A romantic California wedding that seems to have it all: style, grace, decor, a touch of vintage and a bride and groom that look stunning! This Dutch-meets-Italian family wedding will leave you drooling for more gold, glitter, and rustic charm. Don’t take my word for it. Read what the photographer Melissa Vossler had to say as well as the bride, Shannon Struiksma.
“I’ve known Shannon since she was a little girl, and have had the honor of photographing her creatively the past few years. When she became engaged last year to her perfect match and asked me to photograph their May wedding, I was thrilled!
Shannon is full of life, charismatic and pure energy. She also happens to have incredible style, so I knew she and Matt’s wedding day would be perfect. I was right. No detail went unnoticed. Matt and Shannon put so much thought into their perfect day. From the neutral color palate to the hints of gold and sparkle. Her vision came to life in a gorgeous classic evening affair. Pure perfection!”
“Matthew and I got married on a perfect day in the beautiful city of Burbank, Ca. The moment we both began planning for this special day we knew what elements we wanted to include. We felt that our day needed to be classy, yet modern, meaningful to not only each other but our whole family, and of course needed gold, glitter, and rustic charm. Immediately we knew that our day needed to be documented by the ever-so-wonderful Melissa Vossler. Matt and I began looking into our ‘ideal’ venues ensuring to include pieces of our personality to guide our search. I should also include the key element of our decision making with the venue being the capacity they could hold. Between his wonderfully large Dutch family and my outrageously rambunctious Italian family we needed a beautiful venue that could accommodate our loved ones.”
“Another incredible part of our wedding was our first look before the ceremony and the joy and emotion of that intimate moment where I saw the man of my dreams and future husband all dolled up and excited to see his bride. The day would not have been complete without the extremely fun reception where young and old danced the night away and celebrated this beautiful day with us.”
“We both instantly fell in love with Calamigos, and knew that this was the place we would say ‘I DO.’ It helped that it was in my home town too. Since we chose such a beautiful venue with Ivy on the ceilings, outside fans, twinkle lights in the landscape, vintage chandeliers in the ballroom and stunning scenery, we knew our job would be to accent these stunning features. We chose to keep our decorations simple and stunning – vintage frames that I found at an Estate sale, embossed invitations, glass gold chargers, vintage charms on our candelabra’s, mirrors with beautiful calligraphy and much more. We felt this added the perfect touch to the event. I come from a very creative and amazingly talented mother who does events. She was key in helping to plan, organize and set the perfect wedding in motion.”
“Together with a graphic artist, Matt and I created our wedding logo making a crest that represented our future lives together as Struiksma’s. This logo went on our invitations (gold foiled as well as embossed), our menus, and our programs. This one piece made our wedding come together so perfectly. Our guest book was a scrapbook I made using different yet themed colored envelopes with cards for our guests to write on and seal for us to real later on. Our entrance was complete with a vintage gold frame chalkboard sign with our crest on it, twinkle lights from a weeping willow, and a gold glitter arrow on the ground”
“Some of my favorite parts of our wedding included the music. My father has had the privilege of traveling all over the world as a musician his entire life and working with some of the greatest musicians of all time. He would probably be embarrassed at the mention of him being Ringo in the original “Beatlemania,” but oh well. Almost 20 years ago now he became a Pastor and has still remained heavily involved in the worship side of his ministry. He still works with the most astounding musicians in the world. Some of which were playing flute, violin, and keyboard at our ceremony. We kept all the music very traditional since that is what my husband and I wanted for our day.”
“Our exit was grand with our tunnel of friends and family underneath ivy that was covering the entire outside patio, gorgeous outdoor chandeliers, twinkle lights and sparklers. Although, I must add that our getaway would not have been complete without Matt’s grandpa whisking us away in his cream colored classic 1932 Chevy convertible.”