Monthly archives: February 2015

Groom Gives Vows To His Bride And Her Daughter

Whitney Kay & Brian Scott will make you cry | Shore Lodge 

When Brian asked Whitney to marry him, he knew he would not only be marrying her, but accepting her daughter, Brielle (Breezy), into his life as well. During their wedding, they recite their personalized vows to each other, and then Brian turned to his soon to be step-daughter and presented her with another set of vows just for her. The significance of that gesture is one that will be remembered by mother and daughter for years to come. The moment he is sparing on his wedding day for a little girl who may never remember the specific words said to her is one that will never really be forgotten.

Merging two families can be difficult, but if this moment is any indication, Brian has been handling it wonderfully. The American Psychological Association provides a lot of insight and suggestions on how to handle this delicate situation so everyone involved can come out happy. Since Brielle appears to be under the age of 10, she shouldn’t have many issues accept a new adult into her life, but it is good to keep age in mind in how you handle this.
Kids that are older than 15 should handle it well since they aren’t relying on much parenting on this point, but it is still good to not just assume a parental authority. It is when they are between 10 and 15 that you would need to be the most careful as they still rely heavily on their parents, and a big change can have a lasting effect on them if it isn’t handled well. The overall consensus is you don’t want to just jump in and place yourself in their dad’s (or mom’s) shoes. It can come across as too strong and invasive and make a child feel like they are being replaced.  It’s more beneficial to step in as a friend and work your way up to a more personal relationship.
It looks like Whitney, Brian, and Brielle are off to an amazing start. It is hard to watch them give their vows to each other, and Brielle, without getting just a little bit teary eyed. Check it out to hear all the sweet promises he has for his new wife and step-daughter.

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Cinematography | PenWeddings
Photography | Dylan & Sara Photography
Coordination & Design | Soiree
Ceremony Venue | Shore Lodge – McCall, Idaho
Reception Venue | Whitetail Golf Club
Florals | Boise At Its Best Flowers
Ceremony Musician | Ben Burdock
Band | Groove Merchants by Utah Live Bands
DJ | VCI Audio
Catering | Shore Lodge
Cake | Greg Marsh Designer Cakes
Invitations & Stationery | Paperie + Pen
Makeup Artist | Blush by Jamie Rose
Hair Stylist | Deco Hair & Makeup Design
Carriage | Carriage For Hire
Guest Transportation | Harlows Bus Service
Rentals | Event Rent
AV rentals | Integrity Audio Visual

Music by Marc Aaron Jacobs and The Royal Foundry, licensed through SongFreedom

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Mary & Jeff Standley

Married September 6, 2014Standley-309Jeff told Mary that he wanted to take her Christmas shopping in the city. After spending the day shopping they went to Union Square to take a picture by the Christmas tree. Jeff started acting different, he was stalling and looking around. Mary turned and noticed their friends, Nelson and Lilia, were walking towards the couple smiling. She looked back at Jeff and he was on his knee holding a ring and asked he asked her to marry him. She was in shock, but of course said yes and started to cry.

A week after Jeff asked Mary to marry him, they were invited to dinner with Mary’s parents at their friends’ estate in French Camp. The group was celebrating and enjoying dinner when Jeff and Mary were asked to join their hosts out back for a glass of wine. It was an amazing view and beautifully landscaped. A huge lawn was surrounded by towering pine trees and right in the middle of it all was a white gazebo with a glittering chandelier. The couple was exclaiming how beautiful the house was when their hosts said, “We would love for you two to get married here.” Jeff and Mary were so surprised, they couldn’t say no. Everyone toasted and the wedding planning discussions started right then.Standley-343

Jeff and Mary love food and wine, and they wanted their wedding to reflect that. They procured wine barrels from Napa to decorate the venue and had Vincent Alvarado, the head chef at Dewz, make delicious and unique appetizers.

Jeff and Mary’s dad chose the wine, while Mary picked out all the colors and centerpieces with her mom and best friends. It was crazy, stressful, and time-consuming, but they wish they could go back and enjoy every bit of it again.Standley-792


Trulight Photography

Ceremony & Reception Location
Private Residence, Stevenson Garden
French Camp, CA

Bridal Gown
Nicole Miller
Bliss Bridal Salon

Wedding Party Dresses
Mira Bridal Couture

Suits & Tuxedos
Men’s Wearhouse

Gabriel Jewelers

Yonan’s Floral

Chef Araceli Araya

Cake & Desserts
Magda’s Cakes

Jason Gulley

Sewing & More

Paper goods

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Christy & Ben Balsbaugh

Married August 1, 2014Ceremony-223There they were, working in the same industry yet they had never met. It’s hard to believe since Ben, Mr. Social, knows many, and Christy, Ms. Sweetie, was never out often on the social scene. Instead, Christy kept busy raising two beautiful children and as all single moms know, that is a full-time job. Add that to a paying full-time job as a highly productive loan officer, and it’s easy to see why she didn’t get out much.Ceremony-103Ben, on the other hand, had a different philosophy. He went out on the regular searching for his soul mate. Christy likes to tell him, “I don’t know what you were doing for the past seven years, I was here all along.”

Ben and Christy met through a mutual friend. Ben reached out to Christy via email and told her he thought it was time they met. Christy, who had not been on a date in seven years, reluctantly said yes, after doing some homework of her own of course.  After several months of dating, Ben knew she was the one. He fell in love with Christy and her heart for others. He says, “Many see her outside beauty, it’s not hard to miss. However, those who have experienced her inside beauty know how special she is.”Ceremony-92Ceremony-229
Ben took Christy and the two kids to a San Francisco Giants game. Before the game started, they went to the Ferry Building for some coffee at their favorite place, Blue Bottle Coffee. Ben then escorted Christy and the two kids to the back of the Ferry Building for a “picture.”  After lining them all up for the photo, Ben broke out gifts for Lexi (13) and Luke (6). He told them to hold them for a second. He then reached in his backpack, got down on one knee and asked Christy to marry him. He then turned to each of the kids, had them open their gifts and read 5 promises to each of them. Thankfully for Ben, they were all incredibly excited. Several months after the engagement, the couple tied the knot in beautiful Laguna Beach. Ben has an aunt and uncle who live down south and both have been battling serious health issues. His aunt has been battling stage 4 breast cancer, and his uncle has fibromyalgia. Since Ben’s uncle was once a Pastor, they wanted him to perform the ceremony and of course Ben and Christy wanted them both at their wedding. Since his aunt could not travel because of her chemo treatments, the engaged couple decided to go to them and celebrate there.Reception-112
The wedding was small, with just over 100 guests. It was simply beautiful and the setting was amazing. Christy looked stunning in a blush-colored drop-waist gown.  Mira of Mira Bridal Couture explains, “I loved that Christy wanted a blush gown.  The challenge was that the wedding was in less than four months and most designers require a four-month design time.  Christy was never nervous or stressed out and trusted everything I said and offered.  It was a wonderful experience working with a friend and bride.”Christy & Ben Balsbaugh_CMYK_Grover31


Grover Style Photography

Ceremony & Reception Location
Laguna Beach, CA

Bridal Gown
Maggie Sottero
Mira Bridal Couture

Wedding Party Dresses
Mira Bridal Couture

Suits & Tuxedos
Mark Pomerantz

Wedding Cake
Rossmoor Pastries
Wedding Cake Studio

La Tulipe Floral Designs

Lucas Early
AAV Entertainment

Invitations & Paper Goods
Paper Habit
Sewing & More

Hair Stylist
Shelly Bruno

Make-Up Artist
Joy Balsbaugh

Party Favoritz

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