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Amanda and Brian’s Brian Arden Winery Wedding Photography

April 7, 2015

Amanda & Brian

Brian Arden Winery Wedding Photography

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We met our sophomore year in high school…but didn’t “date” until after we graduated, and only for two months. If we would have known then….

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We lost all contact for most of 16 years…

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We met again in 2012 when Brian offered to help me move into my new home in Napa Valley. We went on our first date…not long after…and have been together every day since.

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A little more than a year later, in front of the Sacramento Capitol building, Brian…dropped to his knee in the middle of the street, catching me totally by surprise.

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Our big celebration was September 27….

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My bouquet had a white flower made out of lace from my mother’s wedding dress. I also had Brian’s mother’s necklace wrapped around my bouquet.

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It was the most perfect day for our wedding, and exactly the way we wanted it.

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Brian owns Brian Arden Winery in Calistoga, which was under construction at the time of our party…so it was rustic!

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Our colors were green, white and silver, so we chose to decorate with succulents, exotic plants and candles. We also adorned the tables and trees with birds to add to the outdoor feel.

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We were so happy that so many people came from all parts of the United States to celebrate Brian and me!

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I found a love note that Brian had written me right before I left for college. The defining line was, “My dad says that you never know what can happen if you keep in touch…”.

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We had Mikuni Sushi, Sacramento’s best sushi restaurant cater, along with Napa’s “Smoke” catering. The food was divine!

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We forgo’d the cake and had Brian’s Sauvignon blanc mixed with liquid nitrogen as a dessert.

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We had a DJ that was on the second story of the winery looking down on us as we boogied all night long!

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It was exactly how we’d planned for our day. We are so lucky to have found each other again after 16 years and both very lucky to share the same passions; friends, family… and WINE!

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We met our sophomore year in high school in Sacramento, CA. We were in the same circle of friends but didn’t “date” until after we graduated, and just for two months. Brian used to take me to shows at the Music Circus and then make pigs in a blanket for an after-date snack. He taught me how to drive a 5 speed in a Rayles Parking lot in 1998. If we would have known then… I went off on scholarship to Oklahoma City to study dance and Brian went to Southern California to study biology. We lost all contact for most of 16 years but ultimately ended up in the same place. I hung up my dancing shoes and went back to Missouri State to study wine making. Brian dropped everything and moved to Napa Valley to make his dream come true. We met again in 2012 when Brian offered to help me move into my new home in Napa Valley. He showed up with a case of his wine, a 10 week old Golden Retriever, and enough muscle to help my dad move me into my new life. In looking back at a scrapbook I’d made in high school, I found a love note that Brian had written me right before I left for college. The defining line was, “My dad says that you never know what can happen if you keep in touch…” His dad married Brian’s mother 7 years after they met as sophomores in high school. We went on our first date as adults not long after he helped move me in and have been together every day since. I wrote Brian a note after our first date telling him that I knew he was the one; I folded it and kept it in my wallet just in case he proposed one day. A little more than a year later, in front of the Sacramento Capitol building, Brian walked me to a pre-Christmas dinner on December 23, 2013 and dropped to his knee in the middle of the street, catching me totally by surprise. I didn’t even look at my gorgeous ring until much later because I wouldn’t let go of him. We walked into the restaurant and they had menus made up with “Congratulations Brian and Amanda” printed on the menu as an added bonus! We decided to sneak away to the San Francisco City Hall and elope on July 7, 2014. No one knew that we were sneaking away (except for my pug dog, Bikini, since she was there!) this early. We had planned a big, lavish party in September for all of our friends and family, so people figured it would be around then that we’d actually make it legal. We wed on 7-7-14 in San Francisco in a white cocktail dress and blue suit. My bouquet had a white flower made of lace from my mother’s dress from when she married my dad and we also had Brian’s mother’s necklace wrapped around my bouquet. It was the most perfect day for our wedding and exactly the way we wanted it. Our big celebration was September 27, just 2 months later, and we chose to focus more on our family, friends and food rather than any traditions. Brian owns Brian Arden Winery in Calistoga, which was under construction at the time of our party…so it was rustic! We had Mikuni Sushi, Sacramento’s best sushi restaurant cater, along with Napa’s “Smoke” catering. The food was divine! We forgo’d the cake and had Brian’s Sauvignon blanc mixed with liquid nitrogen as a dessert. We had a professional lighting designer aim 20 par-cans up to the 8 full tanks for wine for the dance floor. We had a DJ that was on the second story of the winery looking down on us as we boogied all night long! Our colors were green, white and silver, so we didn’t have any flowers but rather, succulents, exotic plants and candles. We also adorned the tables and trees with birds to add to the outdoor feel. We had 12 kings tables set up foot by foot across the wineries crush pad to feed our 100 guests. And we had a homemade lighted-candle wall held up by my full barrels in our barrel room. I wore a gown by Sottero and Midgly and had another bouquet made with my mothers lace flower in it. Brian wore a dark charcoal Calvin Klein suit and a boutonniere to match my bouquet. It was exactly how we’d planned for our day. We were so happy that so many people came from all parts of the United States to celebrate Brian and I. We are so lucky to have found each other again after 16 years and both very lucky to share the same passions; friends, family… and WINE! 
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