charming wedding by the sea | elena+derrick | oceano hotel & spa, half moon bay, ca

This wedding can be summed up in one word--absolutely charming! (OK so that is 2 words. :)) There are so many special touches wrapped up in Elena and Derrick's charming Oceano affair, I am not even sure where to begin and most of them aren't even related to decor.  Since the wedding was in Half Moon Bay at the Oceano Hotel & Spa, Elena and Derrick wanted to have touches of the nautical reflected throughout their day. Elena handmade most of the decorations herself--from the hand painted starfish to the message in a bottles as well as the center pieces. But the most charming part of this wedding was Elena and Derrick. They were and are a bundle of heartwarming emotion not only for each other but those around them. There were so many moments from their exchange of personal vows and rings to Derrick's mom's touching yet funny speech at reception.  But one of my favorite and creative moments of the day came at "First Look" from the groom where Derrick presented Elena with his wedding gift.  He bought her a charm bracelet and had charms revealing their honeymoon destinations (see photo below). Elena and Derrick, It was so beautiful to see your love for each other, your faith, family and friends exemplified throughout the day. And I am so happy that I got to be the photographer to witness and capture it all. Thank you! Enjoy! xoxo, Stacey

Always love the First Look. :)

A very emotional flower presentation to the moms and grandma.

Elena and Derrick were both crying so much they started to laugh.

This beautiful wedding couldn't been done without the love and support of friends and family as well as various professionals: Hair & Makeup | Coordinator | Caterer | Florals |  Cake | DJ | Officiant | Decorations, the bride

And of course to my AMAZING team! Thank you Jessica and Chelsea! I love you gals!