Happily Ever After: Christina Anstead’s Dreamy Backyard Wedding

On December 22, 2018, Christina and Ant Anstead pulled off a surprise wedding in their backyard for 70 of their closest friends and family. Although it’s almost been a year since their big day, this is the first time we’ve been able to see a complete gallery of their wedding, starting with the “getting ready” shots and ending with the always iconic sparkler send-off. A huge thank you to the Anstead’s and their photographer for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

September 03, 2019

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Christina and Ant

…pulled off a surprise wedding on December 22, 2018. The ceremony and reception were held in the backyard of their recently-purchased home in Newport Beach, California.

The Dress

Christina's mermaid-style gown was designed by Ines Di Santo.

Dress Closeup

The Details

The Shoes

Christina paired her gown with Sergio Rossi crystal puzzle heels.

The Rings

Randall Scott Fine Jewelry designed the rings, including Christina’s 8.5 carat, emerald-cut eternity band.

The Bouquet

Christina's bouquet featured ivory and blush peonies.

Getting Ready

Christina’s makeup artist is also her close friend Shannon Houston.

Zipping Up

Ant's daughter Amelie helps Christina into her gown.

Finishing Touches

The Beautiful Bride

The Beautiful Bride

Bouquet Closeup

Getting Ready: Groom Edition

The Shoes

The Boutineers

Father and Son

Ant and his son Archie.

The Handsome Groom

Getting Ready: Brayden Edition

Christina's son Brayden needed to look his best as well!

Getting Ready: Brayden Edition

Suit and Tie

The Shoes

The First Look

The First Look

The First Look

The First Look

Christina and Ant

Christina and Taylor

Christina's daughter Taylor served as flower girl.

Ant, Amelie and Archie

One Big Blended Family

Christina and Ant with Taylor, Brayden, Amelie and Archie.

Cash the Frenchie

Christina's French bull dog Cash was part of the big day, too!

Cash the Frenchie

Cash sported a custom tuxedo!

Christina and Ant

Sharing a quiet moment before guests started arriving.

The Ceremony

The ceremony setup included a gorgeous arbor, ivory cross back chairs and plenty of flowers for a romantic vibe.

Ceremony Decor

Floral Arbor

No outdoor wedding is complete without a gorgeous, floral-draped arbor.

Special Guests

Guests like Izzy Battres were not expecting a wedding when they arrived at Christina and Ant's!

The Ceremony

Amelie escorted Brayden and Cash the Frenchie down the aisle.

Cash the Frenchie

The Ring Bearer and The Flower Girl

Archie and Taylor

Here Comes the Bride

All Eyes on the Bride

The Groom Awaits the Bride

The Vows

I Now Pronounce You...

Husband and Wife

Christina and Ant

Shannon and Christina

Just Married

A vintage Rolls-Royce getaway car was necessary for a car enthusiast like Ant!

Pool Petals

Floating candles plus flower petals quickly transform a pool into a romantic oasis.

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour Decor

Cocktail Hour Music

Passed Hors D'oeuvres

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Passed Hors D'oeuvres

The Bar

Find Your Seat

The Reception Tent

The Reception Tent

The Centerpieces

The Menu

Tablescape Details

Tablescape Details

The Head Table

The Cake

For dessert, Christina and Ant served a three-tiered "naked" wedding cake with strawberries and cream.

Cut the Cake

Dessert Display

According to Christina, Ant takes his desserts very seriously and was in charge of picking them out for the reception.

Dessert Display

Dessert Closeup

Dessert Closeup

Okay, is anyone else hungry after all these dessert pictures?

The Band

First Dance

Christina with Cassie and Shannon

Christina and Ant

Sleepy Cash

The Reception at Night

Intentional Favors

Along with a handwritten gift tag that says "Thank you from the 6 of us," the pair gave guests small bags of Energy Muse healing crystals to take home.

Sparkler Send-Off

Sealed With a Kiss

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