Doreen & Chad
Paso Robles, California
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When we first started dating, my first birthday present to Chad was a trip to Paso Robles to go wine tasting. We’ve been coming back to visit a few times each year ever since, so it felt just right to pick a venue in this beautiful area. We searched for dog-friendly venues online, and Hammersky was the first one we saw. It was love at first sight. We couldn’t have found a more magical place.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The Irish wedding bell bracelets that everyone wore to ring in our marriage and reflect Chad’s Irish heritage.
2. Since I’m German, we did a traditional cutting of the heart. My best friend handmade the heart, and it was so fun to cut it as the first task we had to complete as a married couple and have our family and friends there cheering us on
3. Having every one of our guests be a part of our day. Some created the bouquet and boutonnieres, some helped decorate, Chad’s best friend was our officiant. It just brought it all full circle.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
We are so happy we did the first look. The moment of first seeing each other away from everyone was just so special, and it gave us time to calm down and connect before the ceremony and really remember it. Going down the aisle, I was a crying fool and barely remember it, but the first look moment is unforgettable.
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Tags: California Weddings, cheese, first looks, Hammersky VIneyards, intimate weddings, napkins, pets, pies, Vineyard Weddings, wine bottle favors
Today’s wedding styled shoot features a super-cool couple and lots of swoon-worthy, bright details. You can’t miss the pops of pink, blue, and purple in the tablescape, creative “Sweet and Salty” dessert display filled with peanuts and sweet tarts, and the adorable ring bearers. Have a great summer weekend!
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Tags: Cakes & Kisses, California style shoots, Enchanted Garden Floral Design, First Pick Planning, Hyatt Regency Valencia, LGBT style shoots, Night Owl Productions, pets, pink style shoots, same-sex style shoots, The Events Boutique
Josephine & Erick
From the photographer:
“Josephine and Erick are a soft-spoken couple, who reside outside of San Francisco. They are the proud parents of Bodie; probably the cutest French bulldog/ring bearer ever. Their wedding was held at their own home overlooking the hills of Santa Cruz. With the help of their coordinator, Yelena Johnson, they transformed their home into the elegant venue that it became on their wedding day. Guests were seated at two 24 foot dinner tables, and during dinner, they were pleasantly entertained by a slideshow movie of the bride and groom while feasting on local cuisine and wines.
The bride and groom chose to host their wedding at their home because their wedding day wasn’t just about celebrating their own marriage but also about celebrating friends and family. And they couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to welcome them into their home. Not just welcoming physically but welcoming them into the union of their life. Of course, having the wedding at home meant their French bulldog Bodie and his sister Bella could join too!
Everyone dined underneath the stars, and they ran in and out in between courses, crowding the kitchen island bar for celebratory toasts. They danced the night away in the dining room while overlooking the bay from the terrace.” — Jaime Viera, Viera Photography
Photos (from left to right): Amelia Soper Photography and OneLove Photography
Including your pet in your wedding party has become a popular trend these days. It has become so popular that there are even personalized bow ties, collars, leashes, and ring bearer pillows made especially for dogs. However, it’s important that you make sure your ceremony site allows pets before you decide to include them in your wedding party – or buy these adorable accessories. You might also want to talk with your bridal party and see who would be willing to walk your furry friend down the aisle – as much as we love our pets we don’t want to be distracted from saying our vows!