From the bride:
We wanted something rustic and simple and sweet. Because we were
getting married in the fall we tried to incorporate brighter colors of
the season and tried to stay away from traditional fall colors (trying
to avoid browns, yellows and darker oranges). We didn't want the
stereotypical "fall" wedding scheme and with all of the
foliage/landscape at the venue, we didn't want to take away from the
natural beauty around us.
We didn't really know how to answer this one! Ha ha! We decided its out
sense of humor. We laugh, ALL THE TIME. If one of us doesn't say it,
the other is thinking it and its honestly comes down to one look and the
other knows and it usually results in giggles and tears. We laugh at
everything...including each other. We just like to have fun and I think
that shows. We have always been friends first and everything else is
just a bonus.
We actually met at a bar! (There's more to it than that!!) We were both
out with mutual work friends (girls upstairs playing pool, the boys
downstairs drinking brews), when the boys moved the party to a secondary
location (The Sweet Spot in downtown Santa Rosa). When the girls
finished our game of pool we walked over to meet the boys and there he
was. We officially met, shook hands, made eye contact and were
inseparable. We laughed, we danced, and the laughing continues to this
day. A few years in, we expanded our family with the addition of our dog
Bailey and a few years after that, we decided to make our family
official and get married. We have been together now for 8-1/2 years.
To other brides I would say take everything in stride and stay calm.
Things are bound to come up and the unexpected will inevitably happen
(and it will probably be the one thing you didn't see coming). Stay
calm, keep a clear head and roll with it. I would also add that if you
are not very photogenic or you hate having your picture taken, tell the
photographer that staged shots are more your thing. The candid pics
(especially when you can't control what your face does) may not be what
you expect out of your wedding day and I would definitely speak up if
it's not something you are comfortable with.
Zach's advise for the groom would be to make sure you have people around
you to keep you calm, to talk to you, distract you if you feel nervous.
Even if you think you won't get nervous, you WILL get nervous. We
didn't have a wedding party and our families are small, right before the
ceremony began the groom felt a little isolated and became very
nervous. A few guests picked up on this and tried to distract him but
his nerves got the best of him (which is a bizarre freaky Friday moment,
we for sure thought Amanda would be the mess and Zach would be calm
Venue: Kenwood Ranch of Sonoma
Location: 9250 A Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, California 95452.