We wrapped up 2012 with a very special wedding celebration in Phoenix, Arizona. As you might remember from their sweet Santa Monica and Venice Beach Love Story Film, the 12th was a special date to Jodi and Kim – they started dating AND got engaged on February 12 – so they chose to pledge their lifelong love on 12-12-12. They even had custom Chuck Taylors made to commemorate the date!
The wedding party wore Chucks too – neon pink and green to match the wedding colors! Jodi and Kim didn’t divide their attendants by gender, but rather had a mixed group of pink flowers with dresses and green ties with suits. So classy and so perfect. The wedding party also included Jodi’s sons, an adorable “Ring Security Agent” and “Flower Disbursement Agent,” and their dog Scruff!
I was blown away by all of the personal touches included in this wedding day. From the mounds of sweet treats at the dessert bar, to the fishy cake toppers, to the sheet music hearts and hand-drawn thumbprint tree guestbook, almost everything was made my Kim and her family and friends. While I wouldn’t necessarily advise all brides to spend many late nights before the wedding cutting confetti and baking pie pops, Kim pulled it off with uncommon style!
Kim and Jodi also cut hundreds of glow sticks apart to achieve what is hands-down the coolest unity ceremony I’ve ever seen. Watch at 5:28 to see what I mean – it’s amazing!
Before you press play, I should warn you that you might want to grab a tissue. From sweet notes and an adorable first look to tearful vows, there is so much genuine love and joy going on here that I was welling up while editing! Jodi and Kim – your love amazes me.
The photos and the release of the goldfish into the pond at Boojum Tree were in memory of departed loved ones who were very much present in memory and in spirit. Their love was felt as much as the love of all the friends who came to celebrate and toast the brides – it was a tangible thing that day. It was awesome to see the community of family and friends that came out to celebrate with Jodi and Kim, and who I’m sure will be there to support them throughout their marriage. We felt so blessed to witness such love, and to help tell their story. <3
P.S. While I’m speaking about how beautiful this day was, I have to give a shoutout to Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. This venue is a tropical oasis, brimming with personality! Every corner I turned held beautiful surprises, from lily-flowered fish ponds to a unique raised dance floor to a real rainforest! This might just be my favorite wedding venue ever, and it’s perfect if your event has a bohemian, tropical, or Mediterranean vibe! Plus, the staff was incredible and really worked to make sure that this wedding day was a beautiful celebration!