The Couple: Shannon and Daniel
The Wedding: 08.04.12 – Dos Palos, California
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Nostalgic, rustic, joyful
What was your wedding color palette? We used soft, natural colors: creams, browns, greys, pinks, peaches
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? It meant a lot to me (Shannon) for us to get married at my grandparents home and have a ranch wedding. Its where I learned how to swim and how to drive, and its where my parents and grandparents both were married. Daniel and I tried to honor both of our families and history at the wedding, and because we were inviting people to a family home, we wanted our guests to feel comfortable and relaxed. We made sure to have good food and picked out wines from our favorite wineries, and all of our guests left with a jar of my moms homemade jam.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? Our favorite moment of the day was immediately after the ceremony when our pastor announced as Mr. and Mrs. Clark. We were finally able to look out at all of our friends and family who had come to support us and share in our day. It was such an amazing and beautiful moment of feeling loved, excited, and immensely joyful.
Getting a day-of coordinator was one of the best decisions we made. She was able to put everything in motion and made sure that everyone was able to just relax and enjoy the day. Katie Hund of Wylie Weddings was professional, accommodating and understood our vision for the day. She also doubled as our florist and did our beautiful flowers, which brought tears to my eyes when I first saw them because they were just what I envisioned.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? Decide right away what the most important wedding elements are to you. We prioritized food, wine and lighting. Invest in the must-haves and then you can negotiate the rest of the details. And most importantly, make sure to take time investing in yourself and your relationship with your fiancé during your engagement. Do pre-marital counseling, go on fun dates together, and spend time with family and friends.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Kate Miller Photography
Event Planner: Katie Hund of Wylie Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Brides Grandparent’s Private Ranch
Officiant: Pastor Ron Youngdale of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Invitation Designer: Brian Jensen of Wylie Weddings
Catering: Anne Sanchez Espana’s Southwest Bar and Grill
Florist: Katie Hund of Wylie Weddings
Wedding Cake: Old Tyme Pastries
Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Bridal Accessories: Shoes – BHLDN, Jewelry – Judith Ripka Jewelers
Bridesmaids Apparel & Accessories: Dresses – J. Crew
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Vera Wang collection from Mens Wearhouse
Hair Stylist: Becca Eyre of Inspirations Salon
Makeup Artist: Christa Schonenberger of Makeup by Christa
DJ: Sugar Ray Cartwright
Live Music: Lynn Sampson Jazz
Favors: Homemade strawberry and apricot jam made by Shannons mom
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Thank you Shannon and Daniel!