"We wanted to get married in a place that represented us as a couple," says Jessica. "We chose Cornerstone Sonoma because it's fun, different, and a bit kooky—it's not too serious, and neither are we." The bride's bouquet showcased the event's color palette. "I'm drawn to muted, dusky colors," she says. "We chose soft green, pink, orange, and gray-blue." Jessica's vows contained a line from Moulin Rouge, a movie both she and Tim love: "Come what may, I will love you until my dying day."
When Jenn Jacobs and Bill Phillips met in August of 2009, they quickly realized they shared the same sense of humor and became pals. Several years passed before their relationship morphed into something else, but once their “more than friends” status was established, it took Bill just 12 months to propose.
“We had decided that we were going to exchange gifts for our one-year anniversary,” says Jenn. “I thought I was getting a David Yurman bracelet, but when I opened up the box, I found a rock he’d put in there to give it weight so I wouldn’t catch on. When I looked up, he was down on one knee,” she says. “I was totally surprised! All I got him was a tie.”
“We’re gathered here today to celebrate the marriage of Amanda Margulies and Paul Charney…they’ve learned that falling in love with one another has been like the exploration of a place that is wild, surprising and liberating—like Yosemite National Park or the dollar rack at Target.”
That’s how Paul and Amanda’s irreverent and laughter-filled wedding ceremony began on a sunny day at Tabor Ranch in Esparto, California (about 40 miles from Davis). The officiant, Jon Wolanske, is a Killing My Lobster alum (Paul is a co-founder of the comedy sketch group), and he delivered an unforgettable service.
It’s no wonder wedding planning has a reputation for being stressful—making that many decisions is bound to be a nail-biter.
If you are getting married in the Wine Country, you might want to start your search at The Collection Event Studio, a new business that makes one-stop-shopping easy and thus alleviates some decision drama.
The studio is the brainchild of Emarie Chervinskas and Emily Baker. The duo knew that—in order to find the perfect vendors—brides and grooms spent hours and several weekends visiting sites (both venues and websites), floral designers, caterers, etc. before assembling their dream wedding team.
The new bridal boutique at Nordstrom, dubbed the Wedding Suite, is all about style, value and meeting the needs of the entire wedding party. It’s officially launching with an event tomorrow night from 6-8 p.m., and you are—as traditional invitations say—cordially invited to check it out yourself.