Mercedes and Blake both grew up in Northern California, but had recently moved to St. Louis for Blake’s job and knew that they wanted to get married where their friends and family lived.   They chose to get married in Carmel at St. Dunstan Church where Blake went to with his family.  This church was gorgeous inside with beautiful architecture and stunning organ.  The outside was just as beautiful, with its breathtaking backdrop of the Carmel valley.

Mercedes and Blake had their first look in the church and it was perfect!  It was intimate with just the two of them and they took this moment to talk and re-center themselves.  Mercedes was unsure if she wanted to do a first look, but decided that seeing Blake would calm her nerves.  When she saw Blake, it was evident that she made the right decision.  You could see how much more relaxed she had become immediately!

Mercedes’ dance with her father was the most heartfelt father-daughter dance I have ever witness.   He suffered a stroke two years ago and they were not sure how mobile he would be.  Family assisted him as he walked on the dance floor, where he joined Mercedes.  Everyone shed tears of joy as he wrapped his arms around his daughter to begin their first dance. It meant the world to Mercedes that her father was able to be there, to walk her down the aisle, and to be able to dance with her for their father-daughter song.

During our consultation call, I said that I would convince them to move back to California.  Yes, that is an extremely bold statement and I am well aware that I have not control of this.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t still hope that they would still move back one day.

 

Vendors

Venue:  St.  Dunstan Church

Bride’s Dress:  MoriLee

Bridesmaid’s Dresses:  David’s Bridal

Groom Suit:  Stallone’s

Hair and Makeup:  Nassime Salon Hair and Make Up

DJ:  DJ LeRoy, James Scott

 

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