Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker June 26, 2018

Romantic and Dreamy California Engagement Session

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“It was 100 degrees out, but also their sweet love burned so bright! Their story is one of my favorites and I am so lucky I get to share it. They met at work, and Paige knew from the beginning that this was different. The way Paige describes her heart swelling love and her thrill at getting to be Kareem’s wife just melts me. His devotion and passion for Paige is so evident, even down to their proposal. He knew her love for Harry Potter so her built the Mirror of Erised {which Harry Potter fans know that the mirror shows you your hearts truest desire}, and wanted to be clear that his deepest desire was the reflection of them together forever. I MEAN YOU GUYS! A Harry Potter Proposal, plus he surprised her and had flew her mom into town. I can just imagine the joy everyone felt that day!” –Great Woodland Photography

How did you find your photographer?

We found Taryn through She was the third photographer I met in person and knew she was the one for us! Taryn takes amazing photos using natural light,and since our ceremony and reception are outside, I knew she would take the best photos. Not to mention that Taryn is really rad and we hit it off right away!

What are you DIY-ing for your wedding?

What aren’t we DIY-ing for our wedding!? My Moms friend made all of our table runners and our sweetheart tablecloth. We wanted a gold runner that wasn’t sheen or satin and we could not find one we liked, so we decided to make them! My Dad is cutting the wood rounds from an Oak tree for our center pieces. He is also using natural wood to create our donut display for our dessert table. My soon-to-be Mother-in-law is making all of our favors. She bought little dishes from where they are from and is adding Jordan Almonds to each one, and is wrapping them in tulle and ribbon. Lastly, my friend created all the table numbers from dark wood to match our décor!

What are you looking forward to the most?

Honestly, I am looking forward to marrying the man of my dreams! I could have married him the day he asked me at a court house, but I am glad that we will be able to share this day with family and friends. -Paige, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Great Woodland Photography // Shoot Venue: Felicita Park Escondido, CA // Bride's Attire: Target // Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto // Groom's Attire: Banana Republic

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