Here at world headquarters it’s like Christmas in July. At least it seems that way; with the fantastic weather we’ve had this past week it hardly seems like winter at all. It reminds us of all the great outdoor goodness we have here in Southern California, and it’s probably why so many brides choose outdoor wedding venues in Orange County, places like the Newland Barn in Huntington Beach.
Meet Cate and Ian, a gorgeous twosome we photographed at the Newland Barn in July. Considering Orange County used to be dotted with tons of farms, it’s a shame that so few barn venues exist to give couples the rustic backdrop they’re looking for (although the big barn at Strawberry Farms in Irvine is another good choice).
Then we met up at the Newland Barn to take his-and-hers bridal party portraits.
There were lots of cool details, including an abundance of pinwheels which was a dominant icon of this southern-themed wedding. And guess who made all those pinwheels? The father of the bride!
Finally it was time to get down to business. Cate and Ian chose the water tower as their backdrop rather than the gazebo, just like this prior Newland Barn wedding we shot, and we think it adds a nice touch.
After the ceremony we took some portraits of the bride and groom since they went the traditional route and didn’t see each other before the wedding.
And then…the party! After the first dance, guests dined on delicious burgers catered by In-N-Out.
The best man gave a great speech, but was then upstaged by the matron of honor (her sister Shelly) who sang a touching, funny song complete with her own guitar accompaniment in lieu of an actual speech. Classic!
It was a fantastic night! Cate and Ian capped off their evening with a grand exit surrounded by sparklers. We hope these two had as much fun as we did!
Congratulations to an awesome couple!
And a big thank you to all the great vendors we worked with as well:
Venue: The Newland Barn at Newland House Museum, Huntington Beach
Coordinator: Bre Nelson, Joyful Weddings and Events
Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Flowers: Art with Nature
Lighting: Baker Party Rentals
Catering: In-N-Out Burger
But that’s not all! Our photos from Cate and Ian’s big day were featured on the Wedding Chicks blog. Be sure to stop by and check them out!