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Sonoma County Wedding Photos


Laura & Jeff’s Whimsical Backyard Wedding 

 

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“Cherish every moment and take time to slow down and be grateful for one another. Not everything will go exactly to plan, but all the little quirks are what will make the day all the more memorable and special.”

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 Sonoma County Wedding Photos byApollo Fotografie
Venue: Private Residence in Healdsburg, CA
Hair & Make up: St. James Salon
Officiant: Justin Carlson
Event Rentals & Decor:  Encore Event Rentals
Stationary: Elegant Wedding Invites
Florals: Dragonfly Farms Floral
Dress: Bridal Elegance Studio (Maggie Sottero dress)
Tux: Friar Tux
Dessert: Sift Dessert Bar
Catering: El Coyote Taco Truck



From the couple:  Jeff and I were introduced by a mutual friend David. Things started off slowly as friends, sharing long talks and lots of laughter and we gradually graduated to a committed relationship. We never thought we would tie the knot, but always knew that we were both in it for the long haul. Jeff and I even wore commitment rings for years before we were actually engaged. After eight years, we decided to take the leap and make things official. Jeff gave me a new ring- a vintage style rose gold and morganite round cut, and I said yes to sharing the rest of my life with my best friend. A romantic at heart, he still wears the classic gold band I gave him on our second Christmas together.  My dress was an ivory fit and flare gown with lace appliqués and a beaded bodice. The back had a little extra surprise with a sheer lace lining and a beautiful lace train. I knew I wanted a veil for the ceremony, but I wanted to lighten things up a bit for the reception and changed into a fun and flirty flower crown. I wanted a fun and unique shoe, so I chose a lace flat with embroidered pink and coral flowers to match my bouquet. The bridesmaids wore long dresses of their choosing, and instead of bouquets they wore the flowers in their hair. To keep in line with the fun and relaxed theme, the gents wore cobalt blue suits with cream colored floral ties and fushcia suspenders. A fun little surprise when they took off their coats!In terms of the flowers, I just knew I wanted COLOR and I love peonies! I gave the florist a pallet and let her use her creative abilities to make the design. The bridesmaid wore matching flower crowns and per Jeff’s request NO boutonnieres. I wanted him to have one and, of course, he forgot to put it on. Lol.The decor at the ceremony site was minimal. We wanted people to take in the beauty of the meadow and left the grass long to blow in the breeze. The processional song was “Over the Rainbow” by IZ and I surprised Jeff by playing “Storybook Love Song” from the movie The Princess Bride (one of his favorite films) while he ushered his parents to their seats. The entire Wedding was very intimate and was focused on the joining of two families. All of the guests, and bridal party, were family members and we wanted everyone to be involved. Jeff’s oldest son, Justin, officiated the ceremony which made it even more special. In addition, my two oldest brother’s shared readings and my third brother, a Jesuit Priest, gave a personal blessing. For the reception, we knew we wanted Sonoma County wedding photos because of it’s breathtaking views so we chose our parent’s house for the venue.  We wanted everyone to have a blast and really enjoy the food. To keep in line with the joining of families theme, we had one long table under the pergola. I chose bright colored napkins and goblets to add color and mixed metal votives for extra light. Jeff wanted non-traditional Wedding food, so El Cayote taco truck served the main course. Everyone loves a taco! I, on the other hand, am obsessed with sweets, so for the cake we had two-vanilla funfetti and salted chocolate. I also “needed” an assortment of my favorite donuts just for good measure. We shared our first dance to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and I am shocked I didn’t shed a tear. For entertainment we had a small dance floor and a gaming area with cornhole, darts and ring toss. Jeff is a self proclaimed “non-dancer” but I was a Dance Major for my first degree… so we wanted people to have options.

 

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