Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Engagement Photography


Meet the couple and and read about pre-wedding set up, mishaps, fixes, and planning by clicking Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor: Part 1



Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Beach Wedding

Wedding Photography by Dorritt Solesbee

Their California wedding was styled simply but with precise elegance. Her colors were navy, peach and creme. She decided on these colors because she desperately wanted a bright wedding, but didn’t want to use summer colors during the fall. So she used the navy to bring in a deeper tone and allow the peach to pop out. She, Taylor, their relationship and their wedding are absolutely breathtaking.

Mormon WeddingThey were married in the beautiful Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s Newport Beach Temple on November 23rd 2013. It was all blue skies, sunshine, and a little bit of cold; a perfect day for a wedding.

The Ring

Rose Gold Wedding Ring

Knowing Dani so well -and perhaps with some of her hinting of what she liked – Taylor picked out Dani’s ring on his own. It is a beautiful oval diamond with a rose gold band and diamonds that line the sides. The surprises didn’t end with the engagement either. As a young couple working through school, Dani didn’t expect to be able to get a wedding band just yet. Taylor, knowing this, surprised her during their ceremony by putting not just her engagement ring on, but also a matching rose gold band lined with small diamonds.

The bride, the dress, the look. 

Wedding PhotographyDani’s dress was absolutely gorgeous. It was fitted with a beautiful lace throughout and an elegant train. Taylor, looked good too in his well tailored navy suite.

Wedding Veil

One of the most beautiful bridal accessories Dani had was her long lace trimmed veil. The simple elegance of her look continued with a dainty rhinestone bracelet and white pearl necklace. It had been her intention to wear her mother Caroline’s pearl necklace that had been gifted by Caroline’s father, but she ended up needing to find a replacement and found her necklace at Charming Charlies. All in all, it is undeniable that Dani made a beautiful bride.

The Wedding Party

Peach BridesmaidsDani had six bridesmaids, including her younger sister has her maid of honor, her cousin and four of her closest friends. She decided to put her bridesmaids in peach and cream. Dani picked out and bought the skirts for all of the girls and asked each of them to find a light peach top and gold accessories.

Bridesmaid Bouquet

While Dani’s bouquet featured roses, the Bridesmaids’ bouquets focused on happy and bright daisies. Each bouquet was wrapped in a navy blue ribbon. Her flowers were done by a family friend.

Navy Suite Groomsmen

Matching Dani, Taylor had six groomsmen, including best friends and family. Each wore a navy suit, navy striped tie, and brown dress shoes (looking snazzy).

A Luncheon


After the wedding ceremony, they held a small luncheon at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Newport. They invited family, the bridal party, and a few close friends. There, they had a few items picked out from the Spaghetti Factory menu for their guests to choose from, they showed a video slideshow of photos of the bride and the groom growing up, and had speeches from immediate family members and the best man and maid of honor.

The Reception

They hosted their wedding reception in the gorgeous home of one of their friends. They had a large white tent set up in the landscaped yard with chandlers and even heaters to keep their guests from getting cold. The walkway up to the tent was lined with lanterns. At it’s start was the gift table, sign in table, and a screen with the slideshow that had been played at the reception. They served a delicious menu appropriate to the season of soups with bread bowls and salads catered by Catering by Linda (Contact for prices and menus: 916-439-2127).

Reception Centerpieces

The centerpieces included a variety of glass vases, candles, daisies, and framed engagement photos.Wedding Cake

Since Dani is not the biggest fan of cake, she decided to do wedding cup cakes with a top small cake for the cake cutting tradition. Their beautiful and much loved cake was made a designed by Pila’s Pantry.

Traditionswatch film Split 2017 now

They started the night with a traditional greeting line, but did not want to be there all night, so limited it to one hour. After that they danced with their friends and family. Then they had the father daughter dance, mother and groom dance, and then couples first dance as husband and wife.

Wedding Traditions

First Dance Following the dances they upheld the wedding tradition of cutting the cake…Cutting the Wedding Cake …and smashing it in each other’s face.Cake Cutting Tradition Garter Toss Tradition 

At the evening’s close they did the garter toss and the bouquet toss.Bouquet Toss Tradition

Finally, with the night a blur, Dani changed into her secondary dress and the couple was sent off…

Wedding Sparkler Send Off With a sparkle and a kiss.

Wedding Send Off

Congratulations to our bride and groom Dani and Taylor! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us. We wish you the very best in your first year of marriage and in the many more to come!