This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Anna and Alex. Anna and Alex both fled from the former Soviet Union and came to America as young refugees. In this land of opportunity, both became successful entrepreneurs. Anna is the CFO in her family’s export business and Alex runs his own law practice. Busy as they were, finding love proved to be elusive. As fate would have it, Anna was looking to hire a lawyer for her business and Alex showed up at her door. It was a trip to Burning Man where Anna let all her fears go and started getting butterflies at the thought of being with Alex for the rest of her life. Several months later, in classic Russian style, Alex proposed to Anna in front of her whole family on a crowded night at Central Kitchen in San Francisco.
The wedding took place on a private estate named Relais Du Soleilin in Glen Ellen CA, where larger than life metal art sculptures from Burning Man adorn a quiet wind-swept meadow. These enormities are lit up at night and along with the private swimming hole and guest cottages on the property make this a great venue for an event that can creep into the morning hours. Anna and Alex wed underneath a chuppah made by their friends and decorated with flowers and green garlands. Guests enjoyed cocktails created by the skilled mixologists at Goose & Gander in St. Helena. The scene at dinner could be best described as French country style tables each with homemade vodka by Anna’s father and overflowing dishes of Russian-meets-Wine Country fare. The romantic dinner tent, dancing under the stars and open air lounge made the night unforgettable.
For a fall wedding, Pantone Cypress has just the right amount of sophistication and elegance for a botanical theme. Think lush garden foliage paired with romantic fabric draping in an outdoor atmosphere.
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Michelle and Heart, held Putah Creek Lodge in the UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, CA. Since the groom is a student and the bride is an employee of UC Davis, they decided to celebrate all things Davis on their special day, including renting the vintage double-decker bus from the campus, using the Davis pedi-cab as their getaway “car” and hiring the Cal Aggie Band-Uh Marching Band to surprise everyone (including the groom) mid-ceremony right after the pronouncement.
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Katie and Billy, held at a private residence on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, NH. The bride is a daughter of a florist and she wanted to find a place they could bring their own creativity to and create a laid-back, relaxing atmosphere. They spend each summer at the lake, so it was fitting to have the ceremony in a place they both love.
It turned out to be quite the undertaking. After a full week of pouring rain, and a 911 call for an unresponsive groom resulting in 7 stitches, the wedding stress settled in. The bride had her hair done the morning of the wedding while looking out the window at the grey sky and swaying trees and feared another storm was on its way. About 30 minutes before the ceremony the sky turned sunny, the clouds diminished and they were able to have the ceremony outside of the tent where she had dreamed of. It didn’t start raining again until 10:00…right as the night ended.
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful destination wedding celebration of Sara and Matthew, held at St. Pius X Church in Plainview, Long Island, NY., with a reception at Majestic Gardens in Rocky Point, Long Island, NY. The couple really wanted a wedding that reflected both of their personalities, while capturing the glam of the 1920s. So, they had a church wedding, and a ballroom reception – both of which reflected the couples love of good music, fashion and cocktails. They couple are both teachers, and met teaching in the same school, so the choir from the high school in which they work sang at the ceremony, and a younger woman they both taught sang old standards at the cocktail hour.