Love Doesn’t Have A Timeline
I have known John and Veronica from different parts of my life for almost 10 years, only to find out they were teen sweethearts, grew apart, then came back together and are now married! Swoon <3 They are dear friends of mine and have always believed in and supported my business. I love them dearly, so when I was asked to shoot their Olympic Club wedding, my heart was full!
John and Veronica’s love spans twenty years, so naturally, their ceremony and reception had to be somewhere amazing! Such a venue is The Olympic Club golf course. It’s got beautiful views from the golf course overlooking the ocean on one side and the SF on the other, excellent staff, delicious food and such a romantic vibe in the clubhouse. Think classy meets grand meets wedding. Oh and did I mention they planned this little, 20 years in the making shin-dig in just six weeks?!? These crazy kids!
Both bride and groom looked like they came straight out of the Great Gatsby, seriously. Not only because they are just that stylish but also a huge thank you Kerry Patten Hair who took Veronica’s (naturally thick. long and blonde) locks and curled, pinned and sprayed into the glorious up-do she rocked. Then John’s dapper beard and hair done by Silvaggios Barbershop as a perfect addition to his debonair tuxedo. Guests arrived dressed in their black-tie best which worked well with the black, white, and purple colors of the wedding. Floral arrangements by Sharla Flock Designs adorned the event space, made breathtaking bouquets and were just perfect for a winter wedding.
Before the ceremony, we went out to the golf course for first looks. John and Veronica promised me he would cry, and sure enough, the instant he turned around to look at his bride, it was instant tears. I may have shed a little tear behind the lens at how he looked her up and down with such deep love in his eyes while Veronica wiped his tears, hugged him close and giggled just a bit.
Seriously, the groom tearing up during first looks never gets old.
A Family Affair at The Olympic Club Wedding
John wasn’t the only one tearing up. The ceremony focused on the union and celebration of family, which didn’t leave a dry eye in the room. Veronica’s daughters and John’s daughter were a part of the ceremony as bridesmaids to momma, which pulled on everyone’s heartstrings.
Veronica told me how important it was to have the girls by their side during the ceremony. She said, “It was a challenge for John and me to figure out how we could truly express the weight of this decision. We wanted to show our girls that this union was forever, beyond just showing them what a loving, respectful relationship looks like. Having our three daughters standing by my side is the best decision I ever made as they are almost as much of this marriage as we are. I truly feel that we succeeded in our goal of impressing upon them that we choose them, each other and that we are one unit. We have been living that way is and this was just our public comment and honoring of our roles in each other’s lives.”
The bond these five people share was really the focal point of the whole evening. You can feel the love they have for each other with the looks they exchanged at various points during the ceremony. You felt the love in the room! It was simply beautiful!
Let Them Eat Cake!
After the ceremony, John and Veronica performed a choreographed first dance which was awesome because when you plan a wedding in six weeks, making time to practice a dance should be impossible, but they did it! Guests danced to the night away to the musical stylings of Brick House and enjoyed the cake by Mazzetti’s Bakery.
Veronica expanded upon their love with this beautiful sentiment, “Being married FINALLY after 20 years, is like a dream. When you meet as children (16) and you fall in love you think it is just those silly first love feelings. Now, I get to go to sleep every night next to the man of my dreams still feeling like a giddy 16-year-old girl.”
Congratulations John and Veronica! I am so, so, SO happy for you two and your beautiful daughters! Love you <3
Venue: The Olympic Club
Hair: Kerry Patten Hair
Barber: Silvaggio’s Barbershop
Cake: Mazzetti’s Bakery
Florals: Sharla Flock Designs
Officiant: Maggie Beretz
Band: Brick House
Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Brad Bann