Have you ever left home on a summer's day, thinking you packed everything - sunscreen, beverages, a great book - only to have forgotten the one thing you need to see in the bright sun? Sunglasses. You search everywhere, your car, your pockets, all to no avail. And then someone points out, those sunnies you were looking frantically for, were sitting on the top of your head all along! This little story is told by way of analogy for how Liz and Will found each other -- and how their friends and family so lovingly responded: "Duh! We knew you two were meant for each other from day one!"
Liz + Will met in high school, swapping turns at each others' homes to do their physics and calculus homework. In college, they kept in touch, and gave each other dating advice. Liz would complain to her friends that all the guys she met were schmucks -- she just wished she could find someone as sweet as her friend, Will. How many times it took for Liz to repeat that statement is unknown - dozens? But finally, she got her own message. Last September, these two love birds, a pair who couldn't be more perfect for each other, got married in one of the most touching, beautiful wedding celebrations we've ever photographed.
The ceremony and reception took place at the gorgeous Healdsburg Country Gardens, a breathtaking property tucked away in the hills. The lush green environment, was accented with dashes of purple: in fragrant lavender bundles, the bride's wedding shoes, the groomsmen's ties and bridemaid's dresses, and an amethyst ring that Liz wore in honor of Will's mom. And - oh - yeah, the wedding party's sunglasses were rimmed in purple, and the special couple's shades were fittingly printed with the words: Bride and Groom!
Their dear high school classmate, Matt, officiated the wedding ceremony, beneath the canopy of a giant oak tree. It was such a meaningful and heartfelt wedding ceremony, with personalized vows that gave a one-two punch bringing the audience to laughter and happy tears. Liz + Will radiated such joy with the widest of smiles.
We hope you enjoy a look into the first part of Liz + Will's wedding day. Stay tuned for more photos, coming very soon :)
Congratulations Liz + Will! We are thrilled you are married!
Ariel + Sam
Venue: Healdsburg Country Gardens
Wedding Photography: Bowerbird Photography
Coordinator: Stephanie Beer
Catering: GrapeVine Catering
Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals
Flowers: Maria Philbin
Cake: Village Bakery
Officiant: Matt Forkin
DJ: Jeff Virzi
Ceremony Music: Jake Smolowe
Hair + Makeup: Katie Donaghy
Oysters: Oyster Girls
Photo Booth: PhotoMatica