"You can't force love, I realized. It's there or it isn't. If it's not there, you've got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you've got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love." - Richelle Mead

I am sure you've all heard the saying "If you want somehing done right, you gotta do it yourself." And that's what Elissa and Nick set out to do for their DIY wedding. From their ceremony backdrop to their table centerpiece, almost everything that was important to their wedding was built by hand. Elissa and Nick did all the leg work and it paid in dividends. Their wedding felt honest and nothing was "over-the-top" or out of place. Even the bookshelves that framed the stained-glass were embellished with books and little trinkets. But I think the icing on the cake for me was all the framed mementos that sat on the bookshelves. Photos of their relatives that could't make it to the wedding. That spoke volumes of how much Elissa and Nick value their family. If you want to read more about Elissa and Nick's DIY journey, click here

On a sidenote: Photographers are usually on their second wind once the reception starts and the only thing we can think of is sitting down. But good thing, Elissa and Nick had a Taco stand on their reception. Which, I must say, were the most delicious tacos I've tasted. Oh, and their playlist. From Duran Duran to Journey, it's like they took MY playlist from MY iTunes. It pretty much kept me on my feet and shooting through the whole night! 


Videographer: Michael Bauch
Florist: Laura Williams
Catering: MexiCali Tacos
Cake: Porto's
DJ: Chris Brown
Harpist: Jacqueline Marshall