Court and Ash

" The power of love is that it sees all people. - DaShanne Stokes "

Ian Chin Photography
Elopement Weddings
Backyard Wedding, Garden, Hotel/Indoor Weddings, Oceanside, Outdoors

Our Love Story

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style, or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

We wanted something small and intimate that was just for us. My family childhood friend lives in San Francisco and we’d been engaged in Half Moon Bay. We are from Australia, but we knew we wanted to get married back where we were engaged; in Half Moon Bay, and wanted her and her partner to be involved. We were able to speak with our wedding planner at ease who arranged everything for us without a hitch on the big day!  There was no real them or style; we just wanted simple, elegant, and unforgettable and that is certainly what it was!  We had a small intimate dinner with the four of us at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. And when we got back to Australia my parents hosted a Wedding Party with all our friends and family.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look?  We love the jacket!
I honestly only had to go to one bridal shop and immediately found the dress I loved after only trying on 3 dresses. It was an amazingly magical experience. My husband found a long tail morning coat on a UK website, a year before we got married and then built his suit from that. It was very personalized and very “him.”

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met when he became my housemate in early 2017. My housemate and I had just had another move-out and he became our third. In Feb 2018 when we were in San Francisco, I proposed to him at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay; he said yes! Just a few months later, he came out as transgender and had always secretly wished he could’ve been the one to propose. So in Feb 2019, at his own birthday celebrations, whilst playing Pictionary with friends – he promised to me by having me guess wedding on our turn in the game. He then turned around and then turned back with my brand new sparkly engagement ring and re-proposed. It was so magical.

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Seeing his face as I walked down the aisle. I was so nervous but in total excitement. And I couldn’t wait to get all the magical photos of us on the cliff faces around the Ritz Carlton grounds.

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

I couldn’t have done it without our wedding planner. She made the whole experience a breeze. I’d say to take the stress out of the day – hire a planner (if you have the means!). And that’s coming from a control freak! Haha

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Event Planner: Stratford & Pearl//Officiant: Officially Hitched//Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay//Event Venue: The Hastings House//Photographer: Ian Chin Photography//