Santa Monica Wedding Photography – Annie + Gero!

Annie and Gero’s wedding at The Victorian in Santa Monica was as lovely as it was fun. All of the couple’s family and close friends were there to celebrate the newlyweds and it was such an honor for me and my second shooter, Jen Lauren Grant, to be there.  When I first met Annie early this year, I asked about her wedding and she told me her and Gero had a succulent garden at home and Gero was something of a succulent whisperer, so to speak. So she explained they would be using succulents throughout the wedding in things like the centerpieces. I personally love succulents so I was excited to see what they would come up with, but I loved that they were choosing an element that was very “them” to carry throughout their wedding.

You may remember Annie, Gero and their dog, Marty, from their sweet engagement session in Santa Monica at the house where Annie grew up. Annie and Gero choose to see each other before the ceremony so we’d have plenty of time for portraits, and  even Marty made a quick appearance at the wedding for a sweet wedding-day family photo.

Venue: The Victorian, Santa Monica, Calif.
Coordinators: Paola Carpintero & Melinda Barajas of onefourthree Events
Bouquets and boutonnieres: Ann’s Flowers
Centerpieces: DIY by the Groom
Cake/Cupcakes: {love+cupcakes}
Acoustic Guitar: Buzz Gravelle
DJ: DJ Evil One

Couple with dog at The Victorian, Santa Monica

Annie’s dress was absolutely gorgeous and my favorite part was the flower details on the back, shown below. The boutonnieres and bouquets were made by Ann’s Flowers. The stems of Annie’s bouquet were wrapped in one of her mom’s handkerchiefs.

Succulent wedding bouquet, floral details on dress

names carved into a tree, succulent boutonniere

girls with wedding programs in basket

Their ceremony was lovely and personal, including readings from seven friends and family members.

Bride and dad walking down the aisle, acoustic guitar player

bride being handed of to groom by dad in wedding ceremony

bride and groom kissing during wedding ceremony

wedding ceremony in front of historic house

groom holding bouquet for bride wedding photo

couple sitting together on steps in wedding attire

couple looking at each other in wedding attire

bride and groom sitting on steps of historic house

couple walking in wedding attire

The reception room looked gorgeous and the succulent centerpieces, handmade by Gero himself, looked amazing.

DIY Succulent wedding centerpieces

Succulent wedding table centerpieces

Loved the adorable cupcake and cake display by {love+cupcakes}. You really can never go wrong with cupcakes.

love+cupcakes wedding cupcakes and cake

Annie’s sister and brother were the Maid of Honor and Best Man, respectively. The two of them gave a joint speech that was really funny and also very sweet. Yay, family. :)

Best Man Maid of Honor speech

couple laughing during toasts at wedding

After dinner and toasts, Annie and Gero invited their guests upstairs where a dance floor and DJ Evil One were waiting to get the party started right. Annie and Gero had their first dance to one of my favorite songs of all time, “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers.

bride and grooms first dance

This was probably one of the best dance parties I’ve been to. These people know how to party.

people on the dance floor busting a move

Congratulations, Annie and Gero! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your incredible day. Wishing the two of you (and Marty!) a lifetime of happiness together!

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  • Jackie Wonders Photographer - so cute!!! love the details! you’re freaking awesome.

  • Megan Welker - love this!!! I really liked the backdrop of their ceremony! They look like the sweetest couple ever and the groom did such an amazing job on the centerpieces!! Yay for DIY’s!!! Fabulous job Heidi, as usual!

  • susie - Once again, you did an amazing job!!

  • Ann - The groom handmade those succulent centerpieces? Wow what a crafty groom!

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