Casual Backyard California Fall Wedding

This love story got started with Charena sending Melissa an “icebreaker” on YAHOO personals back in 2004. Melissa declined but Charena was persistent. Melissa eventually gave in and the two began to chat. After chatting for awhile they decided to meet in person. “During our first date it was evident to both of us that we had found the one but we did not express this. We have pretty much been inseparable since that day!”

All photographs provided by Los Angeles based photographer  Altar Image Photography


Melissa and Charena wanted a fun and casual backyard wedding with family and friends. The morning started out with Melissa and her daughters who were the bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done at the venue/house.

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First look shots were taken at the Mt. Woodson Castle Country Club, the look on Charena’s face when she saw Melissa was priceless.

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The ceremony was officiated by the creative and lovely Bethel (Ceremonies by Bethel) who by getting extra information about the couple was able to weave a beautiful ceremony that included a handfastening ceremony and a special ceremony for Melissa’s girls where they too got special rings. There was so much love at this ceremony most of the guests were even teary eyed.

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The reception featured a very tasty buffet, mason jar favors that were perfect for the custom cocktails from the bar , a photo booth, a smores bar with Ghirardelli chocolates and a dance floor next to the pool. DJ providing the music was Choice Entertainment

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Cake was designed by Flour Power
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Caterer was Personal Touch Dining, Inc
and flowers from Sheri’s Flowers

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