I wish you could have been there for this one. Holly and Dave’s Winters, California wedding was ah-mazing! One of the many reasons this was a favorite was the venue they selected — Park Winters. Equally boho and chic, vintage and fresh, local and international, Park Winters has it all.
I bet that the sand dollars caught your eye as much as Holly’s simple, elegant bouquet. Mine too! These were hand selected and bleached by her mother, Jenny. If you haven’t been to Sand Dollar Beach in La Selva, by the way, it’s a must. In fact, I’m talking Holly and Dave into a “trash the dress” session there once the dust settles.
The mood in the bridal suite was supportive, reflective and celebratory.
I also loved Holly and Dave’s attention to accessories. Dave made sure that his Prada shoes were both stylish and comfortable. Holly’s Louboutin PigaLove shoes were to die for. And yes, they DO spell the word LOVE when paired together!
It seemed appropriate to pair Dave’s shoes with the piano herein since he is a celebrity musician and DJ, officially part of the dynamic duo Gabriel & Dresden.
Special thanks to father of the groom, Phil Dresden, for joining us as artistic director for the morning! Phil envisioned the shoes/piano and ring shots. Hope we made you proud, Phil!
For those of you who didn’t catch our sneak peak on Facebook, Jack the Dog was a must-see guest at the wedding. In fact, his “mug” was on the stamp sent out to each guest!
Jack primarily chose to guard his mama in the bridal suite. No one minded — not even Park Winters proprietors John and Rafael.
Dave is charming and can find my eye behind the camera’s lens in an instant!
Remember Jack? He checked in on his daddy’s suite down the hall a time or two before settling into his own wedding attire. Gotta love Sleepy Jack, as he became this character as his mommy gave him a rub or two during the dressing process.
Holly carefully selected her dressing attendants — longtime friend and roommate, mother and mother-in-law, sister- and daughter-in-law. What a lovely group to share the day with.
It was so heart warming when, just before the ceremony, fathers of the bride and groom entered the bridal suite for a sneak peak. Who could have prepared them for this vision? Love it!!!
The Jewish ceremony retained tradition yet was eclectic with Buddhist and contemporary accents; giggles and tears were released aplenty.
I particularly enjoyed the officiant’s presentation, enriched with stories. Holly was the first recipient of Dave’s cooking skills. He is well known for his kale chips! Cindie Wilding was engaging and thoughtful, showing that she had taken the time to actually get to know Holly and Dave prior to their big day.The reception began just as the light began to change and the sun began to set. The DJ played songs hand-picked by the couple, who greeted their guests with organic tomato bars, local cheeses and wines featuring Full Belly Farm. Full Belly also provided the florals for the table centerpieces. Love!
Mother-of-the-bride Jenny hand picked those sand dollars I shared with you earlier. This time, they were used as party favors for each guest.
The beautiful Park Winters fountain was a favorite of both adult — and children — alike. I couldn’t help but snap this photo through a window; nephews of the bride loved this so much that they asked Aunt Holly and Uncle Dave to have another wedding!
I was impressed that Nicole Hankton of Nicole H Life Events was able to work so seamlessly with catering and Park Winters itself throughout the day. Running right on time and without stress meant that Holly and Dave were able to catch a few moments to snuggle and freshen up before the evening’s festivities.
See that peering through the tree? None other than a full moon. Planned by the couple especially for their guests, of course.
The couple’s first dance was a tear jerker, but a wonderful way to start a wonderful night — and life.
Special thanks to Rhonda Thorn for shooting by my side. I am ever grateful for your presence, my dear