“There are so many little decisions to make, but when you pick items that really speak to you as couple, you can really have fun with it and make it special”
From the couple:We were introduced to one another through a mutual friend. On our first date, we went on a bike ride through Golden Gate Park. Ryan was already an avid cyclist and Lisa was just starting out, but Ryan was a good coach and soon they started to go on more rides together among other dates. Our wedding style was a mix of rustic and modern. We both love biking and running outdoors and one of our favorite places was cycling and trail running through the mountains of Woodside. That’s how we chose Mountain Terrace, as a spot we’d pass often without even knowing. The wedding photos at Mountain Terrace were important to us. We loved the redwoods and we wanted to capture the rustic charm of the outdoors. But we also really love the modern aesthetic and wanted to tie that in together. This style could be found in our flowers and decorations throughout. My wedding gown was a laced ivory dress with a slight mermaid silhouette, a v-neck halter neck line and a beautiful lace train. It was elegant yet also very comfortable which I felt was appropriate to the style of the wedding. We want it to be elegant but also fun! The bridesmaid wore a classic style royal blue tea-length dress. We wanted a rich-colored bridesmaid dress that really popped against the greenery and we want something brighter which felt summery. The groom wore a black tuxedo with a dark grey vest and black paisley tie, while the groomsmen wore dark grey suits with royal blue ties to match the bridesmaids. We wanted the groom to stand out from the rest of his groomsmen but also complement them. For the bouquets, we wanted that to feature more of a rustic style. The bridesmaids had hand-tied bouquets to give it a natural look while the bride’s bouquet had a cascading style to really showcase the greenery. For the flowers, we had a mix of light and blush pink garden roses to contrast against the bright blue of the bridesmaid dresses. Our ceremony decor was simple with just flowers at the arbor. The decor lended itself perfectly to the wedding photos at Mountain Terrace. We didn’t feel we needed more given that it was outdoors and we had beautiful towering redwoods as our backdrop. For our ceremony processional and recessional, we had a classic string trio but we wanted them to play modern popular songs. We chose “Falling Slowly” for the wedding party’s processional piece, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the bride, and “I Gotta Feeling” for the recessional. We wanted to end with something really celebratory to get the party started! Our table decorations really captured our rustic yet modern aesthetic. We stuck to classic white linens which really allowed us to show off the centerpiece–gold terrariums with succulents and pink roses. Alongside the centerpieces, we had wood block table numbers, gold mercury votives, and and gold cowbells we personally designed as favors we provided to each guest. The cowbells were a nod to our biking and running hobbies where cowbells would be used to cheer on competitors during events and races. Here, guests could use it to cheer us on! We also personally designed our own escort cards to be race-themed and to further tie into the venue and our personal hobbies. For entertainment, we had a fire pit with s’mores, a photo booth and donuts from our favorite donut shop for our dessert. We also featured signature drinks, we which nicknamed after locations in Woodside. Since we grew up the 80’s and are really fond of music from that era, we requested that our DJ play a majority of 80s songs including our first dance, which was “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. There are so many little decisions to make, but when you pick items that really speak to you as couple, you can really have fun with it and make it special.