Traveling from Canada, this couple held their destination wedding at a beautiful, private lodge at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. Hidden deep in the foresty woods, Carrie and Chris eloped with the loving company of their two daughters and close friends. One unique ritual the couple shared with us was the act of the tree planting. Representing both the growth and nurturing of love, each person sprinkled water and soil on the tree. We are very grateful to have witnessed and been a part of such a special day in the beautiful Napa Valley!
, Can we just say that everything about Jill and AJ's wedding was perfect? From the dreamy color palette, to the sweet ceremony -- the incredible details, to the gorgeous venue, it was truly a wedding day to remember!
Every moment was filled with support, joy and love. The photos below showcase beautifully how lovingly each detail mattered to the couple. Their story and connection with each other was shared with all who attended, including their love of IKEA furniture, sports, and their dog (watch the video below to hear their amazing vows!). As a bonus, Rev. Jennifer got to see Katie and Sean at the wedding, who previously were married at the Meritage in Napa! What a pleasure to see a past couple blissfully married, supporting their friends on such a special day. Congrats, Jill and AJ!
VENUE | Clos LaChance Winery
COORDINATION | Pink of Perfection Events
OFFICIANT | Reverend Jennifer Tan | Tan Weddings & Events
PHOTOGRAPHY | Lauren Feddersen Photography
VIDEOGRAPHY | WD Moments
FLORALS | LC Floral Design
HAIR | Lynn Yee Makeup
MAKEUP | Angelica Marie
DRESS | Bridal Gown Boutique
SUIT | Jos. A. Bank
One of our most vibrant memories from this gorgeous Napa wedding was the moment when the rings were being handed to the Officiant -- one of the rings slipped, fell, and began to roll along the lovely wood-slat deck with many opportunities to fall through the gaps. And yet, never did the ring waver in its path until it landed perfectly in the middle of one of the slats. Rev. Rick picked it up with ease, knowing that this moment was no different from any moment in marriage. Sometimes we falter, roll and venture over uncertain territory, and yet there is always a point when our faith, hope and love stands the test and lands evenly and balanced.
Together, Kym and Terrance have built a foundation of love and friendship that is strong, passionate and joyful. A ring dropping was nothing more than a moment to be grateful and share a laugh with the guests during their glorious ceremony surrounded by the vineyard hills. Cheers to many years of togetherness and undeterred steadfastness for Kym and Terrance!
Planning a wedding can be a lot of work! Planning TWO weddings is another ballgame all together. Karina and Doug chose to celebrate their union with a brunch garden ceremony in California, followed by a church wedding in Mexico a couple of months later. We were thrilled to be a part of their California wedding day!
The couple's ceremony was officiated in both English and Spanish, and the couple was serenaded by the sound of the harp. Guests were encouraged to sign on a permanent chalkboard that the couple would hang in their home.
We continue to follow this couple's adventures as they travel and move across country. Felicitaciones!
With the smooth breeze from the Pacific Ocean intertwining with love in the air, we joined Natalie and Evan on a breathtaking adventure to the Mendocino Headlands. From perfect plum florals by Mendocino Floral Design to exquisite bed and breakfast dining, the couple had an intimate ceremony in the Cypress Grove with the Pacific Ocean in the background, followed by an elegant reception at the historic Maccallum House. Reverend Jennifer Tan enjoyed the blissful moments of the ceremony held at the picturesque woods of Mendocino. We wish Natalie and Evan many years of endless joy!
Karen and Jose envisioned a wedding day with epic views of Napa vines, while have space for their friends and family to celebrate! With the harmonious sound of flute and violin provided by our talented musicians, the couple were joyfully married in front of vineyard hills. Rev. Jennifer shared the couple's story as the couple said their "I do's". Congratulations to Karen and Jose!
Sweet and intimate, Adriana and Josh held their winter elopement at Eden Vale Inn, a cozy bed and breakfast that is beautiful all year long. The couple enjoyed a romantic getaway and spent the night at this private estate in the heart of Placerville. The bride loved her bouquet full of vibrant roses and sweet succulents created by Bloom and Vine. We wish this couple a life full of bliss and happiness!
Fashionable and polished, Rachel and Justin held their destination wedding in the heart of Yosemite with vibrant colors and joyful laughs. With bright, hot pink and ivory bouquets- florist Natalie Galasso added the perfect touch of romance to this couple's wedding. With a sweet, chilly breeze, Rachel and Justin had an exquisite ceremony outdoors underneath the tall, birch trees. Check out more details captured by Phillip Alan Films by clicking on the video link below!
Embracing her Greek heritage, Helen and Don held their breathtaking, chic wedding on the rooftop of Fairmont overlooking the city of San Francisco. Echoes of traditional Greek instruments filled the cocktail hour. With the color schemes of rose, gold, and Paris green there was no doubt that this was a day full of elegance and enchantment!
VENUE, CAKE & CATERING | Fairmont San Francisco
OFFICIANT | Reverend Jennifer Tan | Tan Weddings & Events
PLANNING & COORDINATION | Kate Whelan Events
FLORALS | Flourish
DJ | DeBorba Events
HMUA | Heath Hamilton
MUSIC | Greek Band
LINENS | La Tavola | Bright Event Rentals
PHOTOGRAPHER | Don Doblados | Milou + Olin
Megan and Allan hail from Arizona, with some family from Maryland. They wanted a destination wedding that spoke of the sophistication and ruggedness of California. They found it at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. The heritage of the estate goes back a hundred years to when the Spanish Crown bestowed the land to the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo. Secularization of the land lead to ownership by ranch owners, until part of the thousands of acres was acquired by a San Francisco businessman who saw the potential of a sprawling residence. He hired an architect who envisioned a classic Spanish hacienda, building structures with Carmel stone, hand-hewn oak, and Mexican terra cotta roofing. Today, its current owners have kept its strong history alive as a working vineyard, olive grove, and ranch, while creating a setting that caters to family gatherings and events.
I was happy to officiate for the wedding event of Megan and Allan. The setting was perfect for an intimate gathering with cottages for family, a ceremony site with sprawling views of the valley, a barn for dancing, and a stone wall-enclosed courtyard for a reception. A mobile wood-fired pizza oven was on site for guests to enjoy the smoky flavors of California life.
As bold as the heritage of Holman Ranch, Megan recited her vows "impromptu." She did not want to prepare anything ahead of time since she wanted her words to reflect her feeling in that moment as she stood in front of the man she loved. It was indeed a beautiful moment at Holman Ranch.
VENUE | Holman Ranch | Carmel Valley, CA
OFFICIANT | Reverend Rick Tan | Tan Weddings & Events
COORDINATOR | Dianne Allen | Big Sur Weddings
MUSIC | Mark Banks, Guitarist and Vocalist | Kelly Productions
PHOTOGRAPHY | Audrey Norman | Audrey Norman
CATERING | Felice Forno and Classic Catering
HMUA | Aimee Artistry
VIDEOGRAPHY | Josh Harney Productions