Madeline and Nick were married at Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, Calif. on July 27. “We were looking for a rustic feeling, yet somewhere that guests could come dressed up and feel like they were at an elegant event,” Madeline said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look — just wait until you see the groom’s facial expression, so happy! The bride walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown, accessorized with an all-white bouquet, whereas, her bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses, accessorized with yellow bouquets. “Our ceremony illustrated our love for one another and for our community,” she said. “And we had a blast with the BBQ and apple pie dessert at our reception.” The best moment of the day? Nick picking Madeline and holding her up in the air during the song “Time of My Life” like Patrick Swayze did to Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing.
Desiree and Michael were married at the historic Gale Mansion in Minneapolis, Minn. on October 5. Despite it raining off and on, the couple used it to their advantage by taking portraits with umbrellas. Since Desiree works for a publishing company, she was inspired by poetry as her theme. A chalkboard greeted guests with a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything,” bundles of their favorite books were used as centerpieces, and the cake was hand-iced with their vows to each other. The most significant part? The bride wearing her mother’s original wedding dress but with a twist — the sleeves were taken off, and the lace and buttons were kept on — and accessorized with a birdcage veil.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Our venue had an intimate feel for celebrating with our family and friends. We loved the rustic yet elegant décor, and that they use their on-site garden and local foods to create the most delicious meals!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. We each wrote our own vows, then followed them with joint vows that we created together. This made our ceremony feel so personal and special to us.
2. We cut up a fallen tree trunk near our home and used the cross sections of wood as the base for our centerpieces and décor.
3. I had custom cufflinks made for my groom with pictures of our beloved dog Gus, so that he could be with us on our wedding day!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our crazy and amazing family planned a surprise flash mob before the best man’s speech!
From the photographer: “Kathleen and Jorgen’s wedding was beautiful! The Headlands Center for the Arts didn’t disappoint, and the grounds provided amazing coastal backgrounds. The ceremony took place under a huge eucalyptus tree overlooking fog-covered hills. The reception was close-knit and food was done family style inside the Mess Hall. Kathleen was so detail oriented, and she wasn’t kidding when she told us that she ‘DIY’ed the bejezus’ out of this thing! We always love brides that have awesome Pinterest boards and impressive timelines on Google Drive. Kathleen and her sisters made all of the bridal bouquets, homemade jam, and other details on display.” — Christian Ericksen of e & b Photography