It was a beautiful day to get married at the Grove of Redlands, a venue that is vast in acreage. It’s got vignettes of beautiful areas of landscaping and cottages but the vast majority of the venue is lined in roses and rows of orange trees. Square Eye Photography shares all the details of Shelsea and Joseph’s May 2021 wedding day.

We started the day with the beautiful drive to Redlands. It was a gorgeous day warm but not hot. Finding our way through the venue, The Grove of Redlands I met up with my daughter Maya who assisted me on the day of the wedding. When I arrived Shelsea, our beautiful bride, was still running around. I got to work immediately taking photos of all the details including the mermaid wedding dress for the Blue Willow collection by Anne Barge. The dress was the perfect fit for Shelsea’s tiny petite and curvaceous frame. I have anticipated this wedding since Shelsea booked with me a year in advance… I have always esteemed her amazing style! I knew that her wedding was going to be full of the most immaculate details because this girl has immaculate taste!

We started shooting details at the cottage in the bridal suite at the Grove of Redlands. We shot the most beautiful veiled covered in the whisper of white flowers and the most blingy Bagdley Mishka high heel shoes you can imagine! Along with her beautiful invitation and the most beautiful pink and white floral bouquets.  Decked out with peonies and eucalyptus it was timeless, classic but absolutely beautiful. Getting dressed and ready and finishing makeup took longer than anticipated which is normal. While Shelsea was getting her hair done I snuck over to the boy’s room and.. and guess what? The boy’s cottage is in a treehouse! I took a couple of getting ready photos of Joseph and his entourage.

The main ceremony area is bookended with white rose bushes reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. There are islands of white rose bushes in the ceremony area overlooks the hills. Adjacent to the reception area is the most beautiful little man-made pond also surrounded by white roses and a mini waterfall. We spied big beautiful large Koi fish speckled in oranges and blacks. The ceremony flower arch was placed in front of the ceremony area and beautiful flowers lined the aisles with beautiful wood signs while the violinist’s melody entranced all. A beautiful touch to the wedding day was that the groom’s father officiated the wedding

The reception area and ceremony area was dripping in florals of fuchsia pink and white. Arches dripping with flowers and a flower wall with an ombre style floral look with the word The Sanchez’ and in commemoration of her Latin heritage she adorned the reception area with white cut-out paper.  In Spanish it is called papel picado. There was also a large floral arch shaped in an almost a complete circle absolutely dripping with florals. The wide expanse of the ceremony and reception area also looked intimate despite its grandeur there were details of abundance with wood signs and vintage benches.

I want to conclude this blog by stating that the people in the back that are putting all of this together from the florals to the linen to the cake. All of these people make these events possible. And I want to send out a huge thank you and shout out to all of the vendors that made this day possible….

Plus I want to thank Chelsea and Joseph. I have been looking forward to shooting their wedding since I first met them many many years ago…. They have been hiring me for their family portraits every year for so many years I cannot even remember. I shot Shelsea’s Brothers wedding 10 years ago and have been a part of their family for that long. Family portrait after family portrait watching this beautiful family grow…and finally Shelsea and Joseph’s day…and it was everything I thought someone with immaculate taste would host. This couple the way of sunshine they are the embodiment of happiness the embodiment of later, beauty, gratitude and philanthropy. They hold God close to their heart and are both sacred human souls that came together in this lifetime to spend their lives together. And I was so glad that I was here to watch the love that surrounds them warm their hearts on this beautiful day… And watch them finally become one soul.

Vendor Collaboration

Event Venue: the grove // Photographer: Square Eye Photography @squareeyephoto / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Day of Coordination + Linens + Bouquets: Jaime and Fabila at Events by Milan IG @Eventsbymilan || Videography: Steven at Foxtail Wedding Films @foxtailweddingfilms || DJ: Luis Martinez at Luis The DJ  @luisthedj || Make up and Hair: Bibbidy Bobbidy  @bibbidy_bobbidy_beauty || Flower Arches: Happily Ever After and More @happilyeverafternmore || Venue: The Grove of Redlands  @the_grove_redlands Manager: Sharon || Mariachi: 310-930-8088 || Violinist: Sarai 323-424-9588 || Tuxes: Friar Tux || Veil purchased at Royal Lily Boutique IG @royallilyboutique || Dress purchased at Styled by TC IG @styledbytc || Cake by IG @cakesmaria.e