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I have learned over the years that there are always 2 versions of every story.  This is oh so true for that one story that will be told for generations to come.  The “How We Met” story…My FAVORITE bedtime story of all time.  Without fail, as couples tell me how they met, there is always a ping pong match of details between the two of them of how it “really happened”.  This is true for Kerry & Kevin whose stories are very different and yet, it has showed me that how it happened is less important than the fact that it did happen. Both stories are beautiful in their own way, but why don’t you decide which you prefer:)

Once upon a time on a warm sunny day in February in the year 2011, mutual friends of ours were hosting a house warming party in our home town of Alameda California…

Kerry: I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the party…I decided to swing by just for a bit. Shortly after I arrived, Kevin walked in and smiled. He quickly introduced himself as the new guy in town from Chicago. He was kind enough to offer a hug. A little while later I was outside, as he walked by, he reached out and kissed my hand. I must admit, I was a bit surprised. Just before leaving, I was talking with some friends and Kevin passed by, as he did, he leaned down and kissed me. I asked, who is this handsome friendly fella? Soon after the party, I received a Facebook message from Kevin asking me out on a date.

Kevin: I was at a co-workers house warming party enjoying a nice refreshing glass of ice tea and conversation. I went inside for a tour and noticed a table of some young ladies. I went up and introduced myself since I was relatively new to the area. I could tell Kerry was interested in me from the beginning due to her bumping in to me a few other times that evening. When it was time for me turn in for the night, she ran up and gave me a big hug and kiss on the cheek. A few weeks later I received some news at work about a certain individual inquiring about me. Not too long after that I recieved a message on Facebook asking to meet out for a bite to eat. Its been a new kinda fun ever since!

This wedding was top notch!  Classy in every way complete with 2 dresses, lanterns and rose petals lining the aisle, grapes and white pumpkins, a 1948 Chrysler New Yorker, and a night danced away by the light of candles.  It was just a dream to be a part of!  Murietta’s Well in Livermore was the perfect setting for this Harvest Vineyard wedding.  Kerry had a clear vision of exactly what she wanted and it was pulled together beautifully.  I just LOVED her creative idea of using antique keys with names for the seating assignments.  Each table had a corresponding wooden door with crystal door knob and number (handmade by Kevin)!  So Freaking CUTE! I could go on, but why not just check it out below!  It may cause you to go on a Pinterest Frenzy!

Fuchsia Dahlias?!  Commmon’! Just gorgeous!

Their gorgeous white car waiting to take the newlyweds away and a lounge area surrounded by candle light, rose petals, and dark chocolate!

 

Idn’t she a beauty!  The car ain’t so bad either…say it the way they talked in the 1940’s for full effect…

It doesn’t get any more romantic than this does it?!

Venue: Murrieta’s Well https://www.murrietaswell.com

Wedding Coordinator: Heather Jones, Wente

Floral Designer: Carolyn Manan

Caterer: Wente

DJ: Jeff with Amos Productions ~ www.amospro.com

Cake Designer: Wente

Classic Car: Marcus Villegas ~ upsmarcus@yahoo.com

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero & Nicole Miller

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

2nd Photographer: Meghan Faith www.meghanfaithphotography.com
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I absolutely love shooting at Cathedral Grove at Saratoga Springs due to it’s natural beauty and majestic trees!  It is no wonder why Shannon & Ken who love the outdoors were immediately drawn to this venue!  It was the perfect setting for them to celebrate their marriage!  I just loved her bridesmaids dresses as they were in all shades of green to go with the surroundings.  Shannon’s parents are from Scotland so Shannon wanted to surprise her mom with a bagpiper at dinner.  It was something she knew would mean the world to her mom and would definitely be an unexpected moment she would always cherish.  Indeed it was!  When the bagpiper began playing from the distance, her reaction went from confused, shocked, ecstatic to having tears of joy as he slowly made his way to her table. It was such a special moment to witness.  Shannon & Ken are such genuinely nice people and have the most amazing group of friends!  The bridal party was totally down to hike through the forrest with me and cross streams in heels for photos!  I mean, there were a few natural setbacks but nothing slowed us down! Loved our photo sesh in the woods! This was the perfect wedding filled with so much love, laughter and sentiment.  Congrats to the newlyweds!

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Venue: Saratoga Springs, Ca http://saratoga-springs.com/CA/wedding-gallery/

Wedding Coordinator: Saratoga Springs – Mimi Rogers and Diana Meyer – weddingplanner@saratoga-springs.com

Florist: Citi’s Florist: Adrianna Citti Gloascott – 408-371-7000

Caterer: Saratoga Springs

DJ: Aaron Eegle – aeegle@yahoo.com

Cake Designer: Sugar Butter Flour

Dress: Elegant Lace Bridal

Shoes: Nine West with emerald green bedazzles:)

 

Timing is everything.  Life is full of unexpected plot twists and roads that lead us to unfamiliar territory.  That is what makes life so exciting, but most importantly finding yourself hand in hand at the end of that winding road with your soulmate teaches us to simply trust the journey.  Trust that everything happens for a reason.  This couldn’t be more true for Andrea & Phil who found each other at the perfect time in their lives.  They found me a month before their wedding at Creekside Terrace in Los Gatos and I am so glad they did!  As they told me their story I could just feel that these two were so thankful to have each other and overjoyed to start their lives together!  Congrats Andrea & Phil!  You are beautiful people inside and out!

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Venue: Creekside Terrace, Los Gatos
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Flower Designer: De Young’s – deyoung@deyoungflowers.com

Caterer: Panettas – panettas123@outlook.com

DJ: Songman – Aaron Eegle – aeegle@yahoo.com

Dress: Pronovias

Shoes: Betsy Johnson – Crown

2nd Photographer: Chelsea Dier – Chelseadier.com

  • Hayley Manning - October 14, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Heather,

    Wow! I’m absolutely blown away by these photos! I just want to thank you for catching such beautiful moments, your kind words above, and for giving our new family a gift that we will cherish for a lifetime. A million thanks wouldn’t be enough.

    Sincerely,
    -Daughter of the BrideReplyCancel

    • heather - October 14, 2014 - 9:08 pm

      Hi Hayley,
      Your note really made my day! You are so sweet! You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family and I am thankful They found me to be a part of it!
      Best to You!
      HeatherReplyCancel

It was a wedding day more beautiful than I could have ever imagined!  An alter dawning flowers and pomegranates, homeade jam for the guests, and a beautiful fall red to bring out the rustic barn and cowboy boots!  I am so excited it has been featured on Storyboard Weddings!

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Sweet Baby Clara is 3 months old and LOVES diamonds and pearls!  We had so much fun dressing her up in Mom’s jewelry.  She is such a happy baby and after a good hour of smiles and outfit changes she zonked out so soundly.  So, we did what anyone would do… posed her with Mom’s Brooch Wedding rings & Bouquet!