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Don and Emily’s Pajaro Dunes beach wedding

Okay folks, get ready for a ton of pretty photos and a very cute story. Don and Emily are adorable! They were married in Watsonville, CA at Pajaro Dunes, where Emily’s family has been vacationing since she was young. I just posted their camping-beach themed wedding invitations we designed, so do check them out! Don and Emily did an amazing job planning their wedding, and that is because they are amazing people! Every detail was heartfelt and adorable. What made the day even more special is the fact that Don and Emily are expecting! I remember Don being so happy that their baby was there to share the day with them. We are sooooo happy for them!

Never have you seen a girl so happy. Emily’s joy was so infectious!

I love that there were Emily’s family member’s wedding portraits displayed at the condo.

Geoff got to hang out with the guys as they got all dressed up.

Because Don and Emily are so awesome, they decided to do a first look! It was such a wonderful emotional moment.

What a gentleman!!

This Eucalyptus grove was amazing.

Oh Emily. Isn’t she just lovely?

We took a few group photos then off to the ceremony at the beach!

I dont think there was a dry eye on the whole beach! It was a really touching ceremony.

I really love what they did for the sand pouring ceremony. Don and Emily had their mothers bring sand from their respective homes: Lake Michigan and the California coast, and that is what they mixed!

Emily’s mom kept saying that pelicans at a wedding were good luck!

Emily was determined to splash around in the ocean.

Such a tender moment. They were both so happy their baby was there with them. They are going to make amazing parents!

The way these two light up when they see each other is so inspiring.

Another super cute moment I have to share–Don kept getting excited about a “castle” he had seen earlier and really wanted to take pictures with it. I wasn’t aware of and castles in Watsonville, but was blown away when we turned the corner to see this awesome beach house. The owners just so happened to be on their balcony and said Don and Emily could go up for some photos! It was so neat!

Waving like royalty in their “castle”. Adorable.

Then it was time to eat and party with friends and family! The reception details were so stinkin’ cute! I love the color combo they chose.

“Love Don, Emily, and Baby” Awwwwwww…

I love that they incorporated the red lantern from their wedding invitations into their decor. The camping pots were a cute touch too! And the flowers – all DIY!

For wedding favors, Don and Emily gave their guests colorful beach towels!

I am telling you, Don is a CATCH! On the inside of Emily’s ring he had a ruby placed, which he said was a little piece of his heart. Are you kidding me!? So charming.

One of the highlights of the evening was announcing the baby’s gender during the reception – a girl! Her name is going to be Hurley Roux, I love that!

Their cake topper was almost 100 years old! I believe it had been through 4 generations of weddings!

Near the entrance of the resort, we had spotted the incredible field of yellow flowers, so we couldn’t help but steal Don and Emily away from their reception for a few minutes and make these photos. I love them so much! And Don and Emily are awesome for being down!

What beach wedding would not be complete without a bonfire down on the beach! The evening concluded with friends and family cuddling in the sand and making s’mores. A perfect ending to an amazing day!

Congratulations again to Don and Emily. We feel so grateful to have experienced their wedding day with them. We are sooooo happy for them and their growing family!


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