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Saturday, July 26, 2008

"Welcome to California" Rehearsal dinner

In July I had the pleasure of planning 2 destination weddings, one with all the guests flying in from Texas, and the other with all the guests coming from the Washington, DC area. In both cases, it was the first time for many of the guests to visit Northern California, so the entire weekend became a chance to introduce new visitors to the amazing San Francisco Bay Area. The rehearsal dinner is the event that "kicks off" the weekend, so the location was of prime importance, as was the food and atmosphere.

Mary and Taylor welcomed their guests from Texas with a lavish dinner at Fogarty Winery, catered by Componere Fine Catering.

Appetizers were served on the deck, along with an informal tasting of the delicious Fogarty wines; when the guests were invited into the Hill House for dinner, they were entertained by a 4 piece jazz ensemble, from Beat Street Jam, and more of Componere's amazing food!

What could say 'California' more than a summer evening, sipping wine, surrounded by the very grape vines which produced the fruit for the wine! In July the grapes are young, but within 2 months, they will be full grown and ready for harvest. Mary and Taylor spent some time in the vineyards with Lisa Leigh, their photographer for the weekend, and the results will provide happy memories for years to come!

All photos of Mary and Taylor's Rehearsal dinner are by Lisa Leigh (www.lisaleigh.com)

In my next entry, I will tell you about Beth and Beau's "Welcome to California" wedding weekend, as they introduced family and friends to the City Life of Berkeley/San Francisco, their newly adopted home.
This Fall, Beth entered Architecture Graduate School at Berkeley, and Beau began his creative work with a thriving internet start-up company in downtown San Francisco.
The more they grew to love the Bay Area, the more they wanted to share it with their closest friends and family; I was able to help them craft a weekend of activities and celebrations, which left the guests planning their next trip back to visit Beth and Beau!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Texas Sweethearts!

In May I posted this photo of Mary and Taylor, when they were visiting to finalize decisions for their wedding......

May 12, 2008, Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay

...now I can show you the happy couple, at long last married, after dating for 8 years, beginning with their freshman year in high school!

July 12th, 2008, Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay

This weekend 55 family and friends, who have known Mary and Taylor for most of their lives, flew from Texas to California, to be a part of their wedding celebration at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay.

I have had the privilege of planning this destination wedding for Mary and Taylor, over the last year, and finally getting to meet all the family and friends who have watched them "grow up", was more fun than I could have ever imagined! As you see below, the weather could not have been more perfect!

When the professional photos are done (check out "sneak preview" by clicking on the link below), I will post more details from this romantic weekend, which included an elegant rehearsal dinner at Fogarty Winery, with views overlooking the entire Bay Area.

But for now, I want to leave you with this sunset image of Mary and Taylor,
still the sweethearts they have always been.

News Flash! This just in from Lisa Leigh:
A slide show, created by Lisa in just 10 days, of Mary and Taylor's wedding; it will be presented this weekend, at the 350 person reception in Texas.