A note from our publisher, Thea Hargrove.
2020 has been a time of reflection as we have found ourselves in a reality that no one could have imagined. My thoughts have been with all of California’s brides and grooms as you as alter wedding plans due to COVID-19. These times have made all of us hold our loved ones closer than ever.
For some couples, this uncertainty led them to postpone their wedding; others decided to elope while many opted for an intimate celebration. But no matter the decision, one thing remains constant and true: love. This is what we celebrate in this latest issue of California Wedding Day. A wedding is one of the few times in our life where love becomes tangible. Every decision from the blooms in your bouquet to the guest list is a meaningful one. And now more than ever we all want to share love with our family and friends.
One of the brightest spots this year has been the time I’ve spent looking over all of the real weddings, from the pre-pandemic beauties to the small, romantic ceremonies. The unwavering commitment from wedding vendors—from bridal stores and planners to caterers and venues—to find a way to celebrate love is a gift in these uncertain times. To aid in your planning, we immersed ourselves in the emotional beauty of microweddings and elopements, showcase creative ideas for big day décor, and found romance for our fashion shoot at the beautiful La Lomita Ranch in San Luis Obispo.
I hope that all of you continue to dream, find inspiration, support each other and embrace hope. And know that we here at California Wedding Day are with you every step of the way.