Love the vintage hair coupled with dramatic, vintage couple shots. All done by True Love Photo.
Carrie and Wendy got married on November 13, 2010 during a gorgeous sunset ceremony on The Citizen Hotel Terrace overlooking downtown Sacramento. The evening was filled with glamour and romance and so much fun! We went for dark red and black as our wedding colors, mostly because they are our favorite colors, and Wendy really wanted black calla lilies and red gerbera daisies in our bouquets! Also, red and black fit in perfectly with the décor at the venue to give us the modern chic urban feel we were going for.
Our wedding was a table side ceremony, so we used lighting and music to transform the room from ceremony to dinner to romance to party! Each song before, during and after the ceremony was hand chosen as part of our wedding soundtrack, many of the songs having special significance to us during our courtship. The wedding was absolutely wonderful and we wouldn’t change a thing. It was all us in every way and every person is attendance walked away so proud to have shared in our special day.
When our guests arrived, they were greeted with a pre-ceremony cocktail social to take the edge off, giving everyone time for a couple of beverages, some appetizers and lots of mingling before heading upstairs for the evening. One of the coolest parts of the evening was when we changed out of our wedding dresses and put on cocktail dresses and surprised everyone at the pre-ceremony social. Before ascending up the stairs to the social, our planner had us stand in the lower lobby and look up at our guests and listen to them having a good time waiting for our event to begin. It was amazing to see so many family members and friends from all parts of our lives talking and laughing together! It was the kind of party you see and wish you were a part of because people are having such a good time. The amazing news it that is was our party and we had the best time ever!
The shoes were all Carrie and Wendy! Carrie is a “Chuck” collector! She has almost every color ever made and stores them in their boxes in our closet. It only made sense that she would have a pair of red glitter Chucks under her wedding gown! Wendy has been infatuated with the Wizard of Oz since she was a child, so her only option was for ruby red slippers! Plus, both fit in perfectly with the urban chic design of the wedding.
Don’t be afraid to make it your own! Soon after Carrie proposed to Wendy, and more than a year before the actual wedding, Carrie asked Wendy to write the 5 things she most loved about weddings and the five things she most disliked about weddings. Carrie did the same. We used these 20 tidbits to plan our whole wedding and it worked perfectly!
Keep your guests on their toes! No one knew what to suspect. We did all our photos before the ceremony as not to take away from spending time with our guests.
Hire a planner and choose your vendors carefully! Our full-service wedding planner made it so we truly enjoyed the wedding planning process. The best investment we ever made!
The ceremony in itself was a huge symbol as California does not legally recognize our marriage at this time. We wrote the entire ceremony and our vows with the perfect mixture of emotion, activism and tradition. We wanted to honor each other as well as the diverse groups of family and friends in attendance.
Planner: Lora Ward, A Day To Remember
Photographer: Beth Baugher, True Love Photo
Venue: The Citizen Hotel
Florist: Sarah Acrich, Cuttings
Caterer: Grange at The Citizen Hotel
Dress/Suit/Accessories: Dresses from The Wedding Warehouse, Petaluma, CA. Alterations by Miosa, Sacramento, CA