Lovely Day

Faith, Hope and Love shine through the images captured on Essa & Ashley’s special day. The intention for their wedding was clear, and beautifully accomplished. With a good plan and team of pros they could rely on, the couple was able to enjoy a meaningful, memorable celebration full of family, friends and a lot of fun. Truly a “Lovely Day”. (Original Bill Withers version or 2pac & B.I.G. re-mix. You pick!)

Then I look at you
And the world’s alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it’s gonna be
A lovely day


With DIY signage and other personal touches to help lead the way, the Bride & her maids, Groom & his men, and three sweet little flower-girls all assembled.  Absolutely no worries about getting this party to the church on time.


The Ceremony


Essa & Ashley’s Orange County wedding took place at St. Luke Orthodox Church in Garden Grove, California. The grounds and church a stunningly beautiful and inspiring location for a day this special.


And may we say that Essa dipping his bride for a kiss on their way back up the aisle, was… everything!


After the I Do’s


With the formal wedding ceremony complete, guests enjoyed a delicious cocktail hour complete with champagne & passed hors d’oeuvres while the bridal party gathered outside for photos (and to get some wiggles out).


The Dining


Vintage-style shutters adorned with flowers & escort cards invited guests to long, gorgeous, candlelit tables inside the Fellowship Hall at St. Luke’s. With a distinct vision, the space was utterly transformed into a dream venue.

A mouthwatering plated dinner included entrees such as Grilled Chicken with Artichoke Hearts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Basil Cream Sauce, and, Boneless Short Ribs in Honey-Applewood Smoked Bacon Demi Glace.


The Dancing

Let’s just say that Essa & Ashley know how to get a party started. With the help of their parents and attendants, they re-entered the reception with individual dance moves and grooves that got everyone up on the dance floor.  The photo booth and props were a hit too. Watch the video below and you’ll see — this couple is fun!

The Cake & Good Wishes


Before sparklers lined the newlywed’s honeymoon escape, they cut into a very pretty wedding cake and heard heartfelt toasts in their honor. With a future so bright and a love so strong, Ashley & Essa are…

Destined for a lifetime of lovely days.


Blog Post Written by:  Jodie Fry

Photography | Hom Photography
Wedding Planner | Angelina Marie Events
Catering | Above All Catering & Events
Floral Designs | 2 Create Designs
Rentals | Create A Party Rentals
Wedding Cake | Patty’s Cakes and Desserts
DJ | Andy Nation
Photo Booth | Duck Duck Booth
Hair and Makeup | Designed Elegance
Hashtag | #EssaHeartsAshley