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Romantic California Cottage Wedding: Kayla & Tawsha

Summer Shea Photography

April 11, 2015

Kayla and Tawsha met in high school through a mutual friend. They didn’t start dating until after high school, though, so technically they don’t claim to be high school sweethearts! During college, they dated long distance, and their relationship survived the challenge.

Kayla proposed to Tawsha in Vegas, where the couple currently lives, while they were out with friends. She planned a whole surprise proposal with her friends who “mysteriously” disappeared. Tawsha looked away to see where they went, and when she turned back to Kayla, the ring was out. Before she said yes, Tawsha actually asked, “Is that why our friends left?”

Tawsha wanted a garden wedding with a romantic, intimate vibe. The Christmas House was perfect because it was stunning with all of the trees, flowers, and twinkle lights everywhere. It was the only venue they toured, and they knew it was perfect the second they saw the gardens.

Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography

Tawsha used an online tool that helped the couple with their plans. The venue coordinator was also supportive. She answered any questions and gave helpful advice. One of the hardest parts was choosing something and sticking to that idea. Tawsha claims to have changed her décor ideas five times before her final decision.

Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography

It was rewarding for the brides to see their guests enjoy the things that Tawsha made, including the escort terrariums and guest book alternative, an open top frame where guests wrote their names on wooden hearts and dropped them in the frame. 

Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography

Walking down the aisle is Tawsha’s favorite memory of the day, even though she was super nervous. Both brides really enjoyed dancing with their guests, and being surrounded by people they love.

Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography

Tawsha definitely suggests that other same-sex couples tell their vendors that you are having a same-sex wedding. It’s neither fun, nor nice if they deny you service, but you don’t want someone on your special day who doesn’t support you. 

Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography
Summer Shea Photography

Also, she says, make sure you take time on your wedding day to just stop and look around and really taking everything in. It goes by so quickly. It’s good to just stop for a second and absorb what’s happening around you.

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Photographer: Summer Shea Photography // Cake Designer:  Cucamonga Cakery Co. // Floral Designer:  Curious Floral // Makeup Artist:Designed Elegance // DJ:  Paid 2 Party/ DJ // Other Location: The Christmas House //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.

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