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!


Sitting Pretty (In a Tree)

By, February 27, 2015

As if waking up on your wedding day wasn’t exciting enough, try adding seven of your best friends, plus the cutest little pooch. Mix in one climbing tree, and you’re set for a very memorable morning :)

While getting pampered for the big day, these pretty ladies spent the pre-ceremony hours bonding at The Beverly Mansion. Before the bride stepped into her dress, we took the girls on a stroll around Grand Tradition‘s property, where an enormous tree with low sprawling branches served as an impromptu bench. The fun and unexpected setting resulted in cute portraits of the bride and her entourage, who were decked out in matching personalized robes. This adorable outdoor BFF photo is sure to be treasured for years! :)

Bridesmaids on Tree

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Bold and Glamorous Wedding Makeup by Melissa Rae & Co.

By, August 17, 2012

In the field of makeup artistry, bridal beauty is its own specialty. It’s my favorite aspect, too – I love working with brides!  It is a fine art to understand and translate the look my client is trying to accomplish. My job is to design and apply makeup that makes my brides feel comfortable, and lets them photograph beautifully, while still looking like themselves.

I recently worked with an awesome bride, Breanna, for her destination wedding at the Grand Tradition Estate.

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When I met Breanna, I knew that her vibrant personality would call for a specialized look. Her “Old Hollywood” themed wedding inspired a flashy, bold style. With her fashion background, her desired look was something striking yet glamorous.

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Breanna lives out of town, so she and I met a few days before the wedding. I was able to do her preview and her airbrush tan right at her hotel room, which made things easier for her. We created a sexy bold eye with a champagne lid, and managed to incorporated the three purple hues of her bridesmaids dresses!

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To make the “Old Hollywood” feel come alive, we used dramatic black winged eyeliner. We also applied a fun bright lipstick, Rebel by MAC.

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For Breanna’s bridal party, we again incorporated smokey eyes, and black winged eyeliner. However, we kept the lips more muted, using pink and raspberry lip glosses.

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Since Breanna wanted “red carpet” service for her entire day, she selected one of the full day packages I offer. To ensure that everyone was picture perfect at all times, I stayed onsite until after the ceremony concluded, in case I was needed.

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I loved this whimsical hair piece. I thought it really tied her look together, and that the feathers and rhinestones coordinated beautifully with her dress and jewelry.

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The ballroom at the Grand Tradition was decked out with the perfect backdrop for Breanna’s glamourous Old Hollywood  look!  Congratulations to the wonderful bride and groom!

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Makeup: Melissa Rae and Co
Photography: True Photography
Hair Stylist: Jessica Bertheau
Linens and Rental: Ambiance Designs
Venue: Grand Tradition
Bakery: Briarmist Cakes
Disc Jockey: Good Time Entertainment
Florist: Ambiance Designs
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas
Officiant: Vows From the Heart
Photo Booth: Poetry Photo Booths
Videographer: NR3
Wedding Dress: Demetrios Bride

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