Aloha from Maui! Alex & I are on a TRUE vacation to celebrate our anniversary (since we couldn’t really get away in July!) Although I’m not working this week, I wanted to briefly put something up on our blog since I’ve seriously been neglecting it, and so we have another awesome guest blogger! Here is Kelli & Michael’s take on their big day…

“Mike and I were married on April 4th, 2009 at the beautiful Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, CA. The vision for our wedding was beach elegance and we knew right away that the Surf & Sand Resort was the perfect venue. The planning process came together effortlessly with all of our vendors understanding our personality and style. For me and Mike, the most important thing was to have our family and close friends with us to share and celebrate this milestone event in an all out amazing party!

As everyone knows, throwing a memorable event and having it go off without a hitch takes an entire team of people who work well with each other and their clients. We picked the ultimate team to pull together our wedding into something we will cherish for the rest of our lives. After seeing their work, we trucked down John and Delisa Cooper from AltF Photography all the way from Las Vegas to capture our memories with photographs. True to form their creativity and shear skill provided us with absolutely breath taking photos of our special day. Never did I think I would be climbing rocks on the beach in my wedding dress, but the photos were absolutely more than worth it! Since we had such incredible photographers to capture still frames of our day, we needed an equally incredible videographer. Elysium Productions came recommended from AltF Photography and the way their creativity fed off of each other was incredible to watch. The result was a video that we have already watched over and over again. Their professionalism and vision is incredible. One of the most important parts of a wedding is the DJ. Music sets the mood and energy level for the night and Victor Guiseppe from Invisible Touch is the best at what he does. The party was epic and the dance floor was literally separating by the end of the night. Victor created an energy like we have never seen and it is truly a wedding nobody will ever forget. Everyone can agree that wedding cakes, although usually stunningly beautiful works of art are also usually not the best tasting. We actually went into Its All About the Cake in Dana Point with the intention of getting a fake cake just for looks and having a crème brulee served as desert, but after tasting samples of the wedding cakes they make we completely changed our mind. Not only did Its All About the Cake provide us with exactly the look we wanted, but honestly some of the best cake we have ever tasted to boot! Melinda Dunn came highly recommended from the Surf & Sand for flowers and we can see why. Her vision was right on par with what we wanted and she gave us more than we could have hoped for and stayed within our budget. Whitney Urichuk from One Luv did an amazing job on makeup making all of the girls in the wedding look stunningly beautiful. Lastly, a personal highlight for me as the bride was having my aunt Diana Walthers doing the hair for myself and all of the girls in the wedding. Thanks Aunt Di for making me a beautiful bride! The mix of vendors was the absolute perfect recipe to make an absolutely perfect day and we would not change a single thing.”

– Kelli Bonanni

Congrats you guys… we LOVED working with you!!

Elysium Productions: Stylish & Contemporary Wedding Video in Orange County and Beyond!


Venue – Surf & Sand Resort / Sandy Shirgaokar
Photographer – AltF Photography
Videographer – Elysium Productions
DJ – Invisible Touch / Victor Guiseppe
Florist – Melinda Dunn Designs
Cake – It’s All About the Cake
Linens & Rentals – Google
Officiant – Bryant Ministries / Janice Bryant
Favors – Bella Terra
Dress – The White Dress / Designer: Melissa Sweet
Hair – Diana Walthers
Makeup – One Luv / Whitney Urichuk


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