Wedding at The Champion’s Club at The Retreat

Oct 26, 2017

Katie + Mike

Introduction

When we first met with with Katie + Mike via Skype, we knew that we were an absolute match.  You know how we know?  Because our dogs were communicating with each other during our meeting. =p

Jokes aside, we learned a great deal about these two and how they met through friends and how Mike proposed to Katie during a formal night on a holiday cruise around South America with his family gathered around the table. By the end of the meeting, it was like we were old friends already.  We simply could not wait for their wedding at The Champion’s Club at the Retreat in Corona to arrive!

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Katie + Mike lovingly looking at each other under the tunnel during their wedding at The Champion’s Club at The Retreat in Corona.

Getting Ready photos at Ayres Lodge & Suites

Both Annie and I started off the day at the Ayres Lodge and Suites in Corona where Katie + Mike and their bridal party were getting ready.  I started with Mike and the guys who were enjoying themselves and watching some college football.  Annie was with Katie and her girls as they were getting their hair and makeup done.

When Mike and his groomsmen left for the venue, I joined up with Annie to capture Katie’s grandmother tie the perfect bow around her granddaughter’s waist and a very touching first look between Katie and her father who was looking very dapper in his top hat.

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The beautiful wedding dress draped on the painting over the couch in the room

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While getting ready, Katie gets some finishing touches of lipstick.

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Katie takes a quick glimpse of her makeup in the mirror.

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Grandma has always had the duty of tying the bow.

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The perfectly tied bow in all its glory.

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Katie and her mother share a special moment during the wedding day.

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Reading Mike’s letter brought out a great big smile from Katie.

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One of the Best Men, Andrew helps Mike in adjusting his tie.

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After helping Chase out with his newly gifted cufflinks, Mike then dubs him the other Best Man.

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Mike glances out the window while fixing his tie.

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Katie taps her father on the shoulder during her First Look with her dad.

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An intimate exchange of hugs were in store during the father/daughter first look.

 

Pre-Ceremony Portraits at The Champion’s Club at The Retreat

When the entire bridal party finally got to The Champion’s Club at The Retreat in Corona, we quickly set up the stage for Katie + Mike’s First Look.  Although Katie + Mike wanted it to be solely them during this time, which it was, the bridal party sure didn’t want to miss it.  They stationed themselves behind the glass of the room looking out and definitely made their presence known with their cheers and applause as Katie + Mike kissed.

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Mike patiently awaits his bride during their First Look prior to their wedding at the Champion’s Club at The Retreat.

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The moment prior to Mike turning around to see Katie for the first time in her wedding dress.

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Mike + Katie get in close an try to have an intimate moment to themselves with the sounds of the bridal party cheering from behind the windows.

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Katie getting some kisses from her bridesmaids.

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The bridesmaids and Katie show off their beautiful bouquets.

Mike and his groomsmen walk down the pathway.

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Groomsman Spencer decides to get a little playful during “hand on cheek” shot.

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The entire bridal party locking arms and walking down the wide path.

Ceremony photos at The Champion’s Club at The Retreat

As family and friends started making their way to the ceremony site of Katie + Mike’s wedding at The Champion’s Club at The Retreat, they were asked to grab a stone.  During the ceremony, Katie + Mike poured some dirt into the pot of a tree that they will plant at their house and the stones that the guests gathered would be a part of it.  There were all kinds of laughter and tears as Katie + Mike both said their vows to each other.

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Katie’s father shakes Mike’s hand prior to handing his daughter over to him to be married.

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Katie could not stop from smiling during the wedding ceremony.

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Wide shot during the wedding ceremony of Katie + Mike

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Mike can’t stop smiling when looking at Katie.

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Mike’s mom sheds a tear during the touching wedding vows.

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Katie wants to make it clear that Mike can’t use her lines during his own vows.

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Katie + Mike are ecstatic to be pronounced husband + wife in front of all their family and friends.

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The newly married couple walk down the aisle together.

Post-Ceremony Portraits at The Champion’s Club at The Retreat

Since we captured all the bridal party photos and some family shots prior to the ceremony because of the First Look, after the ceremony, we finished up the family formals and then had some time with our lovely couple.This was the perfect time as the sun was beginning to set and the horizon was perfectly lit.

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Katie glances back at Mike as the sun begins to set.

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Our lovely couple holding hands along the grass during cocktail hour.

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Katie + Mike kiss with the scenic mountains in the background.

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Portrait of our newlyweds, Katie + Mike

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Mike dips Katie at the entrance of their wedding venue.

Reception photos at The Champion’s Club at The Retreat

The reception at The Retreat was outdoors and the weather was absolutely perfect for such the occasion.  Laughs echoed around the area as Mike’s sister Kellie gave her speech which included a survival kit for Katie on surviving with Mike, and afterwards, Katie’s sister Ali gave Mike some tips on surviving with Katie.  Probably the best moment of the night was during the Mother/Son dance when Mike and his mom surprised everyone with their amazing choreographed dance filled with making it rain!

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The beautifully decorated wedding cake by the fireplace.

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Katie + Mike make their grand entrance to start off the reception.

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Katie + Mike dancing for the first time as husband and wife.

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Mike spins Katie during their First Dance.

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Wide shot of reception area while Mike is giving his thank you speech to family and friends.

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Katie gets emotional during her father’s speech.

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Matron of Honor/Sister Kellie presents Katie with a “How to Survive with Mike” kit during her speech.

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First order of business…Cheerios are Mike’s kryptonite.

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Mike and his mom surprised everyone, including Katie, with their spectacular mother/son dance.

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Mike and his mom getting groovy during their dance.

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Katie is surprised to see that her sister/Maid-of-Honor Ali caught the bouquet.

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Mike takes a moment before going for the garter.

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Bridal party members Aimee + Spencer letting it loose on the dance floor.

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The bridesmaids gather around and dance with Mike during a particular song.

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Katie + Mike dance close during the open dance with everyone on the dance floor.

Conclusion

We definitely had a blast and enjoyed every single moment of the day.  We want to thank Katie + Mike for inviting us to capture their big day.  We hope you two are enjoying your nice, relaxed week honeymoon in Costa Rica.  We want to know all about it!  We will talk to you both soon!

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Family and friends enjoyed blowing bubbles during Katie + Mike’s bubble exit.

Vendors

Venue / Catering: The Champion’s Club at The Retreat

Officiant: Uncle Chad

Videographer: Andreii of Just Like Film

Hair/Makeup: Lauren Partida

Florist: Events by Floral Sensations

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