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Childhood Friends Wed at the Pelican Inn

Nicole and Doug met when they were little kids, growing up in Sebastopol and West Marin. Then, they went their separate ways.

Nicole is a writer for NPR and heads up the epicurean blog Cucina Nicolina and Doug is a diplomat who speaks who speaks many languages. When they rediscovered each other as adults, they shared so many interests - travel, food, beaches, running, a grand sense of humor, and classic rock!

The Pelican Inn is a dream come true. A quirky, personality-filled British inn and pub surrounded by all of the quintessential natural beauty of Marin - think rolling hills, pristine beaches, cliff-side hiking trails that lead into the redwood forests. It could not be more perfect for these two with their Marin roots and British forebears.

Add in the incredible details: Nicole’s homemade blackberry jam (remember she’s a highly regarded food blogger), apple place card holders (picked from her parents' tree in Sebastopol) laid over a British flag (he’s half British), Doug’s hand-painted creatures on the name cards, truly incredible flowers from Fleurs de Fallon, long candlelit tables, and homemade wedding cake. That's right. Nicole baked her own six-tier wedding cake and a flourless chocolate cake. You can read about her wedding from her perspective on her food blog

Photographer: Andi Hatch Photography

Floral Designer: Fleurs de Fallon

Reception Venue: Pelican Inn

Cake Designer: Cucina Nicolina

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