After four happy years together, Marissa and Wyatt decided it was time to tie the knot. They organized a secluded “backyard picnic style wedding” at Vintage Gardens, and invited some of their closest family and friends – who had no idea the couple would be getting married.
The guests believed they were attending the couples engagement party and were caught by surprise when queued by Cat Power’s “Sea of Love”, Marissa suddenly appeared, escorted by her father, walking through the grand redwood doors. Wyatt anxiously waited at the gazebo accompanied by Marissa’s step-father, who officiated their ceremony. Following their nuptials, the couple immediately moved to the dance floor as “Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny played as their first dance.
Marissa and Wyatt pulled off their covert operation to perfection, with a charming and intimate setting, sweet DIY decor, vintage tablecloths, and home cooked comfort food. Marissa’s grandmother and uncles made her favorite fried chicken and home made mashed potatoes, paired perfectly with corn bread Wyatt had made.
For two months, the couple worked late into the evening planning their surprise event. “Somehow we pulled it off,” Marissa explains, ”it was the most incredible evening made possible through personal connections, fueled by love”.
Marissa and Wyatt leaned to their friends and family for much of the party planning. Ashley from Camp 4 Wine Cafe’ created the Cheese & Charcuterie boards, and their friend Amanda made the hand drawn calligraphy window panes. Other DIY projects included wine bottle flower vases and vintage picnic baskets and blankets.
Images: Marilyn Days Photography / Ceremony and Reception: Vintage Gardens / Bride’s attire: Reformation / Bride’s ring: Ciccarelli Jewelers