Saint James Orthodox Church & The Westin San Jose Wedding

The more amazing opportunities I have to document couple’s weddings of various cultures and backgrounds, the more I fall in love with the different traditions of love. Carolin & Mike’s beautiful wedding at the Saint James Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and The Westin, San Jose was no exception to this! Their wedding was truly about two families becoming one, with some heart-warming ceremony rituals and lots (and I mean lots!) of dancing at the reception! There were golden crowns, multiple swords, and an extremely talented singer flown in all the way from Haifa, Israel who kept the party going all night long!

 

About The Couple: Carolin and Mike locked eyes about a year and a half ago while attending the same mass at church. Carolin was visiting some friends in town while on a tourist visa from Belgium. The pair ended up hanging out together shortly thereafter as their mutual friends both invited them out and we stuck together at the hip in love since that day! Carolin was due to return home in a few months, but Mike knew he was madly in love with her and couldn’t let her go. Mike asked Carolin for her hand in marriage and for her to stay in the Bay Area with him as his wife! Carolin said yes and called her parents and sisters back home to share the good news.

 

To Carolin & Mike: thank you so much for allowing me to capture your stunning wedding day! Carolin, I was absolutely in love with your gorgeous wedding dress and veil! You looked like a beautiful princess. And Mike, you looked so sharp in your suit! I won’t forget those little sideways smiles you two shared with the camera during your ceremony. Or how energetically you guys were dancing the night away with your loved ones! But my favorite moment was, of course, your super romantic portraits in the park when you two got a little break to be alone together before heading back to the party. I can’t wait to see how your life unfolds together. Congratulations again on tying the knot!

 

Vendors:

Photography: Corinna Rose Photography

Ceremony Venue: Saint James Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, Milpitas

Reception Venue: The Westin, San Jose

Dress: Trudys Brides

Florist: Blackistone Florist

Videographer: Shutter And Sound

Catering: Il Fornaio