Natalie and Tommy were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Teresa of Avila in Bodega, Calif. followed by a rehearsal dinner at Barndiva in Healdsburg, Calif. on August 22. Then, they were married at Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg, Calif. on August 23. A two-day event! The bride wore a short off-the-shoulder silk dress, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie on Friday, whereas the bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, floor-length veil, and a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short one-shoulder fuchsia silk dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, and orchids. Guests arrived at half past three o’clock. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss overlooking the Mayacamas Mountain Range, it was official. Cocktail hour began with signature drinks and reception shortly thereafter inside the estate. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, trophy vase centerpieces, and floating votive candles, surrounded by lacquer chairs. A four-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served concluding an organically-farmed dinner, but it was the ’80’s cover band, Tainted Love, that kept everyone dancing. The favors? Heart-shaped cookies in addition to the candy bar. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited in a vintage Packard convertible car, and jetted off to their honeymoon.
Rachael and Eric were married at the Four Seasons Rancho Escantado Resort in Santa Fe, N.M. on September 20. “We looked for a while for the venue,” Rachael said. “It was the most difficult detail to lock down. We knew we wanted a small wedding, and we wanted to feel like we eloped. When we saw the Four Seasons Rancho Escantado and spoke with their amazing staff, we knew our destination wedding, at home, would be possible. We stayed the whole weekend, and enjoyed having people in one place for three days. It was calm and magical; the grounds make any occasion.” The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. “That’s the best part of our wedding, no moment out shined any other,” she said. “We were totally present and in the company of our closest family and friends. I think about all the moments equally. The morning of our wedding day, I took a yoga class at the studio where a few joined me. Eric swam in the pool and soaked in the hot tub and others took the kids for a hike. Everyone was in their element because we were. We had a team of professionals we enlisted and trusted, which means NOT micromanaging.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 25 witnessing. Cocktail hour began on the courtyard followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with ivory linens, white napkins, lace runners, metal centerpieces filled with baby’s breath, lavender, and dusty miller, surrounded by upholstered chairs. “Eric and I decided to pick out gifts for each person individually and give a card with each gift explaining why we chose that present for them,” Rachael said. “We handed out the gifts as a way of thanking these special ones for sharing in our journey with us. That’s the beauty of a small wedding, you love and cherish your guests. Weddings are a personal experience and an intimate attendance represents that.” A three-tiered cake was cut concluded the five-course dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Throw a party that you would want to be at,” she said. “We did what we wanted in the way we wanted. We reduced our guest list to be able to afford the details and elegance important to us. It was all about being in the moment and enjoying the party. Whenever I had a difficult time with details, Eric always reminded me that we were just throwing a party. Thinking of it this way helped me to step out of the ‘I have to’ and into the ‘I want to.'” At the end of the night, they jumped into the pool. How fun!
Sarah and Dane were married at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas on November 9. “We loved the Hill Country feel without ever having to leave the center of Austin,” Sarah said. The bride wore a capped sleeve a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, berries, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus. “Getting to see each other for the first time,” she said. “We decided to do a first look before walking down the aisle so we could have a moment to ourselves. It was great getting to show off my dress and telling Dane how stunning he looked. Such a perfect, private time to be goofy and settle any last-minute nerves or jitters.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak trees, it was official, almost 125 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with mini beer churros on donkeys followed with the reception shortly thereafter. Guests were escorted to their seats via animal figurines. Tables were decorated with white linens, gray napkins, birch wood centerpieces, vintage books, and mason jar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “The food was absolutely amazing, and the same caterer did our cakes as well,” Sarah said. “The groom’s cake was a total surprise to Dane. It was so fun creating it with the caterer and even better getting to see the surprise on Dane’s face when he saw it.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake topped with fruit was cut and served concluding dinner. Fun fact: the other one was a replica of a scene set in the wilderness! In lieu of a favors, donations were made to Heifer International, University Catholic Center, and Christian Veterinary Mission. “We broke out to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ halfway through our first dance,” she said. “We had been practicing for weeks, and it turned out perfect. Everyone was so surprised.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Hire a wedding planner!” Sarah said. “Even if it is just the day of stuff, you don’t want to be stressing when you’re tyring to focus on preparing for a marriage. Ours was fantastic, and helped us out so much. We were totally stress-free when the day finally arrived.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon.
Laura and Omar were married at Bella Montagna in San Jose, Calif. on July 12.”There were beautiful views from every angle,” Laura said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Steve Madden strappy high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin pink dresses with capped sleeves and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace, and dusty miller. Guests were greeted with a citrus-infused water station to beat the heat. Aisles were lined with petals and altar was draped with fabric and lit with a crystal chandelier. “It gave such a romantic feel,” she said. “It was exactly what I wanted. To be honest, it was when our officiant dropped my wedding band during the ceremony, and we were looking for it. People got out of their seats to help. We didn’t find it until after the ceremony, but it makes for a great story and something neither us or our guests will forget.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin linens, white napkins, gold charger plates, mercury glass centerpieces, and pillar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “There was a mix of American and Afghan music,” Laura said. “The cultural blend brought our family and friends together.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, signatures were inscribed onto a picture frame. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what you want and not worry about traditions or what people might think,” she said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Heather and Kristy were married at The Flicker Building in Dallas, Texas on April 12. “There was an outdoor space available for the ceremony, weather permitting, and it was on White Rock Lake that held special meaning to us,” Heather said. One bride wore a strapless tulle tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, pearl necklace, sash, and a pair of bow peep-toe high heels, while the other bride wore a blazer and pants, accessorized with a pair of sneakers. The bouquet featured roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, and dusty miller wrapped with lace around the stems. “Each of us walked down the initial portion of the aisle with our chosen family members, and then walked down the remainder of the aisle together,” she said. “We incorporated the Hawaiian tradition of exchanging leis during the ceremony because we lived in Hawaii just prior to the wedding. We also had a blessing of the stones by our guests, and then leaving the stones in a bowl for us to keep.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter inside the loft. Fun fact: There were distinct exposed brick walls, iron trusses, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking sweeping views. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, glass compote centerpieces, lemons, jars of mints, which served double-duty as favors, and votive candles, surrounded by white folding padded chairs. Each one was named after a city. For example, Honolulu, the place of shelter, and O’ahu, the gathering place. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The vendors we have listed are phenomenal,” Heather said. “I did extensive research on WeddingWire, and felt the vendors did an exceptional job and made our day perfect. Use these vendors!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.