This Westin Carlsbad Wedding is one that we know we’ll always remember; from the beautiful floral arrangements by Cherry Blossom Floral Designs and planning by the talented Valerie at Beatific Events, to seeing moments shared between Justin & Allison, their friends, family, and more.
When we first met Allison & Justin, we knew that we would absolutely adore them. A couple who had been together for 8 years, who had seen one another through school, had seen one another grow who they were today. And throughout it all? They had grown together, finding more things that they appreciated about one another, whether it be newfound interests, or delving deeper into older ones together.
Whether it was having a lazy day at home, watching their favorite shows on their couch and watching Formula One as they cheered on Mercedes, or eating at a nice restaurant, something just clicked when they were together. No matter the task, no matter the occasion, time spent together was time well spent.
So when Justin chose to propose during Memorial Day weekend, on a lone hill overlooking the Berkeley area, it was the easiest answer Allison had ever given– yes!
One quality that we treasure about Justin & Allison was how much they value both family & friends, making them a central part of their lives. This closeness and affection for friends & family, a tenet to our own brand and for those who work here, was something that recurred throughout our conversations and interactions with them, as they even said that the highlight of their Westin Carlsbad wedding was seeing their closest friends and family together and celebrating alongside them.
Hearing how they chose to celebrate their engagement, gathering their friends all together for the first time since March of 2020 to celebrate the moment, they spoke on how it had been such a joyful moment seeing everyone together. Then during their Weston Carlsbad wedding, we got to see the joy they had at sharing this moment with their family.
From the moment they entered the reception to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” spun by Dancing DJ Productions to cheers and celebrations from their family, giving everyone a high five as they ran around the room. After, Justin & Allison even forwent their dinner to give special toasts to thank those who had gathered to celebrate Justin & Allison’s big day, they cherished these moments spent with those they loved.
Seeing this affection and appreciation returned by their friends and family at this Westin Carlsbad Wedding? Something priceless that we wouldn’t trade for the world. Throughout the day, there were so many moments where we saw that Justin & Allison’s love was returned tenfold.
One of these moments where we saw this was while Allison was getting ready with her bridesmaids and getting her makeup done by the talented Thuy Lam, her bracelet broke as her sisters put it on her. Instead of stressing or worrying about it, one of Allison’s bridesmaids stepped up and found tweezers to mend it so she could wear it on her special day. Only a few hours later, we watched as Allison’s bridesmaids went from stoic to excited as they followed Justin & Allison back down the aisle, with happy tears slipping from their eyes as they talked about how excited they were for their friends.
And one of the sweetest moments of the day of this Westin Carlsbad Wedding with Justin’s father, as he gave a toast that had been written by Justin’s grandmother before she had passed on nearly 15 years ago. There was hardly a dry eye in the crowd as Justin’s father shared her speech– even behind our viewfinder.
To Allison & Justin; from the way that you two both describe one another as someone who would go the extra mile to make the other’s day better, whether it be through Justin’s joking sense of humor, or how Allison would go the extra mile to make sure that Justin smiles, to the way you look at one another, it’s clear that your love is so incredibly special.
We feel so incredibly lucky that you chose us to document your Westin Carlsbad Wedding; whether it was getting to listen to Justin’s dad’s speech with your grandmother’s words to you or seeing Allison and her dad’s father dance, there were so many moments that we’ll treasure. We hope that every day is as sweet, sentimental, and filled with as much love as your wedding day was– and that one day you’ll get to go to Silverstone to see Lewis hopefully beat his record for fastest lap at the track next July.
Wedding Photography : Clove and Kin | Ceremony & Reception Location : Westin Carlsbad | Event Designer : Valerie, Beatific Events | Hair & Makeup Stylist : Thuy Lam | DJ : DJ Allen Huang, Dancing DJ Productions | Florals : Cherry Blossom Floral Designs |