Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Wedding | Annie & Jason

Welcome back everyone!

Today, we get a quick look at Annie & Jason’s wedding that took place a few days ago. When the two booked the venue months ago, no one thought we’d be praying for dry weather the way California has been for the last few years. There’s been really low risk for rain during the last few years and then all of a sudden last week, weather forecasters were saying we were going to get one of the biggest storms we’ve seen in the last 6 or 7 years. What are the odds?

The day before the wedding, it was raining cats and dogs. Freeways were flooded, cars were hydro-locked and stranded, and trees toppled over all over Los Angeles. Everyone feared the worse. Joseph and I had our rain sleeves for our cameras ready, rain coats and umbrellas to protect ourselves from the wet weather. Fortunately, all our prayers were answered on the big day. Although it rained in the morning during wedding preparation, with some luck, the rain stopped a couple of hours before the wedding ceremony and didn’t bother us for the remainder of the day. Skies were a little gray and dark during the wedding ceremony at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese garden on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, but considering the way it was pouring the night before, it was as good as sunshine.

Please enjoy some of the highlight photos from Annie & Jason’s wedding at the Japanese gardenĀ and at Venue by Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

As the bride and her bridesmaids were getting their hair and make-up done, we snuck her wedding dress outside to the hotel lobby to get a quick detail shot of it before she put it on.

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The make-up artist putting the finishing touches on the bride.

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Even though the bride and groom agreed on not giving each other wedding gifts on their wedding day, the groom went against their agreement and spoiled her with multiple gifts.

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The bridesmaids buttoning up the wedding dress on the bride.

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Meanwhile, the groom and the groomsmen were having a good time in their room. After quickly getting dressed, they relaxed with some drinks and admired some of the gifts the groom gave his groomsmen.

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Boys being boys.

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The start of the wedding ceremony at the Japanese garden in Long Beach.

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Such beautiful lush green landscape.

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The groom’s anticipation as he waits on the arched wooden bridge for his bride’s arrival. He hasn’t seen her yet so this will be the first time he see’s her in her wedding dress.

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Father walking his daughter down the aisle.

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Koi fish just swimming around in the shimmering pond.

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Wedding ring exchange during the wedding ceremony.

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Newlyweds first kiss!

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Bridal party portraits right after the wedding ceremony, taking advantage of the elegant Japanese garden.

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After bridal party portraits at the Japanese garden, it was time to get the celebration started at Venue by Three Petals in Huntington Beach. The first thing I noticed when I saw the indoor reception area was the amazing floral chandelier!

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Newlyweds made their grand entrance to the reception and were cheered by their friends and family.

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The first dance between bride and groom at the wedding reception as their guests look on.

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Guests getting the parents into the mix during table to table visits.

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The groom’s parents weren’t safe and had to play as well!

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That look when the groom and father of the groom find out that the plastic eggs the guest is holding needs to go from one pant leg to the other.

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Open dance floor for everyone to get their boogie on. Loved the white dance floor with the bride and groom’s name on it. A very nice touch.

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Bouquet toss with all the single ladies.

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Sliding into home base to search for the garter on the bride.

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Hope you all enjoyed some highlight photos from Annie & Jason’s big wedding day. I always love coming back to my alma mater, and this time was a little extra special because the bride was actually a classmate of mine at Cal State Long Beach. Who knew that 16 years after we started college that we’d be back there for her wedding? So awesome!

Congratulations again, Annie & Jason! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day, and may the love and happiness you feel today shine through the years!

Cheers,
Danny

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