Photography by Josh Gruetzmacher.
It’s officially cold outside, so we thought it was the perfect time to bring you this happy, sunny, colourful California wedding! Held at Signe’s parents’ gorgeous Napa home, wait until you see the bathtub full of roses, the hanging moss installation… and Signe’s beautiful smile just beaming out of every photo!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Have fun while planning your wedding and enjoy the whole process. During the day itself, take a minute to step away from the craziness and take it all in because it goes by so quickly!
Did you have a signature cocktail? We had two, a Mint Julep and a Moscow Mule.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding We chose to get married on my parents’ property. We held the pre-ceremony cocktails and the ceremony itself at the top of a hill where there are incredible views. It made the wedding feel even more personal and special
Your ceremony in three words. Personal, unique, emotional.
What was your ceremony music?
Processional – Wild Horses by Vitamin String Quartet
Bridal Processional – Stay With Me by Vitamin String Quartet
Recessional – Signed Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder
Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Kelli Murphy. She is a close family friend and had officiated a few weddings before. Kelli is very passionate and invested in everything that she does and is an incredibly caring person, so we knew she could help us create something truly special.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Our officiant is a close family friend and she helped guide us in the direction we wanted to go. It was important to us that our ceremony be personal. Neither of us are religious so we wanted to create something that felt special, and was unique to the two of us. We met with our officiant a number of times leading up to the wedding and she would give us “homework” (writing secret letters to each other etc) that we later incorporated into our ceremony.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? Rather than include any readings, during the ceremony we each said a few words to thank our parents (and the bride thanked her sister as well), and gave them white roses.
What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows with some structural guidance from our officiant. We knew we wanted our vows to be something unique to the two of us. We wrote them together and each of us put our own feelings in them so certain parts were a little different.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our officiant gave us a “homework” assignment to write a love letter to each other. The letters were secret, so we did not share them with each other, but rather we each sent them to our officiant. She then took excerpts from each letter and read these during our ceremony. It was really a special and emotional moment for us hearing each other’s letters for the first time. She also saved the letters for us and we are planning on reading them in full on our first anniversary.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We had a vague idea of what we wanted and pictures of things that we liked. Our wedding planner Erin from Bustle Events was amazing at taking our ideas and and creating something better than we could have ever imagined.
How would you describe your reception? Romantic, modern bohemian, warm and inviting.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. The lights hanging from the ceiling and the incredible Spanish moss installation was so incredibly beautiful – they really set the perfect tone for the night.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Trust your vendors to work their magic. All of our vendors are amazing at what they do and worked so well together. Giving our vendors creative freedom made our wedding so incredible; they created pure magic.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We two flavors of cake, lemon lavender and banana and salted caramel. We also had a dessert table with strawberry rhubarb cobbler and espresso and salted caramel pot de creme.
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First dance – Into The Mystic by Van Morrison
Father/Daughter – Stand By Me by Ben E King
Mother/Son – Blue Eyes and Freckles by Chris LeDoux
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Sitting at the sweetheart table and having moments to ourselves where we could take everything in.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? No, it was perfect!