I always get excited when a photographer emails me directly to introduce themselves and share with me a lovely wedding that I then get to share with you. Jasmine Lee Photography submitted this super sweet handmade wedding of Laurel and Stephen and the bride is here to share her perspective on the wedding.
The brides writes . . . "The theme I had envisioned for our wedding was classic, yet vintage; elegant, yet rustic; and infused with tradition. I fell in love with the town of Clarksburg (where our venues were located) upon my first visit. Stephen’s family of Dutch dairy farmers helped found the town after arriving here in the 1800s. Grapes turned out to be a better option for the location, so they switched to the wine industry."
The Mass was filled with the love of family and friends . . .
• a dear friend was their officiant
• the bride's brothers served the Mass
• a group of the bride's friends from her college choir came to sing
• the bride's mother created all the floral arrangements for the church
With Laurel being a food blogger for Chewy Morsels and both herself and Stephen loving good food and drink, they served their guests a delicious Italian dinner with a great wine selection. Laurel's friend flew all the way from Texas to bake and create their wedding cake which was carrot cake with chocolate strawberry toppers.
Handmade wedding touches included . . .
• the drying out of 15 dozen roses to make the table decorations with wine bottle vases
• with the bride and groom both having a great love for literature, book "pedestals" were used to display the floral arrangements
• in the center of each napkin was the favors for the guests - lavender sprigs with a tasting square of dark chocolate from Scharffen-Berger to accompany their toast of port
And, lastly, here are some memorable moments from the bride and groom:
Laurel: The most memorable moments of the day were twofold for me: saying our vows to each other — it was such a heartfelt and intense moment — I couldn’t have been happier to make those promises to Stephen, and when we were dancing to our first song together. It felt like we were the only ones in the room, spinning and twirling together, looking each other deeply in the eyes, for the first time as a married couple.
Stephen: When Laurel came down the aisle of the old mission style church along the Sacramento Delta, she looked like an angel, and the only one in the room. The local priest afforded us the opportunity of being married there, when typically it’s only parishioners, was truly an honor.