A Colorful Handmade Wedding: Cerissa + Chad

I just love happy and fun weddings and this one photographed by Brandon Kidd is just the sweetest! So perfect for a Monday, right?! Cerissa + Chad both love the golden age of California and the beach – so what else to do but add a seaside amusement feel to their California wedding. :) They also wanted to incorporate burlap + flowers which adds a raw fresh feel to the wedding – just like their love for each other. They found inspiration here on GWS and at Disney’s California Adventure’s Paradise Pier, which is made to look like an old seaside amusement park. Any idea or concept that they loved, they took and made their own. Such a beautiful + fun day you two! Congrats!!

bunting wedding invitation

first look

knitted flower boutonniere

blue bridesmaids dresses

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom portraits

From Chad, “If this wedding was going to represent Cerissa and I, it had to have the feeling of fun, love, detail, and there had to be something different to see at every corner. We wanted people to feel entertained from the very beginning. Thats why we had live entertainment at every location, a crossword puzzle, postcard, and build a burger card at the table, and photo booth at the reception. We never wanted a dull moment! We continued that feel with pictures of us all over, a video of our love story, and our grand entrance dance.”

casino wedding ceremony venue

daisy isle runner

hooray ribbon stick

small flower vases for altar

casino san clemente venue

casino san clemente venue

casino san clemente venue

How cute are those ring bearers with the sign and bike!?? Adorbs.

casino san clemente venue

wedding details

wedding details

bunting wedding menu

white brick fireplace altar

knitted flower boutonniere

casino san clemente wedding venue

dessert table

Our favorite detail was the sweets table. It was awesome, it had so much to offer and really represented us. It had our favorite cookies, pies, and cupcakes. Not to mention a little cake that was made of fresh strawberries and whipped cream. And we loved our personalized cake topper.

dessert table

Our most memorable moment had to of been our grand entrance dance! It was a blast! Our bridal party nailed the routine we made them learn.. I will never forget sharing that moment with our close friends in front of our friends and family.

bride and groom fun dance

bride and groom first dance

Any advice for those planning now? Give yourself plenty of time, and do as many creative ideas as you can. Do a project every weekend. Its also fun to do craft projects together. I found it fun to push the envelope, push our vendors to try and do new things, don’t let any one tell you no, and dont be afraid to ask. Make sure you are very organized before the wedding, so every detail is executed perfectly and you dont have anything to worry about the day of. And lastly do everything you want to do, try and make it happen, make it all about it you, and your love together. Its your day, and remember you only get one!

Such a gorgeous + fun couple!! Congrats to Cerissa + Chad!!

vendors: photography: Brandon Kidd // cinematography: Chemistry of Light // venue: The Casino San Clemente // florals: Starla Bork of Enchanted Fine Florals // cake: Cupcake Mama // catering: Country Garden Caterer // dress: Marry Me Bridal // bridesmaids: David’s Bridal // dj and lighting: Classic Cuts Mobile Dj // photobooth: Rockstar photobooth // makeup: shannon rhodes // rings: Joy Jewelers, Jewels by Justin the Abby // garter: Michaels // shoes: David’s Bridal // rentals: Ribbons and Rust // invitations + day of wedding coordinator: Lauren Egkan from The Royal Engagement

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  1. oh what fun! love the photography of course! yay for brandon and kristin kidd!

  2. The bride is stunning! And I love all the little daisies along the aisle!

  3. Thanks for featuring this fun wedding, Jen! So many cute details! Always such a pleasure to work with Brandon & Kristin Kidd. =)

  4. uh-mazing… this wedding is what dreams are made of! love the eclectic colour scheme. very unexpected:)

  5. This is amazing! (: Wow I am in love with the colors and venue!

  6. Love these photos. Looks like it was such a fun wedding and I love the colours as well.

  7. wow! amazing! the couple. the details. and the dance-pictures are great! love it!

  8. those dancing/grand entrance shots made me laugh REALLY hard. This is an awesome wedding!!

  9. The flowers are SPECTACULAR! And the gray suits and blue bridesmaids are lovely.

  10. I want to revise my comment to say: this really is the sweetest and cutest wedding I’ve ever seen. So party-like, so fun, so unpretentious, so joyous. I love it all.

  11. Yay thanks for the feature Jen! It was so great to work with so many talented people this day! Plus Chad and Cerissa were just amazing and SO FUN!!

  12. I love the guy’s boutonnieres and the use of the frames. This wedding is very endearing.

  13. Gorgeous details in this wedding and what a CUTE happy couple!

  14. Gorgeous wedding! I especially love the boutonnieres! Are they DIY? If so, any chance we can get a tutorial?!

  15. This wedding has nothing to do with water, so typically I wouldn’t comment on it, but WOW is it CUTE!

  16. Love, love, love her bouquet. Those colors are so vibrant together.

  17. I love the colorful bouquets and the tiny daisies lining the aisle. So many fun details!

  18. Wow. What a gorgeous wedding! The bride is absolutely stunning! Love her colorful boquet and all of the unique details! :)

  19. SO much fun!!!! And this bride is a dead ringer for one of my girlfriends who wore the same dress to her wedding, too :)

  20. Does anyone knows where I can find this specific cake topper???? I really really love it!!! I’m getting married in November and haven’t found the perfect cake topper :( I’m from Puerto Rico, so if I can find it online it would be perfect!!

  21. Can we have the name of the designer of her dress ? Thanks !!!

  22. Hey everyone!! Thanks for all your very kind comments!!! Here are some answers to your questions. The boutonnieres we had the flower part made from a gal on etsy, then we simply glued them to the burlap with some feathers.

    The cake topper is awesome!! It actually said chad and cerissa on the wheel, but the flowers block. Its from etsy, just type in persobalized tandem bike topper.:)
    Good luck!! Let us know if you need more!!!

    The brides dress is from marry me bridal its called casablanca.

  23. LOVE everything about this wedding! We have been searching for brown ties and can’t find ones we like! Can I ask where the groom found these?

  24. Hey!! Thanks!! I found them on amazon. I think i typed in brown skinny ties.. Good luck!!

  25. Love these photos!! The wedding looks like so much fun, the bride looks beautiful and the dancing looks awesome! love it

  26. Where did the groomsmen’s vests come from? We’re having an impossible time trying to find a gray vest.

  27. The vest are from h and m

  28. VENDOR INFO: Their Custom Invitation Suite Designer & Day of Wedding Coordinator was Lauren Egkan from The Royal Engagement {www.TheRoyalEngagement.com}. Chad & Cerissa were such a creative couple to work with, love the way the pictures turned out, Brandon Kidd did a phenomenal job!

  29. Who is the designer of the brides dress?! It’s GORGEOUS!!!

  30. Thanks for the update Lauren! I’ve added your info to the feature :)

  31. Wow! Stunning bride! I love every detail of this wedding (especially the sweets table) and the “just married” sign. I also, couldn’t help but notice how in love this couple was…I love seeing the groom cry over his bride :) every bride deserves a groom like that :)

    • WOW!!! thanks all for your amazingly kind comments! Its sooo cool to come back here almost a year later and see all the love here! SUCH A FUN DAY! And thanks Micah! I couldnt help myself!!

      ALSO dress is from Marry Me Bridal in Orange CA! :) Thanks again!!


  1. […] {This wedding stuck out to me because of the pictures of the bride and groom. They seem like the coolest couple, and every picture of them on their big day is overflowing with love and joy! I also loved all the sweet details they included, such as the daisies scattered down the aisle, and the pictures of them doing their choreographed dance cracks me up! Pictures by Brandon Kidd, via Green Wedding Shoes.} […]


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