We Start Today: Group Photo!

Our recessional song started playing, “Married Life” from UP. We strolled down the aisle in a newlywed daze.

Photos by Palos Studio



Our bridal party followed behind us.






After we all made our way down the aisle we went straight over to a side patio area. We waited for the rest of our guests to join us so we could take a large group photo!


All 150 of our guests in one photo!


Of course we had to take a funny one, which I guess to most people means put your arms up in the air.

I love zooming in on all of these group shots and seeings where everyone was standing and what they were doing. I’m sure some of you are curious about the logistics of getting all of our guests together for a photo. Well, once again I have to commend our amazing vendors on that one. Right after the ceremony our MC/DJ Brent from Entertainment Express made an announcement to please follow the Bride and Groom to the side patio for a group photo. Then the staff at Padua Hills sort of herded everyone to the location.


Guest Photo—After the ceremony waiting for everyone to make their way over.


Guest Photo—The crowd of guests making their way down.


Guest Photo—Our photographers stood on a higher patio which allowed them to take such a great group photo.

I might have just been in a wedding haze, but it really didn’t seem to take very long to gather everyone together. Our vendors gave such clear directions. No one was confused and everything went smoothly!


After this our guests went straight into cocktail hour while we went to take more photos with our family and bridal party.

Would you ever consider doing a group photo?


Miss a recap? Check it out below!

We start at the end with a surprise wedding video!

We rehearse

Our rehearsal luncheon

We start the day with singing, dancing, and an earthquake

I get my hair and makeup done

We arrive at our venue and Mr. Castle asks for some makeup

With the help of my Mom and bridesmaids I get into my dress!

I take some solo shots of me as a bride

My handsome groom and his men

Some family shots and first look regret

Photos with my Bridesmaids!

I get a three generations photos with my Mother and Grandmother

Ceremony details

Waiting for the ceremony to start AND how our amazing vendors saved the day!

The Processional and my walk down the aisle

The Ceremony, vows and rings.


Mrs. Castle

NYC/Southern California
Wedding Date:
April 2012
Will We or Won't We?
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  1. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:30 am

    What a fun idea! I too love looking back at our midnight picture and seeing what each person was doing! Your group shots turned out so well – such a great memory to have.

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    MrsFutureG 1696 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:41 am

    Question on your song for Married Life. Was there a special cut you used? Obviously the end of that song is heartbreakingly sad. I LOVE the idea, but I’m curious if you kept it in, let it fade out or if there’s an alternate version?

    Also, I LOVE the group shots! Our wedding will only be about 65-70 people. I think we could potentially manage that!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:43 am

    What great shots! I was at a wedding where they did this, love the idea.

  4. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 7:12 am

    So cool! I thought about doing this — we probably could have had Rozy up in my mom’s bathroom window to do it — but it was hard enough getting all of our family/wedding party together for pictures.

  5. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:41 am

    I love these photos and the video portion showing the gathering, it makes me want to have a smaller guest list just to do this.

  6. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:39 am

    Cool, I love that idea!!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:44 am

    @whomajigi: I think they faded the song out after everyone made it down the aisle, but I really don’t remember. I do know that everyone made it down the aisle before the end of the song, the sad part, so even if it did play no one was paying attention anymore.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:30 am

    The background of your ceremony is so beautiful, Mrs. Castle – the orange lights behind the dresses is so stunning. I love your setting. :)

    I’m a big fan of group shots. We have a balcony at our space, so we’ll be utilizing that.

  9. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:05 pm

    I love group photos! We didn’t have anywhere to really get a good shot, so I’m always jealous of these types of photos :)

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    sarahblais 120 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:11 am

    Love this idea! I totally need to steal it for my own wedding!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 10:15 am

    I love entire wedding guest shots! If nothing else, you know you’ve got a photo with everyone you love who was there to elaborate your day. Definitely something special!

  12. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:47 am

    I really wish we’d done a group photo of all our guests. I love the idea.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:45 am

    Awww these are so nice! I kind of wish we had done a group photo of all our guests! I didn’t even think about it to be honest

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