I wanted to share a few more images and details from today's featured wedding...
My husband Brandon and I were married on July 12,2008 in the garden of my parents' beautiful wine country home, standing right where they stood during their wedding ceremony 27 years ago, surrounded by 100 of our dearest friends and family. We wanted to create an intimate, hand-made, elegant, free-flowing, graceful, and vintage-inspired wedding...kind of like a modern-day Gatsby garden party. My childhood home, which is full of family history since my dad actually purchased it from my grandparents when I was a little girl, was the perfect setting.
Our wedding was a true handmade labor of love-- every single detail was handmade by my mother and family, including the invitations, hanging lace-adorned votives, vintage hanky prayer flags, table coverings, chair pomanders, my garters, and the little doily favor bags of jordan almonds, most of which she crafted from vintage linens, ribbon, and lace.
My dad built an amazing dance floor from scratch, a family friend baked our cake, and my cousin and best friend played us down the aisle to the Beatles' "I Will." My maternal grandmother was not well enough to be with us, but she sent her entire silver julep cup collection to hold our flowers, and gifted me her mother's wedding & engagement rings (family heirlooms). I took pictures with her grand piano, (she was a concert pianist) which still sits in our music room.
My parents grow pinot noir grapes, and we served their wine with local Sonoma County cheese and fruit at the wedding reception!
My husband and I are singers, (we met 8 years ago in the high school choir and have been together since!) so music played a huge part in everything--my sister sang a song she'd written for us during the wedding ceremony, we sang to each other, and later we brought in the incredible San Francisco swing band Stompy Jones to keep everyone dancing into the wee hours!
More to come!!