Laurel and Grant's wedding was one of a kind! After four years of dating, the pair came to us with a vision of "Mediterranean Garden Party" and their day delivered exactly that! Enjoy reading about the special details :)
A Love Story to Remember
Laurel and Grant met through mutual friends at Lowbrau in Midtown, "we started talking at the bar and basically never stopped hanging out. Our anniversary is the day we met!" C'mon, how special is that! After getting to know each other, spending countless hours and dates together, and going through the relationship milestones, Grant proposed!
He proposed, "in Pt. Reyes, on Limantour Beach in late October of 2022. We had gone there together for one of our first dates and it's a really special place for us! Grant had planned a beautiful weekend getaway, we stayed at the cutest airbnb looking out over the water, and he packed a special picnic lunch for us for the beach that day. We had a great day on the beach and he proposed while we were sitting together looking out at the water. It was really special and we had so much fun being together and calling all of our family and friends to share the news! We made homemade pizza that night and it was such a special day."
Their Big Day
We asked how would the couple describe their wedding day to which they responded, "we would describe it as relaxed elegant if that makes sense! We wanted it to feel fancy and elevated but super relaxed and calm - we were inspired by the idea of Italian summer garden parties, or the mental image of being at a party where everyone is dressed up and looks fabulous but can also kick their shoes off in the grass."
Of course we had to ask what was their favorite moment in the day? They will forever remember "The ceremony and the dinner! The ceremony was really special. We had Grant's great-uncle Karl as our officiant and he put so much work and preparation into making it really special and meaningful to us.
We always love to find out why couples choose TWE! "We had met the Tans before when they coordinated weddings for two of my cousins, and their team was highly recommended! We had a relatively short engagement (8 months), and we knew that we wanted to have TWE on board to help bring everything to life in that timeframe. We also knew that we would need some pros on board because we got married at my parents' house, and it was important to us that we have professionals to guide that process of having a wedding at a private home."
Real Couple's Wedding Advice
Hire a wedding coordinator early (we talked to the Tans the week we got engaged!), be specific and clear about your vision in as much as detail as you can at the beginning of the process (ex: how do you want people to feel at your wedding? What mental image do you have for the lighting, for the colors, for the music?), and - this is the biggest one - give yourselves limits with options! The last one is big and I think it contributed to a really straightforward process for us - we only every chose between 2 options for everything (two catering options, 2 floral options, etc,.). There are so many options out there and it can be easy to go down a rabbit hole on every little decision - highly recommend going binary!
Ready to start your planning journey with us? Inquire with us today!
Photography: Nicole Nordstrom Film & Photography
Planning, Coordination & Paperie: Tan Weddings & Events
Venue: Private Estate
Caterer, Cake & Dessert: Urban Organics
Rentals: Standard Event Rentals
Linens: BBJ La Tavola & Standard Event Rentals
Florals: Mignon Floral Co.
DJ: DeBorba Events
Hair: Amanda Walker
Makeup: Christi Reynolds Beauty
Officiant: Karl Laird
Dress: Lena Medoyeff from Marina Morrison
Our 2023 Preferred Vendor list is in - check out these awesome creatives!
Click the image to order the consultation kit.
Join the HoneyBook community of wedding creatives and build your business savvy!
If you are looking for hi-end custom gifting for your wedding welcome gifts for all your out of towners, Bestowe Gifting is your answer for getting hi-quality, localized, and personalized gifts designed and delivered for your wedding or event. We specialize in Northern California weddings, but can localized to any area and any couple for one-of-a-kind experiences. Miniumum of 25 gifts per person.