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Jeremy & Andrea | A Boho & Whimsical Ethereal Gardens Wedding

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I don’t know where to begin with Jeremy and Andrea’s Boho & Whimsical Ethereal Garden Wedding. When I asked Andrea how she pictured her wedding day she said “boho, romantic and whimsical… at least that’s what I was hoping for.” Well let me tell y’all, they nailed it! Their wedding was picture perfect and every detail was thought through perfectly.

When Andrea first contacted me (only 3 months before the wedding) she asked if I was still available for their wedding day. She said she initially contacted me because she felt we had so much in common, not just in style but in personality. It was a match made in heaven because we totally do! When we planned for their engagement session Andrea and Jeremy had expressed they would like to do a lifestyle session in their home. They had just celebrated their one year anniversary as home owners and it was a big moment for them since they had completely renovate their new home. When I arrived for their engagement session that’s when I realized just how much we actually had in common! We share similar interest in home decor and style, that was for sure! 

At their engagement session Andrea and Jeremy shared with me a big secret! They were changing their last name… let me tell you guys the story! Jeremy’s great grandfather changed his last name from Okada (a traditional Japanese last name) to Santos when he immigrated from Japan to Guam. At the time, Japanese were not welcomed in Guam and he was persecuted due to his last name. When he fell in love with a woman who lived in Guam he decided to change his last name in order for them to live a normal life. His great grandfather became a man that was spoken very highly of and brought so much to the island of Guam. After changing his last name he was welcomed into the community. This weighed heavily on Jeremy’s heart and he asked his father how he felt about him changing his last name back to the family’s original last name, Okada. After decades as the family being known as Santos Jeremy and Andrea will be the first to cary the Okada last name since Jeremy’s great grandfather. They revealed this to their friends and family during their ceremony. It was so special to see their family’s faces during that moment. The emotion and pride they felt for this sweet couple. 

Andrea and Jeremy were surrounded by 170 of their closest friends and family on a Thursday! The love their friends and family poured over them on their sweet day was so special and I was in awe. It was a true gift to be part of their day.

The morning of their wedding I had woken up with severe tooth pain. The right side of my face was actually swollen from the pain. It was probably one of the worst pains I have ever experienced in my life and I have a pretty high pain tolerance I would say. I loaded up on pain medication and photographed their day. The very next morning I ended up having emergency oral surgery and they pulled that tooth out. No one had any idea I was in that much pain throughout their day. I’ll say this though, after photographing a wedding in that type of pain I’m confident I can photograph a wedding day in any kind of pain! The pain was worth it. Their wedding day was gorgeous and I have no regrets! 

Andrea and Jeremy, I can’t thank you enough for choosing me to part of your truly special story. Your day was a true depiction of love. I’m so excited to have new friends like you guys! 

XO,
Nataly 

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Vendors:

Venue: @etherealgardenvenue
Florist @royalbeeflower.co
Dress @dreamersandlovers_
Coordinator @trademarkvenues
DJ @pacificentertainment
Bridesmaid gowns @bhldn
Invitations and Cake @jk_kreation@aclass02
Make up @candicerenae_
Hair @sarababeeh

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