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Tawnee and Luis have been married for almost 5 years, but have been madly in love for over twelve years. These two are the power couple behind Urban Shindigs, a unique and alternative wedding planning and event company based out of the USA, and are the truest example of what real love is. When it comes to their business, she does the planning and he does the DJ’ing and together in life they love, support and build each other up in every endeavor.

To celebrate their upcoming 5 year anniversary and the success of Urban Shindigs, Tawnee and Luis wanted to put together a styled shoot where they were the featured couple. With fabulous photography from Ashley Williams, stunning florals from Luxe Botanique and two very cool people who are obviously very much in love, this shoot will most certainly warm your hearts on the dreary Tuesday.

Here is Tawnee and Luis’ story.

Love At First Sight….

He was 16, She was 15, High School Sweethearts in the making.

While waiting for class to end, Luis watched as Tawnee walked by. Seeing his opportunity, he yelled, “Goodbye My Love.” Tawnee turned, smiled, and kept on her way. She thought nothing of the gesture, but little did she know, they would soon meet. After a few weeks, Luis found himself in the driveway of her house. It was spring break 2003, and the situation couldn’t have been any better. Their two friends had become an “item” and were trying to play “match maker.” As soon as Luis was introduced to Tawnee the sparks started to fly. She had recognized him as the guy that yelled at her weeks prior. They hit it off right away. Not a moment of silence between the both of them. They were like two little kids, all they could do was laugh. Their personalities clicked so well Luis built up the courage and asked her on a date. On their first date, Luis picked up Tawnee in his parent’s new car and took her to a movie. At the end of the night, they enjoyed their first kiss. Their lives from that point on, would never be the same.
Although Tawnee and Luis met while they were young, they both keep each other young at heart. They have a vibrant connection that can be scene by anyone. After being together for over 12 years, it is apparent they will be together forever. They are a perfect match. They are there for one another. Through hard times, they find comfort within themselves. Through good times, it’s hard not to keep a straight face. When they met, it was no longer “LUIS” or “TAWNEE” it was an entity all their own. They come as a pair infused in one.

In August 2012 the couple decided to share the love and help couples tie the knot. That’s when Urban Shindigs was born. A successful wedding and event planning company. She does the planning & He does the DJ’ing. They are a Husband + Wife duo!

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”- John Lennon.

That quote was written on there wedding invites almost 5 years ago and it holds true in there on going partnership and love.

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Their personalities clicked so well Luis built up the courage and asked her on a date. On their first date, Luis picked up Tawnee in his parent’s new car and took her to a movie. At the end of the night, they enjoyed their first kiss. Their lives from that point on, would never be the same.
Although Tawnee and Luis met while they were young, they both keep each other young at heart. They have a vibrant connection that can be scene by anyone. After being together for over 12 years, it is apparent they will be together forever. They are a perfect match. They are there for one another. Through hard times, they find comfort within themselves. Through good times, it’s hard not to keep a straight face. When they met, it was no longer “LUIS” or “TAWNEE” it was an entity all their own. They come as a pair infused in one.

In August 2012 the couple decided to share the love and help couples tie the knot. That’s when Urban Shindigs was born. A successful wedding and event planning company. She does the planning & He does the DJ’ing. They are a Husband + Wife duo!

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”- John Lennon.

That quote was written on there wedding invites almost 5 years ago and it holds true in there on going partnership and love.

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We wanted to celebrate our upcoming 5 year anniversary with a styled anniversary shoot. We never got the chance to do engagement photos, so we thought, “What a perfect reason!” We decided on Marian Bear Park because of its lost trails and beautiful forest trees. It’s a little hidden gem under the freeways near La Jolla, San Diego. Tawnee was dressed in a full length black laced gown. To keep their ‘urban’ style we opted for leather boots. We paired it with a boho chic necklace and bracelet from Kim Egel Jewelry. For Luis, we kept him casual with a cuffed up pant and extra long tee. The necklace he wore was made by Tawnee using copper plates and chains. Peggy, from Feathers & Fox, did a soft curl for Tawnee’s hair. Shelby brought the glam with some soft make up and “diva” lip color. The Bridal Bouquet, done by Danielle from Luxe Botanique, consisted of wild flowers. This was a really special piece since Danielle was their actual florist for their wedding 5 years ago! We also decided to have a beer bouquet, because, why not?! We love craft beer so it was a way to add a little personal touch. To tie it all together, Audrey Alba captured it all on a cinematic film. This video will always hold a special spot for us. On our wedding day, the friend we hired to film, cancelled 2 hours prior to the wedding so to have this shoot filmed was very important to us.

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The Line Up

Photo: Ashley Williams Photography
Styling/Design: Urban Shindigs
Models: Luis & Tawnee of Urban Shindigs
Jewellery: Kim Egel
Makeup: Makeup by Shelby
Hair: Peggy of Feathers & Fox
Florist: Luxe Botanique

Thank you so much to Tawnee and Luis for sharing your very intimate and very cool anniversary shoot with us. The location is absolutely beautiful as is the story of how you two met.

Happy Tuesday lovely Peeps,

Laura xx

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