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Carissa & Brittney England

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Six months after meeting through mutual friends, Carissa and Brittney’s romantic love story began-over a bowl of fried ice cream. “The story changes depending on whose telling it,” revealed Carissa.  Brittney recalls Carissa showing up to a friendly lunch and ordering dessert rather than an entrée suggesting that what Carissa really wanted was to spend time with Brittney.  Carissa playfully contests that she just really likes the dish.  Regardless of how their relationship began, the couple say that they fell in love soon after.Brittney & Carrisa England_BridalCoutureMagBrittney & Carrisa England_BridalCoutureMagBrittney & Carrisa England_BridalCoutureMag
After becoming engaged, the couple faced unique obstacles to their marriage because of the issue of marriage equality in California. “When you become engaged, there are sad, uncomfortable, and unavoidable questions like, are you engaged indefinitely until same-sex marriage is legally recognized?” the couple noted.  According to the couple, “becoming domestic partners… definitely [felt] like settling for second-class status.”  Despite the legal barriers, Carissa and Brittney knew they wanted to make a life-long commitment to each other and so they began planning their dream wedding.Brittney & Carrisa England_BridalCoutureMag
Brittney always dreamed of having a large wedding.  She valued more traditional wedding practices, such as not seeing Carissa’s dress before the wedding.  On the other hand, Carissa wanted a more intimate ceremony.  Her vision was a more modern approach to the affair as evidenced by her feather-bodice dress.  The two met a happy compromise with a medium sized wedding and a co-ed wedding party.Brittney & Carrisa England_BridalCoutureMag
The wedding décor was in black and white with deep red accents which the  florist described as a combination of drama and romance.  Guests enjoyed several personal touches created by the couple such as the cigar bar accompanied by custom matchbooks and mini Gallo Cabernet wine bottles personalized  by Carissa and Brittney with some of their favorite pictures.  Carissa and her son, Ethan, walked down the aisle to the sounds of a harpist.  With their hands bound together, Brittney and Carissa exchanged individually-written vows of love and devotion.  Brittney also exchanged vows and a gift with Carissa’s son.Brittney & Carrisa England_BridalCoutureMag    Brittney & Carrisa England_BridalCoutureMag
Though their wedding took place in March, Carissa and Brittney participated in their official ceremony on July 1st, after proposition 8 was overturned in  California, thus allowing the state of California to recognize their love and commitment to each other as equal and legal.
 

Photography
Nfinity Photo

Ceremony
The Estate Room, The Palms  Event Center
Pleasanton

Reception
The Ballroom, The Palms Event Center
Pleasanton

Bridal Gown
Mira Bridal Couture

Wedding Party Dresses
Mira Bridal Couture

Suits  & Tuxedos
Mira Bridal Couture,
Express, & Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Cake
Cake Delight

S’mores Bar
Baby Cakes & Co.

Florist
The Flower House Design Studio

Harpist
Krista Strader

Entertainment
Johnny & Kelly

Photo Booth
The Platinum Photo Booth

Cinematography
El Nido Cinematography

Chandelier & Drapery
Fantasy Sound Event Services

Catering
Beets Hospitality Group

Invitations
Valley Printing

Hair Stylist
Kate Soderstrom, To Dye For Hair Studio

Make-Up
Katie C. Make-Up Artist

Alterations
Sewing & More

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Brooke & Nick Gaither

Married October 20, 2012

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Nick and Brooke first met at their favorite burger spot when they were each 17 years old.  After eight years of friendship and romance, Nick proposed to Brooke at Brook’s father’s 50th birthday celebration.  “It was so special to have all of our family and close friends with us,” Brooke recalls.Nick & Brooke Gaither_Stephanie Baker Photo_BridalCoutureMag

Eighteen months after he popped the question, the couple said their vows at the dazzling Palm Event Center in the Livermore  wine valley.  The couple chose black and white as their wedding colors to establish a simple, yet elegant look for the occasion. Their monogram logo, B & N, was printed on the save-the-dates, the invitations, and the menu cards.  The couple said their vows in the exquisite Estate Room, in front of an arch created from soft-white drapery and embellished with flower rings.  In place of traditional favors, the couple gave donations to the American Cancer Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation on the behalf of each guest.  The fun music of KJ and the All Stars had everyone on the dance floor late into the evening giving everyone a night to remember.  Nick and Brooke were thrilled with the way that the event came together.

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These happy newlyweds look forward to a bright future together: enjoying time with friends and family, boating, and catching some Giants games.

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Photography
Stephanie Baker Photography

Ceremony
The Estate Room,  The Palms Event Center
Pleasanton

Reception
The Ballroom, The Palms Event Center
Pleasanton

Bridal Gown
Novella Bridal

Suits & Tuxedos
Rossini Menswear . Formalwear

Wedding Cake
Two for Two Cakes

Rings
Gabriel Fine Jewelers

Florist
Mandy Scott Events

Invitations & Printables
Hyegraph & Calligraphy

Entertainment
Keith Johnson All Stars

Harpist
Krista Strader

Event Coordinator
Mandy Scott Events

Hair & Make-Up
Get Your DO up!

Drapery, Chairs, Lighting
Hartmann Studios

Linen Rentals
La Tavola

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