The Couple:  Diane and David Feinstein

 Wedding Date:  April 17, 2010

Photography by Chuck Roberts Photography

 Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  Dave and I met in February 2007. I had just started working at the City of Fairfield as a Housing Project Manager. I met the Senior Planner, Dave Feinstein, my second day there, and we went on a field trip with two other co-workers to tour an affordable housing development in a nearby community. We had lunch on the way home and I learned Dave mom’s side of the family had lived in Bay Village, Ohio, for several generations; Bay Village happens to be the community right next to where I grew up my entire childhood, Avon Lake, Ohio. Dave had been to Bay Village, too, and I found it amazing what a small world to have that close a connection.

I also like the fact that Dave was fun and interesting to talk to. I guess Dave felt the same way because he managed to find opportunities to talk to me in the next few weeks, and we ended up going to the same dinner out party with co-workers at Lucca’s in Sacramento. Dave managed to subtly sit next to me and it was then that I began to suspect that, hey, he might be as fascinated by me as I was by him. We had lunch the next week before Dave went to San Diego on a business trip and I said in an email that he could call me at home if he liked while he was gone…well, he did, and the rest is history…I have never been happier!

 What was the most amazing part of your day?  Not a moment, so much as what the day symbolized. Our wedding was a joining of a couple but it was also a joining of a family, as I have two teenage children. They are both amazing kids who have truly accepted Dave and are grateful to see how happy he makes me.

I really enjoyed the fact that Dave chose to have my 15-year-old son Jared to be his Best Man and I chose to have my 17-year-old daughter Julie be my Maid of Honor. I couldn’t have been more proud! With the four of us comprising the wedding party, we designed a ceremony that would highlight us as both a new couple and a new family. Dave and I lit a unity candle (with a little difficulty, causing some laughter!). Dave and I also did a blended sand ceremony with Julie and Jared to show the unity of all four of us coming together as a family.

 What else would you like to share about your big day?  We had lots of friends and family members attend our wedding, but also lots of co-workers, since work was what brought us together. To symbolize that aspect of our relationship, we were honored to have the Mayor of Fairfield, Harry Price, officiate at our wedding. Dave and I knew right away that there couldn’t be a more fitting person to join us in marriage.

 Ceremony Site:  Old Sugar Mill

Reception Venue:  Old Sugar Mill

Photographer:  Chuck Roberts Photography

Wedding Planner:  Dave and Diane

Caterer:  TLC Catering

Cake: River City Cake Company

Flowers:  Ambience Floral Design

Wedding Dress:  Jordan Cashmere Dress; purchased at Downtown Gowns in Vacaville

Maid of Honor Dress:  BM 1201 in Duchess Satin

Hair:  Makeup Artistry and Hair by Ms. Lydia

Makeup:  Makeup Artistry and Hair by Ms. Lydia

Invitations:  Ordered through Chuck Roberts Photography

Ceremony and Reception Music:  Camellia String Quartet

Honeymoon location:  France

Any other of your wedding venors that you’d like to call out?  We couldn’t have picked a better set of vendors – all of them. In particular, we’d like to thank TLC, Chuck Roberts Photography and Ambience Floral Design. Not only was TLC’s food fantastic, but they were a big help with colors and laying out the room. Chuck Roberts’s daughter Mackenzie is not only a great photographer (you get two excellent photographers!) but also extremely helpful in organizing how the whole event should flow. Finally, Katie at Ambience Floral Design seemed to know instinctively how to take our vision for what the our wedding should look and feel like and turn it into a reality that was better than we could have imagined. The Old Sugar Mill – a spectacular venue on its own – truly glowed that night thanks to Ambience.

First Dance Song:  “Always” by Irving Berlin

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Decide together what you both want and focus in on that. Oh, and interview several florists. We saw three in one day. Seeing the work of different professionals in such a short period really helped us focus on ideas we liked and ideas we didn’t. By the end of the day, we knew exactly how we wanted our wedding to look.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  No, we truly worked together as a team to make this a memorable occasion for us and our guests!

Photos courtesy of Chuck Roberts Photography

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