A whole lot of chemistry and a whole lot of run-ins at costume parties, eventually led Vanessa & Jake to their wedding day. With their enthusiasm for life, sharp wit, and talent for humor, it’s safe to say, these two are each the life of the party on their own, but together, they are the party. Their wedding started with a gorgeous ceremony in the gardens of The Woman’s Club of Orange where they were surrounded by tons of family and friends who wanted to share in their day. After some tears, a lot of laughs (seriously, I’ve never seen bigger smiles on a bride & groom), the cutest I do’s (quote: “I absolutely do do do!”), a passionate kiss, and big cheers from their guests, Vanessa & Jake made it official as Mr. and Mrs. Collins.
Fittingly, an adventure ensued for their portraits post-ceremony which involved cruising around Old Towne Orange, a random paparazzi, and Fireball among other memorable things. It was a glimpse into the lives of two people who live every day to the fullest and rock it hand in hand.
The culmination of all this love, laughter, celebration, and exuberance for life was their reception. Some pretty incredible toasts by Jake’s dad, brother Jed, and Vanessa’s sister Mariella, were rounded out by a roast from Jake’s brother and officiant Lenny, who had everyone laughing so hard they were practically in tears. You could say it was comic expose into the life of Vanessa & Jake featuring the beginning of their romance at those famed costume parties, Vanessa’s proclamations of how hot Jake is (quote: “I’m never going to think Jake is hot, Vanessa. He’s my brother.”) and of course their infamous cat Cuban (who now has his own Instagram). Toasts were followed by. So. Much. Dancing. I have never seen so many guests on the dance floor. It was amazing! All ages, both sides of the family, tons of friends, from the first song to the last, there was no stopping this party. Through it all, you could feel the joy and pure love that Vanessa & Jake have for each other and that is at the heart of their community of close-knit family and friends.
Vanessa & Jake, thank you, thank you, thank you for welcoming me into your community on your wedding day and allowing me to capture your incredible celebration. Your bliss was not only delightful to watch, it was also contagious. I hope that these photographs can communicate even a fraction of the happiness you shared with every person in your lives the day you became Jake and Vanessa Collins.
Venue: The Woman’s Club of Orange / Coordination & Flowers: Christina Sauma of Attntodetailevents / Catering: Homegirl Catering / DJ : Dee Jay Ray / Hair: Penny Fair at The Young American Salon / Makeup: Cynthia Ochoa / Videographer: Still Talking Productions / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley