Bride and groom:
Caty & Elias
Tell us a little about your love story:
It all began with email and aim chats, back when those were the cool and new ways of communicating. From there, our love for each other grew as we shared special moments, laughter, long conversation, good and bad times. But I can’t tell you our whole story because it is not over yet. Elias says our love story has just begun and we have the rest of our lives to live it.
June 24, 2013
From the very first time we drove up to the Inn at Park Winters in the city of Winters, Ca. I knew it was the place where we would get married. This venue is a truly magical oasis in the country side. The gorgeous 1865 Victorian mansion is situated on 10 acres of lush gardens and lawns. The property has its own almond orchard, fig forest, small lake, and private swimming pool.
My family had such an awesome experience there, we were able to privately enjoy the grounds the night before the wedding. That night we relaxed under the stars and enjoyed a fun, moonlit family pool party.
At Park Winters we were treated like royalty. The inn provided us with a personal chef the morning of the wedding, who served us a tasty and bountiful breakfast.
There are only three words which describe this venue in its entirety, Simple Country Luxury…
Ah… the dress, the single most important piece you will ever wear! It should be perfect and you should absolutely love it! I loved my dress so much, I must have put it on over 100 times before the wedding, so much so that my mom forbade me from putting it on again until the wedding day.
Dress is from Trudys Bridal by Allure Bridal. With a swarovski crystal veil, handmade by my lovely mom.
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
My dress was a light weight two piece dress, with a charmeuse slip beneath lace overlay, I paired the dress with a pearl beaded belt on a vanilla bean double faced ribbon sash. I loved that my dress was so comfortable and light, especially good for an outdoor wedding. The simplicity of it all is what won me over.
The Groom’s look:
My handsome groom wore a tan sharkskin suit from Tommy Hilfiger, a blue Banana Republic dress shirt, a blush, white polka doted bow tie, and dark brown wingtip shoes.
Bridal Party look:
Selecting bridesmaids dresses was one of the toughest things for me, I wanted my bridesmaids to love their dress and I didn’t want the typical stiff, unflattering dress. I searched for month, finally my sister and MOH found the one. The girls wore a pretty Dorothy Perkins blush floral print dress, and Zara Shoes.
I have always loved the color blush so choosing a color palette was very easy for me. My color inspiration was a blush and cream palette with hints of blue.
We went with a shabby chic vintage theme with a slight country feel. It all started with the silverware, my awesome friend and florist, Yolanda Najaera, snagged 100 sets of silver forks, knives, and spoons for a whopping $30.00! at a local garage sale! Definitely our best find! We were so excited, and we were hooked. We absolutely loved browsing antique shops and thrift shops for hidden treasures and thing we could incorporate in the wedding. With her helped we also collected vintage china for our guest to enjoy their meals on their own, one of a kind dinner plates.
We love DIY’s! Lots were crazy DIY projects we set out to do. All the chalkboard frames, twine and beaded napkin rings, painted shabby chic furniture, wood signs, arrows, and the wood planters that were filled with baby’s breath and lined the aisle. I loved being able to personalize my wedding with these unique items.
So many moments! I can’t choose only one, so I’ve chosen two. Favorite moment #1 is receiving one single beautiful pink peony and a pearly hair pin from my groom, when I was getting ready. It was such a sweet touch, in the bustle of it all he was able to sneak in such a romantic gesture. Favorite moment #2 would have to be the Sparkler Run. It was so much fun and our Adult and kid guests alike, had a blast with them.
For me it is always all about the details. My Favorite detail was my beautiful bouquet. The bouquet was composed of white and blush peonies, garden roses, succulents and dusty miller accents. These same flowers were used in the centerpiece. We used over 100 pieces of vintage milk glass, and created a runner of arrangements atop a lace runner and rustic farm table.
My wedding must have:
I had a lot of crazy ideas for this wedding, and luckily I found myself a groom who put up with my craziness and let me have the wedding of my dreams. I had to have a vintage hutch to display pictures and my awesome custom puzzle guestbook.
We also wanted our guest to have fun, so we had to have a mechanical bull as entertainment. Our guest went wild for it, well mainly the guys but the ladies had a ball laughing at them! I’m sure their laughs were heard miles away. Too bad we didn’t get many pictures of the bull rides.
One thing I learned:
Through it all I learned that, at the end of the day all that matter is that you get to marry the love of your life! You can plan and plan until you are blue in the face, and still something will go wrong. My big melt down was when I saw the weather forecast! It was set to rain, you can imagine my dismay being that it was an outdoor wedding! Just as predicted, it did rain that day, and yes, things got wet, plans were changed, tents were propped up and the wedding went on. The day was beautiful nonetheless and my hubby and I now say, it’s a story we will someday share with our children & grandchildren. So my finally piece of advice is one my sister Adi, said to me, “On that day forget about wedding planning, there is nothing more you can do but get married…”
If I could do it over again:
I would ride the Bull! I wish I wouldn’t have been so embarrassed to LOL. I definitely wish I could rewind time and do the whole day over again. The day goes by so fast, my advice to future brides is to just have fun, relax and enjoy one of the most cherished days of your life!
Photography: Jared Alvarez Photography
Florals: Yolis Flowers @yolisflowers
Cake/catering: Thierry Chea/ Buckhorn Catering
Music: Live Jazz band, Joel Veloz Piano
Stationary: Papersource & Antiquariaa
Coordinators: Yolanda Gonzalez and Maria Rodriguez
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