Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Orange County Backyard Wedding : Giselle + Marvin

I’ve been trying to write this blog post for hours, and I can’t put into words how special this Orange County backyard wedding was to me. My mother, Giselle, married her fiance last month in their backyard. Their wedding day was nothing short of perfection. In its colorful simplicity, it was absolutely gorgeous and we were honored to be a part of it.

When Giselle first introduced Marvin to us, she was in the midst of her battle with skin cancer. They took to sharing handwritten letters, and emails regularly and soon enough their hearts became one. For the past three years, they’ve remained by each other’s sides and persevered through good times and bad.

My mom has the kindest, free-spirited soul and I want nothing but life to provide good health, love and grace for her. Marvin and Giselle originally asked Josh and I to be guests at the wedding, but when they admitted they’d like for us to photograph their big day, we happily agreed.

Marvin and Mom, I couldn’t be happier for you two! Thank you for being the best mother I could ever ask for and I wish you all the best as you begin this next adventure in your life. Much Love and Appreciation…Josh and Michaela.

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

The day started at their beautiful home in Orange County, California. Giselle donned a gorgeous Oleg Cassini wedding dress and paired it with Betsey Johnson heels…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

My sister and I helped my mom get into her dress and adjust her veil while Josh the moment…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Mom, you looked absolutely stunning…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Marvin and my younger brother Shane, got ready privately in another room in the house…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Traditionally, May 1st is celebrated as May Day in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a day spent dancing, singing and eating cake!

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

As an introduction to the ceremony, Marvin played a song on his bag pipes before taking his place at the altar to await his bride-to-be.

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Both my mom’s father and step-father walked her down the aisle to the man of her dreams…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

The ceremony was so special…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Officially Mr. and Mrs…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Before the ceremony ended, Giselle and Marvin announced a special surprise…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

…and asked my sister and I to carry a basket around and hand each guest a triangle with the surprise inside…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

As a symbol of their relationship and love for one another, we all released Monarch Butterflies…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

They fluttered across the backyard, some choosing to stick around…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Giselle and Marvin beamed with happiness as the guests went ooh and ahh…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Giselle spent months handcrafting her wedding decor and it was so lovely to see it all come together…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Many of the oranges used in the wedding were grown in their backyard!

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

The wedding guests dined on delicious vegetarian, gluten free Italian food from Tutto Freco

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Giselle and Marvin decided to have not one, but two custom designed wedding cakes from Loving Hut!

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

The DJ kept the party going all day, and well into the night with the custom playlist Giselle and Marvin created…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Overall, the wedding was nothing short of spectacular and filled with nothing but love…

Orange and Gold Backyard Wedding in Orange County, California

Many thanks to the creative team that helped put together this magical tday…

DJ : The Mad Platter

Cake : Loving Hut

Rentals : Signature Party Rentals

Photographers : Moose Studio

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