Bride and groom: Lucy & George
Tell us a little about your love story:
George and I met at a church event in 2007 when a mutual friend introduced us. We started dating shortly after, and fell in love. Dated for 5 years before he popped the question. I couldn’t believe I was getting married, it's every girl’s dream.
Wedding date: June 22, 2013
That day we promised before God to love and Cherish one another. It has been the best decision I’ve ever made. We are happily married!
I fell in love with Fortino Winery in Gilroy, California. I always wanted an outdoor wedding with trees and surrounded by nature. We searched for many venues but couldn’t find one that I liked and fit our budget. Fortino Winery was the first venue we viewed and we booked it that same day. I knew that was our place.It had great spots for pictures, In the back they had a setting that looked like a barn. It was just beautiful in my eyes. Not only that but the venue coordinator made us feel very welcomed and made the process so much easier for us.
At first I was so undeceive about what colors I wanted. Therefore I went with purple since it’s my favorite color. I later incorporated green and hints of cream.
This was probably one of the toughest things to decide on. I wanted to keep the rustic feel of the winery, yet give it a an elegant feel. It was a mixture of both. We also used the winery barrels, they definitely added a touch. We didn’t have lots of decor, we didn’t want to take away from all the natural beauty.
Oh I have so much to say about my dress. I was in love with my couture dress by Saison Blanche. I fell in love since I tried it on. Everything about my dress was perfect. It had some sparkle and a beautiful sash. The perfect amount of ruffles that gave it the couture look. When I took my mom and sister to see my dress they were also in love with it. It was different and beautiful. When my dress was ready for pickup my eyes got all watery it begun to feel so real. My veil was handmade my a sweet lady named Irene. My hair accessory I ordered on Etsy. And my shoes were Badgley Mischkla.
The Groom’s look:
We kept it simple. We rented the Vera Wang grey suit and added a purple bow tie.
Bridal Party look:
I wanted my bridal party to feel comfortable in their dresses. I went for a chiffon vintage dress.. I choose green for their dresses instead of purple because I wanted them to be different and unique.They were handmade by the lady who made my veil. For the the guys rented the Calvin Klein black suit and purple ties.
Most of my wedding decor were DIY’s. The sitting chart were purple card stock paper I bought. We added our guest names and hung them on twine with clothespins. I also bought unfinished crates and my brother in law used wood paint to stain them. My gift box was simple and i added unfinished wood letters that were also stained for a better look. My center piece vases had sparkle ribbon around them. I also order chalkboard frames for table numbers. I had my sister in law right the numbers with a chalkboard pen. And lets not forget the “here comes the bride sign”.
I had lots of favorite moments. One of them was when my groom sang to me “Unfailing Love” by Jimmy Needham. Then he shared a little bit about our love story to our guest. Another favorite moment was walking down the aisle next to my daddy it was just so special to me.
My Wedding Must Have:
Great music. We had a great band that played smooth jazz. You can never go wrong with a live band. I love the sound of the saxophone it adds a romantic feel. And of course delicious cake in this case we had cupcakes for our guest. We had two flavors chocolate and red velvet. Everyone seemed to love them.
My favorite "detail" was our favors, small burlap bags. I added purple ribbon for more detail. Inside we put some covered dark chocolate blue berries. It also had our wedding date and a quote that said “love melted our hearts”. My bridesmaids assisted me in handing them out in a wooden box. I still have a few bags saved for memories.
If I could do it over again:
I would've made sure my event coordinator would have remembered to hang my paper lanterns. She totally forgot to hang them. I was sad. The lanterns would have added more detail to my wedding but at the end it didn’t matter. I still loved everything about my wedding.
One thing I learned:
That planning a wedding can be stressful but at the end it’s all worth it. I would do it all over again. Have the wedding of your dreams next to the people you love and care for you. You don’t have to spend tons of money you can make your wedding affordable, yet dreamy.
Photography: MinRae Photography
Florals: A Bed of Flowers
Cake/catering: Jen’s Cakes
Music: Live Jazz band
Stationary: Jenga Blocks
Coordinator: Debbie Sanchez