The first wedding of 2010! I have been looking forward to blogging Jennifer & Mike’s wedding for quite awhile now! I finally got the go ahead after their wedding was featured this morning on Southern Weddings as the Southern Wedding of the Week! Thank you so much to the girls over at SWS for featuring Jennifer and Mike’s wedding!

I was so excited for Jen and Mike’s wedding..not only because I adore them both but for a number of other reasons! Firstly, it was going to be the first time that I got to work with my very good friends Angel from Events of Love & Splendor and Kristin from The Treasured Petal TOGETHER! I’ve worked with Angel on several occasions as well as Kristin but never the three of us together. We’ve all been buddies for so long were so giddy with excitement when we found out we’d all be working together.

Jennifer and Mike had their gorgeous “Southern Winter” inspired wedding at The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel! We were blessed with such a beautiful day considering it had been raining for days and days and didn’t stop raining until the MORNING of the wedding. I’m sure you can imagine how I was feeling when I woke up that morning to still see water on the ground! My fear was soon dissipated when I left home that morning to see the sun shining bright!

The entire day was pure perfection thanks to Angel, her lovely assistant/sister Anna and Kristin, and the lovely people at The Ritz Carlton..especially Eryin Choi who took time out of her busy schedule to show me all the great picture taking spots! Jen & Mike were not only thrilled with how beautiful their wedding day was but also to be married to each other and have the people they love close to them. I couldn’t help but notice how adoringly Jen looked at Mike..and the few times when Mike would speak and mention of how happy he was, he couldn’t help but shed a tear..or two :-)

Jen & Mike..thanks for being so amazing!! You are just perfect for each other and I’m truly blessed to have been a part of your wedding day! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness, love, and tears (happy tears!)

Jennifer’s Ulla Maija dress was to die for!

Jen’s bridemaids looked amazing in their Vera Wang navy blue dresses!

Kristin did an amazing job on the always!!

Love this pic! The light shining through the church was magnificent!

How adorable is Jen?

My idea of the perfect getaway car..a Mini Cooper!

The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel had such beautiful grounds!

Angel did such an amazing job on the placecard arrangement!

How adorable are these birdies from Ann Wood?

Check out the snow! It’s actually fake snow but look & feels real!

LOL..this picture cracks me up! Jen’s sister surprised her with this gem she found in Jen’s closet..the night before the wedding! The picture is of Scott Weinger (DJ’s boyfriend on Full House)..Jen had a HUGE girlhood crush on him :-)

I adore this shot! It gives me warm fuzzies :-)

Sharon: What a FABULOUS wedding to start off 2010!!!  Love the wintery details, florals and most of all the love you captured between the bride and groom.  Great job Trista! February 24, 2010 12:47 pm

angel swanson: trista -- i LOOOVE you & i loooove working with you!!!  <3  these images are truly stunning and i seriously get teary looking at them.  what a beautiful day; you captured it perfectly!!! February 20, 2010 12:45 pm

punam bean: So much joy! You totally captured it!! February 19, 2010 12:01 pm

Marissa Rodriguez: Trista, your work is always gorgeous! LOVE the light in the church! February 19, 2010 7:27 am

kristin brancaleone: btw, dj´s boyfriend was a TOTAL hottie.  wasn´t he the voice of alladin, too?  xoxo February 19, 2010 5:45 am

kristin brancaleone: yay!  you captured all the perfect moments.  love you! February 19, 2010 5:44 am