For this week's blog - we'd love to feature Bella & Billy's Park Winters Wedding! Enjoy reading about their love story and what made their wedding day so special.
Their Love Story
Bella and Billy have been together for 8 glorious years and originally met in Davis, California while attending college at UC Davis. The two were coworkers at their apartment complex and bonded over pizza deliveries to their residents! When the day came to propose, Billy planned a date on their 6-year anniversary. With the help of Bella's cousin, Billy had arranged a wine tasting date at Domaine Chandon Winery in Napa Valley. When they arrived there was a large arrangement of Bella's favorite flowers and a violinist playing Taylor Swift's "Love Story." (Are you crying yet!?) Billy got down on one knee, recited "Love Story" lyrics, and proposed. He even thought to dress up their dog in a bow tie for the occasion!
The Wedding Day
When it came to wedding planning some of the most important things to the couple were having an intimate and smaller guest count since they wanted to be able to spend time with everyone who attended. Everyone who attended had a part in the couple's love story and made an impact on their relationship.
Bella was the visionary behind the design and aesthetic. Their wedding was full of elegant and delicate details. Every color, texture, flower, candle, linen played their part beautifully in their English Countryside Garden aesthetic. They also wanted to include personalized touches from their guestbook showcasing their love letters over the years to their custom signature cocktails to tribute Billy's bartending profession! Mickey, their beloved dog who had just passed shortly before the wedding, was present in photos and custom illustrated cocktail napkins.
The Couple's Favorite Parts
Bella's favorite wedding day moment was their first look. She remembers feeling restless all morning, but finally being able to see Billy and spend time together melted the nerves and stress away. She was, "surprised by how emotional I got!"
Billy's favorite moment were the speeches during the reception. To him, this was when everything finally sank in. He recalls, "hearing our story told through the lens of some of our favorite people, and knowing how much our friends love my wife, I was overwhelmed with happiness at that point!"
The couple chose to work with Tan Weddings & Events because "we loved Jennifer & Rick's welcoming and calm energy. After the first call, we felt really reassured and knew that they put the couple first. It was clear that they were pros and that we'd be in good hands!"
When it came to choosing Park Winters as their venue, the couple had "toured across venues northern and southern California, bun funnily enough landed back at Park Winters was the very first venue we saw. The grounds were just so beautiful, and it offered a little bit of everything we liked: outdoor and indoor space, luscious greenery, and historic charm. The staff was also so kind and great to work with!" These are all great factors to consider when looking for a wedding venue that speaks to you.
The final tip Bella & Billy would share with other couples in the wedding planning process would be, "as important as your wedding is, it should ultimately be something you're excited about. Sometimes the stress of planning can be overwhelming and make you want to give up, so just take a step back and remember why it's happening. If you're frustrated, communicate with your spouse and remember that you are partners."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves :)
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Photography: Radostina Boseva Photography
Planning & Coordination: Tan Wedding & Events
Venue, Catering & Accommodations: Park Winters
Florals: Fig & Vine
Rentals: Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals & Theoni Collection
Lighting: Larcom's Lighting
Linens: BBJ Linen
Cake: Let Them Eat Cake
Dessert: Sweet Tooth Ice Cream Cart
DJ: Heart of Gold DJs
HMUA: Hera Makeup Studio
Video: Rippetoe Studios
Live Music: Innocenti Strings
Photo Booth: Pixel Photo Booth
Photo Booth Backdrop: SacBooth
Signage & Paperie: Shimmer & Stain
Officiant: Michelle Lee
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