Serra Cross Park Intimate Hilltop Wedding | Ventura, CA // Vanessa + Gabriel

I was so lucky to be involved in Vanessa and Gabriel’s wedding plans from the very beginning! Vanessa actually found me when I shot her cousin Sam’s wedding last year and when she told me they were choosing their wedding date based on my availability, I wanted to cry! They booked me before they even had a location, which is awesome because I love helping my couples through the planning phase - weddings are kinda my favorite thing (shocker, I know)! After talking locations for a while, they chose Serra Cross Park for the ceremony and Ventura Beach Club for their reception. For their Bride and Groom romantic photos, we were surrounded by parking lots and streets and freeways, so we took advantage of that and went for an urban look for their photos, found a cool building and some delicious sunset light under a freeway bridge, and made some magic!

Vanessa and Gabriel met through mutual friends and soon enough, as they put it, “we then began to spend together only the days that end in Y!” Haha! Gabriel’s proposal to Vanessa was so special, it involved wining and dining and heart-shaped pizza - definitely the way to a lady’s heart! ;) Gabriel even included Vanessa’s son, David, in the proposal and during their wedding ceremony they did a special sand ceremony including the three of them to celebrate the unity of their little family. Vanessa and Gabriel have been through so much together in just a few short years, filled with so much love and getting each other through anything and everything. It only made their big day more precious! 

P.S. Their awesome Engagement Session at Vasquez Parks - which involved chugging Modelo beers, getting lost, and having a blast - will be on here soon!

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Vendors:

- Getting Ready Venue // Ventura Beach Marriott
- Ceremony Venue // Serra Cross Park
- Reception Venue // Ventura Beach Club
- Coordinator // Samantha Castaneda (Mv Kreations)
- Florist // Ana's Events
- Hair // Crush Salon & Dry Bar (Leslie Rutherford)
- Makeup // Beauty by Tanya T. (Tanya Torres)
- Photographer // Sarah Linda Photography
- Videographer // Jared Estrada
- DJ // Fernando Gonzalez (Jesse the Entertainer)
- Photo Booth // Awkward Moments Photobooth
- Bridal Gown // Maggie Sottero
- Bridal Shop // Pebbles Bridal (Agoura Hills)
- Bridal Shoes // Target
- Groom  & Groomsmen Suits // Men's Wearhouse
- Bridesmaid Dresses // David's Bridal
- Stationary // Etsy // Michaels
- Cake / Dessert // Amy Stolworthy
- Candy Table // Candy Table
- Rentals // Ana's Events
- Officiant // Christine De La Rosa