenchingly emotional. It was unbelievably powerful, the love bundled up in anticipation and heart-deep feelings. So, so blessed to have witnessed this.
Plenty of time for the bridal party to look super-amazing (and have some fun!) in front of the mansion -- you can see how those greens and pinks just pop right out here; then more than plenty of time for the couple's photographs around different areas of the venue, allowing them to be lovey-dovey, relax, and smooch for more than a few moments.
As mentioned above, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center also serves a museum, displaying various exhibitions. The ketubah was signed inside of the art exhibition space, along with an abbreivated b'deken, and then it was off to the wedding ceremony, which was held in one of the lovely outdoor garden areas. Musicians played dulcet tones as first the groom, with his parents, then the bridal party (along with Pipa!) emerged. Finally the bride, with both of her parents supporting her on either side, walked down the aisle. And that, my friends, set the stage for the rest of the wedding ceremony, which was filled with equal parts of levity and laughter (I love love love the image of Shira looking down as she laughs quietly, with David standing next to her and gazing at her with undeniably clear adoration)!
Picture-frame table cards, delicious appetizers (the ones pictured are Tartlet Bites w/ carmelized onion, leeks, & chevre - YUM!), vibrant floral centerpieces and arrangements, and See's Candy Lollipop-topped party favors for the guests delivered touches of whimsy and "delish" to the ambiance. The cake, a simple yet elegant piece, was accented by a vintage-themed bride and groom cake topper. And the rest of the night went swimmingly, with plentiful heart-felt toasts, cake-cutting, and dancing well into the night. An amazingly great experience shooting this; thankful to be second shooting for the amazing Shelly of Shelly Anderson Photography!
Summed up in 3 words/phrases? Romantic, Fun-Loving, Old-Fashioned Fairytale!