Holy hell that's such a passionate kiss. Right? I know it sounds creepy, but I can't stop staring at this fantastic photograph. And it's not because I'm a perv or because I'm weird or because I have issues, but simply because it's so REAL and beautiful. Plus, any time there is a hand on a face during a kiss, I truly feel weak in my knees. I love that Toby is smiling as he is kissing Maika, and that we can clearly see their joy. But, the best part? Neither Toby or Maika were looking to get into a relationship when they met (kinda like me when I met my hus at a bar!). They said, "In a transitionary point in our lives, when we were both only looking for friendship and something light, our universes brought us together... We bonded over our love for being active, healthy food, our neighborhood, travel, music and each other's refreshing grateful view of life."
Bridey, know what's crazy? M+T planned their wedding in three months! I know, right?? And, when you scroll down and absorb the fabulousness of the pics, you will be shocked that they were able to pull it off in so little time. Please do me a favor... READ every.single.word of this post because it's chock full of awesome advice from the B+G. And, this B+G? Well, they pretty much stand for everything that Bitchless Bride is about! They get it, and I LOVE them for it! So read, learn and be inspired!!
OMFG! Maika, this dress is A MAZ ING!!! Loving the backless sexiness! Plus the beads on the bodice are stunning!
WOW! Vibrant + luscious + bright, oh my! Gorgeous dahlias, roses, orchids, succulents, and eucalyptus!
When asked to give advice to other brides-to-be, Maika said, "If you are debating about doing photos before or after, I highly recommend doing them before! The first look experience was amazing, that moment when you look into each others' eyes knowing this is the day, this is the person you are pledging forever to. Know that everything will come together and be perfect, and just as it's meant to be. All that matters is you have your person, your loved ones and your cupcakes ;) If you don't like being in the center of things, remember, all those people are there to support you two, but they are also there to just be reminded how beautiful love is, it took some of the pressure I was putting on myself off when a friend told me that." A FUCKING MEN!!!!
The proposal: Toby announced to his kids that Maika has been doing so many sweet things for us this week, let's do something sweet for her. They each read a note, Keenan, Toby's 12-year old son's said, "If I had to pick one word to describe how amazing you are, I'd have to combine all the nice words in the world in all languages. I love you, Maika." Eden, Toby's 9-year old daughter said, "Love is beautiful and so are you. I love you. P.S. You're a unicorn." Then Toby unfolded a piece of paper, shaking a little and looking a little teary read, "Maika, It's a good thing I'm so good at inventing words, because I keep running out of ways to tell you how amazing you are. (he and Keenan didn't even compare their notes!) Maybe if I combined them all into one whole word? FANTASTAMAZDERFULISCIOUSPARKLADOCIOUS? Still doesn't quite capture how amazing you are and how much you mean to me. How will I ever convey to you just how important you are to me? What can I do but try every day? How is it possible to love someone so much, and still be able to love them even more the next day? How did I get so lucky? So many questions, yet it seems there is really only one question left to ask..." He reached across the table where his mom had a ring box, he dropped to the floor on one knee next to Maika and asked, "Will you marry me?" She lost it crying in shock, turned to Eden and bawled into her hair to the point where Toby had to ask again! Maika finally got her composure and reached for Toby and said, "Hell yes!"
Such lovely family pics...
Toby's favorite moment was when all four of the family - Maika, Toby, Keenan and Eden were at the altar and they read their vows to the kids.
Such a FAB photo booth (Shutter Bus)!! Apparently it was a huge hit with kids and adults! So many fun props to play with!!
Um... YES!!! Love this mini cupcake display! M+T selected six flavors... Coconut, chocolate, lemon, red velvet, salted caramel and funfetti!
Thank you Maika + Toby for not only sharing your wedding with Bitchless Bride, but for "getting it" too! You guys are fucking fantastic!!