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Taylor and Kaitlin's West Santa Rosa Wedding

Tell us your love story!
The day was August 24, 2012. We were both attending orientation for the graduate program we were beginning that fall at American University. Taylor’s birthday was several days later and being new to the city, her celebration plan most likely consisted of Netflix and ice cream. Upon learning of this considerably sad birthday celebration, Kaitlin rallied the troops and threw Taylor a bash to remember that welcomed her to the District of Columbia and brought her many close friends. Through months of graduate study, many post-class drinks and weekend adventures they quickly became inseparable. The rest, as they say, is history.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew that we wanted our wedding to be at a place that was meaningful to us, that had history and nostalgia wrapped in and all around it. We wanted our wedding to be outside and in one location, where folks could dance all night, rather than getting the boot at 10pm.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
Our activist advice is to not be afraid to educate. It’s no surprise that the wedding industry is built around the long-standing tradition of seeing marriage as only between man and woman. You will come into contact with exclusionary people, business and forms. We chose to confront vendors we liked about their (intentional or unintentional) exclusionary practices and to educate those that weren’t sure how to respond to us. We encourage you to do the same so in the future all vendors are as inclusive and incredible as our photographer was.

 What surprised you during planning?
Finding Taylor’s dress was surprisingly easy. It was literally the first one she tried on. On the other hand, finding Kaitlin’s outfit took many trips to various stores and often navigating unfriendly “male clothing departments”. We anticipated this but were still surprised by the reaction we got from many salespeople.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Our favorite part was truly seeing two families come together. To see a cousin on one side dancing with a friend from college on the other side is remarkable. Getting all of these people from various walks of life together in a place that means so much to us, will likely never happen again in our lifetimes and it was a beautiful feat. If we have to pick a favorite moment, we think it is a toss up between: 1. The comments about our playlists (yes, we did spend hours perfectly curating them), some of which include: “How can I get this to listen to at home?” and “I’ve never heard so much Jack White at a wedding before and it’s perfect.” 2. The reactions to our vows, which included clapping and shouting, notably at the moment where one of us (Taylor) vowed not to obey the other. 3. When Kaitlin’s father came out in a Darth Vader mask saying, “Kaitlin, I am your father…. Taylor, I am you father in law.”

Photographs & Words first published on H&H Weddings
Photography By
Harber Photography
Food & Rentals By
Grapevine Catering Company
Dessert By
Moustache Baked Goods
Hair By
The Powder Room
Bouquet & Boutonnieres By
Pedy's Petals
Invitations & Graphic Design By
folding bones press
Dress By
Suit By Bar III

Papillon's Fall Florals Featured on Style Me Pretty

We are beyond excited to see Papillon Floral Design's stunning work featured on the Style Me Pretty blog! If you need some autumn inspiration for your wine country wedding, look no further...

From L'Relyea Events…This St. Francis wedding was an autumn evening dream. This Atlanta, Georgia couple invited their guests to join them for a romantic & intimate winery affair. We wanted to play into the time of year by focusing the colors on burgundy, cream and some greenery. It created a elegant yet cozy event as fall took its place in wine country. We added simple yet significant details throughout, from weaving pashminas on the ladies dining chairs for extra warmth, elegant warm florals throughout, up-lights illuminating the vineyards, and twinkle lights to create a romantic atmosphere for the guests to dine and dance throughout the evening.

See the full gallery over on Style Me Pretty.

Photography: Mike Larson - Private Estate & Vineyard Wedding Photographer | Cinematography: Spencer Sarson Visuals | Event Planning + Design: L'Relyea Events | Floral Design: Papillon Floral Design | Cake: Moustache Bakery | Invitations: Three Little Words | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair + Makeup: It's A Date at The Powder Room | Lighting: Twilight Designs | DJ: Verducci Productions | Venue: St. Francis Winery & Vineyards | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals