06Dec

Grand Tradition Wedding | Cicely and Brad

By, December 06, 2016

Recently, Cicely and Brad tied the knot at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens. This storybook venue, located in the countryside town of Fallbrook, features a heart-shaped lake and a charming wedding gazebo. It was the perfect backdrop for a beautiful outdoor ceremony!

Afterward, the reception was held in the Crystal Ballroom at Beverly Mansion, which is also on the Grand Tradition property. The Ballroom features massive crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, and a stunning grand staircase. The view is amazing, and looks out to 30 acres of gently rolling hills and sparkling waters.

Cicely and Brad’s energetic personalities were on full display during the reception. Cicely and her bridesmaids held a dance-off with Brad and his groomsmen, which was immediately followed by an extravagantly choreographed first dance! The couple also prepared games to play throughout the evening, keeping the party going late into the night.

The wedding was a fun and unique experience for guests, making great use of all Grand Tradition has to offer :) Enjoy the highlights below!

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Bride and groom getting ready Bride sits casually in her dress Groom with his groomsmen take some time to play some pool. Bridemaids toast the Bride to celebrate her special day.Bride anxious to see her groom for the first time. Bride and groom's first look outside the mansion Kissing under the Sunset Bride and Groom looking perfect for their wedding. Taking a stroll holding hands around Grand Tradition Estate.The mansion porch is a perfect place to take a bridal party photo. The groom and his groomsmen taking a walk Bride and her bridesmaid celebrate and show their excitementGrand Tradition ceremony site by the waterBig laughs during a funny ring exchange Bride and groom celebrate officially husband and wife Bride and groom smiling at each other Bride and groom kissing on a bridge Bride and groom sharing a tender moment The Mansion at Grand Tradition EstateGrand Tradition Mansion ReceptionGroom dips his bride for their first dance Bride and groom share a tender moment slow dancing. Wedding reception games create a unique experience for guestDuring the reception, Cicely and Brad encouraged guests to participate in a dance competition. The bridal party even weighed in with score cards! The signature dance moves, like the one above, created boisterous laughter and had everyone cheering.

Macarons for the Wedding Dessert Table Bride and groom cut their wedding cake Groom gets the garter for the garter toss

Check out more of Cicely and Brad’s wedding, and our entire Grand Tradition wedding photography gallery!

17Mar

Lucky in Love | St. Patrick’s Day Wedding Inspiration

By, March 17, 2016

It’s time to break out your favorite green top, enjoy emerald-dyed beverages, and pinch your most forgetful friends! Today’s post honors those who invoke the Irish culture and heritage on their wedding day.

There are many ways to pay homage to St. Patrick’s Day, which is observed in more countries than any other national festival! You can go all-out, with leprechaun beards for the groomsmen, or Irish Uilleann bagpipes. Or, you can be a little more understated, with lush green foliage or green gem accessories.

We have included both subtle and bold tips to commemorate the 17th day in March. Feel free to grab an ice-cold Guinness, kick back, and partake in a bit ‘o St. Paddy’s Day wedding inspiration below.

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The Claddagh ring, originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh in the 17th century, is traditionally given as a token of love at Irish weddings. The two hands (representing friendship) are centered around a heart that signifies love, which is topped with a crown of loyalty. A ring worn with the heart facing outward is a symbol of engagement, and when the heart is turned inward, it shows that the couple has tied the knot!

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Sweeter and quieter than most other bagpipes, the sounds of Irish Uilleann bagpipes make for a beautiful walk down the aisle.

Bagpipe player in front of Irish church

Shamrock-green bridesmaid dresses and unique emerald jewelry look beautiful, as do fresh green-accented blooms.

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As photographers, we also like to use our surroundings whenever possible to drive home the theme of the day, such as photographing the bride’s shoes against a green gate, or taking advantage of the lush green foliage around the property.

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Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. found an ingenious way to add a splash of emerald green to this wedding cake – they used crystallized sugar ribbons! For another sweet touch, one of our St. Paddy’s day wedding couples treated their guests to shimmering bags of gold —  filled with festive Guinness-infused chocolates :)

Green Sugar Ribbon Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co

Whether you are in the bridal party, or even plan to attend a St. Patrick’ Day wedding, it’s important to avoid “the pinch”! Even if you don’t break out your impressive shamrock suit or matching ADIDAS track suits, wearing green will keep you safe and pinch-free.

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There are small ways to incorporate a little culture into your March 17th wedding, such as entertaining guests with an Irish jig, or placing a mini Blarney Stone on the escort card table. Legend has it that if you kiss the infamous stone at Blarney Castle in Ireland, you will be granted with the gift of eloquent speech :) Pucker up!

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To take the party up a notch, you can also incorporate dramatic lighting into your event space. For example, emerald up-lights add a fun atmosphere to a St. Patrick’s Day evening reception.

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Here’s to a happy and lively St. Patrick’ Day!

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