Featured Wedding: Danielle and Carly

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It was the perfect Fall day for a perfect Fall wedding... but nothing about this day was more beautiful than the love between these two brides. From their dreamy dresses, gorgeous Fall palette and radiant smiles, it was a truly magical October afternoon.

Featured Wedding: Jade and Bhavin

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Sometimes a wedding is just so magical it leaves you speechless… or should we say TWO weddings, because this amazing couple threw not one, but two ceremonies and receptions in one day! We love that Jade and Bhavin incorporated their families and culture into this beautiful event. The vibrant colors and florals, rich tradition and modern aesthetics all wove together in the most perfect way.

Featured Wedding: Rayna and Lohan

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This stunning Brazilian couple perfectly showcased Northern California Simple Country Luxury to their international wedding guests... we can't get enough of the gorgeous photos, and you won't either.

Featured Wedding: Tess & Dustin

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This month, we are looking back at one of our favorite 'all things Fall' weddings to date. Tess & Dustin embraced the season and infused that inspiration throughout many of details… in a way that wasn’t too overly-thematic. Scroll down for some serious Autumnal wedding magic!

VENDORS:
Planning and Design: Leslie Sherlin (My mom was the mastermind behind the wedding. From the table layout of the reception, to every table detail, and everything in between.)
Day of Coordination: Katie Rebecca Events
Floral: Studio Mondine
Photography: Anna Marks Photography
DJ: Ike and Martin
China Rentals: Frances Lane

Featured Wedding: Kristin & Isaac

This month's feature is the beautiful wedding of Kristin & Isaac! This lovely and talented bride designed everything from the invitation suite to the dinner menus, and hand-lettering the chalkboard signs. All those personal touches are what make a wedding extraordinary, and this stunning affair was no exception! 

FROM THE BRIDE:
Tell us about the proposal!
Every summer since we’ve met, we always make a trip to Isaac’s hometown in New England to visit his family. We always take a walk through town to this tree-lined path that leads to a secluded cove overlooking the water. One year on Father’s Day, he called my mom & dad to ask for their blessing and took me to that same spot to get down on one knee.

Why did you choose Park Winters?
Park Winters was the first place that we saw and nothing else compared. The grounds are beyond beautiful and the event barn was the perfect place for our reception. It is truly a magical place with the most kind and wonderful people. Every time we go, we never want to leave.

What was your favorite wedding moment?
There were a million moments that made that day so special and memorable! Walking down the aisle with my dad... seeing Isaac standing under the arbor he built for us... even Isaac's dad dropping our rings during the ceremony! Being announced as Mr & Mrs... celebrating my Grandpa's 95th and our niece's 1st birthday... and dancing the night away with our friends and family! It was truly the happiest day of our lives. 

VENDORS:
Invitation Suite, program fans, seating chart, chalkboard signs, dinner menus, favor calligraphy, table numbers, disposable cameras: (Bride) Kristin Hashimoto Read
Photography: Molly Gilholm Photography
Dress - BHLDN
Floral Design - The Floral Loft
Hair & Makeup - Ricochet Salon
DJ - DJ Eli Freshmode
Cake - Freeport Bakery
Bar & Guestbook Signs - Tara Typography
Day-of Coordination - Inspirations by Gina

Featured Wedding: Jimmy & Kirsten

This month's feature is the joyous Fall wedding of Jimmy & Kirsten. They met at a singles mixer and Kirsten knew after they met that Jimmy had the KEY to her heart! 

FROM THE BRIDE:
How did you two meet?
Jimmy and I met in February 2013 at a singles mixer in downtown Sacramento. I had made it my new years resolution to join meetup.com (a website that helps you meet people in your area with similar interests, such as kayaking, hiking etc.). My first and only meetup group that I attended was a “lock and key” singles mixer with my best friend and MOH Emily. At the mixer the ladies have locks and the men have keys and you are supposed to walk around the room to find the key that would unlock your lock around your neck. As cheesy as it sounds and as much as I hate to admit that I attended such an event, it obviously worked because it was the night I met Jimmy.

We chatted briefly a few times that night, but never ended up exchanging phone numbers. I left the singles event thinking I was only interested in seeing one guy again, and that guy was Jimmy. Luckily, Jimmy found me through meetup.com, asked me for my phone number and we have been together ever since!

Tell us about the proposal!
Jimmy completely surprised me with a weekend in Tahoe in December of 2016.  My parents were in on the surprise because they invited Jimmy and I to North Shore at Tahoe to utilize some of their “time share points.” I never say no to a trip to Tahoe, so Jimmy and I decided to go for the weekend with my parents. Little did I know… the whole time my parents were never planning on coming to Tahoe that weekend.

We drove up to Tahoe, texting my parents along the way, asking when they would be leaving Sacramento. We checked into the Hyatt and I thought nothing of them upgrading our room to a suite with a view.  I wanted to go into the spa, since my parents were “running late,” but Jimmy insisted we go to the beach at sunset. So we poured ourselves a glass of wine and headed to the beach, the same beach Jimmy asked me to be his girlfriend three and a half years prior. We sat and watched the sunset and then I decided I wanted to head up to the fire pits at my favorite restaurant, Lone Eagle. I turned to head up the beach when Jimmy said wait a second and pulled a ring box out of his sock! (He had kept the ring box in his sock ever since Sacramento!) He then got down on his knee and asked me to be his wife. I was in complete shock, but of course said yes!

Jimmy had asked my mom for her wedding ring, which was previously my grandma’s wedding ring, and had it polished and dipped to become silver. It was a ring that I had not seen in over twenty years and it was just perfect, exactly what I wanted. A simple, classic solitaire that is over sixty years old and so timeless. I had no idea that Jimmy had been planning this proposal for months, asking my dad permission and my mom as well.

We then finished watching the sunset, shed some tears and went back to our room to call our parents over facetime.  Jimmy had the hotel deliver champagne and chocolate strawberries to the room, during the proposal, so they were waiting for us in the room when we came back. Then Jimmy made reservations at my favorite restaurant and had a guitar player serenade us with the song “Marry Me” by Train.  We then enjoyed an evening by the fireplace and celebrated our new beginning. The next day Jimmy surprised me with a sleigh ride around Sand Harbor at Tahoe. It was really the perfect weekend and perfect proposal. Jimmy made me feel so special and I was so happy he was now my fiancé!

Why did you choose Park Winters?
Park Winters was only the second venue we had looked at for our wedding and once we found it there was no need to look any further.  Both Jimmy and I wanted to have our ceremony and reception outdoors and the back drop Park Winters provides was exactly what we were seeking.  We booked Park Winters in January, so I knew if I thought the venue was beautiful in Winter, I could only imagine what it would look like in the Fall.  The grounds of Park Winters are so well maintained, from the lavender gardens to the koi pond it is just absolutely stunning.  The Park Winters team made our wedding planning process and our wedding day seamless, through their professionalism and just genuine love for their couples.  I honestly can’t say enough good things about Park Winters and their staff, I was completely happy and satisfied with our big day and all the planning leading up to it.

What was your favorite wedding moment?
We both agreed that the ceremony was our favorite part of our wedding. We had worked with our officiant to create a ceremony that was very personalized, so that it would truly represent who we were as a couple.  We wrote our own love story that was used in the ceremony as well as our own vows.  We also included a “lock and key” ceremony, which represented how we met four years prior. Our ceremony made us smile, laugh and cry which was exactly what we wanted.  After the wedding, receiving compliments on our ceremony was unexpected by both Jimmy and I. It was nice to know that our guests enjoyed our personalized ceremony that we had worked so hard to create.

VENDORS:
Officiant – Rev. Jeri Murphy
DJ: Joe Kalamaras – SJs Disc Jockey
Florist: Violette Fleurs
Photographer: Chris Howard Imagery
Bakery: Sweet Dozen Bakery
Hair: Christine Alba – For the Love of Hairspray
Make-up: Kirsten Buffham – KEB make-up
Videographer: Alex Cristescu – Love Genre Films

Featured Wedding: Melissa & John

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This month's feature is the stunning Fall wedding of Melissa and John. This beautiful couple met in college and have been inseparable ever since. We were especially moved by Melissa's touching and emotional story of her mother, we suggest you get out the tissues before reading any further...

FROM THE BRIDE:
How did you two meet?
We met in college at UC Irvine. Our paths crossed through fraternity and sorority life. We had many mutual friends, but John was a senior and I was a sophomore when we met. There was an instant attraction and we’ve been pretty much inseparable since 2007.

Tell us about the proposal!
John matched into Anesthesia Residency at Stanford. In preparation for our move North, we planned a trip to the Bay Area in April 2017. We made a stop in Sacramento to visit my family. I was really excited to show John the new Golden 1 Center. John was not as excited being an avid Lakers’ fan. Little did I know, John had his family fly up from Los Angeles, and both of our families surprised me in front of the arena as they witnessed the proposal. My 97-year-old grandfather and his 91-year-old grandmother were there.

Why did you choose Park Winters?
We decided on a NorCal wedding since my mother was battling stage 4-lung cancer and we knew it would be difficult for her to travel. All of our wedding planning was done remotely from our apartment in Orange County, CA. We made another weekend trip up North to conduct site visits after flagging venues we found from internet searches. Park Winters was the second venue we visited. My mom knew Park Winters was the venue from the moment she walked into the beautiful bathrooms. She sat on the couches in the barn and said Park Winters fit our style. We were all impressed with the pristine grounds and rustic, but elegant country oasis feel. In addition, John and I love to cook and frequently support our local farmer’s markets, so the farm-to-fork cuisine at Park Winters was a perfect match. Everything about Park Winters, from the beautiful grounds to the staff made it our dream location. 

It’s only appropriate to share the rest of our story, which transpired between the proposal in April to the ceremony in November. As we prepared to move North in June, we wanted to make sure we had our house in order. After discussion with our church leaders and John’s dad and stepdad, John and I shared our desire to be married before we moved. My dad already planned on bringing my mom down to visit her UCLA oncologist for a second opinion. My brother was in town as well visiting Disneyland with his friends. John’s father married us in a small private ceremony in his grandmother’s living room in Los Angeles. Our immediate families were present. Our marriage certificate would be the last document my mother signed. 

Just 5 days later my mom experienced stroke-like symptoms and was hospitalized. With minimal progress in functionality over the following 2 weeks, her neurologist determined her cancer in the brain was the cause of her symptoms. She passed one week later after being placed on hospice. 

We hoped my mother would be present for our Park Winters wedding, but God had different plans for her. I’m comforted that she was in love with Park Winters just as much as we were. We know she was there in spirit on November 4th as the wind blew as I walked down the isle and the leaves magically fell from the trees.

What was your favorite wedding moment?
Every part of the day was amazing, but if I had to choose one moment, it would probably be when John and I did our first look in front of the fountain. Every other part of the day, from getting ready, to the ceremony and reception, felt like it flew by with all the hustle and bustle. In that one moment, it was just the two of us in the serenity of the fountain. Time stood still.

VENDORS:
Videographer: byDesign
Photographer: Preserve Studio
Hair and Makeup: Kollage Salon
Florist: The Blonde Bouquet
DJ: DJ Eli Freshmode
Day of Coordinator/Cake: Marissa Weller
Rentals: Rustique Country Rentals

Featured Wedding: Kelly & Louis

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This month's feature is the magical Fall wedding of Kelly and Louis. They met in college, but their love story didn't begin until years later. Every detail of their wedding was so dreamy... in fact, we shared an image of their reception awhile back and it's one of our most 'liked' photos on Instagram in 2017!  

FROM THE BRIDE:
How did you two meet?
Louis and I both went to Sacramento State. We met in our college days, when a mutual friend introduced us while out in Midtown, Sacramento. We saw each other now and again, but it wasn’t until a few years later, in spring of 2014, when our love story began. We got to talking, went on our first date, and the rest was history! Over the past three years, we have shared many adventures together, however we are looking forward to the greatest adventure of all, marriage!

Tell us about the proposal!
Louis proposed to me while on a wine tasting date in Auburn, at Vino Castellano. It was October 1st, 2015. I had no idea of the surprise he had planned for me that day! We did our tasting, and then he asked me if I would like to go for a walk in the vineyard. It was a beautiful fall day; warm with golden leaves covering the vines. He popped the question in the middle of the vineyard, and made me the happiest girl in the world. I have to say, my first response was, “Are you serious!?” I was in shock! Once it set in what had just happened, the happy tears started to come. It was a very special day celebrating.

Why did you choose Park Winters?
Park Winters was the first (and last!) venue Louis and I visited, and it was love at first sight. It was a rainy gloomy day the first time we visited, but even through the gloom, we could see how special Park Winters was. Originally we thought we wanted to get married in wine country, however Park Winters checked everything off our list, and so much more. The grounds are breathtaking. It is nestled against the mountains which make a beautiful backdrop, and there is so much rich agriculture surrounding the property, which was important to me. We also loved how many unique areas are scattered across the property; the sunken garden, the pool, the fig garden, the original foreman’s quarters, the house. There are so many neat areas, which makes a fun experience for guests to explore. Moreover, the food was divine. We loved that we could have a true farm to fork, local dining experience for our guests. We chose to stay the night with our bridal party the night of the wedding, which was unforgettable. We were able to continue to enjoy the night after the final guests left, and had a beautiful (and much needed!) breakfast the next morning. The owners and employees at Park Winters are second to none. The planning was so easy, and we felt like royalty on the day of the wedding. I had my dream wedding at Park Winters, thank you!

What was your favorite wedding moment?
It is so hard to pick one! But, my favorite moments were walking down the aisle with my dad, and experiencing the ceremony with Louis. There was such an overwhelming sense of love and support in the ceremony, and even though we had 200 guests, it felt very intimate. Right before our pastor pronounced us husband and wife, and told Louis he could kiss his bride, the sun shone down in a way where the light was only on Louis and me. It was a special moment where we could feel God’s love and presence for our marriage. 

VENDORS:

Wedding Planner: Alicia K Designs
Florist: Bloomers Florals
Photographer: Jihan Cerda
Videographer: Cloudless Weddings
DJ: Four Leaf Entertainment
Specialty Rentals/Décor: Bright Event Rentals
Makeup: Christi Reynolds
Hair: Suite 14
Dress: Amy Kuschel
Cake: Freeport Bakery

Featured Wedding: Andrea & Greg

This month's feature is the magical Fall wedding of Andrea and Greg. From lovingly crafted handmade details, to a stunning ceremony arch built by the groom, this wedding had so much personality and love!

FROM THE BRIDE:
(via Style Me Pretty)

How did you two meet?
Greg and I met through mutual friends. I was in pharmacy school at the time, and some of my pharmacy school friends had a close friend named Joe that worked at BioMarin with Greg. Joe was moving down to San Diego and had a going away party. During that going away party, our groups of friends merged, and that’s when I first started talking to Greg. I had lost my phone that night, but Greg insisted on getting my phone number, and we began dating after.

Tell us about the proposal!
One day about three months after my sister Wendy had given birth to my niece, Abigail, my two older sisters and I all decided to go on vacation to Hawaii. My sisters and I love Hawaii, and we used the excuse “Abigail’s first trip to Hawaii” to plan a trip to Honolulu. In my head, this was a fun family vacation with my sisters, brothers-in-law, niece, and boyfriend. I had no idea what was going to happen!

One of the days there, Greg planned a day for just the two of us to go scuba diving and spend the day together. We planned to meet up with my family for dinner after our scuba adventure. Scuba diving was amazing! I am usually not too scared of adventures like that, but with coordinating how to breath and learning to use all the new gear, including huge flippers, I got a little nervous, but Greg was with me the whole time. After scuba diving, we had a little time before dinner, and Greg suggested we grab some spam musubis and hang out at the beach. He drove me to Makapu’u beach. The trek down to the beach was not the easiest, but the beach was beautiful and quiet. There were a few surfers in the water, but not too many on the beach. We were laying down eating when Greg said, “I got you something at the market last night.” I honestly did not think anything of it because he’s always doing sweet things like that. It was a little box wrapped up in cute wrapping paper. I was opening the box while laying down in the sand and Greg said, “sit up and open it – it might fall out!” Unsure as to why the panic, I curiously sat up and inside the box, the gift was covered with tissue paper. I slowly removed the tissue paper and uncovered a ring holder, and then I saw the ring! I was in shock. I could not believe it. I immediately started crying, and then Greg asked me to marry him. The more I thought about how special he made it, proposing in Hawaii with my family there, the more I cried. Of course I said yes, and I immediately called my mom and dad to tell them the good news, as well as asking them questions about when and how he asked permission, because I had no idea. We celebrated at dinner of course. It really was the perfect trip.

Why did you choose Park Winters?
Planning was fun and exciting, but it did not come without its stressful times. Once we toured Park Winters, we said we would think about it and look at more venues just to be sure, but we really didn’t because we kept thinking about how beautiful Park Winters was, and it turned out to be the perfect location for us.

What was your favorite wedding moment?
I think my favorite moment was right after the ceremony when Greg and I had time to talk to each other after saying I do. It was a special moment for us to just talk with one another, laugh, smile, take in the fact that we were actually married, and not be surrounded by everyone else. Oh, and the sparkler exit was pretty great, too.