This month's feature is actually a very special vow renewal! Eric & Kim were married at Park Winters on May 15, 2016 and returned exactly one year later on their anniversary to renew their vows. How romantic is that?? Read on for more of their love story... and don't miss the seriously swoon-worthy photo gallery, shot by Feather and North Photography!
FROM THE BRIDE:
How did you meet?
My friend, Jennifer, and Eric's sister, Valerie, were acquaintances. Jennifer saw Eric one day and thought of me. She ran the idea of setting us up by Valerie, and they both spoke with us about it. Valerie gave my phone number to Eric. He sent me the sweetest message, and I was smitten with him right away! We met for the first time at a coffee shop, and had a hard time leaving that night. We knew right away we had found our forever in each other!
How did he propose?
Eric took me to Filoli Gardens in Woodside, CA, on December 3rd, 2015. They have a holiday event every year that we went to, and when we were done Eric took me for a little walk. It had been raining all day and the rain stopped right when we got outside. A few minutes into our lovely walk, he got down on one knee, said the most beautiful things, and gave me my grandmother's wedding ring he had restored, which was so special. I started crying, and of course said yes!!!
Why did you choose Park Winters?
I was researching wedding venues when I came across Park Winters. I instantly fell in love, and I knew I wanted to have our wedding there! Eric and I went there to celebrate our 2-year dating anniversary, and it was even more magical in person! The entire property is so beautiful and enchanting; we fell even more in love. What sealed the deal for us though was with our meeting with John and the wonderful staff we met. They were so incredibly kind and hospitable. John and Amber were an absolute dream to work with in all of the planning!
What was your favorite wedding moment?
My favorite moment was right before the ceremony, when I was walking out of the house and was coming down the stairs. I snuck a peek across the lawn over at Eric, our eyes met, and we smiled. I will never forget the pure love and joy I felt in that instant. I felt like the most blessed girl in the world to be walking toward my future!
What was your favorite moment from the vow renewal?
Besides just being back at Park Winters with Eric, my favorite part was surprising him throughout the evening! He knew we were going to take pictures and say vows to each other, but he thought it was just going to be very casual, and he didn't know that I had planned to kind of recreate our wedding day. It was so fun seeing his reaction to everything, like when we walked up to our cake table, had another first dance, and then later had a romantic sunset dinner that had been arranged for us. Our vendors were wonderful with keeping everything a surprise!
Eric and I are just so grateful for John, Rafael, and the entire Park Winters team, and all they have done for us!! We have so many beautiful memories here that we will cherish forever!!