Birthday Wedding!!

I got the call Thursday that my services were needed on Saturday for a very special day. Araceli and Elaine were throwing a BIG joint 30th birthday, and then surprising their guests with their wedding!! It was a concept I had never ever heard of! And I was so happy to be able to capture this day for them!! What also made this day so special was that it was all put together with the help of some of their family and oldest friends. Their love story dates back 16 years – when they were both teenagers in high school.

I arrived just as Araceli was getting her finishing touches on her makeup. Her makeup was done by her friend Linda of Mobile Makeup: http://www.mobile-makeup.comBW01BW02Their friend Vanessa did all the decorating and coordinating!! It was a Luau themed party and she didn’t hold back in transforming their home into a tropical paradise!BW03aThey had so many delicious sweets n’ treats!! Araceli’s younger sister was in charge of all the sweets, and MmMm were they yummy!!BW03bBW03BW04Yep those are REAL pineapples!! And would you believe their cake was COMPLETELY edible?!?! Cake by Tip Toe Confections. You can find them on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/tiptoeconfections

BW05Araceli, one of the beautiful brides, all ready to go!BW07Araceli and her wonderful sisters that helped make the day possible!BW08Guests began to arrive, and as they did – a “birthday” shot was in order!!BW09And let the party begin!!!BW11Araceli and her friend/wedding planner snap a quick shot on her iPhone!BW10They even had entertainment!! Hula dancers from the company Infinite Imagination! Website:  http://infiniteimagination4.org BW12The brides enjoying the show. BW13BW14 As part of the show guests were asked to join in!!BW16BW15BW17The guests definitely got into character!! BW18And of COURSE the brides had to have the spotlight!BW19As guests enjoyed the show, Araceli and Elaine snuck away to get ready to surprise them with their wedding. Here’s a shot before they came out!BW20Their guests had NOOO idea!! And boy were they happily surprised!!BW21The brides were all smiles as their family and friends clapped and cheered!!BW22Their officiant Carla, from My Dream Ceremony, led a wonderful ceremony. http://www.mydreamceremony.comBW25BW23BW26The night continued full of happiness and love!!BW27The cake pops by Araceli’s sister Glory! So Cute AND delicious!! I may have had more than one.!!BW28BW27aWith a love that began in June of 1997 , 16 years ago, they have been through good times and bad, happy and sad and through it all have never left each others side. They filed for domestic partnership on January 11, 2011 thinking they would never be able to be legally married. What a difference a couple years can make.  Araceli and Elaine – I wish you two 1600 more years of happiness and love!!BW29

4 thoughts on “Birthday Wedding!!

  1. Congratulations to the beautiful couple. Stephanie the pictures are beautiful. I love the pineapple vases from Nessa. Wonderful job ladies:)

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