We enjoyed spending the day with Marshall and Brittany at their Mountain Shadows Retreat wedding! The way they were able to incorporate their cultures into their wedding day was so beautifully done! The tea ceremony was so moving and watching Marshall have a first look with his bride twice was even more epic! So much love and laughter was shared on this beautiful day and we are so thankful to have been able to capture it. Here’s their love story…

“I went to a little town in Nevada with my maid of honor, Mansi, in July 2015. We decided to go out one last night before my 6 am flight the next morning. Thanks to a few nudges from Mansi and Marshall’s groomsman, Cameron, along with a series of unexpected and random events (including when I ran away from the dance floor intending to leave and then had to go back to Marshall when I realized I lost a precious bracelet that my mom gave me for my 16th birthday!), Marshall and I met that night. 
Unfortunately for us, he worked as a flight instructor in San Diego and I was starting my second year of law school in Michigan. The first year of our long-distance relationship was filled with time conversion calculations, video calls and texts. Admittedly, it wasn’t as bad for me because Marshall prioritized flying to see me every other week. We had only been dating for a few months when we fell in love. It was hard not to. Marshall is kind, patient, adventurous and beyond anything, I could have hoped for in a partner. When he found out my grandparents could only speak Chinese, he learned how to play mahjong to communicate with them. When I went through the hardest loss of my life, he dropped everything to be at my (and my family’s) beck and call. 
We moved to the Big Island of Hawai’i together for six months during my third year of law school (what my law school friends still call our “fake honeymoon”) and my career eventually took us to Silicon Valley. Marshall jumped for joy with me when we found out I passed the bar exam and, just a few months later, when he received his offer to become an airline pilot. Together we’ve laughed our way through an impulsive road trip to Mexico, hitchhiked our way through Big Bear, made a home in Hawai’i and eaten our way through Italy. 
I’ve climbed more mountains, jumped off of more cliffs and spent more time in the ocean in the last three years with Marshall than I ever could’ve predicted I would in a lifetime. He’s made me stronger, sweeter and happier than I ever thought I could be. I am thrilled to be surrounded by our closest family members and friends as we celebrate this special moment in our lives.”

Dee and Kris Photography photograph bride at  her Mountain Shadows Retreat wedding. Chinese Wedding Dress, Kleinfeld’s wedding dress
Dee and Kris photography at Mountain Shadows resort, Blue groom suit
Dee and Kris photography, Chinese tea ceremony at their Shadow Mountain Resort. Wedding Tea ceremony, red Chinese wedding dress
Dee and Kris photography, Chinese tea ceremony at their Shadow Mountain Resort. Wedding Tea ceremony, red Chinese wedding dress
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography, Kleinfeld’s wedding dress
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography. Blue bridesmaid dresses
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography, Go West Baking and Events
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography, Sweet Roots Farm, wild flower wedding bouquet
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography, Lucky Devils Band
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography. Destination wedding thing with Paper Airplane table assignments
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography, wedding sushi, Mikuni Catering
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography, wild flower wedding table decor
Mountain Shadows Resort wedding pictures, outdoor wedding venue in Forest Hill, CA by Dee and Kris photography, Kleinfeld’s wedding dress

Check out more Forest Hill Weddings: Alyssa & Jordan at Forest House Lodge, or Erin & Trent at Monte Verde!

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