A Perfect Wedding at the Dana Point Marriott

A Perfect Wedding at the Dana Point Marriott

When our #VOGbride Makayla married in Orange County at the Dana Point Marriott in a plunging, lace-detailed Essense of Australia gown last September, everything about her wedding day was perfect! We’re still celebrating her romantic braided up-do, bold liner and bright lip color that salon owner Samantha styled. She was truly a vision alongside the serene water and her loving husband.

How did you and your husband meet?

We met in college through a few classes together & were reconnected years later. But our true Love Story began late one evening at Cheesecake Factory as we talked for hours over an appetizer and a beer. To put the cherry on top of a magical evening, as Justen opened the car door for me at the end of the night, a stranger approached me and stated “he’s a “keeper”. From that night on, Justen was adamant, and told all of his friends that he was going to marry me one day… so one summer night he decided to make that dream a reality.

Tell us about your proposal? 

On July 30, 2016 Justen took MaKayla on a surprise date that involved taking her to the top of Los Angeles, their future place of residence for years to come, using the elevator of the US Bank Building. Justen and MaKayla’s dream since day one has been to “make the world feel small together” so he couldn’t think of a better way to create that feeling than 73 stories above downtown Los Angeles, where he chose to take a knee on the balcony overlooking Los Angeles and make a life time commitment to his sweetheart. She said YES!

How did find Veil Of Grace?

I have been getting my hair done with Samantha for several years, so when it came time to pick a hair/make-up artist for my wedding day….there was only one choice!

What was your favorite part about your wedding day?

I am not sure either of us could pick one favorite piece of our day as every moment was incredible beyond words can explain. Getting ready with my bridesmaids was such an amazing time as I saw their support and love for both Justen and I. The tears we of happiness we all cried as I practiced my vows or put on my dress was an unforgettable experience. My first look at Justen when I was about to walk down the aisle was magical to say the least. And of course…officially becoming his wife and having our first kiss was breathtaking!!! Hearing the words “Mr. & Mrs. Gorski” is quite an appealing thing.

On the wedding day, what was your husband’s reaction when he first saw you?

We planned this moment so we each had a minute to look at one another and enjoy everything around us. I walked up the stairs as he faced away. Once I reached the top (where the aisle began), he turned around and every single thing around the both of us didn’t exist anymore. He smiled with tear filled eyes as I had the biggest grin on my face. It was truly a magical moment (I recommend every couple to stop for a few moments before walking down the aisle to look at the love of your life),

If you could give any advice to our future brides, what would you want them to know.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with planning and perfection. The only deadlines that matter are your own, not what others say and whatever goes wrong throughout planning, is a blessing in disguise to lead you to an even better decision. Things will go wrong on your wedding day, if you don’t stress about it, those things will just be part of the day and something to laugh about. J

Go with the flow & have fun…remember, this day is about marrying the love of your life!!! And most importantly…ENJOY EVERY MOMENT. Most people will tell you the day flashes by, but if you plan/take moments to take in each piece, then it won’t, and you’ll be able to look back on almost every moment of beautiful wedding day (plus be one of the few brides who doesn’t say “it flashes by in an instant”) .

We would love to hear how your experience was with Veil Of Grace. 

VOG was incredible. Myself, bridesmaids, and mother/mother-in-law were all ready an hour and a half before we needed to be which allowed us to relax, have champagne and just enjoy each other’s company. This contributed to a non-stressful in so many ways…not to mention everyone looked like a goddess!!!

 

Photography : Love Sprung Photography

Videography : Ammari Productions

Makeup and Hair : Veil Of Grace

Dress : Bella Wedding Bridal

Ceremony Location : Dana Point Marriott

Reception Location : Breakwater Events