Justine + Stephen = Married!

I feel like I had been looking forward to Justine and Steve’s wedding for years, but in reality it had only been about a year and some change since the time they first contacted me. All I knew was the wedding was going to have a 40s themed and that was enough to get me excited.  Once they officially booked me and chose their venue – the Planes of Fame Air Museum, which is full of beautiful vintage planes – I was over the moon excited! You may remember this ridiculously good looking couple from their engagement session on the Queen Mary. These two are as friendly and sweet as they come and head over heels in love with each other.

The LA Times wrote a small vignette on Justine and Steve and told their story better than I ever could. It ran in the paper yesterday and I know Justine was SO.EXCITED. about being featured, so go over and take a peek! Congratulations, Justine and Steve! You two are simply wonderful and I couldn’t be more honored to have been a part of your day!


Justine’s gorgeous dress is from Mary Me Bridal. Fit her like a glove.


Justine is a makeup artist and I caught her doing one of her bridesmaid’s makeup. You don’t see the bride doing someone else’s makeup every day. Loved it!


While Justine was getting ready, Steve was on the other side of the hotel getting his hair just so. Apparently Steve and his hair are “a thing.” I was asked by more than one person how long it took him to do his hair.  The answer? It took a while, but Rome wasn’t built in day, right Steve!?


My favorite part about Steve getting ready is the awesome faces he made while concentrating. James Dean, anyone?


The ceremony took place at the adorable Fleur De Lis Chapel in Upland. I was facing Steve when Justine first entered the room and I knew the precise moment she entered without turning around because he became emotional instantly. It was really sweet and I definitely cried from behind my camera.


Having your wedding reception at Planes of Fame means you spend the evening in an airplane hangar surrounded by vintage airplanes. Not a bad way to celebrate, I’d say! Florals were provided by In Flower.


Justine and Steve planned several surprises for their guests. One of my favorites was their grand entrance. Rolling up to their reception in a 40s-era plane? Yeah, that happened.


Shout out to the other vendors that made the day special: Day-of Coordinator: Be Dazzle My Events // Catering: Spaggi’s Restaurant // Cake: Cinderella Cakes // Officiant: Rev. Tom Mosley // Photobooth: Photobooth for Parties

  • Drew Renner - What a fantastic wedding to shoot!! So much character and personality. Great pics!!

  • Marissa Rodriguez - SO SO SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Jason Burns - What a great looking wedding. You do some beautiful work.

  • Katie - Absolutely freaking amazing. Holy wow.

  • Phoebe - Wonderful job in capturing such lovely images, Heidi!

  • Featured in The Knot Magazine! | Heidi Ryder Photography: The Blog - […] Justine and Steve‘s awesome wedding got lots of well-deserved attention online, so I wasn’t surprised when the lovely editors over at The Knot asked if they could feature it in their winter issue. I loved shooting Justine and Steve’s wedding day and I’m so glad so many others appreciate the hard work that they put into it. […]

  • Lacey - Hi, I am considering having my wedding at Planes of Fame museum and would like to get in contact with Justine! Here wedding looked gorgeous and I wanted to get some ideas and suggestions from her. Please pass my email along to her. Thank you!