Stone Gardens Fallbrook Wedding – Amber + Matt
Amber and Matt started off an exciting weekend for me! These two had a beautiful wedding full of meaningful moments and special little details incorporated to share with their closest friends and family. What impressed me the most about this couple is the love that both of their families shared with one another. Amber and Matt were high school sweethearts and have been together over four years. Their moms looked like best friends as I bounced around capturing moments throughout the day and saw them hugging and taking selfies together! Even Matt’s sister treated Amber as her own. It was the sweetest thing to see that not only were Amber and Matt joining together as one family, but their families were celebrating as they became one as well.
Amber arrived in hair and makeup with all of her pretty bridesmaids and she started to get dressed shortly after. Her maids of honor were her two sisters – one by blood and the other by marriage (Matt’s sister!). They were both so caring and paid such attention to Amber all day, making sure her dress was always being carried and she had everything she needed to be comfortable as we walked around the venue.
Amber’s grandmother “Mimi” played a big role in her wedding. Not only was she incorporated in many special ways into the day itself, but Mimi was a huge part of the planning process. She helped Amber with crafting and arranging the setup of her decor. I loved this moment when she took the time to pin a piece of her own dress and ribbon from her wedding bouquet.
Speaking of bouquet, look at Amber’s flowers! Thank you Carla Kayes Floral Design!
Matt came to the wedding venue and waited as Amber finished up her final details in the bridal suite as he got ready for the first look. He had a few great details of his own, too!
Look at how happy he was! His smile shined like this all day. Just wait until he saw amber for the first time…
Matt and Amber choose to do a first look, which gave them a really special moment to share alone before guests arrived. They got to pray together before they walked the aisle, and seeing each other prior gave them a really peaceful wedding day with all the extra time we had. It was great to let them and their friends and family enjoy themselves without being rushed through the day! So important.
Matt’s sister mentioned during her speech how Matt would look at Amber in the beginning of their relationship years ago in high school. He would walk across a room full of girls with his eyes locked on Amber like she was the only girl in the world. He still looks at her the same way after all these years. How sweet are they together?!
One last kiss before the ceremony! See you two at the altar!
For those of you who think having a first look will take away from the emotion of the groom seeing the bride walking down the aisle for the first time, let this be convincing enough that’s not the case. Matt’s expression when Amber walked to him with her father is one of my favorites to this day. Look at the joy in his eyes!
It’s really happening!
Amber’s father being in a wheelchair didn’t stop him from walking his baby girl down the aisle. The moment they shared was so special, and it was even sweeter that Amber incorporated her mom into the giveaway as she unveiled her daughter.
Amber and Matt had a close friend lead the entire crowd into a hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.” It was one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed, to see everyone in their chairs taking part in the ceremony this way. Even Amber and Matt joined in singing, and it was moving to watch.
And, they’re married!
One of my all-time favorite father-daugher dances ever! I loved this moment.
After Amber and Matt cut cake, they invited up their friends who had birthdays and led the guests in singing to them. It’s so heartwarming when a couple cares so much about other people that they want to share their wedding with others.
Matt’s parents are so cute! After all their years together they still look so in love. I hope my husband and I can continue to love each other like that when we have journeyed through life far enough that our children are getting married. What a beautiful example of commitment.
The bride and groom assumed that Amber’s grandparents would probably be the last ones standing at the end of the anniversary dance, so they arranged with their DJ Bryan to play her grandparent’s song as he cleared the floor to the couple who had been married the longest. They were surprised and so touched as they danced alone on the floor to “their song.” It was such a sweet thing to watch.
And then everyone got up and did The Wobble! Thanks to Bryan who showed everyone how. You know you have a great DJ when he is on the floor teaching everyone the moves!
As the last song played, everyone lined up to let Amber and Matt exit through the longest sparkler line I’ve ever seen! It was magical!
Thank you both for allowing me to be such a big part of your special day! It was incredible getting to meet your amazing friends and family. You both have such strong foundations of love with the examples you have in your life. I loved getting to know everyone and capture these memories for you all.
Wedding Venue: Stone Garden Events
Wedding Coordinators: Lisa and Jenessa with Stone Gardens
Wedding Florals: Carla Kayes Floral Design
Bridal Makeup: Raeleen B. & Co.
Bridal Hair: Teri Medeiros of Mia Bella Salon
Gown Alterations: Jennifer Sitchler of Eden Couture
Suit Alterations: Jenny’s Sewing Studio
DJ: Bryan Thrane of Pacific Entertainment
Wedding Officiant: Father of the Groom David Defuria
Cake & Cupcakes: Aunt of the Bride
Photography: Jenna Joseph Photography