Wedding At Serendipity Garden Weddings In Oak Glen, CA | Van & Trevin

Wedding At Serendipity Garden Weddings

VAN & TREVIN

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Wedding photos at Serendipity Garden Weddings:

Van and Trevin hired me to capture their wedding at Serendipity Garden Weddings all the way back in January 2017. I had the pleasure of getting to know them better during their nature-inspired e-session at Joshua Tree last April as we explored the striking rock formations and iconic trees in this famous California national park.

Fast forward to late summer and they were planning an intimate event with their closest family friends at Serendipity Garden Weddings, a gorgeous wedding venue in the San Bernardino Mountains. With everything happening in the one place, I drove east with my wife Charlene (who was my assistant) and met up with our second photographer to capture what was truly a special day.

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Van and Trevin kiss in the middle of a mountain road in Oak Glen during their wedding portrait session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

 

Getting ready photos at Serendipity Garden Weddings:

While my second photographer was with Trevin and the boys, I was with Van, her bridesmaids, moms, and flower girls as they were getting ready in a charming cottage. Serendipity Garden Weddings is set across a terraced hillside, with the bridal cottage far enough away from the groom’s getting ready space that we could move around inside and out quite freely, without the risk of Van and Trevin accidentally crossing paths.

I photographed Van as she made her final preparations with her bridesmaids and showed off her wedding shoes with her cute flower girls, as well as grabbing a shot as she admired her stunning wedding dress. I also captured some special moments with her mom as she helped to tie up the back of Van’s dress and a candid shot of the bridesmaids assisting as she stepped into her shoes.

Van had been sweet enough to buy thank you gifts for her bridesmaids and flower girls, so I captured candid shots as she handed them out and the flower girls excitedly unwrapped their presents. The bride then opened a box of earrings gifted from her groom, with time for a few portraits of her looking absolutely radiant.

It was then time for the first look with her dad, which we held in front of an antique clock wall in Van’s bridal cottage. It was wonderful to capture the reactions of both Van and her father in this special moment before grabbing a photo with both her parents, sister, and niece.

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Capturing a special moment between Van and her flower girls holding their shoes as they were getting ready at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van with her bridesmaids, mom and flower girls outside the cottage where they were getting ready at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van admires her gorgeous wedding dress hanging in the window of her cottage at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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One of Van’s flower girls hugs her while getting ready with her bridesmaids at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van’s mom helps to secure the bride’s bracelet while getting ready for her wedding at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

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Van shares in a special moment with her mom and mother-in-law while getting ready in a cottage at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van smiles at one of her bridesmaids while getting into her wedding dress in the bridal cottage at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A black and white candid photo of Van’s mom tying up the back of the bride’s wedding dress in a cottage at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A portrait of Van securing one of her earrings as she prepared for her garden wedding ceremony in Oak Glen.

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A portrait of Van getting ready in front of a wall of antique clocks in her rustic cottage at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van steps into her wedding shoes with the help of her bridesmaids and flower girls at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A portrait of Van showing off the tied-up back of her wedding dress in the cottage of Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A candid photo of Van handing a gift bag to one of her bridesmaids while getting ready for her wedding at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van’s cute flower girls open gifts from the couple in a cottage at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

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Van opens a gift from her groom while seated on a sofa in her getting ready cottage at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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The bride walking up towards her father during their first look session beside a wall of antique clocks at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van holds hands with her dad during their father-daughter first look in a cottage at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Capturing a special family moment with Van, her parents, sister and niece in their Serendipity Garden Weddings cottage.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Serendipity Garden Weddings:

Van and Trevin had decided on a first look, so we headed down to one of the lower terraces of Serendipity Garden Weddings and found a shaded area to keep them out of the hot sun. I photographed Van walking up behind her groom, then his surprised reaction at seeing her looking so gorgeous.

After photographing Trevin twirling Van to admire her dress, we captured some portraits of the couple walking through the gardens and beneath a leafy arbor. We also utilized a nearby rustic barn for some romantic shots, backed by elegant white drapes, then captured a few playful bridal party portraits before the ceremony was due to start.

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Van walking up towards Trevin during their first look session on a shaded walkway at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Capturing Trevin’s reaction during his first look with Van in the gardens of Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

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Van and Trevin admire one another during their first look on a shaded walkway at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

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Trevin twirls Van on a walkway during their pre-ceremony wedding portrait session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Van and Trevin in a rustic barn at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin embrace with their bouquet during a wedding portrait session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin walk hand-in-hand beneath a leafy arbor during their wedding portrait session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin kiss inside a beautifully-draped barn during their rustic wedding at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van embraces Trevin during their garden wedding portrait session in Oak Glen at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A creative portrait of Van with her bridesmaids wearing mauve on a shaded pathway at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A playful portrait of Van, her bridesmaids and flower girls hiding behind their bouquets and baskets.

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Van and Trevin kiss while their bridal party celebrate during a wedding portrait session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A playful bridal party portrait of the couple kissing while the groomsmen hide their faces at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

 

Ceremony photos at Serendipity Garden Weddings:

Van arrived at her garden wedding ceremony in true style, being escorted by her father and a horse and carriage. I photographed the bride being led down the aisle on the arm of her dad and the hand-off to Trevin before the couple exchanged vows backed by the San Bernardino Mountains. In addition to close-up photos of their reactions, I also captured elevated views looking across their beautiful wedding ceremony site.

After exchanging rings and showing them off to their family and friends, Van and Trevin made their recessional walk as “husband and wife”, stopping midway down the aisle for a spontaneous kiss. They departed together in the horse and carriage before a short portrait session beside the Serendipity Garden Weddings pond and at their gorgeous ceremonial site.

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Van and her father arrive at the garden wedding ceremony venue in Oak Glen by horse and carriage.

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Capturing Trevin’s reaction as his bride arrived at their wedding ceremony at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A candid photo of Van walking down the aisle on the arm of her father at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van’s father shakes hands with Trevin while giving his daughter away during the Serendipity Garden Weddings ceremony.

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A candid photo of Trevin reading his vows to Van during their outdoor wedding ceremony at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Capturing Van’s reaction as Trevin reads his vows during their intimate garden wedding ceremony in Oak Glen.

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A creative photo capturing Trevin’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Van during their garden wedding ceremony.

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An elevated view looking across Van and Trevin’s outdoor wedding ceremony at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Trevin offers a small gift to one of the couple’s flower girls during their intimate wedding ceremony at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Trevin places a ring on Van’s finger in front of their officiant at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

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Van and Trevin show off their rings to their wedding guests at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

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The newly weds make their recessional walk across a wooden boardwalk at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin kiss partway down the aisle following their outdoor wedding ceremony at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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The newlyweds kiss as they depart their wedding ceremony by horse and carriage at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Serendipity Garden Weddings:

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A portrait of Van and Trevin backed by the San Bernardino Mountains during their wedding photo session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin look lovingly into one another’s eyes on a rustic bridge at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin kiss in the aisle of their Serendipity Garden Weddings ceremony site, overlooking the San Bernardino Mountains.

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An elevated view of Van and Trevin kissing in their ceremony aisle at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

 

Reception photos at Serendipity Garden Weddings:

Van and Trevin’s reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings was being held on an upper-level terrace, with the proceedings beginning with the couple’s first dance. This was followed by speeches and toasts from those closest to them, with the newlyweds listening in from their flower-adorned sweetheart table.

With the golden hour light absolutely magical, we snuck out from the reception for a sunset portrait session after the parental dances. I photographed Van and Trevin walking through the arbor together and grabbed some romantic portraits of them kissing overlooking the mountains in the distance.

Meanwhile, their wedding guests were busy enjoying the dance floor and balloon artist, with the couple returning in traditional Vietnamese wedding attire to honor Van’s roots. We ended the evening with some nighttime portraits of the couple beneath the string lights of Serendipity Garden Weddings before their grand sparkler exit.

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Van and Trevin celebrate as they make their grand reception entrance at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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The newlyweds kiss during their romantic first dance at a sunset reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van embraces her mom while Trevin watches on during their intimate outdoor reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Trevin’s mom makes a speech while the couple listen in from their reception sweetheart table at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin were all smiles as they listened in to speeches and toasts from their sweetheart table at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between the bride and groom at their sweetheart table at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van’s sister makes a speech while the couple listen in from their sweetheart table at the Oak Glen wedding reception.

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Van and Trevin share a laugh at their sweetheart table as they celebrated their new union at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Trevin turns to address Van during his wedding reception speech at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

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Van and her dad perform their father-daughter dance at sunset during a Serendipity Garden Weddings reception.

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Capturing a special moment between Trevin and his mom during their mother-son dance at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A romantic portrait of Van and Trevin during their twilight wedding photo session at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

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Van and Trevin walk hand-in-hand beneath a leafy arbor during their sunset wedding portrait session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A whimsical portrait of Van and Trevin kissing at sunset overlooking the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Trevin lifts Van into the air beneath an arbor during their wedding portrait session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A portrait of Trevin tenderly kissing Van on the forehead beneath rows of white flowers at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van leans affectionately on Trevin’s shoulder during their wedding portrait session overlooking the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newlyweds during their sunset wedding portrait session at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin stand hand-in-hand looking out towards the San Bernardino Mountains at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin kiss in the back of a golf cart while driving to their wedding reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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The newlyweds arrive at their reception in traditional Vietnamese bridal attire at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin kiss beside their multi-tiered wedding cake during a reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A low-angle action shot of Van’s bouquet toss during her outdoor reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A playful photo of Trevin burrowing under Van’s dress to remove her garter at the Serendipity Garden Weddings reception.

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A candid photo of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during an outdoor reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A male wedding guest getting down on the dance floor during a terrace reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Capturing a playful moment on the dance floor between the bride and her guests while holding balloon swords.

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Van’s sister and her partner having fun on the dance floor with balloon creations at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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A romantic nighttime portrait of Van and Trevin kissing while being illuminated by an off-camera flash.

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Trevin tenderly kisses Van’s forehead backed by the string lights of their reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin dancing, surrounded by their family and friends, during the Serendipity Garden Weddings reception.

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A candid photo of Trevin’s parents enjoying the dance floor during the Serendipity Garden Weddings reception.

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A candid photo of wedding guests on the dance floor with their arms in the air at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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The bride and groom dancing with one of their young flower girls at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Van and Trevin make their grand sparkler exit from the wedding reception at Serendipity Garden Weddings.

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Trevin dips and kisses his bride during their grand sparkler exit at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen.

 

Wedding photos at Serendipity Garden Weddings:

I really can’t thank Van and Trevin enough for selecting me so early on to be their wedding photographer at Serendipity Garden Weddings. I know that they’re off to Bora Bora for their honeymoon and wish them an incredible time!

September 10, 2018

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