This wedding was so special to me, because Denise and I have been friends since 2nd grade! Denise and Chris wanted to make this backyard wedding feel like a day in old Italy, surrounded by loved ones. Every name card had a question that was tailored to that particular guest (i.e., “Share your favorite Girl Scout memory with Denise”), and a microphone was passed around for everyone to share a memory during the family-style meal.


Venue – Backyard of the couple’s home
Location – Fountain Valley
Theme – Old Tuscany
Photographer – New Love Photography




The hours I spent with Denise cutting, pinning, and sewing together her wedding dress with only her grandmother’s linen tablecloths and an overlay of lace.



Keep your wedding on a budget by getting creative. Denise and her friends made pasta al dente and stored it in the fridge overnight, and they added meatballs and sauce on the day of the wedding. Simple appetizers of cheese, crackers, olives, and grapes added to the Tuscan feel without breaking the bank.