Real Wedding: Alice + Dennis’ Sweet Wedding

A super sweet wedding for a Friday! Dennis + Alice met at S. Pasadena High School playing tennis. He was recently transferred to Shanghai, China for work and they moved in December of 2010 while still planning their March 2011 wedding. They came back to Pasadena for their wedding and then immediately back to Shanghai where they will live. And just wait until you see what Alice’s Maid of Honor planned for the wedding exit – I’ll give you a hint – it’s my favorite scene from Love Actually. :)

first look

The couple has professional connections with TOMS Shoes and showcased their brand new bridal line at their wedding!

I think this is one of my most favorite things ever – ever since watching the movie Love Actually, I’ve thought it would be such an amazing thing to have happen at your wedding – and this is the first time I’ve seen it! The bride’s Maid of Honor secretly planned an elaborate re-enactment of the famous scene in the movie, Love Actually. Right after they were pronounced “husband and wife”, they were surprised by a live mini-orchestra that were hiding in the seats and they sprang up to serenade the couple with the song “All you need is love“. The looks on Dennis and Alice’s faces are classic!

Our main decoration throughout the wedding decor was buttons. I had come across a blog where someone had button bouquets, and I thought that was cutest idea, and when I did more research I found some amazing designers who made button bouquets with felt flowers. And I thought it was perfect because I always felt awful that my bridesmaid bouquets from other weddings were gorgeous the day of, but would wilt within the week, and with the button bouquets they could last a lifetime. So with that started our button theme. I found a designer who also made button shakers and would make little button stems with vintage salt shakers which we placed at each table. Then one of my bridesmaids and I made the button boutonnieres for the groomsmen to go along with the theme. And with this one idea we decided not to have floral arrangements since we wanted everything to last, and created very simple vases with lemons and green apples. It was to symbolize the bittersweetness of our whole wedding since we were so happy to be surrounded by all our friends and family, yet we were bound to set off on our big move to Shanghai.

After all the weddings I had been a part of (sister, cousins, best friends) the one thing I took from all of them is do what makes you happy. Everyone who will be there is there for you, and they love you for who you are and the wedding is just a symbol of you and your new husband and they are all happy just to celebrate with you. Don’t let other people’s opinions change your gut feelings about things. And always remember to relax, it’s just a giant party, so the goal is to just have fun. Also, make sure to hire professionals, like Sara Allen, and having a Day-of Coordinator is essential, do not ask a friend to do it. They are worth every penny and will ensure you have a wonderful day because they are the professionals and that is what they’re paid to do. :)

Photographer: onelove photography //  Caterer: Lawry’s CateringPinkberry
Reception Venue: Cravens Estate, Pasadena CA  //  Felt Button Bouquets: Miss Jennifer Rae
Photo Booth Equipment: Booth My Event //  Event Planner: Priscilla Valere
Bride’s Bouquet: RBK Creations

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  1. the bridesmaids have so pretty dresses!
    nice flower buttons in a salt shaker!
    I think the photo booth wall with frames is so cool! :)

    indeed a sweet wedding! :)

  2. Love it!! We had the song playing as we walked back down the aisle…but this! this just takes the cake!! What a fabulous surprise!

  3. Love the ‘surprise’ at the end of the Ceremony. How sweet!

  4. what a great surprise. love that!!

  5. where did she find those bridesmaids dresses? love them!

  6. I LOVE those shoes!! I knew TOMS made wedding shoes, but I didn’t know they made heels. They’re adorable, I have to find them!

  7. What a gorgeous bouquet and the dress is gorgeous too! THE LOVE ACTUALLY SCENE! Amazing! A maid of honour worth her weight in gold i’d say.

  8. Beautiful couple and wedding! Loved making their Bridesmaid Bouquets for their special day! Thanks so much for sharing and leaving us with some beautiful photos!! <3

  9. I absolutely loved the look on their faces at the surprise!! Amazing!

  10. holy cow. that’s amazing what the MOH planned!

  11. Beautiful wedding! Those button bouquets are out of this world wonderful!

  12. The pictures turned out amazing by Sara as well as all the details like the gorgeous bouquets by Jennifer Rae and all my vendors. I’d be happy to share info if you just contact me because I loved everyone I worked with. No one was more shocked by the surprised than me, I was confused up until the trumpets and flutes popped up. My sister, the MOH, is the best! Definitely my most memorable day.

  13. I have to give kudos to Chris at Tallulah Satchels for the super cute button salt shakers that she made. You can find her at

  14. Oh wow, what an amazing wedding! I love all of the hand made details – that bouquet is exquisite!

  15. WHERE are the bridesmaid dresses from?? they are FABULOUS and would love to find something similar!! THANKS!

  16. It looks like it was an amazing day! We loved working with Alice on her Bridal Felt Bouquet and the little pomander for the flower girl. And what a great surprise at the end of the ceremony for the bride and groom!

  17. I love the wedding tree print. Who made it?

  18. OMG! The photo wall is soooo cool!
    and “All you need is love” is so romantic!

  19. Amazing wedding! Thank you so much for letting us be a little part of it! We had a great time and some of the best photos ever! Your guest were lots of fun! Best of luck!

  20. Wow… so many things I love about this wedding. First, that dress… stunning, fits the bride like a glove! Love the bouquet.. never seen anything like it! Really beautiful images!

  21. I love this wedding. A lot of the time a TOMS wedding is really laid back and outdoorsy. I like the idea of dressing them up a bit more for the occasion. The live band is also a nice touch. I find that you can’t beat live music for a celebration. I am definitely going to integrate some of these elements into my own wedding.

  22. I would LOVE to know where the bridesmaids’ dresses came from? They are gorgeous! And I would love to find them for my wedding party!


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