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Grace & Jaemin Pleasanton Wedding Photos

Pleasanton Wedding Photography

Grace & Jaemin’ Golden Backyard Pleasanton Valley Wedding

We met in middle school at an event at his church and didn’t see each other again until high school, where we became friends.

 We lost touch in college but reconnected and our hearts fell hard “at twenty-three.”

  Started dating a year later with the intention of marriage and got engaged shortly after! I had picked out two rings and left it up to him to choose, and he picked the perfect one. We went and chose his ring together.

 Because the wedding was in my backyard that overlooks an orchard and mountain ridge, I wanted a very rustic look.

 I’m not a fan of matching colors, and also love all colors and wouldn’t have been able to pick just one. Like wildflowers grow, I wanted our wedding to be colorful, natural, and beautiful.

 Hence why our bridal party was mismatched and people sat on the grass during the reception. We used lots of burlap, vintage doors and windows, and reclaimed wood in our decorations. And of course, lots of flowers!

 I love lace, so I wanted a touch of that in my dress. Honestly I chose my dress on a whim because I can’t stand dwelling on decisions. I

 I knew I wanted spaghetti straps and a fit and flare dress, and bhldn mkes beautiful dresses, so that’s how it happened. We invested a lot more in Jaemin’s suit because a man needs a good suit!

“Have a short engagement… and do what you love. Go with your first instinct!!”

We met in middle school at an event at his church and didn’t see each other again until high school, where we became friends. Lost touch in college but reconnected and our hearts fell hard “at twenty-three.” Started dating a year later with the intention of marriage and got engaged shortly after! I had picked out two rings and left it up to him to choose, and he picked the perfect one. We went and chose his ring together.

Because the wedding was in my backyard that overlooks an orchard and mountain ridge, I wanted a very rustic look. I’m not a fan of matching colors, and also love all colors and wouldn’t have been able to pick just one. Like wildflowers grow, I wanted our wedding to be colorful, natural, and beautiful. Hence why our bridal party was mismatched and people sat on the grass during the reception. We used lots of burlap, vintage doors and windows, and reclaimed wood in our decorations. And of course, lots of flowers!

I love lace, so I wanted a touch of that in my dress. Honestly I chose my dress on a whim because I can’t stand dwelling on decisions. I knew I wanted spaghetti straps and a fit and flare dress, and bhldn mkes beautiful dresses, so that’s how it happened. We invested a lot more in Jaemin’s suit because a man needs a good suit! I thought blue was flattering and would fit well with the more casual vibe. Everything else was thrown together last minute. I asked my bridesmaids to find mismatched floral dresses and they did an amazing job. The groomsmen wore suits that they already had because I didn’t want them to match anyway and didn’t want them to spend too much on their attire. We got them matching socks and ties :)

Once again, I told my florist that I love wildflowers. I showed her my Pinterest board and let her and my mom run the show. The flowers turned out beautifully and were beyond what I even expected. They picked them up at SF flower Mart for $500 and did an amazing job.

We had limited space since it was my backyard, and I wasn’t really going to have an aisle at first. We went back and forth so many times then the week before the wedding, my brother showed up and figured everything out in terms of the layout. I wanted it to be simple. We had white chairs, our neighbor lent us their beautiful gazebo that the florist decorated. It was amazing. Our songs were spiritual and went with our theme of Christ as the bridegroom and the church as the bride.

The reception was super casual. We had a picnic style and seating for some adults who wanted it. I loveeee pizza and knew I needed to have a pizza oven come to my wedding. My mom made homemade pickles to serve with. We had singing from friends and family members and I did a surprise performance for my groom. We had a small bonfire to end the night.

Our advice – Have a short engagement… and do what you love. Go with your first instinct!!

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


 Photography: Apollo Fotografie