Nicolle & Tony’s Gondola Getaway In Long Beach

In 100 words (more or less ) tell us the story of Nicolle & Tony

We are two individuals that celebrate each other’s personalities and passions, brought together by our shared, experienced learning about strong lasting relationships. From the first time we met, we’ve held trust paramount which means we are honest about our thoughts and feelings even when it’s not easy. We have a shared love of music, good conversation and spicy food. We don’t see everything the same way, but we appreciate the differences that make us strong as partners.

Tell us about the proposal

We’d been together 7 years, and talked about marriage for about 5. It was important that we both felt the time was right, so this is one area in which we were a little more traditional. I told Tony if he wanted to get married it would be up to him to get us going. He proposed on my birthday weekend in 2018 on a weekend trip with our best friends.

What three words best describe your wedding?

Intimate, intentional, meaningful

Your wedding photos show us a very fun and funky vibe. Tell us more about how your personality influenced your wedding style

We genuinely like each other, and approached the wedding from the viewpoint of being a celebration of each of us that we invited a select few to vs. a party for everyone else. We have found our life partner in each other, and I wanted Tony to love his tux (we had it custom made and he was very particular) as much as I loved my visuals (I made our invitations and had the idea of the parasols from the beginning). I would describe it as elegant goth, and that carried through to our Halloween honeymoon in New Orleans. From start to finish it was exactly what we both wanted without compromise or apology

Why did you choose your venue?

It wasn’t traditional. It wasn’t a church or a party hall. It was an experience for those attending, something they would like to do that would show them our town. It was also romantic…and fit well into my vision of a memorable wedding.

Now, describe how you felt on your big day in more detail.

We had people in town from all over—and it just felt like a big rush to execute what had been a long, well-thought out plan. We got ready together. We arrived together. We had a ceremony that was hand crafted for us by our officiant, and it was really meaningful. I felt proud of us for not giving into the pressures of inviting more people or giving in to tradition or expectations. I felt amazing. It was like a realization that by being together we understood who we were as individuals even more.

Venue: Gondola Getaways

Photographer: David England Photography

Florals: Sweet Pea Florals

Dawn & Mark’s Joyful Seaside Ceremony

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The dating website Match.com boasts about the high number of marriages between its users. Now it can add Dawn and Mark to that number.

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The couple chose to exchange vows at the beautiful Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA. They chose the location because they loved the gorgeous Spanish theme and the spectacular  views of Long Beach Harbor and the city skyline.

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If Dawn could sum up her wedding day in three words they would be: amazing, loving and memorable Says Dawn “My big day was exhausting but the excitement of going from Ms. to Mrs was exhilarating. I was filled with love, happiness and joy to share my vows with the man I love in the presence of all our friends and family.”

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Omar and Brandon Jump The Broom at The Reef on The Water

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When Omar and Brandon of North Carolina chose to jump the broom they decided on Omar’s home state of California for their destination wedding and they chose The Reef on The Water Restaurant as their venue . The ceremony, which took place against the stunning view of the Long Beach Harbor and city skyline, was officiated by Rev. Connie Jones-Steward .  The couple each chose a childhood best friend to stand up for them as “bestwomen”,Gay weddings, Los Angeles,  african-amercan wedding officiants

The wife and husband team of Susan Whitney Photography provided stunning photos of the event from the first walk down the aisle to the last dance of the reception.

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Gay weddings, Los Angeles, african-american wedding officiants

Gay weddings, Los Angeles, african-american wedding officiants

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  • The Venue: The Reef on The Water Restaurant
  • Photographer: Susan Whitney Photography
  • Wedding Officiant: Rev. Connie Jones-Steward