Karen and Russ

The custom wedding invitations sent in cased in chocolate silk boxes, touched off with sparkling crystal brooches, were just one of the many unique touches that Karen and Russell included on their special day to radiate their theme, ‘Indulge in Love’.
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Set up on a blind date, the couple met at a local restaurant where the bride was fashionably over an hour late. Rushing directly from the gym, hair still wet and without makeup, Karen met Russ at the front door of the restaurant where she describes the initial meeting as simply, love at first site. Russ proposed just 4 months later on Karen’s birthday at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, after dinner while the couple was overlooking the captivating sunset on the horizon.
As the couple planned their wedding day, they wanted to provide our guests with a truly unique experience. So a great deal of time and effort went into every small detail. Karen always wanted lush white colors to surround her on her wedding day; her vision came true. From the aisle runner, to the all white flowers that cascaded the ceremony site and the reception site, the wedding could only be described as lush, romantic and elegant.  As Karen walked down the custom, hand painted aisle runner toward Russ, their 6 piece Gospel choir sang Norah Jones’, Come Away with Me, bringing a tear to her eyes. The couple exchanged their personally written vows to each other, which they kept secret until the day of the ceremony, under an altar canopy which they spent hours building and decorating together. The stunning chandelier that the couple purchased in France, a centerpiece to the altar canopy, is now hanging in the couple’s bathroom.   Following the ceremony, the Island themed cocktail hour began on the lawn of the property, with the Pacific Ocean providing the perfect backdrop. Adding to the ambiance, a Hawaiian band serenaded guests along with beautiful island dancers. Guests were ushered to their tables, each adorned with hand painted mahogany framed table names, representing the names of the couple’s 7 children, their attendants and their parents.Set against the music provided by {Wayne Foster Entertainment} guests enjoyed dancing on the custom built dance floor by {platinumpro} adorned with the couple’s logo, martini’s from the ice bar, and fireworks that topped off the evening on the beach.  Beautifully coordinated by {Emily Smiley} and photographed by {Darin Fong}





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