The White Dress
I read love stories every day. Some make me laugh, some get me welled up a bit and some leave me in awe. Although I am not sure exactly how the big picture works, I can’t help but believe that fate exists and I think you will agree when you read Casey and Brando’s love story.
Their simple, California backyard wedding was elegant and deeply personal and I couldn’t help, but want to share it on a dismal day like today where it is pouring outside and they are forecasting snow for later this evening. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Casey Moss and Brando King
Married in Riverside, California on October 9, 2010
“On this day as our families entwine let the forever give the two of us strength throughout all seasons, for our loving bond to grow, our roots to bind as one
no matter how high or wide this tree will grow.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn L Moss ,Sr. invite you to join them on this day as
Casey Colleen and Mr. Brando Scott King
begin the birth of their own branch, and the beginning of their life together.”
Casey Moss and Brando King coincidentally attended the same high school. Yet, Casey being a mere freshman who was two years younger than Brando, found herself having a school girl crush. It wasn’t until Brando graduated that Casey captured his heart and he surprised her with a first date at Seaworld in San Diego. They quickly built a strong connection and soon fell in love, but it wasn’t until later that they discovered another connection they’d shared for years, but had no idea.
As a girl, Casey and her mother frequented a post office that sold hand-painted greeting cards by a local woman from Lake Arrowhead. The artist told Casey and her mom the story behind her work and how she decided to sell her art to support her family. Touched by the woman’s story and her incredible talent, Casey and her mother bought them whenever they could. After a year of dating, Brando noticed the cards at Casey’s parent’s house and said “Those are my mother’s cards!”
Brando proposed in Coronado after sending Casey on an eight-hour scavenger hunt, which consisted of activities like yoga, a picnic lunch with her parents, and beer at a brewery with some of Brando’s friends and brothers. The day ended with Casey riding her bike around Coronado and arriving back at the spot that she had her picnic earlier in the day, to find Brando waiting for her with a view overlooking downtown San Diego.
Trees, yes trees, were the inspiration for Casey Moss and Brando King’s wedding. Like a tree, whose roots can grow three times as wide as the branches, a marriage also depends on the strength of its foundation—its roots.
Casey and Brando’s wedding was held in the backyard of Casey’s parent’s home—the house where she grew up and in the yard where she climbed trees. In fact, the branches of these same trees were used to make their six-foot tall “Tree Centerpieces” that were strung with yellow flowers and votive candle.
Brando’s mother Jody was the artist who created their tree logo, which consisted of a tree with its trunk formed out of the letter “K” for King. This logo was carried through from their balsa wood invitations to the programs, menus, cake, dance floor, and on the label wrapped around their parting gift: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
On October 9, 2010, Brando and Casey began the birth of their own branch. Each aspect of their wedding reminded them of their past, illustrated pieces of their present, and excitement for their new life together.
Cake: The Great Dane Baking Company, Huntington Beach, CA; Caterer: Choura Events, Long Beach, CA; Wine and Spirits: La Bodega Wine, Riverside, CA; Event Planner and Florist: Kathy Nosek, a Divine-Occasion, Huntington Beach, CA; Linen: Wildflower Linen, Costa Mesa, CA; Rentals: AFR Event Furnishings, Long Beach, CA; Lighting: ANZA Party Rentals, Torrance, CA; Entertainment: Wayne Foster Music & Entertainment, Irvine, CA; Stationery: Cards of Wood, Jenny Gray, Delights and Invites, Riverside, CA and Milkfed Press, Alameda, CA; Calligrapher: Kathryn Murray Calligraphy, Sherman Oaks, CA; Jewelry: Bon Bon by Micah Yancey and Starz Selection; Tuxedo: Initial-Impressions; Hair and Makeup: Karen Allen Salon & Spa, Riverside, CA; Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier at The White Dress, Corona Del Mar, CA; Videographer: Mission Visual, Anaheim Hills, CA; Photography: Cean Orrett, Cean One Photography, Riverside and Los Angeles, CA
As we all know that vintage chic look has been in for a while. While I never really liked DIY take on it, I have always loved subtle vintage details. From the uber cool furniture that Alexia and Luciano rented, to Alexia’s heirloom veil, and right down to the archival-quality photography, this wedding was just too gorgeous to pass up. PS – those donuts look delicious and I love the open-air lighted canopy. So romantic!
Alexia Cretikos and Luciano Alvear
Married in San Juan Capistrano, California on October 23, 2010
The day of the wedding was magic. “I put on my cathedral-length lace veil made in Paris—which my mom wore on her wedding day—and went to the church in my dad’s 1969 Roll’s Royce,” recalls Alexia. “I walked down the aisle with my father to Luciano; we were like kids full of excitement and happiness.” A beautiful ceremony followed at the same church where Alexia’s parents and grandparents were married.
During cocktails, a tango band performed and a lighted canopy set the stage for a romantic reception complete with a doughnut bar and cartons of milk. The décor was Spanish vineyard meets formal elegance. “Our parents threw rose petals around us during our first dance,” says Alexia. “The DJ was amazing and the dance floor didn’t stop. We had Latin music and did some traditional Greek dances.” All 200 guests gathered around the couple for the last song and afterwards they had a grand exit along a candlelit path by the lake. The favors were put together by ladies in the family: a crystal perfume bottle or a jar of homemade apricot brandy preserve that Alexia’s mom lovingly made.
Ceremony Location: St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA; Reception Location: Rancho Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA; Caterer: Ascent Events, Foothill Ranch, CA; Event Planner: Your Divine Wedding; Florist: Petal to the Meadow, Newport Beach, CA; Vintage Furniture: Found – Vintage Rentals, Fullerton, CA; Chairs: Elegant Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent, Garden Grove, CA; Lighting and Plates: Persiano Events & Rentals, Laguna Hills, CA; Musicians: Ruby Karen Project, Huntington Beach, CA; DJ: Fly By Night DJs, Huntington Beach, CA; Hair and Makeup: Design Visage, Newport Beach, CA; Wedding Gown: The White Dress, Corona Del Mar, CA; Photography: Studio EMP, Fullerton, CA
We wish you countless years of happiness Alexia and Luciano and a big thank you to Joel Eckman Maus of Studio EMP for letting us share these images with our viewers!