Martha and Dane were married at Costanoa Lodge and Resort in Pescadero, Calif. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with an art deco-inspired jeweled neckline and illusion capped sleeves, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, baby’s breath wreath, and a pair of peep-toe flats, while the groom wore a three-piece navy blue suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon brown dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, stock, and dusty millers wrapped in satin ribbon. Groomsmen wore button-up shirts, pants, and caps, accessorized with bow ties and suspenders. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look in one of the hiking trails. Guests were greeted at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains with scenic views overlooking the Pacific Ocean bluffs. “Our parents built the chuppah we stood under at the ceremony,” Martha said. The reception took place on the terrace. Thankfully, it was heated! Wooden tables were decorated with white linens, netural napkins, vintage plates and tea cups, pedestal terrarium centerpieces, and scrabble letter sayings such as “love by the moon,” and “live by the sun” surrouned by folding chairs. Dinner was served from locally-grown meat, produce, and seafood as well as sustainable wines too. But it was the mini cake that was kept between the newlyweds only after the first dance, father-daugher dance, and mother-son dance underneath string lights. Dane was certainly not shy when it came time to cut and smash a slice into Martha’s face! Other assorted desserts were up for grabs instead like cookies and lemon bars. “We even had a bonfire every night that our friend’s played jam sessions at,” she said. Fun fact: Out-of-towners had the option of staying the night in resort rooms or even better — Douglas Fir cabins and tent bungalows.
Julie and Jonah were married at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore. on May 16. “It had amazing views of the [Cascade] mountains,” Julie said. Fun fact: Thanks to the inspiration from the chilly proposal. “Jonah had planned a little outing to hike after one of the first snowfalls before the mountain opened for the season,” she said. “When we got there, a worker driving a snowcat just ‘happened’ to go by and ‘randomly’ asked if we wanted a ride to the top, so we could ski down. When we got to the top, Jonah had already jumped off to ‘grab our gear.’ I turned around to face him, and he had gotten down on one knee! I was so excited that I didn’t want to put my glove back on.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a striped yellow tie and succulent boutonniere. Notice the matching Keds canvas sneakers? Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried cascading bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery wrapped in ribbons. Before the ceremony, the couple exchanged gifts from each other with notes that said, “See you at the altar @6p.m.! Don’t be late!” No one was, of course. The reception followed inside the clubhouse lodge. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall baby’s breath centerpieces, and votive candles, and a dessert display featured a mini ruffled buttercream-frosted cake and cupcakes. The newlyweds’ favorite moment was when the live band was performing their first dance. “It was amazingly awkward,” she said. “But remember to relax and fully enjoy each other during the engagement and wedding planning process too. It all always comes together.” If that wasn’t enough entertainment, the photo booth sure was. Guests enjoyed posing with silly props in return for a keepsake snapshot memory. They even received coffee bean favor bags at the end of the night. Then, it was time to jett off to Mexico for the international honeymoon. Ole!
Lori and Zach were married at Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo, Ohio on December 14. “Having a winter wedding was never quite what this beach blonde girl had expected for herself, but wanting to quickly marry my handsome boy, we decided December was the month for us,” Lori said. “We stepped foot first into the Lodge lobby — complete with wall to wall windows, woodsy warmth, a catching scene of the lake, and (my favorite) cozy fireplace at every turn.” In just 4 short months, these two said, “I do” in an unforgettable blizzard! One of the bride’s favorite moments? “The three nights before [the wedding] of wines, cheeses, belly-laughter, and bouquet and centerpiece making with my sweetest family and friends,” she said. ” She wore a ruched wedding gown, accessorized with a fabric floral sash and faux fur jacket while bridesmaids wore gray and mint colored dresses in different styles. We love their stockings! Following the traditional church ceremony, guests arrived at the reception decorated with candlelit lanterns, willow tree branch centerpieces, and of course, a personalized mixed CD favor at each place setting.
Angela and Carlino were married at The Lodge at Sonoma on September 28. “The outdoor lawn has an amazing rock wall around it that we knew would make a great background for the wedding ceremony,” Angela said. “And the stone building, where we had the reception, had incredible exposed ceiling beams hung with lanterns.” Besides the bride’s Maggie Sottero lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, two of her favorite details were the flowers and entertainment! Bouquets were filled with orange and purple roses, dahlias, and orchids, and many guests raved about the mixture of music that was played. “We loved the entire day,” she said. “Having all of our family and friends there, the toasts, the food, and the music. It was a living dream. I want to go back and do it again!”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Even on a weekday morning when no events were set up, Thorpewood’s lodge was warm and inviting from the minute we walked in the door. Everything about the place was gorgeous in a very natural and laid-back way, and we knew that all of our friends and family would feel at home celebrating with us there.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Our favorite details were the things that made the day “ours,” and it’s difficult to narrow them down. Ryan’s mom spent hours baking desserts for the reception, including his favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. My aunt and uncle built a sign post showing the distance to all of the towns we had lived, which our guests passed on the way to the ceremony site. Since I grew up in Florida and Ryan is from California, we had a sand ceremony using sand from beaches where we had spent lots of time growing up. We also chose readings and music that had meaning for us, even though most would not be considered traditional wedding picks. I loved walking down the aisle to Peter Gabriel and watching our guests laugh during the readings.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
My husband is a known procrastinator, who was up until 4 a.m. the night before the wedding writing his vows. Knowing that, I was completely blown away when he spoke, and I’m not sure that I even noticed the 100 or so people, who were watching us.