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Villa Vannucci Wedding Photography

Molly & Duncan’s Timeless and Natural Outdoor Wedding

Duncan proposed on the beach in LA where I am from, and surprised me by flying in my siblings and we all had a big party at the house with my family and close friends.

The engagement diamond belonged to his great grandma, and his grandma also wore it.

Molly dressed very laid-back, she didn’t want to look like she was playing dress up. She wanted to look and feel like herself and have Duncan marry the girl he fell in love with.

They met end of freshmen year at Stanford. And one of the classes Molly ended up in was with Duncan.

She came in late and he says he remembers seeing her for the first time.

We eventually kissed, and became boyfriend/girlfriend only 4 days later and haven’t looked back since!

Duncan had the idea of doing wooden pillars with bells of Ireland and other greens for the ceremony, which turned out really beautiful.

Our setting was so gorgeous with all the hills and nature around us, we really didn’t want to overshadow that, so everything we choose tried to align with our natural setting.

The bridesmaids had light grey free-flowing dresses, and the groomsmen wore a dark navy. For flowers, we stuck with the cream and green hydrangeas just loose in the vase, and different sprigs of greens throughout.

Our pastor always does a tradition of the hand wrapping ceremony which came from the years he spent in Israel, where he wrapped our hands together and read a prayer.

Our wedding bands are both plain gold, and have “all my love 8/8/15” inscribed on them.

We copied love actually and did “all you need is love” by the beatles for the recessional.

For the reception, we actually made tables names instead of numbers. We painted all the places that we have lived and that have meaning to us on wooden circles and hung them.

Our centerpieces were loose cream and green hydrangeas to keep it really natural and fresh looking.

We had postcards of different places we have been to for people to write little notes on and put them in a mailbox.

My dress was a intricate bustier with lots of pearls on it, which I fell in love with from the start.

Our first dance song was “Angel” by Jack Johnson.

“We are best friends, we have silliness, playfulness, warmth, coziness and snuggles. We have a lot of fun together.

Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.

Venue: Villa Villa Vannucci

Caterer: Grapevine Catering

Wedding Planner: Lindsey Hintereder with Ooh La La Weddings

Cake & Dessert:Moustache Baked Goods

Makeup: Heather Bettencourt with Unveiling Designs

Hair: Patsy Weber

Florist: Emily Tomoye Carey with ETC Designs

DJ: Frances Nelson with AMS Entertainment LLC

Limousine: Pure Luxury Transportation

We met end of freshmen year at Stanford. I had a crush on my guy friend and moved around my class schedule to be in a class with him spring quarter, and one of the classes I ended up in was with Duncan! I came in late and he says he remembers seeing me for the first time.

We flirted after class a lot, and both would try to leave the classroom right after the other to talk. I would pack up my bag slowly to leave after him and always thought he took forever to pack up–little did I know he was doing the same thing! We eventually kissed, and became boyfriend/girlfriend only 4 days later and haven’t looked back since!

We dated for 6 years, and lived together for about a year and a half before getting engaged.

Duncan proposed on the beach in LA where I am from, and surprised me by flying in my siblings and we all had a big party at the house with my family and close friends. The engagement diamond belonged to his great grandma, and his grandma also wore it.

We got so lucky with our location, called Villa Vannucci. It was my mom’s coworker’s brother’s house, and we ended up seeing it after leaving our vacation in Hawaii early because of the hurricane. We fell in love with it immediately! It’s up a big hill, which gives you views of all the hills around, and you feel completely out in nature. It looked so beautiful waking up there in the morning, then had the most gorgeous sunset overlooking vineyards. The villa was so beautiful too.

We didn’t really have a theme going, we just knew we wanted everything to be super natural, simple and clean looking. We mostly stuck to neutral colors like creams and grays, and then green from plants. Our setting was so gorgeous with all the hills and nature around us, we really didn’t want to overshadow that, so everything we chose tried to align with our natural setting. That’s why my wedding dress was pretty simple. My dress was a intricate bustier with lots of pearls on it, which I feel in love with from the start. Since it had so much going on, we actually made the skirt, which was just a A-line, simple, silk charmeuse. I didn’t wear a veil, just small stud earrings, and flats (which one happened to fall off seconds before our first dance so I ended up going barefoot). I wore a braid across my hair and then just let it down with loose curls. Overall, I dress very laid-back, and I didn’t want to look like I was playing dress up. I wanted to look and feel like myself vs a “bride” in the most standard sense, and have Duncan marry the girl he fell in love with.

The bridesmaids had light grey free-flowing dresses, and the groomsmen wore a dark navy white shirts, and light grey ties to match the bridesmaids dresses. . For flowers, we stuck with the cream and green hydrangeas just loose in the vase, and different sprigs of greens throughout. The bouquets for bridesmaids were all creams, and just different kinds of garden roses with sprigs of green in them. My bouquet was all cream and big roses too. They were all wrapped with burlap and very simple. The groomsmen just had a little cream rose attached with burlap to match the bridesmaid bouquets. Our centerpieces were loose cream and green hydrangeas to keep it really natural and fresh looking.

The ceremony aisles had jars with lavender in them and different greens. Duncan had the idea of doing wooden pillars with bells of Ireland and other greens for the ceremony, which turned out really beautifully.

We made the ceremony completely our own. We did a reading from the bible, but our pastor really took a few pieces from different versus, then did a poem called “That Lives in Us” by Rumi. It was important to us to make it about us and about mutual partnership. We also made our own vows. Our pastor always does a tradition of the hand wrapping ceremony which came from the years he spent in Israel, where he wrapped our hands together and read a prayer. It was gorgeous! We also added in a parent blessing since we are really close with both of our parents.

For the music, we did a Coldplay song “Reign of Love” in instrumental because I love Coldplay, then I came out in “Claire de Lune” by Claude Debussy. We copied love actually and did “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles for the recessional.

We had a welcome table, we had postcards of different places we have been to for people to write little notes on and put them in a mailbox. For the reception, we actually made tables names instead of numbers. We painted all the places that we have lived and that have meaning to us on wooden circles and hung them. We did our hometowns, Oxford where we went abroad together, the library where we met at Stanford, and our favorite areas around SF. We had a lot of fun painting them and making it more personal.We also did a photo booth to make a guest book.

Our first dance song was “Angel” by Jack Johnson. We wanted to do “Thats Whats Up” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, but it was too fast for us to pull off.

We are best friends, we have silliness, playfulness, warmth, coziness and snuggles. We have a lot of fun together.

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