Westin Ballroom Summer Lilac Wedding ReceptionKayla + Michael

After tying the knot in the gorgeous Santa Clara Mission, Kayla and Michael were ready to put on their dancing shoes and head over to the Westin! Kayla’s childhood friend and fabulous event guru Libby Siino created a charming and elegant lilac ballroom reception that made the perfect ending to their romantic day.

Bride and groom celebrating after ceremony - Carmen Salazar

Bride and groom at Santa Clara wedding - Carmen Salazar

Nostalgic groom wedding portraits - Carmen Salzar

Before leaving for the party, Michael requested that we made a quick stop to recreate a photograph from his parent’s wedding day — his favorite portrait of his father at his age also on his wedding day!

I have to say Michael’s classic charm created a very nostalgic and handsome portrait!

Gorgeous princess gown walking to reception - Carmen Salazar
Classic groomsmen style in Santa Clara - Carmen Salazar

These dashing groomsmen and stunning bridesmaids got into a literal sing-off during their portraits. Of course all being college acapella singers helped a little bit, this crew was too much!!

Gorgeous bridal pary in navy lace gowns - Carmen Salazar

Outdoor bridal veil portraits - Carmen Salazar

While Kayla’s friends might think she looks like a vintage Disney princess, Kayla was giving me some Jackie O classic glamour – a timeless beauty, for sure.

Vintage style Santa Clara wedding photography - Carmen Salazar

Santa Clara University alumnae wedding - Carmen Salazar

Playful outdoor Mission wedding photography - Carmen Salazar

Kayla is an actress back in New York, so it’s only fitting that these love birds met at their production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Santa Clara University.

Michael brought Kayla back to their alma mater to propose – while his acting career ended with their play, he still is in the front row every time to see his beautiful wife’s productions.

Traditional bride and groom wedding apparel - Carmen Salazar

Summer wedding at Santa Clara University Mission - Carmen Salazar
Grand entry to Westin San Jose reception - Carmen Salazar

This musical bridal party made their grand entrance singing and dancing as you can expect! The entire bridal party broke into a serenade of “My Girl” to our beautiful bride.

Father of the bride giving emotional speech - Carmen Salazar
Happy bride applauding father's speech - Carmen Salazar
Classic style cake at Westin San Jose Ballroom - Carmen Salazar

I just love Kayla and Michael’s vintage lilac touches – including this classic cake topper, that probably was very sentimental to their own parents’ weddings.

Cake cutting at Westin San Jose Ballroom - Carmen Salazar

Good work Libby!

Bride telling flower girls to wait for cake - Carmen Salazar
Bride and groom tasting wedding cake at Westin - Carmen Salazar
Bride feeding flower girls wedding cake - Carmen Salazar

Kayla fed her very patient flower girls cake, with a sugar rush to get them moving on the dance floor shortly after!

Wedding shoe game at Westin San Jose - Carmen Salazar
Pro-Tip: Impromptu wedding shoe games lead to some hilarious honestly about your S.O.

Classic ballroom wedding first dance - Carmen Salazar
Bridal party joins first dance - Carmen Salazar

It wouldn’t be Kayla and Michael’s first dance without more acapella – this is one of the most talented bridal parties I’ve ever seen!

Classic bride and father dance at Westin - Carmen Salazar
Wedding guests join the ballroom dance floor - Carmen Salazar
Fun and creative mother son dance - Carmen Salazar

Michael and his mother wow’ed everyone with their amazing and silly rendition of Tom Cruise’s “Risky Business” routine. They definitely took those old records off the shelf!

Mother and son dance at Westin San Jose - Carmen Salazar
Huge wedding dance floor party - Carmen Salazar

This might go down in history as the most packed dance floor I have ever captured. If people were on the dance floor they were dancing at their tables…it was AWESOME!!!

Groomsman dancing silly at Westin - Carmen Salazar

Flowergirl running the dance floor on shoulders - Carmen Salazar

I love seeing every guest show off their sweet dance moves, and just simply having fun.

Beautiful bride dancing with friends - Carmen Salazar


Kayla and Michael, you sure had one dreamy vintage California wedding. Congratulations you musical lovebirds!


Designer/Coordinator: Libby Siino Events
Church: Santa Clara University Mission
Venue: The Westin (San Jose, CA)
Hair Stylist: Neill SooHoo – SooHoo Style
DJ: Denon and Doyle Entertainment
Florist: Flower Divas
Cake: Jen’s Cakes


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