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Cheryl & Brian: An Outdoor in Newport Beach, CA

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The couple’s service took place in a picturesque gazebo, which was lavishly decorated with ivory, green, and orange rose clusters along with Casablanca lilies and orange dahlias. A dramatic candle chandelier adorned with large green cymbidium orchids hung over the couple as they exchanged traditional Christian wedding vows.
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Her bouquet was filled with stephanotis, ivory roses, and more green orchids and added a bold splash of color to the strapless, hand-beaded and hand-embroidered gown.
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Cheryl's attendants carried mango calla lilies, cymbidium orchids, and lime green roses to match their A-line dresses with ivory bodices and kiwi-colored skirts.
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Kissing balls of green button mums hung from shepherd's hooks, while cones filled with orange, lime, and ivory rose petals hung from each aisle's end chair for guests to toss.
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Each flower girl carried a horsetail bamboo-covered basket filled with a mix of lime and orange rose petals.
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In lieu of a traditional birdcage, Cheryl and Brian decorated a basket with lime green ribbons for guests to place their wedding cards in.
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A dramatic candle chandelier adorned with large green cymbidium orchids hung over the couple as they exchanged traditional Christian vows.
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Candlelit tables and a unique, glass, fire pit provided ambience, as a string quartet entertained with upbeat tunes. Everyone regrouped in the Grand Pacific Salon for the reception, where the gold, orange, and green tones in the newly renovated room perfectly complemented the signature colors of the day.
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Guest tables dressed in ivory linens were set with gold chargers and kiwi napkins and topped with chic arrangements of white calla lilies, orange tulips, and green hydrangeas.
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The ivory and floral vellum escort cards rested atop moss decorated with green orchids and glass votives.
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The incredible four-course dinner (filet mignon, chicken, or halibut) was followed by slices of the four-tiered wedding cake. With flavors like chocolate with raspberry filling, marble with Bavarian cream filling, vanilla with cappuccino filling, and carrot with cream-cheese filling, no one was disappointed.
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The couple sent everyone home with a final sweet reminder of the celebration: white chocolate champagne truffles accompanied by chocolate “sea foam” treats, all packaged in tiny bags adorned with kiwi-colored rhinestones.
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Guests were more than ready to hit the dance floor following the decadent meal, so Cheryl and Brian got things started with a smooth foxtrot to Marc Cohn’s “True Companion” that ended with a dramatic dip.

Cheryl & Brian in Newport Beach, CA

When Cheryl and Brian met at a mutual friend’s summer barbecue, the chemistry was obvious -- especially to their friends. “It was cute because whenever they would invite one of us somewhere, they’d make sure the other was coming as well,” says Cheryl. Little did she know that Brian was just scheming the entire time for reasons to “randomly” run into her. The Bride Cheryl Bolitho, 30, project coordinator The Groom Brian Shepherd, 28, fire suppression technician The Date May 28 They shared their first kiss as Brian walked Cheryl to her car one night after a Fourth of July bash, and have been inseparable ever since. Six years later, during a romantic picnic on the beach at Corona del Mar, Brian proposed.
- Susan Berryman
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