JB + Gloria in Portola Valley

I don’t even know where to start with these two. I remember the morning I met JB + Gloria at a bakery in Palo Alto. Colton and I had made a last minute, spontaneous decision to head to Stanford for a football game and while in town I received an email from Gloria. She was a friend of one of my most favorite past brides and was wondering about photography for her upcoming wedding in the Bay Area. To make a long story short, Gloria and JB met me for breakfast the next morning and the rest is history. Anyone who knows Gloria knows that her joy is infectious. Really, it’s addicting and it’s absolutely impossible to enter a room without being lit up by her smile. She’s the most wonderful breath of fresh, happy air and working with her always seemed to brighten my day. And while Gloria seemed to be excited about just about everything, nothing made her smile quite as big or as beautifully as talking about her boy, JB. These two met at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and later moved to the Bay Area after college. I really do apologize for sounding like a broken record on my blog this summer, but JB + Gloria are again just one of those couples that make me feel so truly blessed to be doing what I do. The truth of the matter is that I work with brides for a long time, sometimes as much as an entire year. We email hundreds of times and make dozens of phone calls and walk through more timelines than you’d think is even remotely possible. But through all of these seemingly monotonous details, Gloria was nothing but a joy. Her excitement made me smile and I truly mean it when I say arriving to the hotel on JB + Gloria’s wedding day was like walking into the room of a dear, close friend. These two have a beautiful future ahead of them, full of life and adventure and only a few million laughs. They’re the type of couple I know will grow old together, holding hands and still making one another laugh. JB will always be the gentleman and Gloria ever the beautiful lady. Together they’ll conquer the world, knowing that at the end of the day they’ll always have each other.

JB + Gloria, awwwww! Plain and simply there just aren’t words to let you know how great I think you are. Thank you for always making me feel so welcomed and appreciated and loved. Your trust meant the world to me and your kind, warm smiles always made me feel so valued. I’m honored to call you friends and I feel so blessed to have witnessed your day. You’re the specials ones and I can’t wait to see what goodness the future holds. I speak for so many when I say I know it’s truly a bright one!!

xoxoxo…XOXOOXOXO! Michelle

Joy and Charlene of Miss Scarlett's Flowers curated the most beautiful arrangements for JB + Gloria's day. Each bright and bold flower was the perfect reflection of the happy and cheerful couple!

Venue :: Private Residence in Portola Valley, California Florist :: Miss Scarlett's Flowers Coordinator :: Meredith Chase DJ :: DJ Matteo (<< this guy was AMAZING! I cannot recommend him highly enough. Colton and I spent the entire drive home planning a hypothetical party in which we leave the dancing to Matteo!) Photographer :: Michelle Cross Assistant :: Athena Plichta Catering :: Joshua Charles Catering Cake :: Peeples Baking Hair + Make-Up :: Maryam Abassi from Tooba Salon Dress :: Pronovias