“I always wanted more with her, and it naturally went from me wanting her to be my girlfriend and me her boyfriend to her being my wife and I her husband.”
Michelle and Dean met at work and quickly became close friends, going to lunch and dinner together, hanging out, and getting to know each other.  Michelle was wary of dating, but one night after seeing a movie together and holding hands (so cute, I can’t stand it!), Dean got up the nerve to kiss her, and she was thrilled because she was waiting for a kiss all night.  Since then, they’ve been inseparable.
It didn’t take Dean long to know Michelle was “The One.”  Michelle wanted to keep things casual, but he immediately wanted to make things official.  After about a month, she agreed to make it official, and he knew he wanted to marry her.  It took Michelle longer to know…  Even though she was in love, she had her guard up.  Protecting her son Severi was her first priority.  She would never be with someone who didn’t treat her precious son as their own, and she needed to make sure he was happy with the man who would be his step father.  One night while hanging out at her house, Dean was playing with Severi, and out of no where, Severi said, “I love you” to Dean.  Michelle’s heart melted, and that’s when she knew Dean was “The One.”
On Michelle’s birthday, Dean took her and Severi to a special dinner.  That night at home, he brought a blazing birthday cake into the living room and got down on one knee.  As soon as she blew out the candles, he took her hand and told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.  Severi was shouting, “Mama, can I take the candles out?!” because he wanted cake so badly, which made them laugh.  Through happy tears and laughter, Michelle said yes!  It was perfect.
We truly loved working with Michelle and Dean.  Not only are they lovely, sweet, and fun, but their families are wonderful!  When I saw these two families unite seamlessly, I knew they’re all going to enjoy generations of happiness.  Thank you for trusting us with these precious memories!
Vendors
Venue: Leal Vineyards, Hollister, California
Wedding Dress: Mira’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mira’s Bridal & David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Formal Headquarters International
Flowers: Design Deluxe Decor
Cake: Kim Brandon, Leal Vineyards
Hair: Tranquility Salon, Holister
Makeup: Brittanee Starke
DJ: DJ Seize, Leal Vineyards

 

 

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The bride’s gown was GORGEOUS! The simple silhouette and classy beading fit Michelle’s personality perfectly.

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

I love these photos of Michelle getting her son Severi ready for the wedding! He’s an adorable little guy.

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards ceremony spot is gorgeous. The light for Michelle and Dean’s wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful. I love using interesting, edgy lighting.

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

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First family portrait!

 

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

 

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Michelle & Dean’s grand entrance was dramatic because they went right into their first dance. They took lessons and did a beautiful job!

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

The Barrel Room at Leal Vineyards is breathtaking. I loved having all those twinkle lights at my disposal!

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

The mother of the groom is so cute!

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Leal Vineyards wedding

The bride has two special dads in her life, so she danced with them both!

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Leal Vineyards wedding

It’s always fun to see a fight for the bouquet!

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

We got to go out into the olive grove at the end of the evening, and we made some beautiful images together!

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Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

Leal Vineyards wedding

More gorgeousness!