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

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Maggie Sottero
Mira Bridal Couture

Wedding Party Dresses
Mira Bridal Couture

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Mark Pomerantz

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Rossmoor Pastries
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Lucas Early
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Hair Stylist
Shelly Bruno

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Joy Balsbaugh

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