My Wedding Day

Two months...

It's crazy how slow the days of our engagement were...Ever since the morning of our wedding day time has been rushing by; crackishly fast...maniacally fast! We received our wedding proofs the other day and I've spent hours upon hours flipping through each shot and reliving that day. It's been heaven.

I have zero regrets on hiring our photographer. Jason and I go wayyyyy back. I always knew I wanted him to capture the day and I'm thankful Mark was on board from the get go. It's where we focused a majority of our budget. Some people focus on food and cocktails while others are all about the venue or dress. You always pick something that's your something. I love to document. I love capturing moments through photography and boy did we get some good documentation! So without further ado, here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

Donut Snob, wedding treats, wedding desserts

We had a tiny simple carrot cake for show, but the REAL dessert was Donut Snob minis. They were SOOO perfect and scrumptious. People were oinking out!  Just the way we planned it... While it was stressful at times, I am so glad we went with these particular donuts. The manager was so kind. They usually don't deliver outside of the Los Angeles area, but one of the drivers had family up in Northern California so they made a special trip just for us. It meant the world...and the world to our guests' bellies. 

Jason Lee, Photography, wedding, bride
custom chucks, chuck taylors, converse, green

It had to happen. I can only do serious and "bridal" for so long before my inner goof has to break free. No Jimmy Choos or designer anything for me. I wanted to be uber Tish on my wedding day, which meant custom Kelly Green chucks. Boo ya! (I got custom chucks for Jenn as well.) 

When Mark proposed he offered me two things: a ring and a little pin that said "You're the bees knees." Love that he kept the theme going. It's one of my favorite compliment for friends.

green bow tie, bow tie
twins, identical twins, wedding

Have I mentioned that my husband is an identical twin? It's frickin adorable. They're alike in every kind of way two dudes can be alike. Mike is Twin A, though and Mark is Twin B, which means Mike is the older brother. Mark totally acts like the baby of the family. It cracks me up how two minutes can change a man...or men.

panache bridal pasadena

This is Scarlett, my lovely dress. She was heavy like a muther trucker, but she was uber fun to wear. I always had this kind of dress in mind. I wanted poofy and pretty...something I could wear chucks with, but still look bride-y in. I went to Panache Bridal in Pasadena to find her. I would have traveled even farther. She was worth it and then some.

Jcrew wedding, bridesmaid dress

Girls get so caught up in having a huge bridal party, but I really wanted to keep it to a tiny minimum. While I would have loved to have my best guy pals (D and Fat) and my childhood friend, Leigh Anne, standing up there I just kept seeing Jenn and Mark's twin so I had to go with the gut. I just needed my "best woman of honor". 

These two pics are of my mom and dad. The first is my mom...who I lovingly call "Mo." People assume we're lesbian lovers more often than mother and daughter. Someday mixed chicks and their families will be more comfortable for some folks' psyches to handle. For now I just pinch her butt or walk arm in arm with her and giggle as people stop and stare with bewilderment. The second is my dad. (Sure you probably figured that out, though.) I love his grin. He's such a shy, cute fella. He's been in my life since I was four; helping to shape the chick I am today. For heaven's sake, he's the fella who got me hooked on all things toot and poot related!

bridal bouquet

My biological father died when I was a young girl. I always said if I got married I'd carry a picture of him in my bouquet...a way for him to be able to walk me down the aisle. I kept my promise. 

Tiffanys, Tiffany & Co. , Gatsby collection, pearl necklace, pear

My beautiful friend Glenda let me borrow her pearl earrings for the wedding so my something borrowed was some kind of special and sweet. The single pearl was a gift from Mark; my very first Tiffany necklace. What can I say, I've always been a sucker for that blue box.

My play sis officiated our wedding. It was practically perfect in every way. Loved her attire. My lady brought it!

officiant, friend as an officiant
kiss the bride
fit bottomed girls, fbg, fit bottomed bride

My wonderful sisters took part in the ceremony. Filipino weddings consist of three parts: the giving of the coins, placing a veil over the couple and placing a cord around the couple. They were responsible for the cord.

We found the most perfect poppers for our entrance. Once we were introduced by the DJ, our guests let 'em rip. It was pretty awesome I must say. Thank you Chinatown Summer Nights for giving us that glorious idea.

willy wonka
guest book idea
first dance, wedding

"Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination..."  Our first dance was from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There was a touch of fun whimsy in everything we could possibly put it in.

mother daughter dance
father daughter dance

I surprised my mom with a special dance. She used to always sing to me "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton so I had the DJ find that lovely song. It was only right.  My dad and I danced to "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. When in Rome, I say! The lyrics and the vibe were perfect for our beach wedding.

best friend dance

Jenn and I have this little tradition. For her wedding she surprised me with a special dance to "Count on Me"'s our song so I had to keep it going! We start out dancing just the two of us and then let the husband join in. It's like Charlotte from Sex and the City said, "Maybe our girlfriends are the soul mates." They certainly are.
nontraditional wedding cake

Mark's Jersey boys. 

thriller, wedding dancing

Steph is my dancing partner in crime. Whenever we're at the same wedding we're joined at the shaking hip. 

jwlphotography, j w l photography, jason lee

This is Jason...our wonderful photographer who captured all of the wonderful pictures you saw above. Of COURSE we had to get a picture with him. People were coming up to him at the reception wanting to meet him. He's sort of a big frickin deal. Check out the site that made me fall in love with his work. You'll see why.

{Photos by: j w l photography}


  1. Tish, these are beautiful. What a truly lovely day with just the right amount of goofball. Love it.

    1. Just the right amount :) xoxo

      Thanks Kelly!

  2. What gorgeous pictures and what a lovely wedding. So happy for you two.

  3. Congratulations Tish and Mark! What love! Thank you so much for posting the photos of your day. You looked magical, lovely Tish! I could hear your happiness and the canon of your laughter coming through Jason's pics. Again what love and beauty and kelly green kicks and donuts!!! Priceless!
    May you continue to be blessed in all your dreams. Big hugs, Michele Richards

    1. Thank you Michele... Always say/write the most beautiful things.


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