Liz and Doug engaged my company, A Day Like No Other, early on to support their planning for their wedding day, actually, more than a year in advance. It felt like a long time! Little did we know what would be happening… among other things, buying a house, renovating it, moving in, all the while working full-time AND working on wedding planning! When we first met, the couple had just decided on their wedding venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery, high up on a mountain ridge overlooking a good part of the San Francisco Peninsula – on clear days, the views encompass the San Francisco skyline to the north all the way to Silicon Valley in the south. It is absolutely spectacular.
A fantastic starting point – and especially bride Liz was not to compromise on everything else, either! Every single vendor and every single decor element were thoroughly researched and chosen with care. The result? An unforgettable celebration where simply everything was just right.
It started with Liz’s wedding dress…
… diaphanous – and as romantic and feminine as the bride herself.
Here are Liz’s “princess slippers”…
… and here are the wedding rings!
Liz had had her hair and makeup done by Christina of Makeup by Quis before arriving at the venue. There , Liz got dressed with the help of her Maid of Honor …
… and very obviously, she is already having the time of her life.
Meanwhile, groom Doug was getting ready as well.
Ready for their First Look – both of them! Photographer Danielle Gillett captured every precious moment of the day.
The grounds at Fogarty winery offer so many romantic spots for photos – it is hard to decide where to go first.
Liz’ bridal bouquet (all flowers by Poppy’s Petalworks) reflected her romantic, feminine style and were the perfect fit both for the beautiful garden setting and for the springtime event.
A whole profusion of flowers then adorned the unconventional “arch” the couple had chosen – a perfect golden circle which would be the backdrop for their vows.
It does not get more beautiful than this!!
The ceremony on the lawn was officiated by a family member, and DJ Woody Miraglia of Big Fun Disc Jockeys together with a musician friend of the couple provided musical accompaniment.
” I Do!”
The moment they had been waiting for so long: “Just Married!!”
While their guests were invited to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (all catering by michi’s) and had fun with the Night Owl photo booth, the newlyweds still had more photos to take. “Stars of the show” were, of course, their adorable flower girls:
Aren’t they looking like delicate porcelain dolls?
And more couple’s portraits, of course…
Meanwhile, both the caterer team and my production crew had been busy putting the finishing touches on the dinner setup in the open Pavilion.
The simple-elegant place settings were accentuated with just one delicate Eucalyptus sprig.
Of course, the gorgeous floral centerpieces were the focal point of each table.
After dinner, an incredible dessert buffet (from La Vie Douce) was awaiting the guests, and in addition to that, a beautiful wedding cake.
The couple performed their official first task as husband and wife – the ceremonial cutting of their wedding cake (also from La Vie Douce) – with joy and with bravura!
The same could be said about their First Dance which they had practiced tirelessly, and it showed!
This opened the dance floor to an epic dance party…
Before it was all over, the newlyweds stole away for a quiet moment out on the patio, overlooking the beautiful landscape.
Wishing you romance and beauty for the rest of your shared life, Liz and Doug!