I’ve been holding off blogging this wedding for some time now. Not because I didn’t want to share it, but because I couldn’t find the right words to accurately describe how EPIC a wedding this was. From all the DIY touches, to the crazy romantic story of how Jackie and Josh met. This day was overflowing with love, excitement and family at the center of it all.
Whenever couples find one another on the other side of the world, I can’t help but think it was meant to be! This was certainly the case with Jackie and Josh, who met while in the Congo! He was a Marine stationed there, and she was working on research…. I feel like this could make an excellent book by the way! ;) They fell in love in Africa, and win the award for my romantic meeting EVER!
One of the most important decisions for a bride is her wedding dress. You always hear that brides want to preserve their wedding dress so their daughter can wear it at her wedding. Styles change, and in most cases the mother’s dress is never used again… but not with Jackie!
“My wedding dress has a story.
Working with a sewing machine and by hand, my grandmother’s sister and my great-grandmother designed and created a wedding dress in anticipation of Beatrice’s wedding. It was 1950 in Morocco, Sultan Mohammed V ruled the French protectorate, and my grandmother was 20 years old. Beatrice married my grandfather, Alain, in Safi, Morocco.
Twenty four years and several continents later, my grandmother bent over her sewing machine to create my mother’s wedding dress, basing it on her own dress’s pattern. In 1974, my mother married my father Dennis in Bellflower, California. Nixon had just resigned, radios were blasting Bowie, lines for gasoline snaked around corners, and the cool guys were rocking sideburns.
Today, in Fullerton, California. I honor my grandmother and mother by wearing this dress.
With Love, Jackie”
This was the first time I’ve seen a bride wearing her mother dress, and it was a surprise to Jackie’s grandmother Beatice! There wasn’t a dry eye in the ceremony, and it was a wonderful moment to witnesses!! This was only one of the amazing elements in this wedding, and I feel beyond blessed to have documented this day!
Jackie’s grandmother’s reaction upon seeing the dress! She kept saying in an adorable French accent “that is my dress, that is my dress!”
Josh’s grandmother was the officiant for the wedding, and did a fantastic job!
Quick change into cowboy boots and a short dress for the reception! Such a cute look!
Jackie and Josh, you will always hold a very special place in my heart! Thank you for your openness and for making me feel like part of the family! Your wedding was unforgettable! xoxo
Venue: Fullerton Arboretum
Catering: Big B’s BBQ