It’s so funny how connected we all are in life and the joy that those connections can bring to our lives. My boyfriend, Mike got a job at Regus in San Bruno (a few years ago) and when he was transferred to the city, our now friend Lori trained him. Well Lori has a bestie named Catalina who was in need of a spunky photographer for a project. Naturally, since Lori loves us both, she recommended me. One week after our shoot Catalina’s close friend Meredith was chatting with her about wedding planning and her need for a photographer, so naturally since Catalina loves us both, she recommended me. This domino effect happened months ago and I can’t believe that after all the planning, chatting and emailing Meredith and Brian’s day finally came.
Nestled deep in the Carmel Valley, Brian & Meredith found the most spectacular venue at Gardener Ranch to gather all their favorite people to witness their merry matrimony and if I do say…epic party!
Meredith was an absolute vision in her dress made by Amy Kuschel of San Francisco and hair and make up by Face Forward Bridal. Her bridesmaids accompanied her down the aisle in their lovely Lynn Lugo dresses and we can’t forget the dapper groom in his Vera Wang suit.
The peonies that adorned the bouquets and all the table settings, made by Monica Lynn from In Full Bloom by MJL, were breathtaking and also much of the reason the wedding happened in May.
For the wedding, Meredith’s aunt made 1001 decorative origami cranes, each representing a wish for the couple. Such a sweet and thoughtful touch!
During the reception, there was no shortage of entertainment. Meredith’s BFF Tracy McDowell (yes, THE Tracy McDowell!) sang “To Make You Feel My Love” during dinner catered by Paradise Catering, “You Are The Best Thing” during Meredith and Brian’s first dance, and then “Fly Me To The Moon” after cake. Afterwards, the band Lucky Devils played a great show and got the group up on the dance floor with a little liquid courage supplied by Eastside Distilling.
Meredith & Brian’s beautiful and unforgettable celebration has come and left them with a lifetime of precious memories, great laughs, awesome dance moves and songs that will melt your heart. It was such a pleasure (and a blast!) to photograph and document this memorable day.
Congratulations to Meredith and Brian!
A huge THANK YOU to my amazing second shooter Angela DeCenzo for helping make this magical day turn out as well as it did!
Venue: Gardener Ranch, Carmel Valley — Dana Deminna — www.GardenerRanch.com
Caterer: Paradise Catering — Nancy Rohan — www.ParadiseCater.com
Hair & Make-up: Face Forward Bridal — Cara Hopkins — www.FaceForwardBridal.com
Band: Lucky Devils — Thai — www.LuckyDevils.com
Flowers: Monica Lynn — In Full Bloom by MJL — www.InFullBloombyMJL.com
Meredith’s Dress: Amy Kuschel — www.AmyKuschel.com
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lynn Lugo — www.LynnLugo.com
Grooms Tux: Vera Wang — www.VeraWang.com
Officiant: Reverend Wendy Howe
Photography: Your’s truly…ME! 🙂