2019 was a great year for weddings, and I have curated a Baker’s Dozen of my favorites, one from each month plus a bonus!
Here is part two, which includes July through December!
Kathy and Mike met at work in March of 2015. She appreciated his keen insight and curious nature about others, and he was attracted to her genuineness and her caring nature.
Over the next three-plus years their appreciation for each other grew into friendship, and their connection deepened. Finally one day Kathy announced that she was looking forward to eating spicy food. Mike overheard and asked if they could go eat out together.
Two days later they had their first date – dinner at Thai Kitchen – and that was the official beginning to their love story. (And I believe their coworkers breathed a sigh of relief that these two had *finally* gotten together!)
Kathy and Mike wisely chose an indoor location – the Falls Event Center in Roseville – for their July wedding. Their ceremony included an exchange of roses, the reading of personal vows, and a sweet kiss to seal the deal!
The room was filled with happiness, applause and good wishes from their families and coworkers as Mike and Kathy walked down the aisle as newlyweds!
Photo credit: Angelee Arceo Photography
John and Andrea’s proposal story is one of my all-time favorites! (It happened in Amsterdam, one of my very favorite cities!)
Quoting from their wedding ceremony:
Being of Dutch heritage, John took Andrea to Amsterdam to show her where his family was from. After a few days spent exploring the art, history and culture of this beautiful city, John surprised Andrea with a sunset dinner on a privately-chartered canal boat named “Paradise.”
There was a table for two with white linens and flowers, and a bottle or two of their favorite champagne. As they cruised along the canal the captain docked at a different restaurant for each course of the meal, where the staff brought the food on board to serve John and Andrea.
It was all very romantic! And at the last stop John surprised Andrea by offering her a beautiful ring and asking her to marry him. And of course she said “Yes!”
Ceremony Venue: Lake of the Pines Clubhouse, Auburn, CA
Photo credit: Elegant Events Media
Doug and Kaylee’s story began in 2005 when they met in Chico while waiting in line to get camping spots for the Sprint car races. They started talking and instantly became friends. They stayed in touch and periodically saw each other at the races.
Five years later, again at the racetrack in Chico, they ran into each other, started talking and decided they should get together outside of the races. Their relationship grew and deepened, they bought a house and adopted a sweet black lab, and in January 2019 Doug proposed and Kaylee said “Yes!”
Their SRO wedding celebration was held at Old St. Mary’s Chapel in Rocklin, and after being pronounced Husband and Wife they rang the church bell to share their “Just Married” status with the surrounding community!
Dustin and Kayla love being out in nature, enjoying hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking and skiing.
Although they live in Southern California, they chose to have their destination wedding in Foresthill, with the ceremony at the Grand Sierra Pointe.
This place has been described as a “peaceful world, away from the hustle and bustle” of everyday life. It is a place where we can reverently enjoy the beauty of nature. It is a fitting place to celebrate love.
For their vows, Dustin and Kayla took turn reading lines from “I can’t promise you” by Bhal, which included:
I can’t promise you that tomorrow will be perfect or that life will be easy.
I can promise you my everlasting devotion, my loyalty, my respect, and my unconditional love for a lifetime.
I can promise that I’ll always be there for you, to listen and to hold your hand, and I’ll always do my best to make you happy, and make you feel loved. . . .
Venue: Forest House Lodge
Photo credit: The Goodness
Flowers: Cheryl Porter Floriculturist
Joseph and Julie’s love story began on September 9, 2017, when they met at a family gathering hosted by Julie’s cousin, Kristie. Julie had jokingly asked Kristie’s husband if he had any cool, good-looking friends – and 2 hours later Joseph showed up!
They hit it off right away. They quickly became an inseparable couple and recognized that their love was special. And two years later, after asking for her father’s blessing, Joseph took Julie on a weekend getaway to Napa and at the perfect moment, he took a knee and proposed. And through tears of joy Julie said “Yes!”
After only two months of planning, Joseph and Julie were married at Silt Wine Co., with their children as their wedding party and their dearest friends and family present to witness their nuptials.
Janice and Will planned and hoped for an outdoor ceremony for their December wedding at Vizcaya. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and the rain was virtually nonstop on their wedding day, so they had to go with Plan B: an indoor ceremony.
Fortunately, Will and Janice have mastered the art of patience and going with the flow.
They first met in 2011, during her last semester at Purdue University. Their first official date was on the last day of school, they spent the next few summer months as a couple, and then she moved to California to pursue graduate school.
For four years theirs was a long-distance relationship. He was still at Purdue, and she had moved to California and then on to graduate school in Wisconsin. But in 2014, after graduate school, Janice moved back to California, and the following year Will moved to California to be with her.
Their commitment to each other continued to grow and deepen. And on New Year’s Day 2018 Will proposed and Janice said “Yes!”
After more than a year of planning Will and Janice’s wedding day arrived, accompanied by rain. Instead of feeling unhappy, they chose to see this as “blessings falling down from heaven.”
Their guests were warm, dry and cozy inside the ballroom as they witnessed the marriage of this very special couple!
Photo credit (and featured image): Emily Jean Images
(Since a “Baker’s Dozen” is 13, be watching for that bonus wedding in the next post!)