When I first met Pooja and Kiminori, I could instantly tell what a perfect match they were! Their love for each other was so evident and their joy was contagious! They had a gorgeous vision for their wedding that blended the bride’s Indian heritage with the groom’s Japanese culture. Though they lived on the East Coast, they chose Crystal Cove in Newport Coast, California as the setting for their nuptials because of the special place that Orange County held in their hearts. Pooja and Kimi met while studying at UC Irvine and with family coming from India and Japan for their big day, they felt there was no better place to celebrate their love than with a destination wedding where it all began. With a little over 2 months to plan the special day, we had to work quickly, but in the end everything fell seamlessly into place. When their wedding day finally came, the weather was perfect and more importantly the day was filled with love, joy and laughter! I’m so excited to share with you a few of the images from Pooja and Kimi’s day captured so wonderfully by the talented team at J Wiley Photography.
Pooja and Kimi opted for a “First Looks” moment which took place at the gorgeous Island Hotel where each made preparations with their bridal party. After seeing one another for the first time, they were whisked away by the J Wiley team to begin pre-ceremony photos around the hotel and on the beach at Crystal Cove.
When planning the decor for their day, Pooja and Kimi drew inspiration from organic, rustic and bohemian elements. A wildflower bouquet was the perfect pairing for Pooja’s delicate lace sheath gown. I also loved their sweet and simple ceremony decor which consisted of an ivory altar table adorned with vintage vases filled with wildflowers and clusters of astilbe tied with raffia lining the vineyard chairs on the aisle way. The beautiful flowers were all provided by the talented team over at Rogers Gardens.
During the ceremony they shared a sip of sake and taste of salt, a common tradition in Japanese culture that they chose to incorporate. This was such a unique and special touch!
The bride’s mother prepared a special slideshow documenting the couple’s relationship and directly after the ceremony guests were invited into the cottage to share in a toast and watch the slideshow together. Meanwhile the our sneaky coordinating staff along with the catering staff transitioned the deck space from ceremony into a cocktail & reception space.
As a gift to their guests, Pooja and Kimi custom designed a box of 9 artisan chocolates and wrapped each box in an authentic Indian scarf prepared by a friend of the bride. It was such a sweet and personal gift that I know their guests really enjoyed! Their dining tables were also decorated with vintage vases filled with wildflowers and terra cotta pots of herbs and succulents – keeping with their rustic and organic theme.
Guests enjoyed laughing, catching up, and dancing to the music of Kevin Miso who provided both live guitar and DJ services throughout the evening. As the cocktail hour and dinner wrapped up, guests gazed out at a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific ocean. The perfect end to a perfect day! Venders: [Photography] J Wiley Photography, [Venue] Crystal Cove State Park, [Catering & Bar] Beachcomber Catering, [Cake] Simply Sweet Cakery, [Flowers] Rogers Gardens, [Music] Kevin Miso, Better Wedding Music, [Hair & Makeup] Design Visage, [Rentals] Signature Party Rentals, [Bridal Gown] The White Dress, [Officiant] Venus Kitagawa-Stojsic, [Chocolate Box Favors] Valerie’s Confections, [Wedding Planning] Infinite Love Weddings