In 2009 Meghan thought she was reaching for another when she accidentally caught Nick by surprise. With in a month the couple knew they had found love. While driving one day, Meghan casually said, “So I want to get married in September (it was September 2009) do you want to get married this next September or September 2011?” Nick replied, “I can’t wait 2 years to marry you.” So the planning began. With in no time, the gown was ordered, the venue selected the music booked, but the ring was still missing. They had picked one out but no formal proposal had occurred. Until one romantic night in San Francisco. After seeing Cirque de Soleil, Nick surprised Meghan on their hotel balcony, bent on one knee. Just as she had she had dreamed about.
Meghan and Nick incorporated many personal touches in their September 10, 2010 wedding. Because of her Italian heritage and the intimate scenery, they chose Galletto’s Ristorante as their venue. Orchids have always been Meghan’s favorite flower and had envisioned them as her wedding flower since she was a little girl. Her Nonno Leonard, (great grandpa) grew Orchids in his garden in Menlo Park while growing up so Meghan decided on orchids and looked to the Patterson High School Advanced Floral Class to pull together her Martha Stewart inspired potted orchids with Nick and Meghan’s initial tied to the stems.
On the day of their wedding, Meghan’s Noni, (grandmother), presented her with her grandfather’s Olympic gold ring he received in the 1992 Barcelona games. Her grandfather was the Coordinator for the USA Olympic soccer team before passing years later. Meghan wore the ring pinned to the top of her gown signifying the close relationship she had with him. For her bridal bouquet, Meghan clutched a rosary that was given to her as a child from her Aunt. As a symbol of good luck and remembering Meghan’s favorite animal, her Maid-of-Honor gave her an elephant charm to pin to her garter.
In their efforts to continue the personal touches, the couple chose Devenda Banhart’s “Baby” for the wedding party to shuffle down the aisle to and Meghan walked to the sounds of Sugur Ros. After the ceremony, guests mingled before dinner and signed fabric squares for a family quilt in place of a guest book. The potted orchids filled the room as center pieces amongst the tables named after Italian cities. “I felt like the luckiest woman in the world that day,” she explains as she re-caps the touching memories. All of this, because she mistakenly reached for someone else but touched Nick.
Photographer::Stephanie Baker Photography
Bride’s Fashion::Lazaro from Mira Bridal Couture
Groom’s Fashion::Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Party Fashion::Jim Hjelm from Mira Bridal Couture
Entertainment::Johnny and Kelly
Wedding Bands::Devon’s Jewelers
Hair and Make-up::Jeanine Hall