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Mission San Juan Capistrano Vow Renewal | Jaime + Ryan

Today’s post is near and dear to my heart. Words can’t express how much I LOVE these people and how blessed I am to have them in my lives! Jaime & Ryan’s Mission San Juan Capistrano vow renewal was  a complete dream for me to be a part of. The old mission plus cameos at the Hamilton Oaks Winery…perfection!

Mission San Juan Capistrano

The Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of Southern California’s most picturesque wedding venue. Founded 230 years ago, the place is just REEKING of history and romance! Jaime & Ryan couldn’t have picked a better place for their intimate vow renewal in my mind.  When Jaime told me what she envisioned for this day, the details kept getting better and better! The vendors she would be using {Flowers: SWD Floral, Dress: Mary Me Bridal, HMUA: Flawless Faces } were some of my absolute favorite people and all incredibly talented at what they do!

I knew the day would be perfect as long as her husband didn’t get called into work last minute. We had a back up date on the calendar but crossed our fingers that all would go smoothly and it went better than imagined. It’s no secret that wedding vows always make me tear up ESPECIALLY when each party writes their own, but to be included in something so special, and hear two people who continue to choose love and continue to choose each other despite knowing the flaws and short comings they each have was something I will never forget.

This was my first vow renewal I have been apart of and now I am thirsty for more! They didn’t need a huge crowd, or a hundred guests to hear their continued promises, just each other and someone to document it. And document it we did! Jaime and Ryan, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me into your lives and allowing me to be part of something so special. I feel like the luckiest girl to call you friends and I can’t wait to see where the years take you!

Wedding photos at Mission San Juan Capistrano by SoCal photographer Brooke Bakken

Their Love Story

In 2005, Ryan send Jaime a message on (wait for it)…MYSPACE! He said “Hey, want to get to know each other?” She took one look at his blond afro and blue eyes and swooned on the spot. The first time they met in person was at the Balboa Ferry where he worked. They rode the ferry back and forth the rest of the night, just talking and laughing the evening away!

From the moment Jaime met Ryan on the ferry, she knew it wasn’t going to be a few months-long fling…he might just be the ONE! The night they said “I love you” for the first time, he made his famous dish that they both LOVE to pieces (but funny enough, they haven’t had it for 8 years now)!

Vow renewals at Hamilton Oaks Winery by Orange County wedding photographer Brooke Bakken

How He Asked

The couple went to San Francisco for their 5 year dating anniversary. While they were driving around the city, Ryan had Jaime get out of the car and take photos in front of various buildings. Little did she know, in each photo there was a different word above her head! This was the day before their actual anniversary, but at the last minute, Ryan decided to celebrate early by taking her to the Golden Gate Bridge to give her her surprise. She was SO excited but had no idea what to expect! He was so excited to get there, Ryan got a speeding ticket HA! Once they got to the bridge and started walking, Ryan remembered he had “forgot” something in the car. The walked over and sat on the wall and he said, “Let’s look through the photos we took today!” When she saw the first photo, she knew what was happening. She of course said YES and he actually recorded the full audio on his phone!

Bells at Mission San Juan Capistrano by Orange County wedding photographer Brooke Bakken

Married Life

Jaime and Ryan love married life. They both have extremely busy schedules, so they LOVE when they just get to spend the day together without work and cell phones! They are hysterical together and have TONS of inside jokes they have accumulated throughout their 12 years together. One thing Jaime has learned about Ryan since getting married is what a marshmallow he is…He is such a softie! He loves their fur-babies with all his heart and would do anything for their little family!

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