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Maya & Dave : Married

Dave and I both thought that you’re a great fit for our casual yet stylish yet slightly ghetto yet fabulous personalities. With those words, I knew we were in for a beautiful relationship. Maya and Dave just got me. And I got them. And I loved it! But in all seriousness, the true words that really made my heart skip a beat were some of the first I heard from them. We kinda feel like we’re already married. It’s not really a production. It’s just to celebrate our relationship with our family and friends. I’ve never met a more no-fuss couple. Which is pretty ironic considering this wedding was one of the most detailed weddings I’ve ever attended. When we first met over cocktails, we just talked. About…everything. Life, jobs, family, shoes…you know, vital non-wedding information. But that’s just Maya and Dave. They know what they want – awesome, colorful, FUN – but real. Down-to-earth. Meaningful. And it was damn beautiful.

Maya and Dave’s 4th of July wedding was beyond me. It was like stepping into a dream. With the talent of Simply Modern Weddings, styling of Dandelion and Grey and the whimsy from Honey and Poppies, this “whimsical, eclectic, flea market chic, fiesta” dream was brought to life. It was such a perfect way to showcase Maya and Dave’s love story. I’m so thrilled to finally share their day with you. It’s such a blessing to do what I love, but the real blessings are the like-minded, creative and incredibly beautiful people I get to hang with along the way.

Maya and Dave, I’m talking to you! xo Click here to see more of their wedding.

Maya and Dave dreamt up the concept and Dave designed the invitations. I have to say, they are incredibly fun and endearing. Just like them. Maya had not one but two pairs of shoes. Because she’s stylish like that. Oh, and you can never go wrong with a ring bowl by Paloma’s Nest. Steven hung out with Dave as he got ready. So excited to have him shooting with me.
Maya and Dave opted out of having a bridal party. But that doesn’t mean their best friends weren’t there for prep time. Such an amazing group!  Their first look outside of the Pasadena Westin was colorful and full of loud laughs and big hugs. Because Maya and Dave are amazing/awesome/stylish/ALL OF THE ABOVE, they carved out almost 2 hours for photography time. We headed to the Gamble House. A stunning location, complete with props and their hot selves. As Rachel Zoe would say, it was MAJOR. We headed over to the garden at Happy Trails. I must point out that Steven and I were married in Pasadena, we hang out in Pasadena, shop in Pasadena, do everything but live in Pasadena, and neither of us had ever heard of this place. Our jaws literally dropped the second we walked in. Not even lying. Our eyes met and without words, we said HOLY CRAP! 

Simply Modern Weddings, Dandelion and Grey and Honey and Poppies knocked it out of the park. Every detail was purposefully thought out. I mean, just look!

The couple was married by Dave’s best friends father. Like for real, if you thought just the details were personal, you’re wrong. EVERYTHING was personal! One of my favorite ceremony shots ever. It wasn’t windy at all that day. But for some reason, it picked up at the perfect moment. The dessert table was colorfully fun. Pan dulce, donuts, cupcakes…I mean, come on! Lucky lucky guests. Also, I tried to steal the dresser but it didn’t fit in our car. 😉 The sweetheart table was so very endearing and intimate, beautifully adorned with Maya’s grandparents china. 

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  • anouschkaSeptember 1, 2010 - 7:58 am

    Wow, gorgeous images and love the styling of this wedding!

  • AmberSeptember 1, 2010 - 8:04 am

    Amazing! Great Job Ala!

  • Evie PerezSeptember 1, 2010 - 8:18 am

    OMG!!! Ala you rocked the house with this wedding. I just have to say this is one Fablish wedding!!! You did an awesome job. Sorry if this is a second comment. I am not sure if the first one went through.

  • DiandraSeptember 1, 2010 - 8:45 am

    okay I am in love with this wedding.
    I love the tree.
    And the colors.
    And the cake.
    Can this please be my wedding?

  • MireilleSeptember 1, 2010 - 9:14 am

    I second all of the above. Beautiful couple, great location and style and superb photography.

  • Marissa RodriguezSeptember 1, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Seriously this is one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve seen and you did such an amazing job at documenting it! Every single detail is amazing! And the ring shot!? LOVE!

  • CandeeSeptember 1, 2010 - 10:21 am

    WOW! This wedding makes me want to get married all over again [with this theme] I love, love it!

  • Rachel ReneeSeptember 1, 2010 - 10:24 am

    My, oh my, I am SWOONING! Your work is so very beautiful. The compostion and processing are flawless. Your pics are so creamy and clear. You are a GREAT photographer.

  • MarySeptember 1, 2010 - 10:33 am

    I have been waiting to see this wedding forever! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Everything about it! Amazing work Ala!! You are so stinking talented! I love it!

  • JessicaSeptember 1, 2010 - 10:41 am

    Ok, so where do I even begin? Adorable couple: Check. Familiar location (represent!): Check. Bold colors: Check. Gorgeous florals: Check. Anthro knobs (cause I’m a beast): Check. Talent behind the lens to capture it all: sign, sealed and delivered. Game!

  • AbiQSeptember 1, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Holy Moses these pictures are steller! The wedding is so beautiful, the couples totally in love and the colors are to die for!

  • Megan WelkerSeptember 1, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS!!! the details, the photos, that smokin hot couple! Ala, you rock.

  • Jasmine*September 1, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    LURVE it!! So, so proud of you! 🙂

  • StacySeptember 1, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    Unreal pictures!! Seriously…let us know when it gets published!!! So amazing!! And fun!!

  • Catie RonquilloSeptember 1, 2010 - 6:50 pm

    Gorgeous. Or GORGE for short. Love it. So colorful so beautiful and best of all, so personal! 🙂

  • RebeccaSeptember 1, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    Awesome work again! Love reading your blog. It’s fast becoming one of my faves! Come to Australia already! 😀

  • MegsSeptember 1, 2010 - 8:00 pm

    What an amazing wedding and gorgeous photography!It’s our anniversary today and this was such a treat to look at!

  • Dandelion & GreySeptember 2, 2010 - 9:14 am

    EEEE!! Gorgeous, Ala! So fun to relive this beautiful day through your photographs! Beautiful work 🙂 xoxoxo

  • AmyPunky PhotographySeptember 2, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    This wedding is amazing!!!

  • gladys jemSeptember 2, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    SERIOUSLY ALA…this is so freaking amazing. i wanna have a whimsical eclectic flea market chic wedding! Gosh, this is so gorgeous! You so talented!

  • Sherri JohnsonSeptember 2, 2010 - 7:58 pm

    oh… my… goodness. You totally ROCKED this wedding! It is absolutely beautiful. Simple, elegant, perfect in every way. I’m a fan!

  • christinaSeptember 2, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    YAY!!! maya & dave’s wedding was the bomb! you were super awesome to work with on this, and i couldn’t say it any better than maya’s message to you! thank you thank you thank you!!!

  • angela s.September 4, 2010 - 8:00 pm

    wowzers!!!!!!! absolutely stunning….i’m sad cuz i wish i could get married all over again just to have you photograph it. LOVE IT girl!

  • TiaSeptember 6, 2010 - 8:16 pm

    Georgous!! Love the colors =)

  • jessSeptember 7, 2010 - 9:13 am

    wow! i love each and every shot…good work!

  • roseSeptember 7, 2010 - 10:17 am

    wow! great job! beautiful details and couple!

  • kymSeptember 8, 2010 - 8:32 pm

    holy amazingness!! i want my backyard to look just like that all day long!

  • ericaSeptember 13, 2010 - 12:23 pm jaw just hit the floor. i think i’m gonna go puke now from over indulging in the sweet awesomeness of this wedding.

  • LilySeptember 14, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    What a beautiful wedding. This is by far my favorite wedding on your blog. The pictures are stunning! You rocked it.

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