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Alexis & Tasha Los Altos Wedding

Los Altos Wedding Photography

Alexis & Tasha’s 11:11 Los Altos Wedding

Alexis and I met on Match.com. The Story is unique. I had been on match for several months not having much luck. Alexis joined Match after attending one of her best friend’s wedding. I was feeling all emotional with so much love in the air, I signed up for a basic free membership on Match.com. But, when I came across Tasha’s profile I knew I had to become a full paid member so I could reach out to her and start a conversation! That was the day both of our futures changed forever.

I was drawn to Tasha by what I read on her Match profile and her amazing eyes and smile. I was adamant about only looking for friends on match, but was very willing to schedule a meet up. Our first date was at Mizu Sushi restaurant in San Jose, we had great conversation as we shared our story with each other. I learned later that Alexis was so nervous that she was sweating like crazy, but I was cool as a cucumber. And the rest is history.

 

For my wedding gown, I went to Trudy’s Bridal in Campbell and went with a Maggie Sottero, champagne color dress with light gold lace. For my suit I went to Park Place Vintage in Willow Glen and ordered from Statement Italy. My suit was a tailored 2-piece rich wine color.

Our colors were wine and navy with splash of gold throughout. The wine showed up in our Alexis’ suit, flowers, the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses. The navy showed up in the bridesmates suits, ring bearer attire, and accent draped wall.

Our colors were wine and navy with splash of gold throughout. The wine showed up in our Alexis’ suit, flowers, the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses. The navy showed up in the bridesmates suits, ring bearer attire, and accent draped wall.

For my gown our florist created a simple bouquet of deep wine calla lilies- just the one flower, bound together with sparkly gold ribbon and a token navy broche my grandmother wore when she was alive. We used white calla lilies for Alexis’ boutonniere to Symbolize simple beauty, and wine color roses for the bridesmates boutonnieres.

The church needed minimal décor as it had beautiful stain glass windows behind the Alter, which matched our wedding colors quite well, and exposed wood across the entire ceiling, which went with our wood theme. We added green eucalyptus leaves wrapped in wine and gold ribbon to the end of each pew and a simple runner. The entrance to the ceremony was decorated with photos of us, including several of our 11:11 cellphone screen shot that we captured over the past two years. It was actually those instances that helped us decided our wedding date.

We did a Unity Candle ceremony with a twist. It began with two individual candles lit by our mothers (with Alexis’ aunt in place of her mother who past shortly after we met) symbolizing God creating two individual lives putting them in the hands of those who would nurture us and help us grow.

Next, the candles were passed to our first best friends (our sisters), who then passed them to Alexis and I. We used our candles to light the large unity candle to represent us joining our lives to create our new family. We also did the broom jumping ceremony after we said “I do” which is common in African American wedding tradition, symbolizing the sweeping out of the old and jumping into a new life together.

I was escorted down the isle by my Uncle Sunny Easton. Alexis was escorted by her Uncle Terry Webster.

Throughout the night we played hip hop, oldies, Latin and salsa music, and top 40. Our DJ provided two TV’s over his booth that played the music videos to every song her played, creating a club-like atmosphere to get everyone on the dance floor.

We got really creative and went with Mexican Hot chocolate for our favors (which contains cayenne and cinnamon) to represent my Latin background and both of our African American culture (chocolate represents that).

We had a variety of gourmet cupcakes with lemon other fruity flavors to represent me, and chocolate flavors for Alexis. Our cake maker Dawn McMahan added gold, wine and navy cupcake wrappers to go with the wedding colors as well. Dawn also make us a simple white cake with lemon frosting for cake cutting with a gold Mrs & Mrs cake topper. So delicious!

Music is very important to us so every song from the ceremony to the reception was hand selected for vibe, tempo, and lyrical significance to our day and us. Our first dance was to “As” by Stevie Wonder. The first verse says it all, “As now can’t reveal the mystery of tomorrow, But in passing we’ll grow older every day, Just as all is born is new, Do know what I say is true, That I’ll be loving you always.”

We didn’t want it to be a slow song, we wanted something up- tempo and fun to match the mood of the evening and our personalities.

“Enjoy the journey, take your time, and be open. Do what makes you and your partner happy and fulfills both of your visions for your special day.☺”

 Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.


 Photography: Apollo Fotografie