Jenna & Trevor’s Beautiful “Bliss and Moonbeam” Beach Wedding


DIY Monterey Beach wedding

Today I am featuring a beautiful beach celebration that was generously steeped in love and thoughtfully peppered with charming handmade details…  and below are gorgeous photos by Portrait Design by Shanti to prove it! Before anything else though, here’s Shanti to tell us more about the lovely Jenna and Trevor’s special day:

This wedding was amazing and unique in so many ways. So much thought was put into all the details and it was all personal. The vision for the day was Love, Laughter and Connection. I worked to capture this vision in every photo and every detail of the day – from the love they all have for each other, to the laughter at various moments, to the connection during heartfelt moments. It was a pleasure to capture the best day of their lives and provide them with pictures they will treasure forever.

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

I love how Jenna’s dress reflects light, as if it was made of moonbeams. :) Here’s the pretty bride to tell you all about herself and Trevor and the story behind their wedding theme:

Early into dating, Trevor learned my favorite songs (Drops of Jupiter & Hey Soul Sister) from Train. Because my last name is Mahina which means moon in Hawaiian (and is a name I changed myself to in 2000 to re-invent my life and as a way to complete my past). I also really relate to the energy of the moon. That said, Trevor nicknamed me Moonbeam and it has melted my heart ever since.

Trevor’s last name is Bliss so I often call him something with the name Bliss in it – Chef Bliss, Mister Bliss or Hubbie Bliss… among others. He loves his last name (who doesn’t?) and so giving him that nickname is something he loves too.. hence Bliss & Moonbeam.

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

Both of us feel really connected to “Spirit” at the ocean and in nature, so we always knew we would get married at the beach. We chose Monterey in order to be closer to my father who passed away in 1999 from leukemia. He always loved Monterey, and specifically, he loved to ride the surrey bikes where we were there – I have memories of riding bikes down the Monterey path with him that make my heart happy. So we chose to ride in in the surrey as a way of honoring my father and to invite him to be with us in spirit, in a way that he would give a big “thumbs up” to. (That was his calling card – a thumbs up!)

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

We chose Rich and Yvonne as our officiants because they are the most loving example of a couple in love, who has worked through hard times and continues to be love in the world. I work for Rich/Yvonne and every day I am amazed to see how they really do “walk the walk, talk the talk” in their work with Challenge Day. (We offer anti-bullying programs in schools and personal growth workshops for adults). Both Trevor and I have participated in their workshops and it was during one of them that we “got back together.” Rich is an MFT and he has also counseled us at some of our hard times… so we felt they were a perfect model and the right people to marry us.

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

The gift that I have learned through loving Trevor is that I am worthy of deep love (and so is everyone). I have dreamt a lifetime about a man who would love and get me – and who I would love and get – and it seemed like it might not happen. About 1.5 years into our relationship, we started struggling and we broke up. During that painful time, both of us really did a lot of soul searching within ourselves. For me, I discovered that I was not feeling worthy of his love… the way he showered me with so much love, support, attention… and he felt he wasn’t worthy of someone like me. Those six months allowed us to really heal some of the wounds from our past that were in the way and to come back together again as more complete individuals. We have continued to seek support from people close to us when we fall into old patterns and we both agree that it’s a lifelong journey to continue to heal and evolve past our past. Today I feel grateful for the many ways he loves me – from making me coffee and lunch every morning – to the deep unconditional love he offers me when I’m hurting or sick. He is truly my knight in shining armor. He is the man of my dreams. :)

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

Monterey Beach Party (the company that owns the Del Monte Beach House) is one that I worked with years ago to host a work teambuilder. So I remembered them and how awesome they were then. From the moment I contacted them at MBP, they were a “yes” to every single request we asked. They are so easy to work with, were willing to do a vegan menu for us, and went above and beyond. I can’t say enough about how incredible they were. Beachcomber Kelley is their inhouse DJ and emcee… he also was very dialed in and amazing at helping us with the music. The location of course was perfect so all things lined up.

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

We had ways to engaging people right away – like the “Woo hooo” in the beginning to set the vibe that this is a fun affair and people can just be themselves. We created “Table Topics” – questions to spark conversations at the reception – from people who submitted questions, so that it would be easy for people to connect.

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

Vegan Menu:
We chose a vegan menu because both of us are vegan/vegetarian. This was really important to me because I could not see celebrating my love with my sweetie by taking the life of another being. I really wanted everyone to be enveloped in the experience of love and compassion and so that is why we did the food that way.

Our vegan cheese was provided by Door 86 Vegan Cheese in Nashville, TN. The venue allowed us to bring the cheese in because they didn’t have that option.

The menu was created by Chef Bliss and the venue’s chef worked to prepare it all – I heard great things about the food and enjoyed it myself.

Equality Dance:
When we were planning our wedding it was not legal to marry in California as same sex couples. Both of us have family and friends who are gay and we believe everyone has the right to marry who they love. So on this day when we’re celebrating our love for each other, we wanted to recognized and honor that there are still places were bigotry exists. The song was meant to honor those in our lives who face this every day an to cast a bright, beautiful light onto their love for each other – in that way totally honoring and respecting their love as equal as our own.

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

Before we began planning the event, we envisioned what we wanted. We created the vision of Love, Laughter and Connection and that people would say that this is the Best Wedding Ever! I think we accomplished that goal… and my heart is still beaming with happiness that we pulled it off.

DIY Monterey Beach wedding

Thank you Shanti for sending your lovely photos my way, and congratulations Jenna & Trevor! I sincerely wish you a lifetime of married bliss. :)

Photographer:  Portrait Design by Shanti
Event Venue: Del Monte Beach House
Officiant: Challenge Day
Dress Designer: Made to Measure
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Cubavera
Dress Store: David’s Bridal
Specialty Foods: Door 86 Vegan Cheese Project
Cake Designer: Buttercup Cakes
Floral Designer: Fleurish Floral Designs
Musicians: Kelley and the Beachcombers

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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One Comment

  1. Thank you for sharing our story Cynthia! I’m so grateful to Shaanti for capturing this extraordinary day for us! It truly was a very magical!

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