Sometimes when you least expect it, life decides to turn your world upside down. Three years into Amanda and Tim’s relationship, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Unable to use the right side of her body, Tim stuck by her side, which brought them closer together than they ever imagined possible. After six months and having to relearn to walk, Amanda made a full recovery with Tim’s support and love. Being able to walk down the aisle was such a special moment for these two, and for all of their loved ones. This is truly a joyous celebration!
Photography by Meg Smith.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? I wore my grandmother’s diamond and pearl earrings. It was really nice to have a part of her with me on that day.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? I can’t remember their exact words… but the best advice that I received was the sentiment that this is your special day and everything that is meant to happen is going to happen to create this incredible moment in your life. This advice really stuck with me — even if things didn’t end up perfect, it is your perfect day.
“Tim and I knew that we wanted to get married in California, but we were not exactly sure where. Healdsburg is one of our favorite places to escape San Francisco city life. When we visited the Chalk Hill property, we were almost giddy with excitement. We just knew that this was going to be the perfect place for us to get married.”
Your ceremony in three words. Traditional, intimate, and special
What was your ceremony music? “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach and “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel.
Ceremony Music by Lawrence Strings.
Who officiated your ceremony? Reverand Peadar Dalton. We feel very fortunate to have worked with him. Not only did he take the time to get to know us on a personal level, but he also helped us construct a meaningful ceremony. Peadar included our guests in the ceremony which was really special not only for us, but also for everyone who attended. We included both of our mothers in a ring blessing ceremony. Our ceremony ended with one of my favorite Irish blessings.
What were your ceremony readings? A very special family friend chose 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13 to read.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? There was some wind up on the ridge of Chalk Hill. I was wearing a long lace veil., and as the ceremony began, the veil kept whipping around. I really couldn’t focus on anything besides the fact that I felt like a fish trapped in a net. My sister ended up holding the veil the entire ceremony as it fluttered in the wind. The whole scenario caused a bit of comic relief as every gust of wind nearly ripped the veil off of my head. We laugh about it now because in the end the wind created really magical photos.
“In my eyes our reception was magical. It was almost dreamlike for me — for a brief moment, time stopped. It felt like an intimate dinner party with 125 of the most important people in our lives.”
Why did you choose this location for your reception. There was a progression and flow that happened over the course of the evening. Our ceremony and cocktail hour took place on a green lawn with incredibly old and beautiful oak trees. Guests walked through a pass way to discover a large tent on the ridge of the property. Our reception had an incredible view of Healdsburg and wine country. It was a breathtaking moment to see the sunset from the tent and disappear into the vines.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? There wasn’t much DIY, but we created an incredible welcome basket for our guests with wine, fresh made sea salt and vinegar chips as well as hangover remedies.
Did you have a signature cocktail? We had two. We served our favorite cocktail that we drink in the city called The Church. It is a bright and summery gin based cocktail that tastes like a Starburst in your mouth. The second signature cocktail was a French 75, a favorite of mine.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? So many things! I wanted our wedding to feel like a very special formal dinner party, followed by a super fun dance party. I also wanted it to feel very timeless and classic with elements that made it feel specific to us as a couple. Wine country is very rustic, but I wanted the event to feel elegant.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Be true to yourselves. Do what makes you feel happy. If you don’t feel like having a first dance, you don’t have to! Make your own traditions that reflect you on your wedding day.
What was your wedding menu? It all started with a fig, balsamic and cheese. The salad course was bright and light — a sampling of heirloom tomatoes. The main course was a choice of roasted halibut with red quinoa, or beef tenderloin with grilled corn ragout.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We didn’t serve traditional wedding cake. Instead we passed around a sampling of the most delicious treats. My favorite was the coconut lime popsicle that they handed me on the dance floor.
Catering, cake and dessert by Paula Le Duc.
What was your first dance song? We didn’t do first dances. We decided early on in the wedding planning that we were only going to do things that we felt comfortable doing. Neither of us really felt like the first dance was important to us. We just started the dance party with all of our guests after dinner.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We used the most incredible videographers. They were a dream to work with and exceptionally creative. Before guests left for the afterparty, everyone gathered around to watch a short video of the day. They write their own music and I remember this moment of disbelief as we watched our special day unfold. I relived the day through the eyes of someone else. They were able to capture not only such a special moment in my life but also the feeling of the day. Watching that video with our guests surrounding us was definitely a highlight.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Nope, but I would love to do it all over again. It was the best day!