Long Beach, California
Newlyweds Ashley and Brian held their reception on the gorgeous Queen Mary. I took advantage of the last rays of sunshine to take some photos of the happy couple. Both Ashley and Brian are so much fun. And quite the romantics I might add.
Absence does seem to make the heart grow fonder. Ashley and Brian hadn't seen each other in months and they're super kissy which makes for good photos.
I love the telephone booth!
Steady course, get it?
I love the blue of this night sky.
Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs.
Ashley and Brian chose bright fall colors for their November reception. The centerpieces were yellow, orange and red flowers arranged inside carved-out pumpkins. And the cake was to-die-for!
The reception was in the Verandah Grill, formerly the nightclub for the "ship's elite," which features beautiful hand-painted murals of circus acts and ballerinas. I couldn't resist taking a cake photo with the roaring tiger in the background.
Blessing before the meal is served.
Ashley's dad finishes his toast and Brian's brother, the best man, goes up to the mic.
Bella, one of the flowergirls, twirls her way onto the dance floor.
I love this moment between Brian and his mom during the mother-son dance.
The whole bridal party gets into the swing of things.
Now both the flowergirls are dancing with the newlyweds.
DJ Jon Lundgren spins the tunes, from Y.M.C.A...
to get-down music...
to Gipsy Kings...
and even the macarena!
Ashley and Brian enjoy a quiet moment alone...
and a not-so quiet moment.
Time to say goodnight!
And they lived happily ever after!
Many thanks to Ashley and Brian, Ashley's super nice mom Lynn, and the wonderful staff of the Queen Mary.