Des + Chris: Wedding Ceremony at Wayfarer’s Chapel



A day that will go down in history for Chris and I as one of the best days of our lives… Our Wedding Day!

Having worked in the bridal industry for almost a decade, one would think that I would know what to expect for my own wedding day. I was definitely relaxed, ready, organized and excited, but nothing could prepare me for the incredible amount of joy I felt as a bride on that special day. The excitement leading up to the moment I saw Chris to the warm embraces from friends and family are memories that will last a lifetime. It is the only day that everyone you love is in one place celebrating your love! That in itself is incredible. The shared moments throughout the day were quite spectacular with monumental significance that danced around like a beautiful aroma.

We are thankful that Brandon Kidd and his wife, Kristen, were our photographers, capturing all of those special moments with such grace and beauty. A good photographer is extremely important for wedding photos and the level of kindness, professionalism, comfort and attentiveness they showed were beyond our wildest hopes and made our wedding day even more relaxed. The photos speak for themselves and I’m so glad that we get to share our day with you.


I first discovered Wayfarer’s Chapel while working in Los Angeles, but not until Chris and I came to visit did we instantly know this is where we wanted to get married. The glass chapel creates an intimate setting that breathes life and nature into it with an unspoken ease.  The beautiful grounds and incredible architecture along with the backdrop of the ocean pulled at my bohemian heart strings, leaving Chris confident in our choice. It was the perfect setting for our indoor (but still outdoor) ceremony. It is a must see if you are ever in the Rancho Palos Verdes area.



Our wedding day started off as any other day, coffee, breakfast, an entourage of bridesmaids and a glam squad. Maybe not as normal as usual, but still peaceful, happy, and light hearted. The nerves didn’t kick in until right before I walked down the aisle and knew Chris would be seeing me for the first time in my dress. He looked so handsome standing at the front of the chapel with that adorable grin!

The moment I caught my eyes on his, the chapel stood still and nothing else mattered but sharing that day, our commitment, vows and love with one another. In that moment I felt so blessed.


My groom and his gentlemen look so dapper in their Black Tux charcoal suits and Bowyer & Fletcher ties!


I had a blast hanging with my bridesmaids all day.  They looked so pretty in their Donna Morgan berry colored dresses. Each one brings something different to my life and is why I deeply cherish their friendship. Brandon Kidd caught all of the silly moments we shared that day and those photos bring the memories back to life!


My dad is the sweetest man I know (aside from Chris of course 😉 ) and it was such a special moment to have him walk me down the aisle. I am his only daughter so I know it was special for him too. He got to watch his little girl marry her best friend. My dad knows I’m in good hands.

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SO Happy!


Our flower girls belong to two of my good friends (& bridesmaids) and were the cutest little things I’ve ever seen! Little brides to be in their custom Never Nola dresses.


Chris’s nephew, Holden, was the perfect gentlemen as our ring bearer.


It was exciting to wear my lace gown for the ceremony, but I was definitely ready for the reception in my beaded, chiffon dress! This dress is so comfortable and vintage that I felt like I stepped back in time.


Brandon and Kristen Kidd are the most adorable people I have ever met! They were phenomenal to work with on such a special day. I want to get married all over again just so I can have them take more photos. haha. That’s how great they are!


The ocean view (above) and stunning sunset (below) thanks to the perfectly positioned Wayfarer’s Chapel.


Come back next week as I share more from our wedding reception!

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  • Sarah

    Everything is beautiful and perfect! You make me wish I could get married all over again and copy you!

  • Rachel

    That is so beautiful! I want to get married agian just looking at those pictures. Congratulations!

  • Looks like it was an amazing day! The pictures are indeed fantastic. Can’t wait to see more. 🙂

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  • Paula aAndrade

    <3 you guys

  • Wow GORGEOUS!!! Des, how did you decide to have 8 bridesmaids and only 7 groomsmen?? I just got engaged and my fiancé and I are realizing that I have more people that I want in my bridal party than him…what’s the etiquette there?? Do I try to narrow it down (from about 6 to 4) to match him, or is it kosher now to just have a many as I want and make it work? Help!

    • desireehartsock

      Hi Erica! I’ve been in a few weddings now and each one had an odd number of attendants on each side. It is accepted to have different numbers. Go with who you would want by your side and not about a number.. you’ll be happy with what you choose. 😉 Congrats!

      • You know what? I’ve literally watched you from the beginning on The Bachelor and you obviously know your stuff so much, so I’m going with your advice!! THANK YOU. I’d been stressing about it since getting engaged, because I felt like some seriously tough decisions and inevitably hurt feelings were ahead. I always felt like photos would just look off, but yours so clearly prove that that’s not the case! So thanks again!!

  • Linda Arsenault

    absolutely stunning…the venue, the bridal party, gowns and the bride and groom!

  • Karen Gutierrez

    Absolutely stunning. What a perfect wedding. Congratulations.

  • Jackie

    Thank the Lord this wedding was about you and Chris and not about abc: absolutely beautiful

  • Toni


  • Zandra

    Congratulations and best wishes to my favorite batchelorette couple! God bless.

  • Kristen Patton

    Your vintage dress is amazing. Is that style available to purchase?

  • Elsa

    So so happy for you and Chris! ???you look absolutely GORGE, ?? The happy ending as your journey continues as one!

  • Jessica Helen

    Congratulations, Desiree! Thank you for sharing your pictures and your life with us. I bought US Weekly as soon as I could and I’m thrilled to see more from you. God bless you and Chris 🙂

  • Suze Bassett

    Congratulations!!! Absolutely stunning. 🙂

  • Gale1

    Wish them many, many blessings & a wonderful, happy life together!! Thanks for sharing with all the wonderful pictures & comments so dying to see the rest of them.

  • Barbara

    What wonderful pictures and memories from your special day. Thanks so much for sharing these with us! Your love for each other shines through!

  • Rosa

    I am so happy for you Desiree!

  • Jadi

    Absolutely stunning photos, congratulations Desiree & Chris. Both dresses were perfect!

  • Bitsy Hatch

    Beautiful wedding pics! Congratulations!!!

  • The light , The view , The whole wedding was just so lovely ! and beautiful . It’s the kind of wedding that put all the stress away! Congratulation!

  • Hey, Dez. So glad to hear you guys ended up together. I knew Chris was the one the moment he stepped out of the limo. Am I psychic? Not sure but I felt it in my gut.

  • Minhuyen Thi Nguyen

    What a lovely wedding. You guys compliment each other so much, great choice Desiree, hope you two live happily ever after. <3

  • xian67

    Where did you hold the reception? I have been looking at this gorgeous venue but see that it is only that, a venue.

    • Ham Sup Lo

      Late reply, but they held it at The Redondo Beach Historic Library.