Vanessa and Harlan are like a breath of fresh air. Or a refreshing glass of water. Or something equally as cool and energizing, because these two brighten up any room they are in!
When we asked them how they met, Vanessa said, “Do you want to see? Because I can SHOW you!”
And she did! She pulled out her phone, scrolled back a few months through her photo gallery, and produced a short video that had been taken the night her and Harlan met. It was a 10 second clip of them dancing, in a nervous-but-excited, we-don’t-really-know-each-other kind of way. But thanks to their pastor, who had spent six months trying to introduce them, that night at Skyloft in Laguna Beach was the beginning of it all. (And we loved being back for their reception!)
Vanessa and Harlan have waited their whole lives for a match like theirs. Harlan’s witty personality and Vanessa’s positive, honest energy bounce well off each other, and as we sat with them for the first time, it was infectious. Their hilarious stories and adorable dynamic had our faces positively beaming, and it’s so clear that their relationship is meant to be.
Harlan loves Vanessa intensely, and Vanessa thinks the world of Harlan. And they are fully aware of how precious this relationship is.
These two are 100% sweet to the core — and we’re pretty sure Harlan is at least 10% solid sugar, based on his major self-admitted sweet tooth! He used this personality trait to his advantage on their trip to Greece, where he hid Vanessa’s engagement ring under a bag of Werther’s Original candies. It didn’t throw Vanessa off one bit (because Harlan always seemed to have candy around), and on the final day of their trip, Harlan proposed with a gorgeous canary diamond, as sunny and sparkling as Vanessa’s disposition. Keep an eye out for that gorgeous ring and a few candies in their wedding images!
Harlan and Vanessa’s Laguna Beach wedding incorporated nods to the most important pieces of their relationship – their shared faith, the amazing community which brought them together, and fun tokens from throughout their relationship. But the greatest theme was their joy and thankfulness for each other!
To the ‘sweet’ newlyweds: We want to sit on the couch and laugh with you for HOURS! Your story completely inspires us, and we’re so thankful to have been part of such a meaningful day. Keep on laughing and loving each other in the sweet way you do — we couldn’t be happier for you both!
Wedding Photography : Clove & Kin | Ceremony Location : Mariners Church | Reception Location : Skyloft | Event Coordinator : Kristin Town | Desserts : Divinely Di’s | Gown Boutique : Bridal Outlet by Joanne | Hair : Salon Lavish | DJ : Extreme DJ Service | Floral Design : Pink Little Flower Shop |