Kate & Adam are another online dating success story. In fact, they were such a great "match" that Adam was Kate's first and last online date! She just knew after the first night of buffalo misadventures in Golden Gate Park that he was made for her. When it came to planning their wedding, Kate & Adam wanted something different - something truly unique to them. They immediately decided on a brunch wedding in picturesque Sonoma, and chose a Tuscan-inspired restaurant with an outdoor pergola and fountain for their ceremony and reception venue, a nod to Adam's Italian heritage.
"Our vision for our wedding was one of effortless elegance. We wanted our guests to feel as though time had stopped and they were captured in a sweet, beautiful dream...and that is exactly how it turned out. "
With their guests' experience at the center of their vision, Kate & Adam embarked on a DIY adventure. Everything from the invitations to the seating chart, the gilded vases and animal place cards, the framed love quotes and calendar guest book, were all created with love for their friends and family. And with all that care and attention to detail, would you be at all surprised to hear they also had a doughnut buffet? Yes, a doughnut buffet. Quite possibly the most brilliant wedding idea ever. Maple bars, lemon cream, traditional glazed, apple fritters, chocolatey chocolate yumminess - it was a veritable cornucopia of sugary delight.
"Filled to the brim with beautiful light, lots of laughter and overwhelming love (and doughnuts!), our brunch wedding was like a beautiful dream that I never wanted to end!"
A few of Kate's wedding day treasures that are very dear to her heart:
Something Old - her grandmother's sterling and pearl broach, which she pinned to her bouquet. It's particularly special because it was also worn by her mother on her wedding day.
Something New - her bouquet itself, lovingly designed by her sister. Kate keeps the dried blooms in an apothecary jar on their piano as a reminder of their romantic day.
Something Borrowed - Adam's mother was so sweet and lent Kate her mother's pearl necklace for the day.
Something Blue - Kate's grandmother's silk and lace garter, also a family wedding tradition. The garter has little silver bells on it that tinkled as Kate walked down the aisle. A reminder that her beloved grandmother was right by her side the whole day.
Kate said, "On our wedding day, I wanted to look like the best version of myself. I wanted Adam to feel like he was marrying ME, not a mystery bride under a layer of frill and makeup. I stayed true to my style: classic simplicity. I also aimed to feel as long and lean as possible next to my 6'2" husband! I fell in love with my ivory silk mermaid gown by Watters because of the classic cut and beautiful seaming details on the bodice. I felt both regal and statuesque (yes, petite brides...it IS possible!). A french twist, natural makeup, rose-gold heels and an heirloom string of pearls polished off my look."
Kate & Adam - Your love and devotion to one another is unparalleled and so obvious after even just a few hours in your presence. I have no doubt this was just the first of many emotional, personal, adventurous and joyful days in your long and happy life together. Thank you for choosing me to capture how it all began. ♥
Venue - The Depot Hotel
Floral arrangements - DIY
Centerpieces and decor - DIY
Wedding dress - Watters