On November 11, 2018, Matt and I finally tied the knot! It was the day that everyone, including us, felt like a long time coming. After eight years of dating, there was nothing more that I wanted than to marry this man. It was a long and hectic day, but it was also the most memorable day of my life. From the minute I woke up, to the minute I shut my eyes, were memories I wish I can only relive all over again.
We got married in Santa Susana, at Hummingbird Nest Ranch. It is near the Simi Valley/Woodland Hills area. Neither of us had any roots to the area, but it was the first venue we viewed and the only one we couldn’t stop thinking about. We knew it was the one because of all the character it had. I fell in love, and would 100% recommend this venue for anyone whose ready to throw it all together from scratch themselves! We were okay with the fact that this venue came with nothing but the land because I was ready to use my creativity and put together the wedding of my dreams. Speaking of the wedding of your dreams, I officially believe everyone who had told me that the day never goes as planned. We were unfortunately in the heist of all the fires that broke out. It was a really devastating time, and I was so emotional. I honestly felt guilty having a wedding while this was all going on, my heart was shattered from all those affected that weekend. We felt blessed that we didn’t get affected and everyone arrived safely. We had an angel on our shoulders, and for that I will eternally be grateful.
The girls had an early start to the day, 8am hair and makeup call! We had to be in the bridal suite at the venue at 8am sharp. Something about getting ready sessions before weddings brings all the emotions out for me. Whether it’s my wedding or not, I love being surrounded by everyone. Particularly on my wedding day, I was surrounded by all of my sisters, my closest girlfriends that I have grown up with, and all the mama’s and grandmas. This is a time I would advise all brides-to-be to take it all in, it’s a really special time of your day. It was a morning I will hold close to my heart forever. I had the best crew of ladies doing hair and makeup. I used two ladies from The Colour Attic – Loe & Jess. They did AMAZING! I’m a very picky makeup person, and these ladies made everyone look even more beautiful than they already are.
The boys had their call time from 12-1pm. They got dressed in their suite on the venue as well. Once 1pm hit, it was go time for everyone. They began all pictures of everyone getting ready, and all the other wedding shots. Tip: If photos are a priority for you, make sure you look and get ideas of specific shots you want and send to your photographer. I loved both of my photographers, they did such a phenomenal job, and worked together as a team so perfectly. One was Aubrey Moffit Photography, and the other was Tara Deaton. Pictures fly by so fast, and are always a little more rushed than expected. Matt and I chose to do a first look to help with a few things. 1. We had a Fall wedding, so the light was our best friend and we needed to finish as many pictures before ceremony to make sure we had everything done and focus on our golden hours shots afterwards. 2. We both knew we would be such nervous wrecks, we wanted a special moment before hand to see each other and get them out. I loved seeing him in his suite for the first time. He was so handsome and I couldn’t believe I was going to be able to call him my husband in just a few hours from then!
Our ceremony was on their beautiful and intimate Olive Grove lawn in the Sitting Bull area. It was secluded, and enclosed with olive trees. We had an arch set up by my friends from Iron and Timber Co. We added custom drapery to the arch, and framed it with a Eucalyptus garland. Our florist, My Sun and Stars did an amazing job with all of the floral decor, it was a dream! It was exactly what I have dreamed of for years.
We exchanged our own vows to one another, and had one of our best friends officiate the wedding, Jake Hardy. There were many laughs, tears, and special moments exchanged between Matt and I. We were told there wasn’t one dry eye in the house. It makes my heart so full that we have so many friends and family so truly invested in our relationship. We were surrounded by so many people we love, I couldn’t have been anymore happier. Our vows are something we both knew going into marriage, was something we will hold in our hearts forever. Matt had brought up the first time he knew he loved me, and it was actually something he’s never told me before. I felt like I was falling in love all over again in that moment.
After ceremony, followed cocktail hour. We held that in the Sitting Bull Cobblestone area. I originally wanted our reception to be in there, but it wasn’t able to hold all of our guests. It’s a beautiful closed off courtyard, with cobble stone and old spanish style brick walls. It’s so cute, I dream to have an area like that in my future home! During this hour, Matt and I didn’t get to spend too much time saying hello or be a part of cocktail hour, as we did our golden hour photos. So remember, if you have a Fall wedding, and you want to enjoy that time with your guests, make sure your ceremony time is earlier so that your timeframe will work according to your needs!
The night was kicking in, and we were all about the dance floor during reception. Before we got to put our dancing shoes on, this is how the reception started. We had the entire bridal party do their walk outs, then we followed last for our grand entrance. Then we jumped straight into our first dance, and we chose the song “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. We had just saw him a few months back, so the song was fresh in my memory making the moment so special. After the first dance, we began to serve dinner. We used California Fresh Catering, we worked with Jayme and she was an absolute angel. While everyone was enjoying the dinner, we slowly began the speeches. We our fathers give a speech, and both maid of honors, and best men. I remember trying so hard not to start crying during all of them. Each person had such sweet words to say about us, and it really shows the depth of so many relationships that we have with our friends and family. Once the speeches were done, we opened up the dance floor! Broke it up for mother-son dance and father-daughter dance. Then later on we had the bouquet toss and garter dance. The garter dance was most definitely the highlight of the night. Matt and all his groomsmen, had planned a secret dance and it was HILARIOUS. They actually nailed it, and the choreographer – Logan, definitely didn’t let anyone half ass it. Those were all my closest guy friends so you can only imagine the look of terror on my face haha. It was so great, and I will always always remember that moment.
We ended the night with a sparkler send off and a private car. The sparklers were always a dream of mine to have at my wedding, but I must say they are a tad bit dangerous! These sparklers are HUGE, which means the flare is even bigger haha. They make for phenomenal pictures, but if you decide to have them, make sure no one too intoxicated gets their hands on one. We ended the night back at the hotel suite, and they had champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for us with a sweet card on our table. It was the perfect ending to our day. We enjoyed each others company for the first time as being Mr & Mrs. Heavin!
Wedding Venue – Hummingbird Nest Ranch
Wedding Planner – Laura Armendariz ~ Fawn Events
Floral – My Sun and Stars Floral Co
Rentals & Lighting – Coast Party Rentals
Vintage Rentals – Sundrop Vintage
Rustic Rentals – Iron Timber Co.
Cake + Sweets – Little Lulus
Catering – California Fresh Catering
Bar – Mia’s Martini
Signage – Double Dipped Calligraphy
DJ & Photo Booth – Vox DJ’s
Hair and Makeup – The Color Attic
Shoes – Steve Madden
Bridesmaids – Endless Summer ~ Custom made
Menswear – Friar Tux