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!
(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!
(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
Morning show host Gary Bryan helped preside over the ceremonies. Pictured is our couple Monique & Angel.
A 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.
(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 :)
(L): Frances & James give an interview to the Planet Zaya crew
(R): One of our brides, Darlene, shows off her new bling
The DJs from J&M Entertainment really got things moving!
Matt captured this picture (that still cracks me up) of me trying to use Joel from Studio EMP as a human tripod.