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?
We had looked at so many venues; they all began to run together. I wanted something beautiful and cost-friendly, and the options in Charlottesville were limited. One evening, when we weren’t really looking specifically for a venue, my husband came across The American Hotel, and I fell in love! We went to look at it the following week and booked it that day. The hotel was perfect for our style and personalities and in our budget!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. My dress – I only tried on dresses once so I knew I had to pick something that day! Once I tried it on, I knew nothing else could top it! It was discontinued and just happened to be my exact size and on clearance! I did not even need alterations!
2. Guest Tree – I saw the idea on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea. We had every guest sign a leaf to place on the tree, and when it was all full, we framed it, and it has became a centerpiece in our home!
3. Grooms Cuff Links – Music is a huge part of my husband’s life, and as special touch, I bought him music note cuff links. It was a small touch but something that make his rented tux more customized to him!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The moment I can’t stop thinking about is the moment when we were saying our vows, and Ryan took out a handkerchief and wiped my tears away. It was truly a picture of his love for me, and it will forever be a cherished memory of mine.
From the bride:“When Coley graduated from Trinity 10 years ago, he saw most of his economics major friends moving to New York for investment banking jobs and wasn’t that excited to follow them. He decided to hang his hat on his minor in Chinese and try his luck in Shanghai. Five years later, on the other side of the world in San Francisco, I started to get the same restless feeling and decided to ask my firm for a transfer to the most far-flung office I could think of; Shanghai. Strangely many people asked me whether I thought I was likely to meet someone while abroad. I wasn’t overly concerned about dating at the time, but I would always tell them that it seemed to me that interesting, adventurous, ambitious people came to Shanghai from all over the world and that seemed like a good start. I had no idea I would meet someone so perfect for me so quickly though. Not 3 months after I moved to Shanghai, Coley and I met through mutual friends while getting foot massages on a lazy Saturday afternoon. A few weeks later, we found ourselves at the same massive New Year’s Eve party. We danced together all night and never looked back.
Runnymede is just an amazing property, and I have always felt so lucky to have been able to spend so much time there through my life. The Rosekrans have been family friends of ours since before I was born, and I spent countless childhood Easters, Halloweens, and summer weekends running wild through those hills, climbing sculptures, and dancing late into the night in the barn. As luck would have it one of Coley’s aunts also happened to live only a few miles away, which made the area feel connected to both of us. When the Rosekrans offered to let us hold the wedding at Runnymede, it was an absolutely obvious choice. We couldn’t have asked for more on our wedding day than to share such a special place with the people that mean the most to us in the world.
From the bride: “My overall goal for the day was to create a relaxed and fun day. We used the colors orange, light pink, cream and gold to help set a warm mood and environment. For the groom’s cake, we served sugar cookies from Great American Cookie Company. Anyone who knows Jud well knows he LOVES those cookies! I had a cute signature tree made on Etsy that we used as the guestbook. One of my favorite moments in the wedding process was probably our playlist. Jud and I picked out songs to play before the musician played. It reminded us of all the concerts we have been to together. I loved everything about the wedding day! I had a great time getting ready with my mom, sister and closest friends and taking pictures with Jud even though it was HOT. I loved being on my dad’s arm as he walked me down the aisle. I had fun singing and dancing with Jud and friends at the receptions. We also had a great time going out in Dickson with our friends after the reception! All in all we had an amazing and carefree time!”