What do you get when you combine 21 brides and 21 grooms serving in the military, and marry them all at once?  A mass military wedding extravaganza, that’s what!  And just such an extravaganza happened today, at the Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency, with K-Earth 101 personality Gary Bryan as ceremony EmCee.

The charity event was the result of weeks of planning between Purry Communications Group‘s Toni, More Than Just Weddings‘ Wenda and Hitching Post PR‘s Stacey, and offered the unique opportunity for numerous vendors to come together and give the couples a wedding no one would ever forget!

Matt and I were assigned five beautiful and diverse couples to photograph, and I’m so impressed by how the pictures turned out despite the fact that we were dealing with (in the words of Wenda herself) “zero time for photographs”, that I think Luminaire Images was offically “Team Awesome” today!  Props to our brides and their new husbands, who all patiently waited their turn throughout the chaos!

Bethany Thomas | All Made Up Team(L): Artist Bethany Thomas painted each couple a personalized canvas depicting the ceremony site, the bride’s dress, and the groom’s military crest.
(R): Makeup experts from All Made Up Team were on-hand for beautification!

hyatt food(L): The Hyatt staff were all smiles, I guess it’s not every day they get to cater to over 20 brides at once!
(R): Wenda makin’ it happen

Bride with birdcage veil

Amy, one of our gorgeous brides

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Reservists and retired officers also attended in a show of support

Gary Bryan marries the militaryMorning show host Gary Bryan helped preside over the ceremonies.  Pictured is our couple Monique & Angel.

Flower inspirationThe fresh, sweet arrangements were generously provided by Floral Occasions (pictured top row), Natural Charms Floral Design (pictured bottom row left and center), and Flower Fusion (boutonniere).

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Ariel & her new husband Philip

Another of our striking brides, Ariel...with her new husband Philip

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Images by Matt!

Frances

The lovely Frances

bridal fist bump

Amy and Alejandro did a furtive fist bump after renewing their vows. But *I* saw it!

Dessert inspirationA dessert table arranged by Charm Event Design featured sweet treats from Fork in the Road Catering, and each couple was given an individual cake from Simply Sweet Cakery with a custom topper by Ginger Babies.

frances & james(L): Frances had the most eye-popping hourglass figure and really chose a beautiful dress from Diva Bridal Legacy to flatter it!
(R): Frances’ man in uniform, James. He doesn’t have quite as impressive of an hourglass figure, but we like him anyway :)

bridal PR(L): Frances & James give an interview to the Planet Zaya crew
(R): One of our brides, Darlene, shows off her new bling

at lastThe DJs from J&M Entertainment really got things moving!

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first dance military couple

crazy kids

military themed garters

Huzzah, military themed garters for all!

photographers being sillyMatt captured this picture (that still cracks me up) of me trying to use Joel from Studio EMP as a human tripod.

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Congratulations to all the couples who not only sacrifice so much for their country, but also made today incredibly unique for themselves and each other!

Comments
  • Molly!! The photos are fantastic! I can’t believe how quickly you put this together. It was wonderful to meet and work with you yesterday. Hope to see you again soon.

  • Great shots! What a spectacular day! Such a day of comraderie for all the brides & grooms…along with all of the fabulous wedding vendors and supporters! God Bless America!

  • To the wonderful “Hhhhooollllly”.. Molly lol, I think that you both did an amazing job, you made it so easy and care free, and even though we didnt have time for pictures I didnt feel rushed at all :)

  • Molly…you guys are Rawkerz fo sho. That was quite a team. Dare I say it’d be fun to do again?

  • Great images, Molly and Matt! Fun hanging out with you guys too! You’re welcome for the camera support!!

    looking forward to next time!

  • Molly, Matt, you are one amazing team. I am so impressed with your work and dedication to get the images and story out so quickly. Truly beautiful work. Thank you.

  • what a wonderful thing you and k-rth with Gary did, God Bless all of you

  • Molly and Matt you guys did an amazing job!!!! Thank you for being my lead photographer also Molly!!!!

  • I keep looking at the happiness, that I seen in Amy’s eyes, Molly did an awesome job showing the beautiful green eyes she has, great pics

  • had a great time at the event that took place, you could feel the love in the air

  • loved our pictures and wanted to see about doing personal photos of the hubs and i than also doing a trash the dress session :0

  • OMG Molly! These photos are wonderful! We LOVE YOU and everything you do!

    -Vivian

  • As always your photos are phenomenal!!!! Its always fun to see you and work with you. The brides will be thrilled with your photos. We hope to see you soon.

    Jan

  • What an incredible event! Great work as always!

  • Luminaire photographers are amazing, they captured certain things from the wedding, that my husband and I didnt think anyone would notice. So that right there shows that every detail on your wedding day will be captured :)

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