Is there anything more magical than an open-air wedding reception? After seeing Lindsay + Jonathan’s celebration at a family friend’s private estate, I think not! The new Mr. + Mrs. toasted their nuptials with a garden reception catered by Events, Etc., followed by poolside dancing and revelry to the tunes of Jazz Mafia’s Supertaster. Flory Photo’s crisp shots of the evening fun make us feel like we were actually there for L + J’s California bash. (We totally wish we had been, by the way!) Anyone else notice how the bride’s adorable blue cardigan perfectly matched the lush hydrangea centerpieces? Major swoon!
When I think about a Southern wedding, I imagine an intimate backyard affair attended by the bride + groom’s closet family and friends. Add lush blue hydrangeas designed by Events, Etc., a traditional portrait collar gown from Priscilla of Boston and wheat fields ripe for picture-taking, and you have Lindsay + Jonathan’s celebration. The catch? The newlyweds (who initially met on match.com!) were married all the way out on the west coast – proof that the Southern sentiment and famed hospitality transcend geography. California-based Flory Photo documented L + J’s wedding at a family friend’s private estate, and Events, Etc. planned the West Coast celebration.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met on Match.com. I had just moved to San Francisco and was looking to meet some new people and get a few drinks out of it along the way. My plan was spoiled when I met up with Jonathan for a beer at the Plough and Stars on Clement Street. Both conversation and beer flowed longer than planned that night. There was something there and we’re still enjoying it today.
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) I’m not able to surprise Lindsay too often – she’s much brighter than me! My first thought was to plan a backpacking trip to the Trinity Alps, but a solo couple trip could tip her off to the real motivation. As a distraction, I invited some friends, but, big surprise, they couldn’t make it. So it was off to the woods by ourselves, with a surprise in the making. Our destination was Lake Anna, an alpine lake perched a vertical mile above the trail head. It was slow going as the trail disappeared and we threaded our way through thick Manzanita. Daylight began to wane and we hadn’t reached the little alpine lake yet. In fact we sat at the base of a 300 foot scree field unsure of the exact location of the lake. At this point, the last thing on Lindsay’s mind was marriage. We scurried up the last few hundred feet of scree with the sun cresting the horizon. When we reached the top, I pulled out a Nepalese ring and kneeled (partly from exhaustion). Lindsay’s initial reaction was confusion which was overcome by joy. Success.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The weekend with family and friends was amazing. There were so many details that made our day special including the personal touch of our wedding at a family home, our friends playing the ceremony music, and Jazz Mafia’s improvisation of a New Orleans street band when the power went out. But the best detail was being immersed in the love of our friends and family.
I know it’s only just now spring, but is anyone else already itching for summer after seeing Dana + Danny’s ceremony in the Sunshine State? The bride + groom took the celebration indoors for an intimate reception at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club, where guests enjoyed dinner from My Personal Chef (904-626-1677) and berry-topped wedding cake courtesy of Chez Lezan Bakery. The newlyweds kept the decor minimal with understated centerpieces from Dottie B Florist that played up the sophisticated nautical theme of the Yacht Club. Thanks to Melissa Schollaert Photography for sharing her work!
Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted the flowers to be very simple but elegant. They were mostly creams with hints of blush. I loved my bouquet of roses, freesia and cymbidium orchids. I had as much fun finding and designing the vases for the flowers. I found the mercury glass apothecary bottles at an antique market in Atlanta. We weren’t able to have any glass outside because of the pool, so I wrapped soup cans of various sizes with decorative papers. I loved the patterns of the papers against the monochromatic flower arrangements.
Describe your wedding cake: I found an image of figs and dark grapes in a bowl and knew immediately that I wanted to incorporate fruit into the cake. We placed bowls of cranberries on some tables as a way to bring in the season and tie the cake design into the table settings. We also incorporated cranberries into the menu and signature cocktail. At the beginning of planning, I didn’t think I really cared about the cake as much as some of the other details, but it ended up being one of my favorite features, so I placed it front and center! I also loved the cake stand that I found at an Antique market in Atlanta.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? (From the groom) The doors of the Church opening with the sunlight coming in and seeing Dana and her Dad walk down the aisle. (From the bride) I would have to agree with Danny. I also loved walking down the aisle as husband and wife after the ceremony. It was the best feeling.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We opted for traditional vows. It was so emotional, that I think reciting our own vows would have been challenging. The mood was lightened a bit when our Reverend dropped the rings! Some people in the back thought Danny fainted when he bent down to get them.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are moving to Tampa, Florida within the month and are hoping to find our own place soon where we can get out first dog.