San Diego Featured Wedding: High School Sweethearts Celebrate a Family Affair Wedding

For Staci and Nathan Staton, marriage was a long time coming. The two were high school sweethearts and had been dating for over 12 years when they finally got married! What really made this fall wedding so special was the importance of family. Staci's maid of honor was actually Nathan's sister, and Nathan's best man was actually Staci's brother. On top of that, they are all best friends. To top it all off, the maid of honor and the best man are actually married! So, this wedding was a family affair to say the least! 

Photographer: MKL IMAGES// Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo// Cake Designer: Cute Cakes// DJ: Pro Sound DJs//Reception Venue: Twin Oaks Golf Course

San Diego Featured Wedding: a Lovely Church Affair Shines with Family, Love and Mexican Traditions

Jeff and Susana Smith both held one thing to a high standard when planning their wedding-- their family. There are many, many factors that go into wedding planning (as you may have already figured out), but family was the one that the two agreed upon should be held at the utmost importance. Susana had just recently lost both her parents, so her brother stepped in to give her away.  With her in spirit, Susana's parents were kept very close to her throughout the wedding. She had their pictures sewn into her bouquet. Her dress was also custom designed and hand made by her family's business in Mexico. After the ceremony, family and friends joined the happy couple for a reception dinner in Old Town Historic Park to capture the love in photos with a traditional Spanish rustic backdrop. Susana's daughter was also in the mix as her Maid of Honor. On the other side of the aisle, Jeff asked his son to be his Best Man. Be sure to check out this truly family affair resplendent with spirit, joyful yellow florals and details and tradition. 

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church of San Diego// Hair and Makeup: Aura Aveda Day Spa// Ring Designer: David and Sons Jewelers// Men's Attire: Friar Tux Shop

Awe Inspiring Mother and Daughter Wedding Photos

This week we are featuring a mother and daughter duo that we can't get over. Their excitement and love is so pure that we just had to share it. Jessica married John Trabbic , and Jessica was the first of three sisters to get married. Jake and Maria Galati from Galati Photography had the honor of capturing this lovely pair and give us the perfect session to lead us into yet another beloved Mother's Day! Tell us what you think of this bond that these two obviously share!  We wish you all a very Happy Mother's Day!

6 really special wedding moments captured on camera prepare you for the feels!

Weddings are all about emotions: sharing them, feeling them and celebrating them. Here are 6 amazing emotional wedding moments capturing people as they celebrate love and all the feels! Grab a hankie!

#1 The Vow Feels. 
This beautiful Bride became overwhelmed with emotions after her Groom said his vows to her. We love this very sweet moment of him kissing her on the shoulder since he couldn't quite yet give her a first kiss yet! 

#2 The Maid of Honor Feels.
That sweet moment during the Maid of Honor's speech where she can't catch her breath from crying as she shares her joy and happiness for her best friend. Cue the Bride wiping away the tears and hold her hand through the rest of the speech. 

#3 The Groom First Look Feels.
This love-filled Groom was speechless and broke down during the very first glimpse of his lovely Bride. 

#4 The Wedding Surprise Feels.
During their New Years Eve Rancho Santa Fe wedding, it was so cold outside that their wedding cake froze! When the Brides went to cut into it their knife handle broke off and their reactions were priceless! 

#5 The Wedding Guest Feels
Your friends and family are feeling the love too! A very sweet and loving moment captured of married guests at a wedding. Proof that guests are just as in love as the Bride and Groom! 

#6 The Joyful Family Feels.
This Mother of the Groom had a great time listening to the wedding party roast the Bride & Groom during their entrances. After all that emotion you really need a good laugh to celebrate such an amazing life event. 

And speaking of the feels....a great big thank you to wedding photographer extraordinaire Paul Douda Photography for capturing all this love and emotion and sharing it with us! 

Celebrate your roots with Ancestry.com weekend special just $49

We know how fun it is to celebrate your cultural heritage at your wedding so why not do some digging to find more about your family tree?  

Ancestry.Com has a great special this weekend but grab this hot deal now since it's only good until Sunday July 12, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Maybe post a beautifully painted Family Tree [culminating in your union] at your wedding too so guests can see your whole tribe. Kin and Caboodle on Etsy makes lovely Family Tree Art for weddings and anniversaries.