**Kadidja and Thomas**

This post will tie up the trifecta of weddings weekends I had in a row before I left for my trip!!

Kadidja and Thomas got married on the ever-popular 08/08/08.  The reasoning behind the couple picking  this special date was so touching, it was the not only the day that her brother had gotten married, but also her grandparents.  What a beautiful way to pass on a family tradition!  Kadidja was planning her wedding from out of state, so she knew it would be a bit more of a challenge, but her mom and maid-of-honor became her eyes and ears on the West Coast!  Kadidja told me from the start that she planned on DIY-ing most of her details, which I of course LOVED to hear! 

Sarah Chen, once again, knocked it out of the park with her photography talent and skills…..below are some of my favorite shots of the day:

 

It pays to have friends with talent!  Kadidja’s close friends did her hair and makeup…and transformed her into a GORGEOUS blushing bride!

 

I adore surprising pops of color under the dress!!  How gorgeous are these Nine West shoes? 

 

I loved seeing her embroidered hanky, commemorating the day….what a sweet heirloom to be able to pass on to your kids one day!

 

Once again, Kristin from The Treasured Petal did not disappoint….this bouquet is drool-worthy, topped off with the perfect touch of bling!

 

Kadidja snuck in a moment after getting ready to read Thomas’ love letter!

 

I love this shot of Thomas as he patiently awaited his beautiful bride for their first look, followed by the glee in both of their faces when they finally got to see each other!

 

The stunning couple!

 

And then we got to see those shoes!

 

If that isn’t a proud papa, I don’t know what is!

 

Sarah was able to sneak in some fun bridal party shots after the wedding!

 

Don’t the gals look fab in their Anne Taylor Celebrations dresses?

 

One of my absolute favorite shots of the day….set at a nearby cliff with a breathtaking view!

 

From the start, Kadidja knew she somehow wanted to incorporate a green apple theme into the reception….it fit in perfectly with her green, brown, ivory and gold color scheme!!

 

Her placecards, another one of Kadidja’s DIY labors of love:

 

The tablescapes came together SO beautifully, with gorgeous pintuck linens from Cloth Connection, Kristin’s spectacular centerpieces, gold chargers, gold votives,  Kadidja’s DIY apple placecards, menus and table numbers!  She even made sweet “reserved seating” signs for the VIPs!   If you look closely, you can take a peek at her memory “table” that we set up around the cozy fireplace!

 

The scrumptious cake from Torrance Bakery, sitting atop a cake stand that Kadidja and Thomas created!!

 

Sealing off the night with a kiss!

 Please visit Sarah Chen’s blog for even more beautiful pictures of Kadidja and Thomas’ day!!

Kadidja and Thomas: It was an honor to be a part of your beautiful day, the love and intimacy that was felt throughout your entire event was touching and inspiring!  You are two of the most genuine people I’ve ever gotten the pleasure to meet.  K – I will miss our back-and-forth novels to each other, so please make sure you keep in touch from Montana!

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    LeeAnn said,

    I LOVE Kadidja’s wedding! She’s stunning and it was such a pleasure to “meet” another of your out of state brides! We shared four vendors and it was so nice to see everything pull together so beautifully!

    Kristin rocked the florals as usual and I loved all the DIY details.

    Lovely all around! I can’t believe it’s all over for us! 🙂 A tleast we can both walk away with a beautiful wedding to remember and new friendships! 🙂

    Congrats again Kadidja & Thomas!

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    Fabulous wedding! I, too, have a fondness for DIY brides. I love the green apple details. Very cute, very Martha Stewart-esque. I especially love the cake stand. They should look into selling them on Etsy;)

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    Joe R. said,

    Paola…YOU ROCK, this wedding looks fabulous and Sara’s shots are sweet! Last Saturday’s event was full of awesomeness and a big part due to you girl. I can’t wait to work together again in Sept. ~Joe

  4. 4

    Kadidja said,

    Paola~Sorry I didn’t comment sooner but I’ve been so so so sick!Thank you for helping us make the memories of a lifetime. It was the best day of our lives and we can’t believe it’s over. Your support, guidance, and hard work was priceless and we are forever grateful! XOXO, Kadidja & Thomas

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    Dayna said,

    How long ago did you get those green Nine West Shoes? They are absolutly adorable. (Could you tell me they name/style?)


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