It seems that Caroline + Justin were fated to meet. Because their story? Unreal. And their wedding day? Rife with sentiment. From the stunning venue, to the coincidental date, it seems that almost every single detail is filled with meaning. Thankfully the ever-so-talented Sylvie Gil Photography was on hand to capture every moment of elegance and we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!
From The Bride…Justin and I have quite a bit of history between our families, as our fathers met in college, were tennis doubles partners thereafter and have been close friends ever since. Despite this lengthy history and both of us living in San Francisco, Justin and I never crossed paths until four years ago. Our relationship was immediately strengthened and accelerated by the special bond of our families and in many ways, we both felt as though there was an element of fate and destiny.
Palo Alto always felt like home to us; I attended Stanford and Justin has fond memories of visiting his grandmother when she lived there. As we considered wedding venues, the Menlo Circus Club struck us as an obvious choice for many reasons: it’s where my parents met, where my mom and Justin’s dad won a mixed doubles tournament and it was a place where we loved to spend time early on in our relationship. We chose September 19th as our wedding date, which coincided with my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary.
When dreaming of our perfect wedding, we quickly decided on our priorities: having all of our closest family and friends, an amazing band, plenty of food and overflowing drinks. Beyond these obvious choices, we were somewhat lost in terms of aesthetic and décor. We are incredibly grateful for Isabella Sikaffy and Claire Gilhuly of Florabella who did a brilliant job guiding us through the planning process (and also had amazing patience in dealing with our constant fluctuations in decisions). We cannot imagine a more professional, organized, thoughtful and present team than Isabella and Claire. They walked us through the year of planning with the perfect amount of structure and direction, while still welcoming us to explore and experiment. Even during a near panic attack after learning the club underwent renovations which affected our ceremony layout, they remained calm and gently directed us towards other options that we ultimately loved even more. As our wedding was winding down, I told Isabella and Claire (through a stream of tears) that I couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing them anymore and I’m so thankful we’ve been able to keep in touch. Sylvie Gil was another obvious choice. We instantly fell in love with her energy, passion and impeccable work during our first few meetings. When looking at our photos, one can feel the love radiating from the images and instantly understand the story behind them. Sylvie and her team were fun to work with and we appreciated how well she got to know us and our families through the process. These photos have quickly become our most valuable possession and we can’t wait to forever relive our wedding through them.
What we love most about our wedding is that it represented more than just the union of us two– it was about our families coming together and becoming one. Our team did an incredible job of capturing the magical celebration of our day. Everything from the gorgeous details, seamless flow and delicious food and wine was perfect. However, it’s the precious moments like sharing a quiet moment alone on the polo field as husband and wife during the sunset, playing flip cup at the Dutch Goose with our best friends and diving into the hotel pool in our wedding attire at the end of the night that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives.
Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Cake Coquette | Catering: Menlo Circus Club | Makeup: Kathy Thorpe | Hair: John Mok | Lighting: Everything Audio Visual | Transportation: Bauer's Transportation | Venue: Menlo Circus Club | Ceremony Music + Band: Elan Artists | Event Planning + Floral Design: Florabella | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Blueprint Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals