A Magical Night Under the Redwoods: Amy and John at Saratoga Springs

Amy’s and John’s marriage actually started – in heaven! How? They met on a plane! And this fateful encounter set the tone for their relationship: long-distance – for the longest time. Until John’s career brought him to the San Francisco Bay Area, and that is when the two decided that enough (separation, that is) is enough. Amy moved in with John, took a much-needed “breather” in her own career, and used the precious free time to plan their wedding. And I am so happy she brought my company, A Day Like No Other, on board to help with ideas and logistics.

The two had opted for a strictly outdoors celebration in the Redwoods – at Saratoga Springs – and Amy dreamed up an upscale “shabby chic” decor with vintage furniture out on the lawn, like a cozy, yet elegant living room under the stars – and under miles and miles of romantic string lights.

While the groom and groomsmen were getting ready in their hotel suite…

groom getting ready…assisted by a very proud and happy Mother-of-the-Groom…

mother and son


…for Amy and her bridesmaids, the day began with  Hair and Makeup by Su from Nabi Salon; once that was done, the bride slipped into her elegant ivory dress, fit for a silver screen goddess from the Forties:

bride getting ready dress… complemented by fairytale slippers and a bridal bouquet by Natasha Kolenko (who also designed the centerpieces and floral decor throughout).

bouquet and shoes

brides bouquet


The bridal bouquet was adorned with a cameo brooch Amy had inherited from her Grandmother.

bouquetWith that, the bride was ready to meet her groom – down a staircase, past a waterfall, on her way to the “First Look:”

couple kissing

And here is their official first photo together!

And that was followed by quite a few more – with Amy’s bridesmaids…


… and the whole bridal party…

bridal party

…and of the two of them together:

kissing in the woods 2
A shuttle from The Santa Cruz Experience (the company provided transportation throughout) then took the whole wedding party to Saratoga Springs, where onsite coordinators Mimi and Kelsey with their team and I were busy setting up all the beautiful decor Amy and I had dreamt up over months!

Escort cards: airline boarding passes, of course! And table names? International airports … and all that displayed in custom-cut rustic logs by Fernando Canales ([email protected]). This setup was an instant crowd-pleaser and conversation starter!

escort cards

escort cards 2


For Cocktail Hour, Amy had ordered three vignettes of vintage and antique furniture from One True Love Vintage Rentals, and we displayed the couple’s favorite family photos there together with pretty vintage items, candles and bunches of flowers.


vintage itemsAfter their ceremony under the tall Redwoods

ceremony– serenaded by Underhill Rose (an all female American Country Band, and friends of the bride)

band – the newlyweds had their mandatory photo session with photographer Majesta Patterson, while videographer (and Majesta’s husband!) Zach Patterson of Patterson Films captured every precious moment.

tete a tete 2



Meanwhile, dinner was ready:

dining under bridge

dining table 3… and guests found their seats at rows and rows of long tables under a romantic, uplit bridge by … airport names! The newlyweds had their special seats at the Head Table:

Mr and Mrs

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Amy and John invited guests to a delicious dessert buffet stocked and re-stocked with “bundtinis” (mini Bundt cakes, by Nothing Bundt Cakes) and super fresh pies from Beckmann’s Bakery. Many reasons to raise a glass tonight!

raising a glass

Then it was time for the First Dance:

First Dance

 When night fell, the scene turned absolutely magical under the lights by Bay Area Event Lights

Hora Dance… and DJ “Sir Dancealot” got the crowd going – just have a look! At the exuberant Hora Dance, the couple was lifted high up on chairs by the dancing crowd, and Amy said that she and John had the time of their lives. And that’s my biggest reward!

Many happy years together, Amy and John, and from now on, may you always fly together!