Yan and Stephen, once New Englanders have been enjoying life in California while Michael goes to school. Because their roots (and two very large families) are on still here on the East coast, the couple found themselves planning a wedding across the country. Anyone who has planned a wedding knows the amount of work that goes into the day and doing so from 3,000 miles away is definitely an added feat. I first met Yan and Stephen over coffee on a snowy winter night while they were home visiting. Like so many of my other couples, I fell instantly in love with these two-they were so sweet (both with each other and me), and they were so gracious just for our meeting. Naturally, they were feeling a bit apprehensive about the plans ahead, especially considering the distance. To them, it was extremely important to work with people who’s work they not only loved, but who they felt they trusted with the details of their wedding.
My most memorable moment with these two during the planning process was when I asked them what their color palette was. They said they didn’t have one, and that they wanted ME to choose! Immediately, I could see Yan holding a bouquet consisting of mixed pastels, and when I mentioned some of the colors I was envisioning, she was totally on board. WHAT. A. DREAM. So we went for it…a gorgeous blend of blush, pale yellow, light blue, and peach. Since the wedding was in September, we got the best of the local blooms available to us…unreal cafe au lait dahlias, fresh lavender, local quickfire hydrangea, and foraged greens. Mixed with California garden roses and ranunculus, the end result was absolutely my favorite bouquet of 2016.
I truly loved working with Yan and Stephen, and I will forever be thankful for the trust they had in me during their planning process. Here are some gorgeous photos from their wedding day, captured by First Mate Photography.