What does it look like when a simple coffee date turns into a lifetime together? Taylor and Riley's love story is proof that you never know when your life will change forever. The two discovered each other through an online dating app and, after connecting over their mutual love of running, they met for a casual mid day coffee date. Sparks flew over a hot cup of caffeine and the rest is history.
Taylor and Riley's wedding day began on a cloudy St. Patrick's Day morning. I arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Valencia, CA to be greeted by a thick cloud of laughter floating in the air...with the scent of a lot of hairspray somewhere in there, too. I've always felt like the sound of bridesmaids getting ready is one of joy and excitement and this crew was no exception. All the girls wore vibrant coral dresses, each with individually unique styles, that seemed to correlate with the brightness of Taylor's warm spirit. Taylor chose a classic lace gown by Elizabeth Fillmore that seemed like it was made just for her. The elegant simplicity of her dress was beautifully enhanced by a delicate overlay that draped with feminine grace across her right arm. Riley dawned a dapper navy tuxedo while his groomsmen were in grey.
One of my favorite parts of the day was Taylor and Riley's first look. When Riley turned around he sort of gasped and whispered, "You look beautiful." The pair proceeded to giggle through out the series of intermittent kisses that followed. When these two are together you can almost see their auras glowing and joining together. It makes you feel good just to be around them. Love does that sometimes.
The ceremony took place at the The Oaks Club at Valencia in Valencia, CA under a blanket of fluffy rain clouds. The sky looked ominous most of the day but the clouds parted to reveal the bright sun just as the two recited their vows. Their ceremony was the kind that makes you cry and then makes you laugh. I don't know that I've ever seen a more overjoyed couple during their recessional walk.
The new Mr. and Mrs. began their reception with their first dance to an acoustic cover by Paul Canning of Queen's "You're My Best Friend." The moment was sweet and gentle and pure...much like their love story.