The Couple: Kristen and Jonathan Brand

Wedding Date: May 18, 2012

Photography by Lexigraphics Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Jonathan and I met back in junior high, but did not start dating until our freshmen year of college. After that we were inseparable, we even took all the same courses through college, and both graduated with a degree in criminal justice. We both now have very rewarding careers in law enforcement. When not working we love spending time camping, going out on our boat and making our house a home.

What was the most amazing part of your day? The most amazing part of the day was just being able to celebrate with all of our closest friends and family. People still tell us how much the loved our wedding and how much fun they had. Our goal was to have our wedding feel like one big party and we definitely think we achieved that.

Ceremony and Reception Site: Murrieta’s Well

Photographer: Lexigraphics Photography

Videographer: Liquid Light Video

Wedding Planner: Tricia Craig

Caterer and Cake: Wente Vineyards

Flowers: Delford West Flowers

Favors: Popcorn by Kettle Pop

Bridal Attire: J’aime Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bella Bridesmaid

Hair and Make-up: Exquisite Faces

Invitations: Minted

Band: Shark Sandwich, with guest appearances by Jon’s Aunt Christine at the microphone, and his Dad, Tim, on the drums. They both rocked the house!

Photo Booth: San Francisco Photobooth, Denon & Doyle Entertainment

Honeymoon Location: Kauai

First Dance Song: “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? When planning your wedding try to not to be overwhelmed by all the wonderful ideas you see on Pinterest and wedding blogs. It’s so easy to get caught up in wanting everything you see online, but your wedding should reflect you and your significant other.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I honestly do not think I’d change a thing if given the chance. Everything turned out just as planned thanks to my wonderful family and friends who helped so much and my day of coordinator.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photos courtesy of and copyright Lexigraphics Photography.

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