Real Wedding: Shannon & Jeff

A sweet dessert reception for your Saturday! Shannon and Jeff were married on a beautiful September day at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California. Beautiful and budget-friendly! Says Shannon:

We chose the Rengstorff House because it was budget friendly as well as being a perfect setting for an elegant garden party. And we had a lot of talented friends and family help us, which allowed us to fit more things into our budget. We wanted the wedding and the reception to show aspects of our easy going personalities Рbooks on the table, simple flower arrangements and photos on a clothesline.

Shannon’s advice: Pinpoint the things that really matter to you and hold everything else loosely. Nothing goes perfectly as planned, so don’t worry about the little details – it will come together. Get people to help you – you can do it on your own but it’s not worth the stress.Advice that my sister-in-law gave me, “If you’re married at the end of the day then the wedding was a success…nothing else matters in the end.” That’s the truth!

We served mini citrus cheescakes, oat crumbles, coconut macaroons, shortbread, almond brittle, tea sandwiches, and a gluten free selection, as well as coffee, lemonade and Martinelli’s for toasting.

Ever since I was a kid I had wanted to drive in my dad’s Austin Healey Sprite. My brother restored it a few years ago, back to original condition, and together with my dad they outfitted the car with the sign and the balloons. It was a dream come true for us to drive away in my dad’s car he enjoyed so much.

Photography: Gem Photo

Venue: Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California

Bride’s dress: David’s Bridal

Flowers: Fairytale Flowers by Kirsten

Catering: Mason Catering

Music: DJ Swift

Isn’t it nice to see that a lovely and meaningful wedding doesn’t have to break the bank? Thank you to Shannon, Jeff and photographer Emily Scott from Gem Photo for sharing this charming day.

This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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  • I absolutely adore everything about this wedding! So pretty and sweet!! Congrats to Shannon and Jeff!

  • This wedding had me gasping “ooooo…. pretty!” So simple and elegant… I love the monochromatic gerber daisies, the sandwiches, the blankets, the family photos on twine. This looks like what a wedding is all about – love, family, good food and celebrating. congrats you guys!

  • The house is beautiful~ There’s something about the photos that is just very sweet, bubbly and romantic! Love their smiles too! Congrats! =)

  • Emily Scott says:

    Thanks Kathryn for featuring Shannon & Jeff!! They are such beautiful people inside and out – their wedding perfectly reflected that.

  • Leah says:

    Anyone know which dress this is from David’s Bridal? I’ve been looking for one with that exact type of bodice. I just love it!

    • Shannon Smith says:

      Leah — Here’s the dress style from Davids Bridal: Style V9743

      It’s very comfortable and I loved it! :)

  • I totally love everything here! Great wedding you have here! Congratulations to the couple and wishing you all the best in life!!!

  • Any brides interested in re-creating this look at the historic Rengstorff House are welcome to join us for our upcoming bridal fair, “Rengstorff House: UNVEILED,” Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. We are hosting more than thirty caterers, cake providers, florists, photographers, event planners and more.

    To participate, please RSVP to (650) 903-6088. Please spread the word and join us for this FREE wedding planning event!

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